Social Security Resources

Supplemental Security Income-  Children under the age of 18

A minor child with a disability may be eligible for  Supplemental Security Income. This benefit also qualifies the child for Medicaid health benefits. The approval of benefits is based on parents’ income.  Regardless of household income, it is important to apply to receive a determination letter for state Medicaid waiver services in the future. 

To get started visit:

Start here or call 1-800-772-1213  

More information on Waiver Services here.

Supplemental Security Income- Adults 18 and over

When a person attains age 18, Social Security evaluates the individual based on the definition of disability for adults to receive benefits under Supplemental Security Income. You must apply for this benefit on behalf of your son or daughter to start SSI benefits as an adult.  Call 1-800-772-1213  to set an appointment. Medicaid health benefit is included with SSI.

**Please note that your son or daughter has a $2,000 limit of assets to be and continue to be eligible for this benefit. There are financial tools that will protect your son or daughter’s federal benefits. See our Financial Resources Page for more information.

Social Security Disability Income- Adults 18 and over

Some Individuals with disabilities have earned enough work credits through their employment to qualify for Social Security Disability. Contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to see if your member is eligible.

Social Security Retirement from Retired Parent or Disabled Parent -

A disabled person before age 22 may be eligible for child’s benefits when a parent applies for social security retirement or disability benefits. We consider this a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record. They may also qualify for Medicare health benefits.

Call 1-800-772-1213 or if applying online be sure to indicate you have an adult child with a disability.

Social Security Survivors Benefits

An unmarried child of the deceased who is:

    • Younger than age 18 (or up to age 19 if he or she is a full-time student in an elementary or secondary school); or
    • Age 18 or older with a disability that began before age 22.
    • Call 1-800-772-1213 

Down Syndrome of Louisville provides assistance in understanding and navigating the Federal Social Security application process. 

Contact us at 502-495-5088 or email info@dsoflou.org

Financial Resources: Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Accounts

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