Other Types of Disability Programs

Of the 5 major types of disability programs, you may be most familiar with Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.  However, there are a few more programs that are not as common, but often appear in disability cases.

-Disabled Widow’s/Widower’s Benefits (DWB) program was designed for individuals who turned 50 years old and became disabled during a specific period after the death of their spouse. The deceased spouse must have worked and paid Social Security taxes to qualify for this benefit.

-Disabled Adult Child (DAC) benefits are awarded to the children who have received benefits from a disabled, deceased, or retired parent before the child turned 18, and the child disability that started before age of 22.

-Child’s Disability Benefits (CDB) is a program for children under the age of 17.  This program is another form of SSI, however, Social Security Administration takes different factors into consideration when determining if a child is disabled than it would for an adult.