The Social Security Administration has strict rules for determining eligibility for disabled adult child assistance. For example, to qualify for DAC assistance, the adult child must be unmarried, age 18 or older and have a medically diagnosable disability that started before age 22. The disability can be either physical or mental. You need not have worked to qualify for the assistance, because the benefits available through the disabled adult child program are based on your parents’ work history. If you are disabled and currently working, you will not qualify if you are making more than $1,000 a month.
Here’s something else to consider: You may already be receiving disability benefits based on your own work history as a disabled adult. But you may be entitled to higher benefits based on your parents’ record through the adult disabled child program. If you have severe and lasting disabilities, you may receive assistance for a lifetime. If your DAC application was denied, we can help you appeal. But if you miss the time limit for filing an appeal, your appeal may be barred. So it’s important to talk with a skilled Florida disability benefits attorney who has experience navigating the Social Security disability and DAC appeals process.