Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) for Autism

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We’ll show you how adults who were disabled before age 22 can qualify for Childhood Disability Benefits if a parent is eligible to receive Social Security payments through retirement or death.

Dear Disability Advisor,

My daughter was diagnosed with autism when she was 4 years old.  She is now 18 years old and eligible for SSI.  Is she eligible to receive SSD based on me and her father’s working and contributions to SSA?  If so, what would need to be done to switch from SSI to SSD?


Dear Angie,

If you or your daughter’s father is receiving Social Security now or her father is deceased, you can apply for childhood disability benefits (CDB) for your daughter. If those conditions are not now met, keep her medical records that establish the diagnosis and severity prior to age twenty-two. Later, when you or her father becomes entitled to benefits or dies, she can apply for CDB, assuming that she is not married at that time.


The Disability Advisor

Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) for Autism
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