Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is for disabled people who are “insured,” which means that they have worked and paid Social Security taxes. In order to qualify for SS Disability, you must meet the following criteria:
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) offers benefits to adults on disability and financial need. There is not any employment or work credit requirements. (Ref. https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm). SSI benefits are paid to disabled people who meet the following criteria:
Children with disabilities who medically qualify as disabled through the Social Security Administration may qualify to receive a monthly Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, disability payment. (Ref. https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-child-ussi.htm) Children cannot qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI, or SSD). This benefit is only available to the disabled that have worked a certain length of time in jobs and paid Social Security taxes.
If you are under age 18, you may be considered “disabled” if you have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, (including an emotional or learning problem) that: