Other Disability Programs

Overview of Additional Programs
You May Be Eligible For

There are Additional Disability Programs that are Related to SSDI and SSI

The two most common programs involve additional eligibility and documentation requirements.

This section provides a foundational overview to assist you in determining whether you may be eligible.

Never assume that SSA will know what you are eligible for! Contact our team right away and we will be happy to provide a free evaluation of your potential or pending disability claim, and ensure that you have applied for all programs for which you may be eligible.

Disabled Widow’s/Widowers (DWB)

Eligibility

A disabled widow or widower who has attained age 50, but not attained age 60, and has become disabled within 7-years of the spouse’s date of death, may be eligible to receive DWB on the account of the deceased.

Application

You may file using the same methods that are available for filing your SSDI application.

Payment

The monthly benefit amount is based on the diseased spouse’s earnings record and is payable as early as age 50, or when your disability begins.

Information to Gather for Application

  • See SSDI Section
  • Original Marriage Certificate(s)
  • Alternative Proof of Common Law Marriage
  • Joint Banking or Investment Account Statements
  • Joint Utility Bills

Disabled Adult Child (DAC)

Eligibility

A disabled adult child who is over the age of 18, unmarried, and has a disability that began before age 22 may be eligible for DAC benefits on a parent’s earnings record if the parent currently receives disability or retirement benefits, or if the parent was eligible for benefits and is now deceased.

Application

You may file using the same methods that are available for filing your SSDI application.

Payment

A disabled adult child is eligible for one-half of the eligible living parent’s monthly benefit amount, or three-fourths of the deceased parent’s monthly benefit amount.

Information to Gather for Application