My son receives a survivor benefit. I believe my benefits are as caretaker of a child. My husband died in 2004.
Social Security's definition of disability is as follows:
"Disability" under Social Security is based on a person's to work. They consider a person disabled under Social Security rules if:
You will need to apply to Social Security to have your son deemed disabled under the law, and then you will be eligible for continued benefits as the caregiver.
If you, yourself, are disabled, then if you want you may make a claim for your survivor benefit as early as age 50, rather than waiting until age 60.
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My son has been diagnosed with Autism Spectum Disorder. He has been in special education classes for his entire school history. He can read and write. He struggles with communication and focus. He lacks the skills of an average 16 year old. I think anyone that spent five minutes with him would characterize him as disabled. Do you think I should go to the Social Security office in person? Do I need to hire someone to represent me?