The vast majority of people with Down syndrome will automatically medically qualify for disability benefits. All people with Down syndrome will qualify for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. These benefits are only available for the most financially needy applicants.
Why is Down syndrome considered a disability?
The extra chromosome affects the way the child’s brain and body develop, leading to developmental delays, intellectual disability and an increased risk for certain medical issues. Down syndrome is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability, affecting approximately 1 in every 700 children.
What kind of disability is Down’s syndrome?
Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition that is associated with intellectual disability, a characteristic facial appearance, and weak muscle tone (hypotonia) in infancy. All affected individuals experience cognitive delays, but the intellectual disability is usually mild to moderate.
Do you get disability allowance for Down syndrome?
Am I entitled to financial support with a child with Down’s syndrome? Most children with Down’s syndrome will qualify for Disability Living Allowance.
How much money do you get for a Down syndrome child?
A single parent with one child could earn up to $38,000 per year, while a two-parent household with three children could earn up to $55,000 per year. You can review your specific household income limit online on the SSA’s website.
Is Down syndrome considered a disability for tax purposes?
Down syndrome is listed as one of the recognized conditions in SSA’s Blue Book. This means that SSA regards Down syndrome as a valid condition which leads to limitations that qualify for disability benefits.
Is Down syndrome a cognitive disability?
Cognitive impairment, problems with thinking and learning, is common in people with Down syndrome and usually ranges from mild to moderate. Only rarely is Down syndrome associated with severe cognitive impairment.
Can you have Down syndrome without intellectual disability?
The majority of children with Down Syndrome have mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. However while some show no sign of having an intellectual disability, others may have severe intellectual disabilities.
Do Down syndrome babies qualify for SSI?
The Social Security Administration’s Blue Book confirms that children diagnosed with Trisomy 21 or Translocation Down Syndrome automatically medically qualify to receive SSI benefits.
Can people with Down syndrome drive?
Down Syndrome Driving Classses
Many people with Down Syndrome lead independent lives, this includes being able to drive. If a person with Down syndrome can read and pass a driver’s education class and pass a road test, then they can get a driver’s license.