Life Events

Disability, Permanent of Dependent Child

Arranging the financial, custodial, and medical care for a disabled dependent is one of the most difficult planning challenges. With regard to your benefit plans, there are issues affecting Health benefits. Disabled children have no impact on Pension benefits.

Older children who are physically or mentally disabled may be considered dependents if they were disabled before turning age 26, they were covered as dependents at the time they became disabled, and you are eligible for benefits. Once your child reaches the age of 26, you must provide evidence of the ongoing permanent disability.

Also Consider...

External Links

  • National Organization on Disability

    Promotes full and equal participation of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

  • disAbility Online

    Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor Disability Employment Initiatives Unit of the Employment and Training Administration. Provides information on employment resources and services available to individuals with disabilities.


    National information center that provides information on disabilities and disability related issues. Children and youth, birth to age 22, are the focus.