It can be difficult, but yes, younger people can get disability benefits. No matter what age you are, you can qualify for Social Security disability if you can prove that you meet Social Security’s criteria for disability.
It can seem more difficult to get benefits when you are younger because there are some special rules that make it easier for applicants to get benefits if they are over 50.
As a younger person, there are several ways that you can qualify for benefits.
- On your own earnings record,
- On the earnings record of a disabled or deceased parent, or
- If you haven’t worked enough, you can qualify for SSI.
But if you are under 31, some special rules apply to your “insured” requirements. You do not have to have as many quarters of coverage as someone who is over 31 years old.
-No matter which program you apply for (SSDI or SSI) you still have to meet the same disability requirements to get benefits.