Does Autism Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?
July 12th, 2013|
July 12, 2013
One of the fastest growing claims for Social Security Disability Benefits is for debilitating mental conditions such as autism. Autistic individuals can be extremely limited in their abilities to earn a living and parents with autistic children can face great financial burdens due to the costs of specialty care and education that is needed.
An article from Age of Autism explains the intricacies of what qualifies an autistic individual for Social Security Disability and how to go about applying for such benefits. The story explains that qualification for Social Security Disability are largely based on work history and income, which means children are rarely awarded such benefits unless their parents are currently receiving disability.
Supplemental Security Income is for those who are disabled and have limited income. These benefits are not based on work history.
If these qualifications are met, an individual must then prove their disability. This means they must suffer:
- Deficits in development and reciprocal social interaction
- Deficits in verbal and non-verbal communication
- Deficits in imaginative activity
- Restricted repertoire of activities and interests
Each of these requirements can be proven through medical records and other documentation of the disability.
The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand how complex proving a disability can be and are here to help if you are considering applying for benefits or have been denied benefits in the past.