Understanding SSD Benefits for Children and Adults with AutismBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on August 13, 2013 | In Social Security Disability
As diagnostic tools and methods have improved in recent years, so have diagnoses of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). When a child or adult with ASD has significant difficulties completing the activities of daily life, he or she may qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits based on the autism diagnosis.
Support for children and adults with autism can be expensive. Therapy, medications, special education, and support with daily living activities can all be part of an effective treatment regimen, but they can also impose significant costs. SSD benefits can help children and adults with an ASD meet these costs and get the help they need to live well.
Children with ASD may qualify for benefits based on a parent’s benefits, if one or both parents qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits due to low income. Adults with an ASD must have enough work experience of their own to qualify or, if they are under age 22, have a parent with SSI benefits already in place.
Both children and adults with autism must also experience significant impairments when performing one or more daily activities due to their autism. All SSD applicants must also have a condition that is expected to last at least one year or to result in the patient’s death. Although autism is not generally considered a fatal condition, it is considered a lifelong one, allowing it to meet this requirement for SSD benefits.
If you or someone you love is having trouble obtaining needed Social Security disability benefits, consider contacting the experienced southern California SSD benefits attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office. Your initial consultation with our office is free and confidential.