Autism Disability" />The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers benefits to people unable to earn a significant income due to a disability. You can file for social security disability if you or your child has an autism diagnosis. However, you need to make a successful claim before the SSA can award you any benefits.
At National Disability Benefits, we assist Americans in their quest for disability benefits from the SSA. With the rate of claim denials being higher than approval, many applicants with autism disability end up frustrated after failing to receive financial aid. But with our help, you can get the benefits you deserve.
Autism Disability Benefits
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism is a developmental disability characterized by communication, social, and behavioral challenges. Data from the agency shows that 1 in every 54 children in the United States has this disability. It’s more prevalent in boys, who make up three-quarters of the total cases.
Autism usually manifests in early childhood, between the ages of 12-24 months. It’s incurable, and symptoms remain throughout adulthood. Depending on its severity, autism can make daily life extremely hard for kids, and adults may be unable to rely on themselves or earn a living. That is why the SSA recognizes autism as a disability that qualifies for benefits.
To become eligible, you need to provide medical documents that show you or your child's autism has the following effects:
- Impaired verbal or non-verbal communication
- Difficulty in socializing or interacting with others
- Little or non-existent interest in participating in activities
- Unable to take part in creative thinking or activities
As with any other social benefits claim, it’s essential to provide as many supporting medical documents as possible when applying. It’s equally important to include testimonies from caregivers, family, teachers, or other individuals who can attest to the challenges you or your child face due to ASD.
But, even with enough evidence, you might get a denial if:
- You don’t satisfy SSA’s income threshold requirements.
- You apply for the wrong disability benefits program.
To avoid this, it’s crucial to understand how the two SSA disability programs work and which one is perfect for you. The two are:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
The SSA reserves SSDI for individuals who have a work history but whose ability to earn is limited because of disability. So, this is not suitable for children, or if you have never been able to earn an income.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
This program doesn’t consider your work history and is therefore ideal if your autism has made it impossible to work. If you’re making a claim for your kid, you should apply for SSI.
After identifying the right program for your condition, the next step is to obtain evidence for your financial limitation. Include enough documents that prove your restricted income, as this is a major aspect that determines whether your claim will be either be denied or accepted.
Boost Your Chances for a Favorable Outcome
Most denials from the SSA are not because applicants don't meet the criteria for disability benefits but because they make mistakes during application. That is where we come in. We’ll help you with your application so that you get the autism disability benefits you deserve. Contact National Disability Benefits for more information: https://national-disability-benefits.org/contact/.