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Does Autism Qualify For Disability?

Published on April 10th, 2024

Yes, autism can qualify for disability.

Understanding and navigating the process to obtain disability benefits for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), both children and adults, is essential yet complex. Determining the right medical documentation and evidence to present for qualifying for Social Security disability benefits can be challenging.

A trusted disability attorney who is well-versed in the intricacies of securing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for those diagnosed with autism, can help. Let’s delve into the complexities of this disorder, especially as children with autism transition to adulthood.

Autism Qualify for Social Security Disability

Qualifying for Disability Benefits for Autism in Children and Adults

Obtaining disability benefits for children with autism depends on how deeply autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects their day-to-day life and abilities. The Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at each case closely. They check how well the child can talk and interact with others, and manage daily tasks that are right for their age. This assessment looks at more than just an autism diagnosis – it’s about how autism might affect their ability to work in the future.

For adults, the focus is more on their ability to do work that earns a good wage. When checking if adults with autism qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the SSA considers:

  • Work History: Have they worked and paid into Social Security?
  • Independence Level: Can they do daily tasks by themselves?
  • Job Impact: How does autism affect their chances of getting and keeping a job?

Understanding the Severity for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Eligibility

SSI needs people to show that they have extreme limits in doing certain things. This means having a lot of trouble with:

  • Understanding, remembering, or using information
  • Interacting with others
  • Focusing, staying on task
  • Adjusting to changes or looking after themselves

Severe autism shows up in many ways, often making it hard to talk and understand others, and leading to big challenges in everyday tasks.

Children with severe autism might need a lot of help with basic stuff like getting dressed, eating, and keeping clean.

SSDI for Adults with Autism

Autism can qualify as a disability for SSDI. Adults with autism are eligible if their autism makes it very hard to work well.

Factors important for SSDI eligibility:

  • Previous Work: Have they paid into Social Security through past jobs?
  • Daily Living: Can they handle day-to-day tasks alone?
  • Work Ability: Does autism make it hard to find and stay in a job?

No matter if someone with ASD can’t work, or if they struggle with daily tasks and changes, we’re here to help. We guide you from the start of applying to any appeals needed. We make sure all your medical documents and proof match what the SSA needs for both SSDI and SSI.

Why Choose Miller Disability Law, PC For SSDI, Or SSI Support?

Dealing with disability benefits, especially for autism, can seem like a huge task. It’s not just about filling out forms; it’s about understanding deep and complex rules, figuring out what kind of evidence you need, and knowing how to present your case. That’s where Miller Disability Law, PC, steps in to make a difference.

At Miller Disability Law, PC, our team has a deep understanding of SSD for autism. We know that no two cases of autism are the same. Each person has their unique challenges and needs. Our approach is to give you customized help and guidance at every step of the application process. We work closely with you to understand your specific situation, ensuring that every piece of necessary documentation is accurate and complete.

We’re not just about processing paperwork. Our goal is to provide compassionate and comprehensive support. From the initial consultation to the final decision, we’re with you, making sure your voice is heard and your rights are protected. We navigate the intricate pathways of disability law to build a strong case for your application or appeal.

With Miller Disability Law, PC, you get more than legal assistance; you get a dedicated ally in your journey towards securing the benefits you need for your mental health condition. We bring clarity and calm to what can often be a stressful and confusing process, helping you move forward with confidence.

Scheduling a Case Consultation with Miller Disability Law, PC

We invite you to schedule a free case consultation with us. During this consultation, we’ll review the specific details of your or your child’s case, offer insights into the likelihood of qualifying for disability benefits, and devise a tailored strategy to navigate the application process.

Our goal is to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the benefits you deserve.

Dealing with autism is challenging enough without the added stress of legal complexities. Let us take on that burden for you. Reach out to Miller Disability Law, PC, to schedule your consultation today by calling (865) 637-0515.

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