Disability Benefits and Autism
Posted on behalf of Phillips Disability, P.C. on Jul 10, 2015 in Qualifying Conditions
Families always want the best for each other and are often willing to make sacrifices for the betterment of one family member. When a child or an adult has autism, those sacrifices can often put a strain on financial resources.
For those struggling to pay for medical expenses, therapy, living costs and more, help from the government is a necessity required to stay afloat. If your claim for disability benefits was denied, call Phillips Disability at 1-800-503-2000 to schedule a free consultation.
Our disability benefits attorneys can help you understand why your claim was denied and then help you build a strong appeal to get you the benefits that you need.
The Centers for Disease Control defines autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a developmental disability that can cause significant social, behavioral and communication challenges. Those with this diagnosis may learn, interact, communicate and behave differently than most.
For those diagnosed with ASD, thinking, learning and problem-solving abilities can range from very gifted to severely challenged, in which they need a lot of help with daily activities.
The Social Security Administration recognizes how severe this condition can become, and therefore includes it as an impairment that can qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Meeting the requirements set forth in the administrations Blue Book, however, can be difficult.
Parents of a child with autism may be eligible to apply for Supplemental Security Insurance by providing medical documentation of verbal, non-verbal communication and imaginative activity deficits and a noticeably restricted range of interests and activities.
Those conditions must also cause at least two of the following impairments:
- Social functioning
- Cognitive or communicative function
- Personal function in daily activities
- Maintaining concentration, pace or persistence
Adults suffering from autism who have a work history, may be eligible to apply for SSD benefits if there is evidence that the condition prevents you from maintaining gainful employment.
If you or someone you love suffers from autism, seeking help from an experienced disability benefits lawyer can help you build a strong appeal to get the benefits you need. For personalized help with your claim, contact Phillips Disability today.