If you have autism, you might be eligible to apply for disability benefits to help you meet all the costs of living with this condition. Social Security Disability(SSD) benefits can help you secure the proper insurance coverage as well as helping you to meet a wide range of other costs. Here is an overview that can help you determine whether you are eligible for SSDI/SSI benefits and how to apply.
Being Diagnosed With Autism
There is no definitive test for autism, which means that this condition can be difficult to diagnose. Doctors must assess your behavior to ascertain whether you have this condition. The first signs of autism can develop very early in life, at 18 months or sometimes even younger. Many professionals can reliably diagnose autism at the age of two. However, some people do not receive an autism diagnosis until they are adults. If you think you might have autism, the first step is to see a doctor who can let you know about the diagnosis process for someone your age.
Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits Due to Autism?
SSDI (Social Security Disability Income) benefits are available to people who have been able to work for a time despite their autism. To qualify for this benefit, you must be able to prove that you have worked long enough and paid enough Social Security taxes to be eligible.
Another type of benefit is SSI (Supplemental Security Income). This benefit is available to both disabled people and children. There is no requirement to have ever had a job to be eligible for SSI, but it is only available to people who have a low income. You must meet both the medical criteria and the income requirements to be eligible for this benefit.
Medical Eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits
In order to show that you are eligible for SSD benefits, you must include proof of your disability with your application. For autism spectrum disorders, you need medical documentation that proves you have qualitative deficits in nonverbal communication, verbal communication and social interaction, in addition to significantly repetitive, restricted patterns of behavior, activities, or interests. You must also show that you have a significantly limited capacity to understand, remember, or apply information, interact with others, concentrate, or manage your own life.
Improving Your Chance of Getting Social Security Disability Benefits For Autism
The process of applying for SSD benefits for autism can be complicated and difficult. Many people find it stressful because they are not sure what medical documentation they need and are unsure how to present it in their application. They find it difficult to work out which disability benefits to apply for because the eligibility criteria depend on how much you have worked in the past, how your medical condition affects you, and your income level.
The best way to improve your chance of your SSD benefits application being approved is to work with an experienced disability lawyer. The Good Law Group has many years of experience helping people with autism and a wide range of other conditions successfully apply for benefits. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you get the financial help you need.