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4 FAQ About SSDI & Autism

Children and adults who have autism may qualify for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. These funds help offset medical and living expenses for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Many people who could potentially use these benefits have questions about how they work. Here are the answers to some of the most typical inquiries.

Common Questions About Social Security Disability Benefits & Autism

What exactly will Social Security disability cover?

SSDI benefits cover ASD, a neurodevelopmental disorder that’s present at birth and impacts how the brain processes information. Benefits cover three disorders in the autism spectrum: Asperger Syndrome (AS), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), and autism.

How do I prove my child has a disorder on the autism spectrum?

The autism listing for children is in the Blue Book, Social Security Administration’s (SSA) listing of disabilities. You must show medical documentation of deficits in your child’s activities, verbal and nonverbal communication, and social interaction skills, as well as limited mental functioning, according to Blue Book Section 112.10, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Paragraphs A and B.

Do adults with autism have the same proof threshold as children?

Proof for adults with autism is similar to what SSA requires for children. Blue Book requirements for adults are in Section 12.10, Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to medical documentation of autism, adults must show limited mental functioning, such as in understanding, remembering, or applying information, interacting with others, or in self-management.

How long does the application process take?

Completing the Social Security disability insurance benefits application process can take a few months or more. The SSA rejects applications that don’t have all the information or documentation. If your application is denied, you have 60 days to appeal. Experienced attorneys can ensure your application is complete and help increase your chance of receiving benefits.

Experienced in Social Security disability insurance applications and appeals, the attorneys at Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC, help people with autism obtain valuable government benefits. Serving La Crosse County, WI, for more than two decades, we offer you strong and compassionate advocacy in SSDI, workers’ compensation, and personal injury cases. To schedule your free consultation, call (877) 784-1230 or visit our website.