Autism spectrum disorders can impact people in different ways. Some children with autism may experience mild symptoms that impact their social interactions but not their ability to work and earn a living. Other children may be severely affected to the point where they are unable to hold a job.
If your child has been diagnosed with autism, they may be entitled to Social Security benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
Does the SSA consider autism a qualifying disability?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists the requirements for autism spectrum disorders in its Listing of Impairments under 112.10 for children and under 12.10 for adults. Both listings require proof of:
- Lack of refinement and development of social interaction skills and verbal and nonverbal communication
- Restricted and repetitive behavioral patterns
- Marked limitation of two of the following: ability to understand/remember/apply information, interact with people, concentrate/persist/maintain pace, or self-adapt/self-manage.
If your child has reached adulthood, they may qualify for disability benefits through the SSDI program if they meet the medical and work requirements.
It can be challenging for many adults with autism to meet the criteria for SSD benefits through this program, as they often have not accumulated enough work credit from previous jobs.
Both children under the age of 18 and adults with autism spectrum disorder may receive benefits through the SSI program. In addition to medical requirements, there are also household income limits that cannot be exceeded.
If you are interested in applying for SSD benefits on behalf of your child with autism, consider speaking with an Indiana attorney with experience assisting young adults with disabilities. Your attorney can help you with the application process and the appeal process if your application is denied.