Disability Benefits for children with Autism in the USA – Guest Post

By | July 23, 2013

For USA readers:

I was asked to share the post below, I hope it is of interest and help to autism parents/carers in the USA.

Thanks to Ram for putting such a comprehensive post together.

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Disability Benefits for kids with Autism in the United States

Social Security Disability is a United States federal government program that provides benefits to adults as well as children that become disabled. Autism is recognized as a condition that qualifies children for benefits. Parents of kids with Autism will have to apply for a program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, which is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

SSI Benefits

SSI is a need-based program with structured limitations on income and other financial resources, which are a primary component of technical eligibility. If the your family does not exceed the limits established by the SSA, then your child may receive SSI benefits, provided all other eligibility criteria, including medical, are also met. The calculation of income and financial resources is fairly complex in evaluating eligibility for SSI.

You can learn more about SSI benefits here: http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/ssi/qualify-for-ssi

Medical Eligibility for Qualifying

To be medically eligible for disability benefits the severity level of your child’s autism spectrum disorder must be proven through extensive medical records that clearly demonstrate pronounced deficits in:

• Communicating
• Interacting socially
• Reciprocating behaviors, communication, gestures or other actions or emotions
• Drawing on, or participating in, imaginative thought
• Participating in or appreciating a variety of activities or interests
It is important to note that if your child has Asperger’s syndrome, you do not need to show a pronounced deficit in the final point listed above. Your child can qualify for disability with only documenting the first four deficits instead with this disorder.

For more information on applying for benefits with Autism, please visit: http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/disabling-conditions/autism-and-social-security-disability

The Application Process

You can apply for benefits for your child either online (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/child.htm) or at your local SSA office. It is critical to make sure that you include as much medical documentation as possible when submitting your application. Also, be sure to submit all documents to prove that your family financially qualifies for SSI benefits.

The application and review processes for disability benefits can be complex and lengthy. It is also common for many applicants to be denied following the initial review. If your claim is denied, you will have to request a reconsideration within 60 days of receiving your denial letter. If your reconsideration is denied as well, you will have to request to have a disability hearing in front of administrative law judge (ALJ). The hearing stage is generally an applicant’s best chance of being approved for benefits.

Article by Ram Meyyappan
Social Security Disability Help

Ram Meyyappan

Here are the links from the post above:

"You can learn more about SSI benefits here": http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/ssi/qualify-for-ssi

"For more information on applying for benefits with Autism, please visit here": http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/disabling-conditions/autism-and-social-security-disability

"You can apply for benefits for your child online" here: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/child.htm

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