Having a child with autism often means handling various matters in life a bit differently. Because this condition often shows itself in ranges of severity, some individuals with autism can typically hold gainful employment without much issue. On the other hand, some may have traits that make it difficult or impossible to hold a job, and many parents may wonder if their child could receive Social Security support.
In many cases, individuals with autism do qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. However, the exact factors that determine whether a person may qualify can vary from state to state. Additionally, even if a person is approved for SSDI or SSI, the amount of financial support received can depend on the severity of the person’s condition and other factors.
Some other important details to keep in mind include the following:
- SSDI and SSI are not the same, and even if a person qualifies for one type of assistance, that qualification does not mean the person will automatically qualify for both types.
- SSDI and SSI applicants can be denied assistance, even if they believe they have a qualifying condition.
- There are financial requirements and medical requirements that an applicant would need to meet.
Of course, even if a person is denied Social Security support initially, appealing that decision is often possible. The Social Security Administration denies numerous first-time applications, and following the appeals steps may help a person in need get the benefits to help their financial situation. Interested individuals may also want to keep in mind that they could receive legal assistance when applying for or appealing a denial of benefits.