If diagnosed with Autism, a disorder that has an impact on your social and communication skills, you may find that you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Like other claims, you must be able to show sufficient evidence to prove that you are in fact disabled and that the disability affects your ability to work. Now a days, people are diagnosed with autism as young as 3 years old. The process for diagnosing an adult with autism, though, doesn’t vary too much from diagnosing a child. They must exhibit symptoms that can be connected with impairments in the following areas: social interaction, communication, and repetitive behavior. Some examples of these include, but are not limited to: unusual gestures, lack of eye contact, difficulty interacting with peers (sharing toys, physical contact, etc.), or any repetitive gestures like rocking. Although these gestures and behaviors are symptoms of autism, they do not necessarily mean that you have autism.
Even if you or your child is diagnosed with autism, it does not guarantee that you will be eligible for benefits. Much like other disabilities, your disability must have significant severity to show that you are unable to work a job, or that your child struggles significantly more than their peers in school. Autism has a wide spectrum of symptoms that vary in severity. On the lower end of the spectrum is Asperger syndrome; this is the least severe in terms of symptoms and behavioral/social impairments. People with Aspergers usually exhibit difficulty with social interactions with their peers and on occasion have verbal communication difficulties that could be fixed with speech therapy. On the other end of the autistic spectrum you’ll find disorders like Rett syndrome, which is significantly more disabling than the lower end of the spectrum. Those diagnosed with Rett syndrome lose the ability to verbally communicate with others and have other severe symptoms.
In order to be found disabled and eligible for Social Security benefits, a doctor must find that the adult or child has impairments in their ability to socially interact, communicate, or that they are restricted in their abilities to perform certain activities/actions. Once the doctor has diagnosed this, they must find that these impairments create such severe limitations “in at least two of the following: communicative/cognitive functioning, social functioning, personal functioning, and/or sustaining concentration, persistence, or pace.” If you are unsure of whether or not you or your child falls under these requirements for autism, you can always look on the Social Security website under their listings of impairments at the following link:
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