Recent estimates by the Centers for Disease Control state that 1 in every
68 children can be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD
is a group of varying developmental disabilities that cause challenges
with socialization, communication, and behavior. This condition exists
from birth and is usually diagnosed by the time a child is three. Importantly,
ASD is a spectrum, meaning that there is a varying range of abilities
that every child diagnosed with autism may be able to perform.
When Autism Qualifies for SSDI Benefits
Infants with autism may be less attentive to social interaction and stimuli
than other infants. As they get older, the lack of social interaction
and general communication will increase. Doctors at this stage will determine
whether or not the infant exhibits six of the total symptoms of autism,
with two linked to social interaction, one linked to communication, and
one associated with restricted or repetitive behavior.
In order for this condition to qualify for SSDI benefits, a doctor must
prove a determined level of severity:
- The child has deficits in social interaction, communication, imagination,
and restricted number of activities and interests; and
- These deficits cause significant problems in communicative, cognitive,
social, and personal functioning, or sustaining concentration.
Many of these can be determined through standardized testing and comparing
the child to the other children in their age group without the condition.
As long as the child's family does not exceed the regular SSI limits
on finances and assets, the child may be eligible for Social Security
Insurance. However, SSDI is only available to those with a prior work
history that allowed them to pay Social Security taxes. For a child with
autism to receive SSDI benefits, their parent must be collecting disability
or retirement benefits and the child must be over the age of 18 with a
diagnosis that occurred before the age of 22. These SSDI benefits will
be determined from the earning record of the parent.
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