Raising a child with autism is a challenge in many ways, such as getting the financial help you need to cover the costs of caring for them. Applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits can help. Before going through the process, getting answers to common questions can help you seek approval for coverage.
How to Obtain SSI Benefits for Your Autistic Child
What are the medical qualifications regarding autism?
The Social Security Administration maintains a listing of approved medical conditions for which people can receive benefits. If the condition is not listed, you won’t be able to qualify for Social Security disability. Autism is listed, but there are medical factors used to verify that the individual has the condition. For instance, the child must exhibit inhibited verbal and nonverbal communication skills and show difficulty dealing with social interactions. They must also demonstrate repetitive and restrictive behavioral patterns and interests.
What are the financial qualifications for receiving benefits?
The income of both parents are considered in determining SSI benefits for children with autism, and this is the most common reason benefits are denied. The income of each parent will be compared to the number of people living in the household to determine if there is a financial strain that would limit the family’s ability to pay for the child’s care.
What happens when my child turns 18?
When autistic children reach the age of adulthood, they typically still live at home with their parents. However, at the age of 18 and beyond, the parents’ income will not be counted against the autistic individual’s need for benefits. For this reason, it may actually be easier for an adult with autism to get approved for disability benefits alone.
How long does the application process take?
Since applications can’t be processed online, you will have to schedule an appointment at your local Social Security office. If you have hired an attorney, coordinate this appointment with their office. Once you have completed the application process and submitted the necessary medical documentation, it can take between three and five months to be approved.
The Gil Law Firm has the experience to help you pursue your SSI claim. They’re skilled in negotiating and can help you avoid the mistakes that result in the denial of benefits. To learn more about how they can help your Social Security benefits claim, visit their website, or call (334) 673-0100 to schedule a consultation.