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Disability Benefits for Autism

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A person with autism experiences the world differently from other people. It’s hard to understand for anyone not on the autism spectrum or close to someone who is.

Some, but certainly not all, people with autism are unable to work. This is when Social Security Disability benefits can help, providing monthly income and an important sense of stability.

But applying for disability benefits with autism is challenging.

That’s because it is a spectrum. While some with autism succeed and thrive in their careers, others cannot function in a work setting.

To qualify for Social Security Disability, you must be almost completely unable to work. Most people get denied.

So a disability claim for autism has to show the details of why you or your loved one’s form of autism rules out working.

It can be done, and an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can show you how.

A disability attorney knows what evidence and information to submit and how to present your case to Social Security to avoid mistakes and increase your chances of winning benefits.

Lachman & Gorton Law Office does this for people in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester and across upstate New York. We’ve helped thousands of people for over 40 years.

If you’re looking at filing for disability benefits for autism, talk to us.

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Which Type of Disability Benefit Is Right for Autism?

Social Security runs two disability benefits programs which help people in different situations:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is for people who have worked and paid into the Social Security system a substantial amount, but then lost the ability work due to health problems.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides economic relief for people who don’t have enough work history to get SSDI and have impairments that keep them from working. It puts limits on income and financial resources for someone to qualify.

Because autism is a condition starting from childhood that continues throughout adulthood, if a person with autism qualifies for disability benefits because their condition is severe enough, it’s likely that they’ve never been able to work much.

That means SSI—for people with little work background and limited financial means—may be the disability benefits program for them.

If a person with autism qualifies for SSDI, it could be because they were able to work for a while but had other health problems disrupt their work.

Disability benefit claims don’t have to be for just one condition. In fact, showing a combination of impairments can make a strong claim. So someone with autism who developed physical medical conditions should explain all of their health problems when they file for benefits.

Don’t go into this process cold. You can start with a consultation from Lachman & Gorton, FOR FREE.

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What Do You Have to Prove to Get Social Security Disability for Autism?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes autism spectrum disorder as a condition that can make it impossible to work and therefore qualify for disability benefits.

That’s good news, because it means Social Security provides specific standards you can meet to be awarded benefits.

Using documents, evidence and reports from doctors, therapists and other health care providers, Social Security says you could win disability benefits for autism if you demonstrate all of these conditions:

  • Verbal communication limitations
  • Non-verbal communication limitations
  • Social functioning problems
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Restricted interests and activities

And on top of those impairments, you must document and confirm an extreme limitation in one of the following areas, or a significant limitation in two of them:

  • Processing information (understanding, remember and applying information)
  • Interacting with other people
  • Staying focused (concentrating, persisting in a task, keeping up pace)
  • Regulating emotions and behavior

Because you can’t just tell Social Security you experience these limitations, you have to prove it, working with a disability lawyer can help.

Your lawyer can take your description of how autism impacts your life, or the life of a family member, and turn it into a legal case for benefits.
You pay no attorney fee until you win benefits.

To pursue your disability benefits for autism—and the financial relief, dignity and independence that come with them—contact Lachman & Gorton.

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National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
United States District Court of Northern and Western Districts
Broome County Bar Association