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Can Autistic Children Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

Can Autistic Children Collect Social Security Disability Benefits?

by Staff Blogger | August 6th, 2013

August 6, 2013

About one in 88 children are born with autism every year. For many parents, the costs of caring for a child with the condition can be quite high. In fact, the Harvard School of Public Health found the average amount spent on the care of an autistic child was between $67,000 and $72,000 per year.

These costs leave many families with an autistic child financially struggling and searching for income resources. But many parents don’t realize that their child may qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits to help offset the costs of care.

According to an article from the Autism Support Network, a child suffering from autism spectrum disorder may qualify for Social Security Disability if they are under the age of 18 years old and do not hold a job that is considered substantial work. Their condition must also leave them with “marked and severe limitations” and must have persisted for more than 12 months.

The Social Security Administration will then examine the child’s communication skills, imagination, and ability to socially interact age appropriately. Parental income and resources will also be considered.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how complex the application process for disability benefits can be and are here to answer any questions an individual may have if they are considering applying for such benefits for themselves or a loved one.


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