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Does SSA Qualify Autism as a Disability?

Autism is a complex neurological disorder that presents itself differently in every individual. It affects the ability to communicate, understand social cues and interact with others. It typically begins early in life and is usually diagnosed by the age of three. Autism can range from mild to severe, with milder forms such as Asperger’s syndrome or PDD-NOS (pervasive development disorder — not otherwise specified) falling on the autism spectrum. Only the most severe cases are classified as a disability.

How Do I Get Approved for Benefits with Autism?

Adults who have been diagnosed with autism and are looking to receive benefits from Social Security can apply for either SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance). To receive SSDI, the individual must have a work history that requires them to pay into Social Security via taxes. For those who don’t have a work history or whose parents are not receiving Social Security benefits, they can still apply for SSI. In order to qualify for SSI, the individual must have limited income and assets.