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AUTISM SPECTRUM LAWYERS FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS

If you're the parent of a child with Autism or an adult living with autism who finds it increasingly difficult to earn a living due to having autism, you may be eligible for disability. Clauson Law has been representing the disabled for over ten years. Give us a call today.

Autism Spectrum Lawyer for Disability Benefits

Autism is diagnosed when patients show signs of impaired social interactions and impaired communications. Patients also show a repetitive behavior pattern. Autistic people make unusual gestures and have a general lack of responsiveness.

Autism is a spectrum disorder, with some people classified as high functioning, while others function at very low levels. For example, one-third of autistic people don’t develop sufficient speech to meet life’s daily needs. Others have repetitive behaviors like rocking back and forth, hand waving,or head rolling. Many autistic people have compulsive behaviors, too, like rearranging objects or needing a ritual of doing things exactly the same way every day.

These individuals often have limited focus and attention spans and may even injure themselves.

Much is still not known about autism, but it is thought to be present at birth. Children start showing signs of neurological developmental disorder around age 3.

Guide to the Autism Spectrum for Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies autism disability as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Guidelines were updated in 2017. To claim disability benefits (SSDI), you must show severe deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction. You also must show compelling evidence of repetitive behaviors that restrict the ability to socially interact with other people. SSA will consider all three when determining a child’s ability to qualify for an autism disability.

Specifically, SSA looks at the severity of the child’s functional ability. SSA guidelines state there must be severe limitations in two of the following:

  • The ability to remember, understand and use newly learned information.
  • The ability to interact with other people.
  • The ability to focus on the task at hand.
  • The ability to manage their own emotions and behavior.
  • The ability to self-care (hygiene, etc.)

Most often, SSA sees claims filed by parents on behalf of children. Adults with autism can also apply, but SSDI requires that you have a demonstrated work history. Parents with adult children can receive disability benefits for that child if the child is older than 18 and diagnosed with autism before age 22.

Medical Records - Support Autism Diagnosis

Either way, when you file, it is important to have detailed medical records that support the autism diagnosis. Evidence of special cognitive, psychological, or any other standardized testing is important, as are notes from psychologists, teachers, or other health professionals.

The application process can be complicated, so consider hiring Clauson Law to help you through the process of applying for benefits for an autism disability.

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