The term “autism” refers to a broad range of conditions that can result in challenges in verbal and non-verbal communication, social skills, and speech and language skills. Symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the condition. This latter fact is also what makes recovering disability benefits for autism extra challenging for persons who suffer from the condition.
If your child suffers from autism, and your income and asset levels are not above the limits set by the Social Security Administration, you may qualify to receive SSI benefits. The eligibility criteria is different for adults with autism, however. If your income and asset levels are below limits set by the federal agency, then you may qualify for and receive benefits under the SSI program.
Adults with autism may also qualify for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program. For this, however, you must have paid into the SSDI program, which means that you must have a work history and have paid into the system during this work tenure. You must also prove that your condition makes it impossible for you to work at your job and earn a sustainable income. The agency will determine whether your disability prevents you from working at your old job. If the agency finds that you can meet the demands of the job, then you might not qualify for benefits.