mental health


Question by  KK47 (19)

Does a diagnosis of autism qualify for ssd?

My son has autism will I qualify for ssd?


Answer by  Ryochan (214)

It depends on how severe a case of autism your son has. I am not sure all the requirements, but if he cannot do certain things on his own, he will definitely qualify for SSD. Check with a lawyer, your doctor, and even look at Social Security's website for more information.


Answer by  John (9008)

Some children with autism can qualify for social security, but more than a mere diagnosis is required. The child needs to be getting treatment, but still suffering from serious limitations in his normal activities. You must prove these limitations (through school records, for example).


Answer by  baluga (147)

If you are talking about SSI, you can find out if you qualify on the Social Security Administration's website. If your son's autism is perceived to be debilitating enough that he would not be able to provide for himself, then you would likely be able to collect SSI for him.


Answer by  RRGKK (412)

It may depend on the severity of his autism, but usually yes. He may also then qualify for Medicaid, which can help with treatment. Apply and see.


Answer by  liblue (683)

It depens on how functional he is. He may be able to work or already is working but may have be struggling in some ways. It is best to get an advocate and also be aware of any desires your son has to work. He might be able to work and get disability.

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