Autism and autistm spectrum disorders (such as Asperger syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, or PDD-NOS) are recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a qualifying condition for children under the age of 18 for receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). He or she must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability for children, and his or her income and resources must fall within the eligibility limits.
In the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security manual (also known as the Blue Book), The Social Security Administration classifies Autistic Disorder and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders as Mental Disorders characterized by qualitative deficits in the development of reciprocal social interaction, in the development of verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and in imaginative activity. Often, there is a markedly restricted repertoire of activities and interests, which frequently are stereotyped and repetitive.
When evaluating individual Autism cases, the SSA looks for medically documented findings of all three of the following:
- Qualitative deficits in the development of reciprocal social interaction
- Qualitative deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication and in imaginative activity
- Markedly restricted repertoire of activities and interests
Additionally, the severity of the child’s impairment is evaluated based on his or her age group.
At the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., we are experienced in handling children’s social security disability claims related to Autism. We understand what the SSA is looking for when evaluating claims, and are here to be your tough advocates regardless of the level of your appeal.
We also realize that this is a difficult time, and are here to answer your questions. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.