Autism is a disorder in neural growth that affects children in the earlier stages of their life. The condition affects the child’s ability to interact socially with others, deterring not only their communication skills but their everyday behavior. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, affecting 1 in 88 children.
While the definition of Disability can change based on the context, in a work setting, it can be seen as an individual’s inability to work in an ordinary setting on a regular and continuous basis. This same concept can be applied to a child in a classroom setting. Public schools around the country are required to meet guidelines specific for the needs of Autistic children. However, in many circumstances, children with this disability have to be enrolled in schools that have experience in dealing with individuals that have special needs.
For a child to be awarded disability benefits, the disability does not actually have to be considered if they are your dependent. They can get benefits on the parents’ record at this age. At the age of 18 the child’s benefits usually stop. After the age of 18 there are rules that must apply in order for them to continue getting benefits. These rules include that the child must have been diagnosed with the impairment before the age of 22 and that they must meet the definition of disability for adults.
Having a child with Autism is expensive and you might be entitled to disability benefits if you meet the requirements of a disability listing. The Law Office of Matt Liebenhaut represents disability cases for people of all ages. If you think your child or anyone else you know may be eligible for disability benefits due to a mental, physical, or emotional disability and you would like to set up a consultation with Mr. Liebenhaut, call our office at (850) 270-6977.
Disability listings can be found at www.ssa.gov
For more information on Autism visit autismspeaks.org