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Social Security Benefits for Adults with Autism

Experts estimate that as many as half a million children with autism will enter adulthood over the next decade. For these maturing children and their families, the transition to adulthood can bring new challenges as well as new opportunities. Many families are particularly concerned about the financial challenges of autism. For adults with autism, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides a possible source of financial support.

What is SSI?

SSI is a benefit for disabled people who have little or no income to pay for basic necessities. To qualify, your disability must be severe enough that you are unable to work. Additionally, you must have less than $2,000 in assets if you are single or less than $3,000 in assets if you are married.

Meeting the income and asset limits

In most cases, a young adult with autism will be considered a household of one. As a separate household, only the young person’s income and resources will count towards the limits. This will be true even if the young person lives with family members. Although living with family will not affect eligibility, it may affect the amount of the benefit.

Meeting the disability requirement

As an adult, an autistic person must met the medical criteria of a disability and be unable to engage in substantial gainful employment. In other words, because of autism, the young person cannot earn more than $1,040 a month working.

Other available benefits

Many adults with autism also qualify for other federal benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). If your adult child has autism or another developmental disability, an adult child benefits attorney can assess your eligibility for various forms of assistance. Let our team of caring and skilled lawyer guide you through the process of applying for benefits.

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