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My granddaughter was diagnosed with Autism when she was 6 years old. She is now 10 years old. She is in the SPED program in school and doing well there. She will always have Autism I am told. I was wondering if she could receive SSI benefits for Autism. She lives with me and I am the primary caretaker even though I don't have custody. My son (her father) lives with me also and has joint custody of her. She is high functioning, but this will never go away and I would like to know if we should pursue trying to get SSI for her.
If she is high functioning she may not have a high chance of qualifying, but you can read more about qualifying for disability benefits with Autism here. There are a lot of qualifying symptoms that she'll need to display to be eligible for SSI benefits. Good luck, and I wish your family the best.
You can start the application online, but you will need to finish the application in person at your local SSA office. You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-772-1213.
I am very sorry to hear about this situation! The first thing I would do would be to tell your mom to remove your name from the account.
As for the car, an option would be to potentially register it under a different name. If the car you have is not being used, get rid of it. There is no reason to disqualify yourself from SSI benefits if you're not using the car. You can sell it, and if the cash it too high, you can set up a dedicated account to be used for you son's needs through the SSA. Again, I am very sorry to hear about this situation! Hopefully you can get back the benefits you need.
This is true, there is currently no "cure" for autism. Your daughter is being sent to the SSA's doctor so they can evaluate her autism personally. This is because autism qualifications change as a child ages, and the SSA is most likely checking to see if she is still disabled.
Certainly. Since you are adopting her, she could also earn a percentage of your SSDI benefits if you are disabled, or your SS retirement benefits if you are retired. She will be eligible for these until she's 18.
It is hard for anyone to tell if a child will qualify for SSI. It will depend on how high-functioning your daughter is for her age. She has to have all of the following symptoms to qualify for SSI benefits with autism:
1. A difficult time interacting socially (with other children)
2. An inability to imagine and communicate nonverbally.
3. A lack of interest in activities or hobbies.