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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.