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Autism
My son is 8 years old and was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. I have never tried to get ss for him and im not sure what the requirements and regulations are on this matter
Anonymous
Re Anonymous
i need to apply for social securit disabilitryfor my son i apply before and I didnt fowllw up on it has mind Autism he 12 years ldo and want kind of paper work i need to apply just for him he has a payee thew san Andreses
Anonymous
my son gets ssi for his
my son gets ssi for his autism.... he has been getting it since he is 3 and will be 18 this year/ your son should be eligible
sarah
If a child is receiving SSB
If a child is receiving SSB and has autism when should he apply for ssi and does he receive backpay
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Child SSI
Sarah, I'm not sure what you mean by SSB. A child can apply for SSI at anytime. Back pay for SSI is only awarded back to the date of filing for disability-- even if the applicant was disabled long before applying for disability benefits. I hope I was able to answer some of your questions!
David
bipolar disorder
I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for quite a few years now and have never looked into getting social security benefits. My disorder seems to be getting worse even though I take medication. My disorder is completely interrupting my life and ability to function normally at work. I experience prolonged bouts of depression,anxiety, and paranoia. I need some help. How do I go about getting social security benefits?
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Free Legal Evaluation
David, I suggest you fill out this form to receive a free evaluation of your claim. You'll be able to speak with an attorney or advocate for free who can help you out and tell you how to proceed. You can find that form here.
jasmine
bipolor
im 19teen n have 3 kids i have n i battle with a heavy case of depression.paranoia and anixity, i get in very desturbing modes to were i cant function around people i can cant work or go to school cause my moods are out of wack, i have short term memory lost i am on medicatgi9on n i also have (imsomna) i cant sleep i function off of three hrs of sxleep a day now cause of my medican bujt i still am having a hard time on it . i need some help n advice~!!!
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Jasmine, I'm sorry to hear about everything you are going through. To qualify for disability benefits you will need to prove that you are truly disabled. To do so, you will need a diagnosis from a doctor as well as enough medical documentation to back it up. Because you are only 19, it is not likely that you have enough work history to qualify for SSDI. However, if you have very limited income, you may qualify for SSI. I suggest you fill out this form to receive a free legal evaluation. An attorney will be able to offer professional legal advice. Good luck!
Megan
Brother with schizophrenia
My 54 year old brother lives in San Antonio and has had the diagnosis of schizophrenia for most of his life, starting around age 18. I believe he is on SSI for his disability. He is very difficult to deal with, as he refuses to take medication, and, at this point, the disease has progressed so much that most of the time it is very difficult to communicate with him. My 83 year old mother tries to help him as much as she can, though he cannot live with her--it is bad for both of them. I live in Tennessee, so I am of limited help. My brother has been living in an apartment for a couple of years, but just got evicted today. Apparently his toilet has been leaking water for quite a while, and it has saturated areas of his apartment and also of some of the apartments around him. My question is--is there a list of apartments or living situations somewhere that cater to people with disabilities? I am not sure, but I believe this complex where he lived had some allowance for his disability. Again, he is very difficult to deal with and talk to, but I'm trying to do what I can to help my mother from afar and try to find out options for them to pursue. I may have to come to San Antonio to try to help, but for now, I'm trying to do what I can from here. Any help anyone can give me would be very much appreciated!! Good luck to everyone else as well. Dealing with mental disabilities is so tough--for the person who has one and also for their families and caregivers who try to make life reasonable for them as well. Thanks!
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Assisted Living and SSI
Megan, I'm sorry to hear about your situation, it must be very difficult for you. Although this website only deals with disability benefits, I know that some assisted living facilities and nursing homes do accept SSI/Medicaid as payment. I suggest you look for a facility like this.
Mindy
Autism
My son was diagnosed with autism at 3 1/2 yrs old and is now 5 yrs old, would he be able to get ssi? And what do i need to do or complete to get the process started?
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SSI for Son with Autism
Hi Mindy. Your son would most likely be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. However, SSI benefits are based on household income. Only individuals who earn very little income and have very few financial resources will qualify. To get started, I suggest you call the SSA to determine whether or not your family meets the financial limits.
Mom Michelle
ADD
My daughter has ADD and I believe Autisum as well. She is going to be 21 soon. She has never worked, always had special help throughout her entire school period, can not drive, did receive medication when she was younger, had counseling, not currently seeing a doctor due to financial issues, lives with me, I'm disabled on SSDI with no other income or assets. She has had problems since kindergarden and I don't think she will ever be self sufficient. Do you think she can get SSDI? She wont be able to fill out the forms, so I will have to do everything. Please help. Thank you!
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Michelle
Hi Michelle, SSDI is only offered to individuals with substantial work history. It is not likely that she would qualify under her own record and because she is 21 it isn't likely that she would qualify under your record either. However, she may be eligible to receive SSI benefits- which are based on financial need. To qualify, though, she will need medical evidence of her conditions. Without a proper diagnosis it would be very difficult for her to qualify.
Kassia
Our son was adopted
Our son was adopted independently and at that time we did not apply for any adoption assistance. It was not evident at 3 yrs old that he would have the issues he does have now. He is 11 and has a diagnosis of ADHD. We always felt the MD would up the medications but they continued to have little if any impact. We continued to feel something was wrong as he would function well in some areas but not in others. I was able to get a referral for Executive Functioning Testing and the insurance approved it. We completed our testing and the MD feels he is on the Autism Spectrum - I guess they don't really use Asperger's any more as a term. We have been given info about the Waisman Center at UW Madison and WEAP (WI early autism project). He has high verbal and perceptual function but low working memory and low processing speed. We have a IEP in place at school and it will need to be changed based on this information. I am not sure how the rest of this process works. We have insurance and income. I just know that this will be a life long struggle for him. If I apply now and am denied based on our income, will he be able to apply again at 18 and possibly be approved. Would the denial help or hurt him?
jennifer braswell
My son was diagnosed with
My son was diagnosed with autism( PPD) ADHD a sensory motor disorder, anxiety and a behavriol disordered motor control issues as well. But we have been denied several times. What could be the problem
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Hi Jennifer,
Hi Jennifer, Autism and ADHD in particular can be difficult claims to win. Keep in mind that your family income also cannot be too high, or it will stop your son from receiving benefits. If you're still having difficulty, you may want to consider contacting an attorney. An attorney can go through your paperwork and make sure you've filled everything out correctly, and can defend you in court if need be.
Matthew Turner
Jennifer you can review the
Jennifer you can review the criteria Social Security uses on their website to define autism as well. I have high functioning autism diagnosed by a doctor but would not be considered autistic by social security because their outdated definition says that all autistic children are mutes and unable to speak which is of course nonsense. What I would recommend is having the psychiatrist focus on the other mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, irritability and so on as those can be disorders in of themselves if severe enough such as Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder etc. etc. He can probably more easily qualify based on these diagnoses since social security has more broad definitions of those conditions. What we know as well as an "autistic episode" can also easily be characterized as a panic attack it's pretty much identical just with a different neurological cause.
cheryl Jenkins
My granddaughter was

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.

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Hi Cheryl,

Hi Cheryl,

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.

Anonymous
Can I apply for my 7 yr old
Can I apply for my 7 yr old autistic son online? I have 15 yr old autistic gorgeous son, so its been a few years!
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Hi there,

Hi there,
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.

Anonymous
My son is 8 yrs.old and is
My son is 8 yrs.old and is low functioning autism. He only speaks a few words. We were getting ssi but it was stopped and now I have to repay because we got an extra car(even though the car we had is not being used) we were told we can only have one car . Also, my mom has an account with $5000.00 in it and I never realized my name was on the account. I was told I cannot have my name on it even though I do not actually have access to it. The extra car we have, we have to keep and get fixed since we have 6 other children in our home it is hard having only one car. We are in the guidelines as for as the money we make. Not only do we need the ssi for our son but I cannot afford to pay what we were getting back. Can you help please!!!
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Hi there,

Hi there,
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.

Anonymous
Thank you so much!!!
Thank you so much!!!
neomi
my child has been getting ssi
my child has been getting ssi since was three years old for autism. social security wants her to see one of there doctors, can they reverse her autism? To my understanding once you are diagnosed with autism you will always be autistic.
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Hi Neomi,

Hi Neomi,

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.

Anonymous
I am adopting my grandaughter
I am adopting my grandaughter can I apply for SSI when the adoption goes through.
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Hi there,

Hi there,
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.

francis
my 4 year got tested for
my 4 year got tested for autism and she has it she is not able to tell me the who's,what when and how's she talks a lot because she copy everything she is potty trained do you think she will quilfy for ssi
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Hi Francis,

Hi Francis,
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.

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