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Parents of Autistic Kids May Qualify for Social Security Disability

Posted on Aug 08, 2013

Autism comes with a number of challenges, even for the most capable of people. Finding quality specialized care and the right assistive technology to educate your child and help them grow puts a financial strain on households. Now, Age of Autism reports that parents may be eligible to receive Boston Social Security disability benefits on behalf of the child with autism.

The Social Security Administration has stringent rules on how they provide benefits to disabled people and their families. If you are the parent of a child under the age of 18, your income will be a factor in deciding how much you may be eligible to receive in Social Security disability benefits. Your child must have the following symptoms to qualify:

  • Lack of development of social interaction
  • Lack of verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Lack of imaginative activity
  • A noticeable restricted interest in many activities

Although a child may possess these mandatory requirements, applying for SSDI in Massachusetts is not easy. Parents must collect the necessary medical and financial information for their application. They must also document all medical treatments, hospitalizations, and diagnosis. In addition, they should include statements from professionals that their child sees every day, such as therapists, doctors, teachers, and more.

Because the process can be overwhelming, having a knowledgeable professional on your side can help make filing an application more efficient. It is recommended for parents to work in conjunction with a Massachusetts Social Security disability attorney. If the application is approved, parents can overcome financial instability as a result of autism and focus on keeping their child and family happy and healthy.

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