Many people who are considering for Social Security disability benefits may be unsure if the condition they have qualifies them for benefits. While not every condition is covered, many are — including conditions that fall under the categories of mental illness and psychological issues, not solely physical disabilities.
One of these conditions is autism. People who are diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum often have a difficult time adjusting socially, are late compared with their peers for developing speech and otherwise have trouble feeling like they fit into society. As a result, this can yield big problems when it comes to finding a job that can accommodate these issues — and many people have found it to be more or less impossible.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the diagnosis of autism has skyrocketed in this country — in fact, it has gone up 72 percent in the last four years alone. When looking at the last two decades, that figure is 600 percent. While some of it is probably due to the better understanding of autism and physicians’ ability to diagnose it, most of that increase is due to external forces such as environmental factors.
What this means is that more kids than ever have been diagnosed as autistic — about 1 in 50 between the ages of 6 and 17. If their conditions do not improve over time — or worsen — they may be in line to receive Social Security disability benefits when the time comes.
Source: The Huffington Post, “CDC: One in Every Fifty Children Has Autism,” Jay Gordon, March 21, 2013