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Determining whether one can receive SSDI benefits for autism

There are many different things that can prevent a person in Oklahoma from being able to do various activities, including being able to work. Many times people think about physical injuries or illnesses that make it impossible for the person to do the various physical tasks for a job. However, mental conditions can be just as debilitating and can have just as much of an effect on people's ability to work as physical injuries or illnesses.

There are a wide variety of mental conditions and a wide variety of effects that they have on people. Just like injuries and illnesses, mental conditions also have varying degrees of severity. Also, similarly to people with physical injuries and illnesses, people with mental conditions that prevent them from working may be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) for mental conditions.

One of these mental conditions is autism. As many people are aware there is a spectrum for autism. This means that two different people who have autism can have very different limitations because of it. So, not everyone with autism will be able to receive SSDI.

In order to be eligible for SSDI, people with autism must have deficits in both verbal and non-verbal communication, social interaction and have restrictive repetitive behavior. In addition to this they must have an extreme limitation in one or marked limitations in at least two of the following areas: their ability to understand and apply information; interact with others; concentrate or keep pace; or in their ability to adapt or manage themselves.

There are many people in Oklahoma who deal with different types of mental conditions. Some of these can be very debilitating and make it difficult for the person to work. This can make life very difficult as the person tries to figure out how they will pay their bills. However, people in this situation may be entitled to SSDI, which can provide money to the person to pay for their needs. It can be a complicated process though and consulting with an experienced attorney may be beneficial.

Source: www.ssa.gov, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security - 12.00 Mental Disorders - Adult" accessed on May 17, 2018

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