Autism is a disorder that seems to be shrouded in mystery, and it is generally poorly understood. Many people wait until later in life to pursue Social Security disability for autism in New York, as they may find that it is only later in life that the disorder shows its full effect. Because autism has such a big impact on one's ability to create and maintain social connections, holding a full-time job or being in some environments may seem impossible, even with treatment. As White Plains disability lawyers, we understand that autism can be overwhelming as expectations change with age. Here's a little more information about the disorder itself and how it is evaluated by Social Security disability.
What Is Autism?
Autism is a highly-complex mental disorder that affects one's ability to communicate and interact with others socially. The person may engage in repetitive behaviors or concentrate on some things to the exclusion of everything else. There are many types of autism and a wide range of symptoms, which fall under the "autism spectrum." The effects of autism can severely limit one's ability to function, or may be milder and allow a person to lead a fairly "normal" life.
The visible signs of autism may include:
- A lack of eye contact or general indifference to social interaction
- A lack of empathy
- A very intent and focused pursuit of an interest over a long period of time, to the exclusion of all other things
- Repetitive or self-harmful behaviors, such as rocking back and forth or hitting one's head
How Is Autism Evaluated by Social Security Disability?
When a person applies for disability for an autism spectrum disorder in New York, he will need to provide a great deal of information about his medical and treatment history. His disability decisions will be made based on the severity of the disorder and how well he is able to function and complete the activities of daily living. For an autism spectrum disorder, Social Security disability is going to specifically be looking at:
- His ability to interact and reciprocate with others socially
- Restrictions caused by repetitive behaviors or limited interests
- His ability to communicate, verbally or nonverbally, or engage in "imaginative activity"
Even aside from his functioning in these areas, disability could be granted if it can be proven that it has a severe impact on his ability and daily life.
If you or a loved one is considering pursuing disability for autism, speak with a friendly and skilled White Plains disability lawyer today at 1-855-614-4351. We can help explain the disability process in New York and help you get the help you need. We are devoted to helping injured and disabled New Yorkers and look forward to speaking with you during a completely free, no-pressure consultation.