Children’s SSI and Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders:
I am frequently asked if a child with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or Autism is eligible for Supplemental Security Income. The short answer is yes. A child with PPD or Autism may be eligible for SSI depending on the severity of the impairment.
Social Security first looks to their Listed Impairments to determine whether the child is eligible for SSI. Listing 112.10 states the requirements to be found eligible for SSI based on Autism or PDD. The child is eligible if these requirements are met. If these requirements are not met, Social Security determines whether the child “functionally equals” a Listing. What this means is that the Administrative Law Judge will determine how the impairment, in this case Autism or PDD, impacts the child’s ability to pay attention, complete tasks, interact with others, and the ability to care for themselves.
Documentation is the key to show the child is eligible for SSI. Medical records, school records, Individual Educational Programs, statements from family and friends, pharmacy records, and a statement form the physician are all vital to show the impact PPD or Autism has on the child.
If you are in the process of applying for SSI for a child with Autism/PDD or have already been denied, please feel free to contact me to discuss your options.