Individuals with autism may find it challenging to work due to their condition and related difficulties. Those who are unable to work because of autism might be eligible for long term disability (LTD) benefits. The insurance company will evaluate their claim to determine if they meet the plan’s criteria.
What is Autism?
Autism is one of three major neurodevelopmental disorders, along with Asperger’s syndrome, which involves social and speech development, and pervasive developmental disorder, which is the diagnosis for anyone not fully meeting the criteria for autism or Asperger’s. Autism is characterized by poor development of communication and by behavior that is restricted and repetitive.
Autism is usually apparent during a child’s first or second year. It is common for an autistic baby to have trouble babbling by the usual first 12 months or saying words by the usual 16 months. These toddlers may also have difficulty with pretend play, hand gestures, or any nonverbal communication. Regressive autism is when a child appears normal until age 1 or 2 before losing language and social skills already learned.
Autistic adults exhibit a wide range of symptoms, varying from mild to severe, which can significantly impact their daily lives. They may have a strong attachment to specific objects, experience excessive distress from any changes in their routine, face challenges in starting or maintaining conversations, and have heightened or decreased senses. They may prefer spending time alone, engage in repetitive body movements, and display aggressive tantrums when upset.
While some autistic adults lead typical lives, others may require support from family or others to maintain their desired routines. Autism symptoms can differ from person to person, but generally, diagnosis is based on signs of repetitive behavior, restricted interests, and communication difficulties.
Qualifying for Long Term Disability
If you are struggling to qualify for long term disability benefits, it’s recommended to work with an experienced disability attorney. Do not give up just because your application was denied. Many people face denials at first, but can gather more information to support their case and appeal. Seeking expert help from a disability attorney can make a significant difference in your chances of getting approved for benefits.
Though the process might seem intimidating, a skilled disability attorney will guide you through it. They only get paid if you win the case, so you won’t have to worry about upfront costs or unexpected bills. Call Ortiz Law Firm at (888) 321-8131 for a free case evaluation and information on how you or a loved one with autism may be eligible for long term disability.