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Getting California SSD benefits for developmental disorders

Los Angeles residents might know that Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available to people for a wide range of issues. One of those issues is autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. Knowing how the Social Security Administration characterizes these developmental problems is imperative when seeking approval. Before applying, understanding the federal regulations that govern application and acceptance can avoid a denial due to a mistake or lack of proper information.

To receive SSD benefits, the claimant must have qualitative deficits in numerous areas, including developing social interaction, developing communication skills verbally and non-verbally and in imaginative activity. With these individuals, it is frequent that there is a restriction in the interests and activities he or she will take part in. They are often stereotyped, but for the claimant to be approved, it is necessary for the disorders to meet the requirements in categories A and B.

In category A, for autism, there must be qualitative deficits in the claimant's social interaction. These deficits include qualitative deficits in verbal communication, non-verbal communication and in imaginative activity. In addition, a restriction in the repertoire of interests and activities can also apply. In category A, for pervasive developmental disorders, there must be the same issues as autism, except the restriction in interests and activities.

For category B, there is also a short list of requirements. However, an applicant need only suffer at least two of the following: restriction of activities in daily living; difficulty maintaining social functioning; difficulties concentrating, persisting or pacing; or a repeated episode of decompensating with each for an extended period.

For those who are suffering from autism or pervasive developmental disorders, it can negatively affect their life in a multitude of ways. SSD benefits are available for those who meet the requirements and are found to be disabled. To better understand your options and to help navigate the system, it may be wise to speak to an experienced legal professional.

Source: SSA.gov, "12.10 Autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders," accessed on Aug. 24, 2015

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