Social Security Administration – Recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month

Social Security Administration – Recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month

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Dear Colleague,

April is Autism Awareness Month, an opportunity to continue educating people about Autism and issues within this community. It is also a time to celebrate the resources and support services available to people with this condition. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a group of complex disorders of brain development. ASD often interferes with a person’s ability to communicate, process information, and in some cases, it presents with repetitive, odd or inappropriate behaviors.

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American, often during times of personal hardship, transition, and uncertainty. Our programs serve as vital financial protection for working men and women, children, the disabled, and the elderly. We administer the largest disability program in the nation.
If your loved one has a developmental disorder, such as a severe form of autism, he or she may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program. Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.
When you apply for either program, we will collect medical and other information from you and make a decision about whether or not you meet Social Security’s definition of disability. Use the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool to find out which programs may be able to pay you benefits. If your application has recently been denied, the Internet Appeal is a starting point to request a review of our decision about your eligibility for disability benefits.
Social Security Disability Planner
The disability planner will help you find out:

Please share this information with your staff, clients, colleagues, and the general public. If you are able, please post this information on your website or other social media sites.

Thank you for assisting us in educating the public about your Social Security benefits.
David Vinokurov
District Manager – Trenton, NJ
Social Security Administration
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