You may have been injured in an accident and unable to work, or you may have a disease or other medical condition--but to win Social Security Disability benefits you must prove to the Social Security Administration that you are unable to engage in "substantial activity," for at least twelve consecutive months.
Autism can pose many challenges to children who suffer from it. However, with proper help and support, children with autism can overcome many of these challenges. Thus, having resources for such help and support available for children with autism is very important.
Children with disabilities can have a variety of different special needs. For one, they can have special care needs. Such care needs can be quite expensive, which can pose challenges for families, particularly those that don't have much in the way of income or assets. The Supplemental Security Income program is one program a low-income family with a disabled child may be able to turn to for help in meeting such costs.
The backlash from the recent "60 Minutes" segment about Social Security disability programs took our minds off the shutdown for a few days. Now that the shutdown is over -- for the moment -- critics of "Disability, USA" can put all of their energy into correcting the misinformation included in the report.
We wrote recently about the complicated application and appeal process for veterans' disability benefits. If you are a parent of a child with a disability, you know that the process for other government programs can be quite as complicated and that no two are alike. And because different federal agencies offer different benefits, you know all too well that there is no such thing as "one-stop shopping."