Did You Know Your Autistic Loved One Might Qualify For SSI Benefits?
What is SSI?
SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. SSI is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues and not Social Security taxes.
Who is eligible for SSI?
Anyone who is aged (age 65 or older); blind or disabled AND who has limited income; has limited resources and U.S. citizen. Autism (especially if your child is mute) can fall under the category of disabled. You can get more information by here eligibility requirements here.
How can I apply for SSI?
You can call 1-800-772-1213 (or TTY 1-800-325-0778) to make an appointment with a SSI benefits representative. You can also walk into the Social Security office, but without an appointment you might have to wait a while.
For more information about SSI, please visit http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-understanding-ssi.htm.