A report by Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute revealed that many young adults with autism are struggling after high school. The report indicated that young adults on the spectrum often lack employment and don’t get the services they need in early adulthood.
It revealed that more than a third of young adults with autism do not have jobs or continue school while in their early 20s, which is alarmingly higher than young adults who have other disabilities, Disability Scoop reported.
In fact, just 58 percent of young adults with autism had earned money through a job by the time that they reached their early twenties, the report indicated, and the jobs they did have were often low-paying.
Only a third of the young adults with autism had ever lived away from their parents, the report showed.
Obviously, this shows that many young adults with autism are not getting the support they need, through job placement services, but also through cash assistance services such as Social Security Disability benefits that make independent living possible for adults with disabling conditions.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be the best option for young adults with autism if they have not earned enough work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
SSI is an income-based government program that helps disabled individuals meet their basic needs if they bring in little to no income. Unlike SSDI, SSI does not require applicants to have a past work history. It may also be available to low-income families with autistic children.
Autism and other pervasive developmental disorders are accepted by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as qualifying disabling conditions that may warrant benefits; however, the application process can still be long and difficult, often resulting in denied claims.
For that reason, many young people with autism may have tried to qualify for benefits and then given up. But they shouldn’t.
An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can help explain to the SSA how autism affects a young person’s life and why he or she should be entitled to benefits as a result.