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Why do kids who are autistic get an SSI check?

I mean, for an adult who can't hold down a job, it makes sense to get a check to have some sort of income, but why a child?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:36 AM on May. 10, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (48)
  • Maybe for out of pocket therapy. My son is autistic and I'd feel like crap taking a check from the government every month!

    Answer by TMJ121099 at 9:39 AM on May. 10, 2010

  • its not just about the check... for most, its about the funding they receive through SSI for Medicaid which pays for therapy and any medical necessities.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:37 AM on May. 10, 2010

  • not all of them do, but some of them do because of the extra expenses it puts on the parents + if they are that autistic, it is a disability and they will never have a job.

    my mom knows a lady that gets one for her daughter with ADHD. That is total BS to me!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:38 AM on May. 10, 2010

  • because their family needs the money to support them and get them what they need.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:44 AM on May. 10, 2010

  • The SSI is based not just on the child's level of disability, but also on the family's income, so even if a child qualifies based on disability, the child may be disqualified b/c of parental income. So, for those families that do qualify for the SSI, they really do need the extra help. Often these families wouldn't qualify for any other assistance programs if not for the SSI and the MA that comes with it is a major boon. Private insurance companies usually will not cover any of the therapy or treatments needed for a child with an autism diagnosis, so if it were not for the MA, these kids would not be receiving much needed behavioral services & supports that may allow them to one day function in society. Granted, to a limited degree, but children who receive services earlier are more likely to make significant progress & be able to work as adults, needing less support than if they hadn't gotten help early.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:44 AM on May. 10, 2010

  • Therapy and specialized equipment (which some of them need!!) are very expensive.

    My daughter's gait trainer - $600

    Her wheel chair - $5,000

    Her communication board $??? I don't even know, but would guess its upwards of $500

    Physical, speech, and occupational therapy- $50-100 per hour and she needs an hour a week of each.

    Her hearing aids $4,000

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:46 AM on May. 10, 2010

  • before bashing the system there anon@:45,it seems like you might want to educate yourself in what SSI is

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes)
    It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and
    It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:48 AM on May. 10, 2010

  • Social Security was meant for retirement not all these things that are being tap on. It's no wonder why Social Security is going bankrupt for people that have paid into the system by working.

    Traditional Social SSI are two different things.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:48 AM on May. 10, 2010

  • "Social Security was meant for retirement"

    True. But, SSI is for those UNDER 65 and the funding for that does not come from your Social Security (retirement) funds.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:50 AM on May. 10, 2010

  • I've wondered the same thing, and was totally bashed in the new comers group for even asking this.




    Answer by Anonymous at 9:52 AM on May. 10, 2010