A complex developmental disability appearing around age 3, autism is believed to be the result of a neurological disorder affecting normal brain functioning that causes difficulty in communicating, socially interacting and participating in leisure or play activities.
Autism is the most common of five different developmental disorders described as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), neurological disorders affecting every ethnicity.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of individuals affected by autism continues to grow each year
Why Special Needs Support for Autistic Persons is Important
Children and adults with autism who meet specific income guidelines are generally eligible for government assistance, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Medical assistance to pay for routine and emergency medical costs, such as doctor visits, hospital stays and prescription drugs are covered by SSI. Unfortunately, if the autistic individual’s income exceeds $2,000 a year, eligibility for SSI or Medicaid ceases.
Although it’s commonly believed that government programs such as SSI and Medicaid will care for the child when parents have passed away, this is incorrect. What the child really needs is a solid, well-crafted estate plan to ensure the autistic child will be cared for throughout life, and will still receive government benefits. Except for those parents and children already living at the poverty level, parents must create a Special Needs Trust.
To find out how your autistic child can benefit from a special needs trust, schedule your free consultation with Aaron Feldman today.
About the Feldman Law Group
Headquartered in Walnut Creek the Feldman Law Group provides special needs support and real estate litigation in and around the San Francisco Bay area. Founder Aaron Feldman is an experienced litigator and trained mediator, offering his clients a broad approach to their special needs support or real estate litigation. Contact Aaron today for your free consultation.
Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at: 925-283-6691.