Asperger disorder, often known as Asperger’s Syndrome, may be considered a disability under many legal and medical definitions. This type of pervasive developmental disorder falls under the broader umbrella of autism spectrum disorder.
Asperger’s syndrome, part of the broader autism spectrum disorder, is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by distinctive social and behavioral challenges. Unlike some forms of autism, Asperger’s syndrome does not typically involve a speech delay, and people with the condition usually have an average or above-average level of intelligence. However, people with Asperger’s often face difficulties in social situations and may struggle to understand and respond to social cues.
Asperger’s syndrome is lifelong, meaning that people diagnosed with the condition in childhood will continue to experience symptoms into adulthood. However, symptoms may improve over time, and many adults with Asperger’s can live independently, hold jobs, and have families. While it can be challenging, many people with Asperger’s find that their unique way of seeing the world can be a strength and a challenge.
Although Asperger’s is typically characterized as part of the autism spectrum disorder, it’s essential to understand that it manifests differently from person to person. Broadly speaking, Asperger’s can be divided into two types based on severity and functionality: High Functioning Asperger’s and Severe Asperger’s.
Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome can vary widely among individuals but generally include the following:
1. Difficulty Interpreting Social Cues: Individuals with Asperger’s often struggle with social situations. They may not understand social norms or cues and have trouble determining whether someone else is happy, upset, or frustrated. Not having a good grasp of social cues can cause confusion or uncomfortable situations.
2. Nonverbal Communication: People with Asperger’s may have difficulty with nonverbal communication. This can include problems maintaining eye contact, understanding body language, or recognizing facial expressions.
3. Trouble Managing Emotions in Social Contexts: Similarly, those with Asperger’s may have difficulty expressing their emotions and come across as emotionally flat or indifferent. The heightened stress and anxiety in social situations can result in emotional outbursts or withdrawal.
4. Difficulty Forming and Maintaining Relationships: Because of these social interaction challenges, forming and maintaining relationships can be tough for individuals with Asperger’s. They may appear introverted, preferring to be alone due to the stress of social situations. This can often lead to feelings of isolation.
5. Restricted Interests: Individuals with Asperger’s often develop intensely focused interests in specific topics. They can become highly knowledgeable in their areas of interest. Still, they may have trouble engaging with a broader range of issues.
6. Repetitive Behaviors: People with Asperger’s often display repetitive or rigid behaviors. This might include adherence to specific routines or rituals, resistance to change, or repetitive movements such as hand-flapping or rocking. This can cause difficulties in dynamic social situations.
7. Coordination Issues: Many with Asperger’s also have coordination issues. They may be clumsy or awkward in their movements and struggle with tasks requiring fine motor skills.
In the United States, it is possible to get Asperger’s disability benefits. However, the process may require extensive documentation and medical evidence. The Social Security Administration’s Blue Book lists autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome, as conditions that can qualify for disability benefits. However, to get these benefits for Asperger’s adults, they must prove that their condition severely impairs their ability to function in everyday life.
Applying for Social Security disability for Asperger’s syndrome involves compiling the necessary medical documents, including a detailed diagnosis, treatment records, and an Asperger’s test demonstrating how the condition impacts the individual’s daily living activities, social functioning, and ability to concentrate or maintain pace. Because the process can be complex and lengthy, many individuals seek assistance from a disability lawyer.
Suppose you or a loved one consider applying for Asperger’s disability benefits. In that case, our team is here to help. We can provide guidance on the best way to document your condition, navigate the process, and ensure you present a strong case for receiving benefits. As disability lawyers with extensive experience helping people with Asperger’s syndrome, we can help you cut through the complexity and stress of applying for Social Security disability.
Remember, if you’re facing challenges due to Asperger’s Syndrome disability, you are not alone, and resources are available to assist you. Contact Chermol & Fishman, LLC today to get the support and representation you deserve to qualify for disability benefits successfully.
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