Government Funding & Benefits

Autistic individuals in the United States may be eligible for government funding and benefits.

Federal and state level resources can provide financial assistance, access to healthcare, and support services. Navigating the various programs and requirements can be complex.

Benefits administered by the Social Security Administration include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and Medicare. SSI determination is based on age/disability and limited income and resources, whereas SSDI determination is based on disability and work credits. Work incentives make it possible for people receiving SSDI or SSI to work and still receive monthly payments.

Resources by State

Use this chart as a reference guide to national and state resources:

Free Must-Watch Webinar

2023 Update: How to Find Public Benefits for Autistic Adults in Any State

This free webinar teaches Autistic adults in any state how to find public federal and state support programs that provide free or low-cost services to help them reach their immediate and longer-term needs and goals. Eligibility requirements and availability of these services vary significantly by state.

National Video & Resource Collection

AANE’s Jody Acford Conference: Navigating the Public Support Roadmap for Autistic Adults presents comprehensive information on the public and private benefits, services, and supports available to Autistic adults.

Additional Information

What types of Public Benefit Programs Are Available to Autistic Adults?

DDS Northeast Region: Adult Autism Service Guide

2019 Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Guide to Adult Autism Services in the Northeast Region

Public Benefit Resources for Autistic Adults in Massachusetts

Public Benefit Resources for Autistic Adults in New York

A Guide to Adult Services & Benefits in Massachusetts

This information is designed to support individuals, families, caregivers, and providers in learning about various federal and Massachusetts state services and benefits that are offered for adults over 18 years old with disabilities.

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