There are many people in South Florida who suffer either with autism or with a related condition that puts the person on the "autism spectrum." There are three different basic types of autism spectrum disorders. The first, "autism" proper, is what a Florida resident might think of when thinking of "autism." This type of disorder is also the type typically portrayed in the entertainment media. Someone with this disorder will show difficulty using language, communicating and being able to relate well to others. They may also show a tendency to engage in non-conventional behavior or may have things that interest them which others perceive as odd.
Another type of autism is Asperger syndrome. Someone with this form of spectrum disorder may really struggle in society and may also have behavior others would describe as odd. However, they are more likely to be of either average or above-average intelligence and will generally not have difficulty with their language skills.
There are also various types of other conditions which can be labelled pervasive developmental disorder, which is also referred to as "atypical autism." Someone with this condition may exhibit some of the symptoms of autism or Asperger syndrome, but not all of them. As such, they may be able to function just fine in some areas, while really struggling in others.
An autism spectrum disorder can, in some circumstances, qualify a person for disability benefits. Whether someone qualifies will depend on the exact nature and extent of their symptoms, as the question will be, as it always is, whether the condition prevents the person suffering under it from being able to work. A person who either has or has a child with an autism spectrum disorder may want to inquire of a disability attorney to see if they are eligible for benefits.