Working a public job is not always possible when you have a child with Autism. Especially in Alabama due to the long commutes to and from most brick and mortar job sites. Many families must make ends meet on a single income or worse - welfare in the case of single parent homes.
A very viable option is working from home. Yes, there have been predators promising big bucks and easy work since the beginning of time. Some "over 30" readers may remember those "paint from home" craft jobs which charged you for your materials then rarely (if ever paid) citing quality reasons.
Fortunately, you have access to many legitimate ways to make money from home. You can make a payday comparable to what you would make if you COULD go to a job in town.