Social Security, Disability, and Autism

  • 19 Mar 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street, Suite 101, Pittsburgh, PA 15223
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Social Security, Disability, and Autism:
Challenging Social Security Denials and
Continuing Disability Reviews

 Presented by:
Jennifer Modell, JD
Christine Porter, JD

Thursday, March 19, 2020

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

At the completion of this session, learners will be able to:

Understand that social security routinely reviews the cases of SSI recipients to determine whether they continue to qualify for benefits including when they turn 18 and/or graduate from secondary school.  The talk provides information about what individuals and parents can do pro-actively to ensure that benefits continue.  Speakers will also talk about the process and the steps to take to challenge a finding that the individual is no longer disabled.  Speakers will also discuss newly proposed regulations by the Social Security Administration to conduct continuing disability reviews on a more frequent basis.

This is a free workshop, but pre-registration is required. 

About our speakers:

As Managing Attorney for Project Management, Ms. Modell works to ensure that all Neighborhood Legal Service’s grant-funded projects are functioning as required by the terms of each contractual agreement.  She develops and implements processes and protocols to ensure the effective provision of program services to clients.   Prior to joining NLS in 2019, she worked as a staff attorney at Ruder Law, a firm specializing in disability rights and special education matters.  Prior to working there, she worked at several local law firms and specialized in social security disability and veterans benefits.  Ms. Modell serves on the board of the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania.

Christine Porter currently works as a Staff Attorney for NLS in the Social Security and Elder Law Programs. Prior to joining NLS in 2019, Christine was a plaintiff-side attorney in Seattle representing individuals in special education and employment discrimination cases. She has served on the boards of nonprofits in Washington advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

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