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Children suffering from Autism can apply for Social Security benefits

For parents at a loss for how to pay for their Autistic child’s medical bills, Social Security disability benefits may be the way to go. Autism is considered to be a disability qualifying benefit by the Social Security Administration, so children of any age can get help.

According to the Social Security Administration’s “Blue Book,” or the Impairment Listing Manual, in order to qualify for disability payments, children with Autism must have documented findings of defects in the development of social interaction, defects in verbal and non-verbal communication and imaginative activity and a restricted repertoire of interests and activities. This is then further broken down by the Social Security Administration by age to decide if each child qualifies.

While it is very important for children with disability qualifying benefits to meet the administration’s requirements, working closely with doctors and social security experts will help families figure out what can work best for each individual child.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates have successfully represented many children afflicted with autism before the Social Security Administration. Medical records supporting a child’s functional limitations are critical to obtaining benefits in Autism claims.

Government needs to do more for veterans, according to Pew Research

With about 10 percent of living veterans seriously injured while serving in the military and three-quarters of those injured while in combat, there are many physical and emotional hardships, according to the Pew Research Center’s website. The website said U.S. veterans do not believe they are getting enough in the way of disability benefits.

Pew reports veterans who have service-related injuries have a tougher time adjusting back to normal life and three times as likely to say they have post-traumatic stress disorder. The survey also found that 52 percent of veterans don’t believe the government has given them “all the help you think it should.”

While seven out of every 10 veterans rate the care they received as excellent or good, Pew said the judgement varies by a veteran’s era of service. About 71 percent who left action prior to Sept. 11, 2011 rated medical care positively, meanwhile only 55 percent post 9/11 rated the care well

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates is highly motivated to assist Veterans in obtaining all the benefits to which they are entitled. It is very important for Veterans to file their claims in a timely fashion, whether it be on their own or through assistance of legal counsel.

Social security disability benefits can help those who are homeless

With about 775,000 people homeless across the United States, according to the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, there are many people that need help out in the streets, especially as winter approaches. A story by Gannett News said that many homeless could have disability qualifying benefits which could help them get Social Security benefits.

Aside from disability benefits, Ken Hess, a Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, writes that people who are homeless can be helped by retirement and survivor benefits, as well as Supplemental Security Income, a need-based program for the blind, disabled or elderly. Hess suggests finding out more if help is needed.

The CAEH said based on a report from January 2011, there are 14,055 people who experience homelessness each night in Illinois. About 16 percent of those people are chronically homeless. Of that population, 15 percent are veterans, 32 percent are severely mentally ill and 4 percent have HIV or AIDS. Many could get help if they sought it out.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates has assisted numerous homeless clients with disability qualifying benefits qualify for Social Security benefits. Our office is aware of the special needs of homeless individuals and is skilled in guiding them through the steps necessary to receive a timely approval of their disability benefits.