The Jewish United Fund (JUF) Evelyn R. Greene Clinic partners with CVLS to provide civil legal help to low-income clients like U. and his mother. U. is an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Due to his diagnoses, U. is unable to work and qualifies for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI.
When U. turned 18, his mother received a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA), starting that his benefits were being terminated because the SSA has determined that he has an ability to work. Not only that, but U. was informed that he had been overpaid and that he must pay back what the agency deemed to be undeserved SSI benefits.
Volunteer Ellyce Anapolsky, an expert on Social Security matters, agreed to take U.’s case. She appealed the SSA’s decision to terminate benefits and demand an overpayment. As a result of Ellyce’s hard work on this case, U. was found to be disabled, his benefits were reinstated, and the overpayment was dismissed.
As Ellyce put it, the case was a “rounding success.”