What to expect at social security hearing?
I applied for social security for my daughter in march 2010. We were denied because we didn't have a diagnosis yet but autism was suspected. After running back and forth, visitng doctors and collecting paperwork from her school, I got her diagnosed in august 2010 and appealed the decision. Fast forward (if you can even call it that) I get a call from Social Security telling me that I have a court date in september. They sent me a letter in the mail giving me a very basic run down of what to expect at the hearing but I'm still clueless as to what to do next. Has anyone else had to go through this process? Is there someone at the hearing to examine your child? Would it be best to get a lawyer? How is the determination made? My daughter has Aspergers syndrome and suffers from ADHD as well as seizure disorder. A lot of the paperwork i have from her school (pre k) I need copies of. Will the state take care of getting these records?? Or will I have to obtain them myself? Also I just found out that my daughters neurologist will not be accepting our insurance after august 1, 2011. Is he obligated to give me any patient info and to write a summary that I can take to the hearing with me?? Any info will help even if not related to the questions. I'm nervouse because people are saying that getting social security is difficult and autism is not considered a disbility (I dont believe this for a second) but just a social behavior problem.