Thirteen-year-old Jace is facing a number of health issues, including Asperger's Disorder and ADHD. Jace's mother was having a difficult time managing his intense care needs and was unable to work. When she told Jace's pediatrician that Jace was denied disability benefits, he referred her to a legal aid attorney with the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (MLPC). Jace's attorney represented him at a hearing seeking disability benefits, presenting educational records and medical evidence. The administrative law judge found that Jace was disabled and awarded him disability benefits dating back to the date of his initial application, more than two years ago.
While this was going on, the family's landlord gave them notice that their rent would be raised substantially. Jace's mother was worried that she wouldn’t be able to afford such a high increase. Because she receives a subsidized housing voucher, her attorney met with the property manager to discuss her options. The attorney negotiated with the public housing authority to allow Jace and his mom to move to a new apartment in another location. Jace's health continues to improve now that he and his mom have a stable income and a safe, affordable home.