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The Utility of Vocational Evaluations in Social Security Claims for Individuals with High Functioning Autism

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Ellyce Anapolsky, Esq. |  Theresa Kopitzke
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Individuals with high functioning autism experience vocational challenges that are not always conveyed within the bounds of hypothetical questions posed to vocational experts. A vocational evaluation can provide specific information regarding a claimant’s ability to meet competitive standards of work speed, on-task behavior, and the situations/temperaments required for competitive employment. This presentation will provide information of the utility of vocational evaluations in Social Security claims.



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Ellyce Anapolsky is currently a staff attorney at the Legal Council for Health Justice.  Since 2004, she has represented clients primarily in SSI and SSDI benefit cases. Ellyce also plays a significant role in training individuals, attorneys and medical staff on issues involving Medicare, Social Security and other benefits matters. Ellyce graduated cum laude from John Marshall Law School where she received an Exemplary Public Service Award from Equal Justice Works as well as an Equal Justice America Fellowship.

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Theresa M. Kopitzke - is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor who has been serving individuals with disabilities since 2003. She has experience in guiding diverse clients with their rehabilitation goals in private, public, and transition settings. Theresa has expertise with providing vocational evaluations, labor market surveys, case management services, job development, and expert testimony. 

Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, Illinois    Master of Arts, Rehabilitation Counseling   2010

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business South Bend, Indiana    

Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Fund Development 2015

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (Sept. 2010 – Present)

Licensed Professional Counselor (July 2013 – Present) CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS: Guided diverse clients in returning to work using the resources of rehabilitation counseling, vocational evaluation, and case management. Served as a vocational expert in for the Social Security Administration and private litigation matters, including divorce. Demonstrated expertise in analyzing labor markets, income potential, and individual talents in a way that facilitated re-entry to the workforce.  Directed a vocational services department that serves 110+ clients annually.  



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