Alvarado v. Colvin, No. 15-2925 (7th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Alvarado was born in 1967. In 1993 he was granted childhood disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income. The Social Security Act requires the Social Security Administration to periodically review whether a recipient remains disabled. Alvarado’s eligibility was reviewed and affirmed in 1999. In a 2004 review, the Administration determined that his disability had ended, so his benefits were discontinued. After a remand, a hearing officer and ALJ each upheld the decision, finding that Alvarado continued to suffer from a severe learning disorder, which prevented him from performing many jobs, but which did not prevent him from doing simple jobs that did not require interaction with the public and that a significant number of such jobs exist in Illinois,. The Appeals Council denied review. The district judge and Third Circuit affirmed, finding the denial supported by substantial evidence. The court noted evidence evidence that Alvarado: had a driver’s license and drove regularly, including long trips; used public transportation; had obtained an associate’s degree and was only a few credits short of a bachelor’s degree; had lived alone, in a different state from his family; assisted at his mother’s flower shop; performed chores at home; and used the internet.