Southern Oregon Disability and Consulting

September 2020

Countryside Village RetirementJennifer Harper’s passion is helping members of our community who are in need of obtaining disability benefits. “I absolutely love coming to work every day,” Jennifer said. “This has been my dream for over 10 years; and it is working for the people in our community!”

Born in Ashland and raised in Medford, Jennifer, a South Medford High School and SOU alum, moved to the Bay Area while working for a Corporate Benefit Broker based in San Francisco, CA, but found herself drawn to come back to Oregon in 2007 where she continued to raise her three children.

“I began my career in disability advocacy in 2007 with a private company who contracted with hospitals to assist patients with resources and benefits. I learned that there are many individuals who attempt and fail in applying for Social Security benefits on their own due to failing health, inability to navigate the lengthy application process or simply lack of knowledge about the programs. Many of these people end up waiting years before being approved at the hearing level.

“I took my knowledge from my past position and used it over the years with other organizations I worked for and found that it was an invaluable resource for people in our community. In 2017, I decided to take the leap and open my company (Southern Oregon Disability and Consulting) dedicated to helping people become successful in obtaining disability benefits from the very beginning.”

Jennifer is an accredited Non-Attorney Representative and has been certified through the Social Security Administration to handle all matters relating to disability claims from initial applications through hearings.

“I will discuss your case with you and answer any questions you may have,” Jennifer explained. “I will also communicate with the Social Security Administration and other related government agencies on a client’s behalf.”

The administrative process for disability benefits includes numerous forms and medical paperwork. As your disability representative she completes these forms for you and contacts medical professionals to obtain the required records and physician statements.

She then monitors your case status and gives you updates, so you’ll always know where you’re at in the application or appeals process without missing a deadline.

“Through the years, I have created many relationships with local advocacy groups as well as both state and federal agencies which have given me insight into the processes and resources that many with disabilities need to survive. My goal is to assist you to navigate through the process of obtaining benefits while also connecting you with other resources to relieve some of your burden by making the process easier for you.”

To reach Jennifer at Southern Oregon Disability and Consulting please call 541-363-8830.