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Barbara Comerford, ESQ, was one of the speakers at the New Jersey CFIDS Association conference held on October 17, 2010. She has a practice specializing in disability law in the jurisdiction of New York and New Jersey.

Through her work, Ms. Comerford has become a specialist in ME/CFS disability and spoke to the issues ME/CFS patients need to know.

Previously, she has held a post as a board member of the NJ CFIDS Association, The CFIDS Association of America (CAA) and The American Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (AACFS) before it became the International Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (IACFS), and helped work on the physician’s manual that the NJ CFIDS Association published.

Although many patient organizations and some physicians refer to this illness as CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome), the government’s official name is still Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and that is the name Social Security Administration (SSA) uses. Ms. Comerford concentrated her speech on the high points regarding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Long-term Disability (LTD).