The Disability Advocacy Program (DAP) originally was established by Chapter 627 of the Laws of 1983, adding Section 35 of the Social Services Law, which provides for the legal representation of individuals whose federal disability benefits have been denied or may be discontinued. Pursuant to the statutory provisions, the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) makes grants to not-for-profit legal services corporations, not-for-profit agencies serving the disabled and social services districts to provide for such representation. N.Y. Soc. Serv. Law §35 (McKinney 2003).
This website is designed primarily for advocates throughout New York who are funded under the DAP grant. OTDA reports to the New York Legislature biennial on the DAP program.
NEWSLETTER: DISABILITY LAW NEWS, July 2019
July 31, 2019
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we celebrate Louise Tarantino and her many accomplishments as DAP Coordinator as she embarks on her new journey in retirement. We all wish you well Louise! Also highlighted in this issue we review several U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting Social Security claimants, look at recent remands by the Western District of New York and review new regulations and administrative decisions.
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we highlight the Disability Advocacy Program 35 Year Celebration and the recent press conference held in Albany calling on the NYS Legislature to maintain funding to this vital statewide program. April is also National Social Security Month with the Social Security Administration focusing on the many online services it provides. There are several new regulations in this issue and highlighted in Court Decisions is a SCOTUS ruling on vocational testimony along with a few new administrative decisions.