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, April 2019
April 30, 2019
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.
In this April 2019 edition of our Policy Maters newsletter, we’ll be covering a long overdue victory for transgender New Yorkers, our robust budget campaigns (including big budget wins for homeowners and immigrants), plus some local and federal advocacy around disability, civil rights, and consumer issues.
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we discuss the return of the Social Security Administration's reconsideration step for claimants who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits or Supplemental Income, or both in New York, and who receive an initial denial determination on or after January 1, 2019. Also in this newsletter are new regulations, court decisions and administrative decisions.
Welcome to Policy Matters – Empire Justice Center’s newsletter to catch you up on all of our policy advocacy efforts to make the law work for all New Yorkers! In this edition we’ll be covering a number of legislative victories for domestic violence victims, working parents, homeowners, and disabled and low income New Yorkers; giving you progress updates on some of our ongoing legislative campaigns; sharing updates on local organizing in Long Island and Rochester; and inviting you all to join us for our upcoming Celebration of Leadership!