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2022 Policy Priorities – Empire Justice Center

Posted on December 13th, 2021

As a leading statewide organization working to achieve social and economic justice for people in New York State who are poor, disabled, and disenfranchised, our agenda will focus on making an impact in three areas: Access to Justice, Economic Justice, and Social Justice.

Read the full agenda here: 2022 Policy Priorities – Empire Justice Center

Factsheet: DAPFacts 2021

Posted on March 12th, 2021

Recognized as a model across the nation, New York State’s Disability Advocacy Program (DAP) has provided legal assistance to low income disabled New Yorkers seeking Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability (SSD) since 1983, and returns millions of dollars to the State and local counties every year.

Read more in our factsheet: DAPFacts 2021

Factsheet: DAP & COVID

Posted on March 12th, 2021

Right now, DAP clients are uniquely disadvantaged and DAP services and assistance are crucial. Our clients suffer from poverty and health conditions that render them vulnerable to the virus. Many lack access to the technology – even basic tech like phones or minutes – that many of us rely on to stay safe and to navigate a new socially distanced world. Many are precariously housed, or homeless, and lack of privacy makes it nearly impossible to conduct remote hearings. Cases are delayed by the difficulty in obtaining evidence from medical providers & case managers.

DAP advocates are helping disabled New Yorkers navigate the many challenges thrown up by the pandemic, by advocating directly with the Social Security Administration, developing best practices for remote hearings, connecting clients to other civil legal services, and much more.

Read more in our factsheet: DAP & COVID