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