NYLAG’s Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) works to ensure that eligible disabled individuals receive benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. DAP provides free legal advice and representation when SSDI or SSI disability benefits are wrongfully denied or terminated.

Potential clients are interviewed concerning their medical conditions and symptoms, medications, treating providers, and work history. Advocates request and review medical records to determine if a case has merit on appeal. If it is determined that the evidence supports a determination of disability, then an advocate will represent the client at an administrative hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. Advocates also provide advice and sometimes representation in regards to a termination or overpayment of benefits.

For more information contact: 212-613-5024.

Resources & Materials – Know Your Rights

Applying for SSA

SSA Nondisability Appeals of Terminations and Overpayments

Lump Sums and Supplemental Needs Trusts

SSI Burial Policies

Disabled Adult Child Benefits

Social Security Benefits Information: Family Law Matters

Dedicated Accounts