Disability Advocacy Project

The Disability Advocacy Project provides a full range of legal services for children and adults who are eligible for, but have been denied or terminated from:

  • Disability benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Other benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security (OASDI) programs.

The Society represents children and adults with their applications, administrative hearings, and court appeals, and gives advice and counseling.

Did you know…

Thousands of New Yorkers who qualify for disability benefits from the federal government instead receive public assistance from New York City. By helping these children and adults to receive the federal disability benefits to which they are entitled, the Society saves the City and State millions of dollars each year.

Case Example

In one case, the Society represented an 11-year-old boy who had experienced several traumatic events. When he was four years old, his father was murdered. His uncle — who had become his surrogate father — was subsequently murdered, his depressed mother was prone to suicide attempts, and his mother’s boyfriend was abusive. Despite the psychological trauma inflicted by these circumstances, the boy was denied SSI disability benefits. With the Society’s help, the denial was reversed and the boy was awarded $13,500 in retroactive SSI benefits as well as ongoing monthly benefits.