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Disability Advocacy Program
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. For the most recent report, click here.
DAPWorks for NYS
Disability Advocacy Program Funding Increased in State Budget
Good News! Increased funding for the Disability Advocacy Program.
Disability Advocacy Program: Articles
IN THE NEWS
Statewide Advocates Celebrate 30th “Birthday” of Disability Advocacy Program, Calling for Renewed Investment
Significant Victories in State Budget to Benefit Struggling New Yorkers
Empire Justice Testimony at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Human Services
"Unfit" for NPR - Let's Get the Facts Straight on Disability
Disability Advocacy Program: Policy Advocacy
Disability Law News - June 2014
Disability Law News - December 2013
TRAINING AND EVENTS
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