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Disability Advocacy Program: Policy Advocacy

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Empire Justice Comments on Vocational Factors in the Adult Disability Determination Process
Empire Justice Center comments to the Social Security Administration on proposed rulemaking on vocational factors of age, education, and work experience in the adult disability determination process. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the 2015 Human Services Joint Legislative Budget Hearing
Empire Justice testimony at the 2015 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Human Services. Testimony was presented on February 4, 2015, by Tamara Frazier, Coordinator for Policy and Government Relations. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Human Services
Empire Justice testimony at the Human Services Joint Budget Hearing on February 4, 2014. Read More

"Unfit" for NPR - Let's Get the Facts Straight on Disability
Members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the SSI Coalition for Children and Families, joined by the Coalition on Human Needs, the Children's Leadership Council, and other organizations, are concerned that a series recently aired on National Public Radio ("Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America and accompanying The American Life episode "Trends With Benefits," both reported by Chana Joffe-Walt) paints a misleading and inaccurate picture of the Social Security programs that serve as a vital lifeline for millions of Americans with severe disabilities. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony at the 2013 NYS Joint Legislative Hearing on the Executive Budget: Human Services
Our testimony before the joint committees on child care assistance, funding for the Disability Advocacy Program and disabled individuals interacting with our state’s public assistance programs. Read More

Empire Justice Center Human Services Testimony
Empire Justice Center's Susan Antos testifies regarding the budget priorities for Human Services. Read More

UPDATED: Maximize Federal Dollars Flowing to New York: Invest in the Disability Advocacy Program
The Disability Advocacy Program is a nationally recognized program that generates documented and ongoing savings for the state and for local governments. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on Human Services in the 2011-12 Executive Budget Proposal
As New York continues to grapple with the aftermath of the recession, it is essential that we do not forget that there are many among us that are still in its epicenter. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the Executive Budget Hearing on Human Services
Testimony before the Joint Legislative Committees on human services in the 2010-2011 executive budget. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on the Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan
In the Governor’s proposed Deficit Reduction Plan, several funding streams, are slated for substantial cuts that will not only undermine your commitment and the Assembly’s commitment to legal assistance, but will also result in INCREASED costs to the state. Read More

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