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Non-Disability Issues: Miscellaneous Issues

This section contains all of the miscellaneous non-disability issues.



There are those of us who were still getting used to the transition to ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) from OHA (Office of Hearings and Appeals). But as of October 1, 2017, ODAR is no more. Read More

NY ABLE Open for Business
The New York State “Achieving a Better Life Experience” (NY ABLE) program began enrolling participants this past August. NY ABLE is the culmination of federal and state legislation allowing people with disabilities the opportunity to save money without losing essential benefits and services. Read More

District Office Homelessness Coordinators Listed
Did you know that each Social Security District Office has a specially designated homelessness coordinator? Read More

OIG Studies ALJ Productivity and Allowance Rates
Two recent reports by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) studied trends in ALJ productivity and allowance rates. Read More

Non-Disability Miscellaneous Issues: Articles


Empire Justice Center's Reopening Comments to SSA
Empire Justice Center's comments relating to proposed changes to the existing reopening regulations. 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


Disability Law News - October 2017 Issue
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we discuss the newly amended NYS Public Health Law Sections 17 & 18, and Mental Hygiene Law Section 33.16 that ensures free access to medical records for government benefits applications. Be sure to check out the newest regulations, administrative decisions and court decisions as well. Read More

Disability Law News - July 2017
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we summarize a policy change by SSA that exempts tax refund collection for old debts. Several new regulations, administrative decisions and court decisions are also discussed. Read More


Representing Clients with Disabilities in the Welfare Context: How to Use the Law to Help Clients with Disabilities Access Public Benefits
This session first offers tips for recognizing and working with clients with disabilities. Then, it will also provide an overview of the legal framework for disability advocacy in the welfare context. Finally, it examines selected welfare issues and how they impact clients with disabilities. This will include, for example, reasonable accommodations, the application process, the work requirements and the rules relating to drug and alcohol use. This session examines both administrative advocacy and litigation. Read More