Legal Services NYC:
Legal Services NYC is the largest organization exclusively devoted to providing free civil legal services in the United States. They have an office in every borough of the city and it is made up of passionate attorneys and staff who provide their clients -- single moms, workers with disabilities, seniors, and others -- with a comprehensive approach
to solving their legal problems and getting them back on their feet.
Source: Legal Services NYC
Legal Services Hudson Valley:
Legal Services of the Hudson-Valley, helps poor and low income individuals and families with free non-criminal legal counsel and representation to protect their basic necessities of life. This includes assistance with filing claims for disability benefits or appeals for termination or denial of benefits.
Source: Legal Services of Hudson Valley
National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR): www.nadr.org
NADR is an organization dedicated to advocating for improvements in the disability policy made in Washington, D.C. In addition, the organization offers a referral list for individuals seeking representation and information about Social Security Disability. Visit the website for a listing of contact information for representatives across the country, who are available to help with the application procedure for disability.
Important Points to Remember when filling out application:
Make sure your doctor writes a thorough letter outlining why you are not able to work for at least a year.
Explain why you are not able to work. What specific symptoms are you experiencing that make it impossible for you to be able to work? Is it debilitating fatigue that makes each day unpredictable? This needs to be thoroughly explained. Also include any other medical conditions unrelated to MS, if any exist. It is important to paint a thorough picture of your medical situation.
After you file an application, Social Security will send your medical file to the “Disability Determination Service” (each state has one) where the agency will do a medical review. It is important to remember that most claims are denied at the initial level. If denied, keep fighting, and file a “Request for Reconsideration.”