Legal Assistance for Disability Rights

Disability Justice

NYLPI’s Disability Justice Program strives, in partnership with individuals and communities, to achieve equality of opportunity, dignity and independence for people with disabilities in New York City, with a focus on eliminating barriers facing underserved communities. In order to affect the greatest change, we use all tools at our disposal, including systemic litigation, policy advocacy, individual representation, community education and organizing. Our Disability Justice advocacy spans four key areas:

  • Education: DJ represents parents and children with disabilities to secure appropriate, integrated special educational opportunities.


  • Communication Access: DJ seeks to eliminate language barriers faced by Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and limited English proficient individuals with disabilities in businesses, programs and services in New York City.


  • Community Integration: DJ advocates for individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community with the support services they need, in addition to addressing abuse and neglect within institutions.


  • Opportunity and Access: DJ fights for people with disabilities to have access to a range of basic rights, including transportation, housing, businesses, police protection, and medical care.

————————– If you have a legal issue related to your disability, please call the NYLPI Disability Intake Line during the following days/times: Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 10am-5pm You will speak to an advocate who will ask you for information to better understand your concern and what kind of assistance you are seeking. NYLPI may provide the following types of services based on your legal needs and NYLPI’s resources:

  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice and Referrals
  • Self-Help Materials

NYLPI provides interpreters on the phone or in person, as needed. We also accept relay calls. Please call us via telephone at 212-244-4664 and TTY at 212-244-3692. NYLPI does not consider immigration status when deciding whether to assist you. En Espanol