Community Legal Aid expands Disability Benefits Project to Franklin County (Greenfield Recorder)

Below is an excerpt from an article published by the Greenfield Recorder on May 4 discussing the expansion of the Disability Benefits Project into Franklin County. Community Legal Aid’s Kathryn Madison is quoted. 


GREENFIELD — Community Legal Aid, a nonprofit that offers free civil legal support to elderly and low-income residents in western and central Massachusetts, has expanded its Disability Benefits Project into Franklin County, a change that coincides with the future opening of a new legal office downtown.

The nonprofit began its Disability Benefits Project in 1984. The program provides legal assistance to low-income elderly and disabled residents who have been wrongfully denied federal disability benefits or have had their benefits wrongfully terminated or reduced. While the project only moved into Franklin County weeks ago, it has served Berkshire, Hampden and Worcester counties for decades.

Attorney Kathryn Madison recently joined Community Legal Aid after working as a supervising attorney representing asylum seekers at Central American Legal Assistance in Brooklyn, New York. She said in the cases she has handled for the Disability Benefits Project, courts often overlook “invisible disabilities” and mental health issues, as they are not presented physically in a courtroom.

Read more at the Greenfield Recorder.