Children’s Law Project

The Children’s Law Project focuses on helping low-income children with disabilities get the services they need for a free and appropriate public education, protecting their rights and making sure they are treated fairly in cases of school discipline, and assisting children who are seeking Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Assistance may include advice, brief service or legal representation.

Am I eligible for assistance by the CLP?

To be eligible you must:

  • be a child under the age of 18 (unless you are 21 or younger and seeking special education services)
  • have a disability (the child does not need to be receiving disability benefits or have an official diagnosis to be eligible)
  • be within certain income and asset limits If you believe your child has a disability, our intake staff can determine your child’s eligibility for the Children’s Law Project.

If you are a minor and not living with your parent or guardian, you may call our intake staff yourself to see if you are eligible for the CLP.


The Children’s Law Project serves the following counties:

Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schoharie


The CLP staff attorney also participates in the Capital District Special Education Task Force.

This project is supported by a grant administered by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Support also came from Judicial Civil Legal Services funds and private contributions through LASNNY’s annual Justice for All Campaign.

Click here to view the Children’s Law Project brochure in English