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About EmpoweredNYC

Free and confidential financial counseling for people with disabilities.

  • Manage your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits
  • Tackle Social Security Administration (SSA) overpayments
  • Transition to work

*Important Updates Due to COVID-19*

  • For the health and safety of our providers and clients, EmpoweredNYC sessions will be conducted over the phone. Clients will be required to create a Financial Empowerment Portal account.

Book an appointment online and create/login to your Financial Empowerment Portal account

Note: ASL Direct via video phone at 646-889-2626.

Contact EmpoweredNYC

Complete our contact form to stay up to date on EmpoweredNYC or make general inquires about free financial counseling for people with disabilities.

Empowered to Act! Micro-Trainings

Empowered to Act! Micro-Trainings are free video trainings that focus on common topics that impact people with disabilities. From ABLE Accounts to Work Incentives for SSDI and SSI Beneficiaries, learn more about the trainings.

Are you a service provider?

Empowerment ED is a free webinar series to train service providers, caseworkers, other professionals who work with people with disabilities to better understand and address the unique financial situations of people with disabilities.

Learn more about webinars with National Disability Institute (NDI) at EmpoweredNYC Webinars

Past Webinars

Below are the webinar topics EmpoweredNYC has hosted. View the video, slides, and transcripts for them at EmpoweredNYC Webinars

  • Student Earned Income Exclusion and Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) – July 9, 2019
  • Financial Counseling - Tales from the Field – June 11, 2019
  • Work Incentives in Action! – May 14, 2019
  • Housing as a Key Stepping Stone to Financial Stability for People with Disabilities – April 23, 2019
  • Integrating Financial Capability Strategies into Your Disability Programs – March 12, 2019
  • Building and Improving Your Credit Score: The Importance for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment – February 12, 2019
  • How to Prepare for Tax Time – January 15, 2019
  • The Power of Tracking Expenses – December 21, 2018
  • What You Need to Know About Medicaid for the Disabled, Aged and Blind – November 13, 2018
  • Empowered Cities: Defining Financial Inclusion – October 23, 2018
  • NY ABLE: Financial Empowerment and ABLE Accounts – October 9, 2018
  • Overview of SSI: Benefits and Work Supports – September 11, 2018
  • Overview of SSDI: Benefits and Work Supports – August 14, 2018
  • Money and Benefits: Why Financial Empowerment Is Critical to Work – July 10, 2018
  • What Is EmpoweredNYC and Why Is Financial Empowerment Important to Persons with Disabilities – June 12, 2018

EmpoweredNYC Working Group Members & Press Releases

Working group members include:

Read 10/07/2019 press release: EmpoweredNYC Launches City's First Citywide Public Awareness Campaign for People with Disabilities

Read 12/28/2021 press release: EmpoweredNYC Helps New Yorkers with Disabilities Achieve Nearly Half Million Dollars in Savings and Debt Reduction

About Empowered Cities

Empowered Cities is a new national initiative that will enable municipalities to expand financial empowerment and economic inclusion for people with disabilities and their families. Co-developed and launched with a $2 million investment from Citi Community Development (CCD), Empowered Cities is a partnership with National Disability Institute (NDI) that will engage municipalities across the U.S. to design, test and deliver innovative and scalable solutions for expanding financial inclusion in the disability community.

Through Empowered Cities, NDI will:

  • hold national gatherings with community stakeholders
  • conduct trainings for service providers, financial counselors, nonprofits, and municipal staff
  • produce a catalog of new publications and training curricula
  • build national field knowledge about tailored, citywide financial inclusion models


Read 01/29/18 press release: De Blasio Administration Joins Citi Community Development and the National Disability Institute to Launch Initiative Aimed at Strengthening the Financial Health of People with Disabilities