DFCS must provide reasonable accommodations to disabled food-stamp recipient

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by: Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 0000000 , Decision Date: August 30, 2023 
Attachment: Click here to download the decision. 

In this case, the termination of a food-stamp recipient’s benefits stemmed from his failure to verify requested information on his renewal application. However, this failure was due to the recipient’s cognitive disabilities and inability to read, which the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) was aware of without offering further assistance. Because the agency must provide reasonable accommodations to food-stamp recipients with disabilities, the Judge reversed the termination.  The case was remanded so DFCS could determine whether the recipient would have remained eligible had he received the assistance required by law.

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