Legislation

Wed, January 25, 2012
We make our voices heard as loud as we can. We visit lawmakers in Albany, telling them we vote and we have a message. We have been able to keep the legislators from making some budget cuts by telling them our personal stories. We advocate by going in the community and showing people our abilities. We've volunteered at the New York League for Early Learning's Harry Gordon School to work with children with disabilities and serve as role models. We show community members that people with...
Tue, February 21, 2012
I worked in residential/service coordination in Virginia, my home state, for about five years. So when I read that Virginia will close four state institutions for people with developmental disabilities and move thousands of people to their own homes, their family's houses or group homes as part of a settlement announced recently with the U.S. Justice Department, I thought this is great news about a move in direction that is long overdue. The agreement came after a scathing federal report of the...
Fri, February 10, 2012
I am very passionate about advocacy and am committed to speaking up when meeting with legislators to help maintain full support for people with developmental disabilities in helping them to gain justice, inclusion and full community participation. I also felt honored to speak to them during NYSACRA's Legislative Day on Jan. 31, 2012 about the importance of the work that we as Direct Support Professional provide to people with developmental disabilities, and how we go over and above our call of...
Mon, April 23, 2012
Edward Ciramella recently presented the following remarks at a Westchester Legislative Breakfast. My name is Edward Ciaramella and I'm a resident in a YAI group home in Westchester County. I go out in the community to enjoy movies, sports events, and out to shows on the weekend. The residence is clean, the staff and residents are friendly and pleasant with one another. The staff are very conscientious. I feel that the residence is a real home, because I have a computer, TV and CD player and...
Thu, October 25, 2012
I've spent most of my time recently watching the Major League Baseball playoffs, after all I'm a big fan wouldn't want to miss any of the games, no matter which teams are playing. As for the debates, after reading messages sent to me on Facebook, reading newspapers, watching the 11 o'clock News, I was disappointed that there was no mention of issues affecting people with disabilities. And no mention of Latin America in a debate on foreign policy. Why? Sure on the subject of immigration, cold...
Fri, July 25, 2014
Even after 24 years since it was signed into law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is still having trouble gaining traction, especially regarding Title 1 which focuses on employment. According to United Cerebral Palsy's 2014 "The Case for Inclusion" report, only 13 percent of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, are currently employed in New York. The U.S. federal government is offering tax credits to...
Tue, May 29, 2012
Over the course of the last several decades, we've seen tremendous change in the developmental disability service-provision system. Between 1960 and 2010, 195 large, state-run institutions were closed, bringing with their closure the promise of better lives in the community for their former residents. The expansion of supported employment services between the mid-1980s and 1990s showed that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities could not only live in the community, but that we...
Mon, May 14, 2012
Mothers are amazing and with that in mind, we'd like share comments from one of those wonderful moms in New York City. If you have a child with special needs in New York City, then you likely know Margaret Puddington. If you don't, you should! The following are remarks by Margaret delivered during the Premier HealthCare full-day conference on May 2, 2012 during YAI's International Conference. Mrs. Puddington's remarks were in response to a keynote address on New York State's Person First Waiver...
Fri, March 09, 2012
Missouri always has been known as the Show Me State. We have Harry S Truman to thank for that. But recently the City of Arnold, which I confess I never had heard of until this morning, has taken a major step for the field. The city council has decided to implement new writing guidelines -- no one with a disability should be defined by their deficit . So simple. So logical. So needed, unfortunately. As our organization begins to rethink the way we do everything (and yes, this blog is part of our...
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