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NYSILC Encourages Governor Cuomo to Support Employment Initiative
November 27, 2013
The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) recently released a letter of support for the National Governor's Association Chair's Initiative presented in "A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities a Blueprint for Governors". This initiative seeks to rectify the looming employment disparities for people with disabilities, acknowledging that the talents of this population are often over-looked. The proposed initiative would advance employment opportunities and increase employment support services for people with disabilities.
NYSILC's letter to Governor Cuomo encourages the State to continue their commitment to the disability community and initiate robust employment reform in New York. NYSILC recommended that the State make this a priority in the upcoming State-of-the-State address and include initiative programs in the 2013-14 Executive budget to improve the employment rates of New Yorkers with disabilities. NYAIL sent a letter to the Governor supporting NYSILC's letter and the National Governor's Association initiative.
To read the letters or the full initiative, visit the links below:
New York City Fails to Address Needs of Disabled in Emergency Planning
November 12th, 2013
The following is an excerpt from a media statement by the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York:
NEW YORK, NY – November 7, 2013 – Susan Dooha, Executive Director of The Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY), a plaintiff in the case, today issued a statement following the Honorable Judge Jesse Furman's decision that New York City fails to address the needs of people with disabilities in emergency planning:
"We are proud of the Court's decision in this critical civil rights matter. For over a decade, we have warned the City about its failure to adequately plan for people with disabilities in emergencies. Today's decision will put the City on the road to ending the needless suffering of New Yorkers with disabilities during disasters. The court clearly concludes that the City failed to provide for high-rise evacuation, accessible transportation, for architecturally and programmatically accessible shelters, canvassing, accessible communications during recovery, outreach and education regarding personal emergency preparedness, and lacks plans for getting people the information they need. Representatives from CIDNY were out the day before and the days after Sandy hit checking on shelters, trying to reach out to people with disabilities in the affected areas and trying to connect people with disabilities with help.... CIDNY applauds Judge Furman's decision and looks forward to working with the city to ensure the safety and security of all New York City's residents."
Medicare Open Enrollment and Healthcare Helpline
November 5th, 2013
Medicare Open Enrollment:
October 15th – December 7th
Are you seeking answers to questions about healthcare consumer rights, health insurance or other benefits?
The New York StateWide Senior Action Council is a grassroots senior advocacy organization, founded in 1972, to improve the quality of life for New York seniors and their families. They provide direct service through their healthcare and patients rights helpline and counseling services. They also provide information to educate the community as well as state and federal policymakers on issues of importance to older New Yorkers. They offer many great resources, and have a very helpful website that we encourage you to check out!
For more information use the links below:
New York State Releases Olmstead Plan
October 11, 2013
New York State released their long awaited Olmstead Plan detailing how the State intends to comply with the Supreme Court's Olmstead v. L.C. decision of 1999, ruling that states must serve individuals with disabilities in the most intergrated setting appropriate to their needs. The release of the Plan comes after Govenor Cuomo's 2012 committment to implement the Olmstead decision. NYAIL is pleased that the State has finally released a plan and is currently reviewing the text of the document.
View the State's Olmstead Plan here.
View NYAIL's press release here.