NYAIL

April 1, 2015

Over 1 million working-age adults with disabilities live in New York State. Yet their employment and earnings fall far below those of New Yorkers without disabilities. And, according to the US Census Bureau, the gap continues to grow exponentially. The disability community commends Governor Cuomo for responding to this crisis by issuing Executive Order 136, establishing the New York State Employment First Commission (NYSEFC), tasked with making recommendations on how to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities throughout the state.

The disability community and stakeholders provided input to the commission in anticipation of their report. Released on time, March 1, 2015, it outlines a strategy to establish an Employment First policy for New York, which "makes competitive, integrated employment the first option when considering supports and services for people with disabilities." The disability community is thrilled that the Governor's Commission listened and adopted many of our suggestions in their final report.

Lindsay Miller, Executive Director of the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) stated that, "NYAIL is extremely pleased that the Commission listened and valued several of the strategies identified by the advocacy community in the final report. It is now a matter of making sure that implementation of the action steps and timelines stay on course. We hope to see several of the recommendations advanced through legislation this session."

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