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July 23, 2015

July 26th marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the most comprehensive anti-discrimination law ever passed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. The ADA enables people with disabilities to participate more fully in their communities, compete effectively for jobs, travel, and gain access to the goods and services that most Americans take for granted. As stated in its preamble, the ADA's purpose is "to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities." It is also the legal foundation for the 1999 Supreme Court Olmstead decision which held that people with disabilities have the right to live and receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. There are events taking place all over New York State this month to commemorate this groundbreaking law. Governor Cuomo has a chance to commemorate this key anniversary by signing a bill which would incorporate Title II of the ADA into New York State Human Rights law. Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by government entities. The New York State Human Rights Law includes some, but not all, of the ADA's protections for people with disabilities. This causes needless confusion for government officials in attempting to comply with both statutes.

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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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March 25, 2015

Advocates for seniors, people with disabilities and health care professionals today called on the New York State Senate to support improved patient care and help for family caregivers by supporting a plan by Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow home health aides to perform more health care tasks with additional training. The proposal, part of the 2015-16 executive budget, was recommended by the Governor's Medicaid Redesign Team.

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January 13, 2015

On December 22, 2014, NYAIL and the Center for Disability Rights called on the Cuomo administration to implement the Community First Choice Option (CFC) in New York, and use funding from CFC to invest in services vital to independent living.

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June 16, 2014

(Albany, NY) - As we mark the fifteenth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision, the landmark case guaranteeing the right of people with disabilities to live in the community, New York has an opportunity to make the decision a reality for thousands of people with disabilities by passing Governor Cuomo's legislation to create an Advanced Home Health Aide. After a great deal of advocacy, the Assembly has entered negotiations with a commitment to pass this legislation this year. The Disability Community is now calling on the Senate to end its political stalemate and negotiate in good faith. With the clock ticking, we are watching. Your commitment to the basic civil rights of people with disabilities will be judged based on your action, or lack of action, this week.

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