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March 7, 2017

Disability Advocates from Across the State Protest Governor Cuomo;
Charge He is “Turning the Clock Back” on Community Integration

(Albany, NY): Disability advocates from across the State gathered at the Capitol today to express their anger that Governor Cuomo has broken his promises to them once again – threatening the ability for people with disabilities to live independently.
The advocates charged Governor Cuomo is “turning the clock back” by failing to take action on key budget and policy pledges he had already made to people with disabilities. 

 

November 29, 2016

Governor Cuomo signed new legislation that allows people to leave nursing facilities and other institutions and live safely in the community! This has been a top priority of NYAIL’s for several years. The new legislation creates a new class of home care worker, the Advanced Home Health Aide (AHHA). Under this program, home care workers will be able to get additional training so that they can do some advanced tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse. However, While Governor Cuomo demonstrated his support for community living for seniors and people with disabilities by signing AHHA into law, he vetoed a bill for the second year in a row that would have helped seniors and people with disabilities to age in place. The bill would have provided for a modest tax credit of up to $2,750 for seniors and people with disabilities to modify their homes to make them more accessible.

June 21, 2016

Disability rights advocates applaud the New York State legislature for passing multiple bills to allow people with disabilities to live safely in the community. The creation of a new class of home care worker, the Advanced Home Health Aide (AHHA) passed the legislature in the last days of session. Disability rights advocates have been promoting this bill for the past several years as it will allow many more individuals to leave nursing homes and other institutions and live safely in the community. The legislature also passed a bill A9303/S6943 to provide for a tax credit of up to $2,750 for seniors and people with disabilities to modify their homes to make it more accessible. In addition, people can access this credit when they include accessible features at the time of construction.

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June 13, 2016

Disability rights advocates from across New York State today called on lawmakers to ensure transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft provide comprehensive accessible service before allowing them to operate statewide.

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July 27, 2015

Governor Cuomo is honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) 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.

"Enactment of A.136/S.1405 reinforces the State's commitment to the ADA by adding Title II language to State statute, further clarifying the obligations of government officials and strengthening the civil rights protections for people with disabilities" stated Lindsay Miller, Executive Director of the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL).

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