Politics As It Happens: Albany Times Union editorial on minimum wage

The Albany Times Union editorial underscores the need to increase the minimum wage in the fast food and other related industries, as the Governor proposes. For advocates for people with developmental disabilities, the editorial also raises longstanding concerns about the need to increase wages for direct support professionals and other low-paid employees caring for people […]

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Senate Mental Health Committee Chair Rob Ortt writes op-ed piece supporting an individual’s right to choose sheltered workshops

Guest View: State plan to phase out sheltered workshops is ill advised In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, I’d like to renew the push to keep sheltered workshops serving individuals in need open across the state. As an advocate for the intellectual and developmental disability community, and as a supporter of work centers in […]

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Syracuse article on aging parents notes “Families Cannot Be Caregivers Forever” campaign

This is one of a growing number of articles generated by advocates often working through the “Families Cannot Be Caregivers Forever” campaign, which can be accessed through the campaign page on NYSARC’s website. Click here to read the article.

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New York Nonprofit Press: “Transition Collides with Transformation I/DD Sector Faces ‘Perfect Storm’ of Systemic Reforms”

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Politics As It Happens: Carl Heastie is elected Speaker of New York State Assembly

“Carl E. Heastie was elected speaker of the New York Assembly on Tuesday, culminating a rapid rise from a Bronx backbencher to holder of one of the most powerful offices in state politics.” Click here to read the New York Times article.

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NY Times: As New York moves people with developmental disabilities to group homes, some families struggle

The article reviews the complex issues facing families and their loved ones with developmental disabilities as they prepare for community living as part of developmental center closure. Click here to read the article.

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Politics As It Happens: Cuomo’s State of the State features Opportunity Agenda

Governor Cuomo presented his 2015 State of the State message this afternoon.  The hour and a half address was held in the Convention Center in the Empire State Plaza. The Governor went through a laundry list of issues and reforms including, among others, criminal justice, education, infrastructure and revitalization of upstate New York. Steven Kroll, […]

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Politics As It Happens: DRNY files complaint against Justice Center

Disability Rights New York (“DRNY”), New York State’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency, filed a federal complaint on Friday against the Justice Center for failing to provide “timely” responses to DRNY’s request for information pertaining to cases under investigation by the Justice Center. DRNY also maintains that the information it receives from the Justice Center is […]

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