2014 NYSARC Award Winners and Recognitions

NYSARC proudly announces the following award winners who were recently recognized at the 65th Annual Convention in Albany, NY. Cheryl Englert | 2014 Volunteer of the Year Ms. Stuart is from our Livingston-Wyoming Counties Chapter and is being recognized for her exceptional dedication to service and advocacy on the behalf of people with developmental disabilities. Michelle King | 2014 Self-Advocate […]

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2014 Media, Quill and Choice Award Winners

2014 Media Awards The NYSARC Media Awards recognize a significant contribution and ongoing commitment through journalism toward furthering public awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Winners are nominated by our Chapters.                   Allentown Industries Honors Its Own – Sharon Cantillon Category: Photography 1st Place: “Allentown Industries Honors Its […]

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Politics As It Happens: Another Disallowance: Feds Want $23 million Back from NYS for Supported Employment

According to an article in the Washington Examiner:  “While the supported employment program requires beneficiaries to have a competitive job that pays the minimum wage or more, IG auditors discovered that some beneficiaries earned less money or were not employed at all. Others received their entire salaries from the healthcare providers themselves.” This action would […]

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Politics As It Happens: Right to out of State care, controversial school highlighted

This morning The New York Daily News featured the story of an young  woman treated at the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC).  JRC, a Massachusetts  based school, has become controversial over the years for its use of aversive treatment.  The article also highlights a legislative effort by JRC proponents to provide due process to families that […]

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Politics As It Happens: Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Survey

Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Survey Families, self-advocates and professionals who are family members or self advocates  can help set the advocacy agenda for the coming year by completing this brief Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Survey!  Results of the survey will be used to identify the top advocacy priorities across New York State.  Families’ and self-advocates’ top priorities will be […]

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Election Day 2014: Key NYSARC Issues

Tuesday, November 4th  is Election Day:  All NYS legislators and NYS US House members are up for reelection. Try to call or visit your State legislators and Congressperson(s) on our key issues. Where applicable, to put a face on the following issues, chapters should use examples drawn from their own experience. Let them know where […]

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Politics As It Happens: Bill Requiring Justice Center Safety Precautions Signed by Governor

Legislation – S. 7232-A by Carlucci (A. 9605-A by Gunther) – initiated by NYSARC and supported by a broad coalition of agencies was signed by the Governor on Tuesday, Sept. 23 as Chapter 394 of the Laws of 2014. The Alliance of Long Island Agencies, CP of NYS, DDAWNYS and the IAC played a critical […]

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Politics As It Happens: First Quarterly Budget Update, Press Release for Employment Executive Order

First Quarterly Budget Update projects FY ’15 surplus, however DC disallowance issue remains an unknown The State Division of the Budget issued its first quarterly update to the State’s financial plan for FY 14-15.  The Update showed that the State is expected to finish the current fiscal year with a surplus of about $4.2 billion. […]

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