Please take 5 minutes to call Governor Hochul to urge her to include money for Direct Support Professionals who work in non-profit provider agencies as one of her budget priorities.
Call Governor Hochul’s office at 518-474-8390, Press 3, then press 2 to speak to a person or 1 to leave a message (NOTE: you may be on hold for a long time if you select to speak with a representative!)
Script: My name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR CITY/TOWN] and I am a (person with IDD/family member of a person with IDD/friend of a person with IDD). I am calling to urge Governor Hochul to include money for Direct Support Professionals for people with IDD in her executive budget. These workers are essential to the health, safety and quality of life of people with IDD, but earn barely above minimum wage and struggle to support their own families.
Our state has a terrible worker shortage because NY doesn’t pay a living wage for Direct Support Professionals. We need Gov Hochul to include a wage increase for DSPs who work for NON PROFIT PROVIDERS this in the executive budget. Thank you!
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Thank you for your advocacy!
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ANCOR – As a nonprofit organization, ANCOR works to address the needs and interests of private community service providers before Congress and federal agencies and continually advocates for the crucial role private providers play in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with disabilities and their families. www.ancor.org/advocacy
NYC FAIR – Family, Advocacy, Information, & Resources for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. NYC FAIR | Family, Advocacy, Information & Resources for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (nycfamilyadvocacyinformationresource.org)
NYDA – New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) is a statewide coalition of more than 300 non-profit organizations providing vital services and support to more than 140,000 New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. NYDA News (iacny.org)
SWAN OF NYS – The State-Wide Family Advocacy Network of New York State (SWAN of NYS) is dedicated to advocating for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. We are an independent coalition of families and guardians of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Caring for our loved ones is our life-long commitment. SWAN of NYS – Statewide Advocacy for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (swannys.org)
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