All things Advocacy

The Assembly and Senate One-House Budgets came out this past weekend.  Over the next two weeks the final budget negotiations will take place.  Please weigh in with your Legislators and the Governor today to ensure that children and adults with I/DD get what they need in the upcoming state budget!
 
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Senator John W. Mannion, Chair of the Disabilities Committee Says:
“My top budget priority is turning these one-time bonuses for our direct care workforce into permanent salary enhancements

Urge Your Legislators to Invest in Children &
Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Tell Governor Hochul and your legislators to keep these proposed investments in the final budget with the following additions:
Make PERMANENT increase in DSP compensation through salary or bonuses ,

Give Not-For-Profit Providers the long denied Statutory
COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) of 5.4%
Enact a Refundable Tax Credit for DSPs


Use The Link Below
 Tell your Legislators and The Governor to ACT NOW!

Write Your Own Personal Message,
or use the Automatic Message included 
https://www.votervoice.net/CPANYS/campaigns/92629/respond

INEQUITY IN SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING!!!

S.6516-A/A.8013 was sent to Governor Hochul’s desk – she will soon either sign or veto the bill. Join our Twitter Storm to tell the Governor why she must sign the bill into law and help to ensure access to quality educational opportunities for our kids because #OurKidsareYOURKids

Follow @iacnydd on Twitter and re-tweet our tweets every morning!  https://twitter.com/iacnydd

For years, the 4410 preschools and 853 schools that serve students with disabilities have received less funding than their public-school counterparts (7% vs 4%), resulting in 60 school-closures!! SIGN NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, END FUNDING INEQUITIES! Action Center (votervoice.net)

RISE UP CAMPAIGN

Click HERE to send a letter to the Governor which will be printed out and delivered to her personally by BJ Stasio, Self-Advocate Extraordinaire, in a meeting with her to discuss our workforce crisis.

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ADVOCACY GROUPS

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)

News Coverage

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/ny-state-of-politics/2021/11/17/hochul-urged-to-sign-bill-strengthening-programs?cid=share_email

https://www.silive.com/education/2021/11/hochul-could-reduce-outright-discrimination-against-special-needs-kids-with-the-stroke-of-a-pen-says-head-of-eden-ii.html?fbclid=IwAR2i5_YWNEfpZ36iGXH55lVAdqQbN8ATfIO0vFMjuqoNQ0ulrOHeTRq9Lvo

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pffpb0ks0jeksp0/FOX%205%20WNYW%20-%2011-15-21%20-%20Parents%20%26%20Teachers%20Push%20for%20Special%20Education%20Funding.mp4?dl=0

Become a Self Advocate

What does it mean to be a Self-Advocate?

➢ Speak up for yourself & what is important to you
➢ Ask for what you need or want for your life
➢ Tell people about your thoughts & feelings

“Self-advocacy means you know your rights and
responsibilities, you speak-up for your rights, and you
can make choices and decisions that affect your life.”

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to stay informed on changes that impact your life, learn about
available resources & services, and connect with others!
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