NYAIL works with ILCs to ensure the rights of all individuals with disabilities are protected, through individual advocacy, legislative and administrative systemic advocacy, grassroots organizing and, when necessary, direct action aimed at focusing the attention of decision-makers on the voice of people with disabilities who are impacted by their decisions.

Through our work with individuals, ILCs identify the pressure points and the need for systemic changes throughout disability service systems. For decades, New York's ILCs have successfully advocated for major systemic changes throughout disability service systems that have helped the state to advance policies of community integration and move people with disabilities from institutions and other segregated settings to the community, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision.

To that end, we encourage the NYS legislature to take action on the following priorities:

Additional resources on NYAIL’s priority issues: