FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 21, 2019

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DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMUNITY RELEASES INTERIM BUDGET REPORT CARD IN ADVANCE OF THE FINAL BUDGET

The Report Card Highlights the Level of Support Given to The Disability Community Throughout the Budget Process

Albany, NY (March 22, 2019) – The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL), has released its interim report card for the 2019-2020 budget. This update reflects the budget proposals released by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Assembly, and the New York State Senate.

“We are extremely pleased with the Senate and Assembly’s budget proposals. Both the Senate and the Assembly rejected the cuts to the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) which the Governor had proposed in his Budget,” stated NYAIL Executive Director, Lindsay Miller. She continued; “We are also very pleased the Assembly proposed increased funding of $3 million for the Access to Home program, which keeps low-income people with disabilities out of institutions by providing home modifications.”

The report card lays out the policies which must be enacted, and the programs which must be funded, to ensure community integration for New Yorkers with disabilities. Those priorities include; increased funding for home modifications, increased wages for home care workers, increased funding for the statewide network of Independent Living Centers, and funding of the Office for the Advocate for People with Disabilities. The latter is an unfunded Executive Order signed by both Governor’s Mario and Andrew Cuomo. This office is needed to provide people with disabilities a voice in State government. The Senate included funding for it in their budget proposal.

“No one has articulated better than Governor Cuomo the regressive policy changes being advanced at the Federal level and their impact on New Yorkers’ lives. It is critical that the Governor and the newly elected Legislature, with its new leadership, follow through on its promises to our community. They must enact laws to protect our civil rights and provide funding to programs that allow people with disabilities to live independent, integrated lives in their communities,” states Susan Dooha, Executive Director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York and NYAIL Board President.

To view the updated Report Cards, please go to https://ilny.us/advocacy/advocacy-priorities.

 

About NYAIL – The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is a statewide membership organization of Independent Living Centers (ILCs), community-based not-for-profit providers of advocacy, services, and supports for New Yorkers with disabilities of all ages. ILCs are controlled by, and largely staffed by, people with disabilities. NYAIL strengthens local Independent Living Centers and is a leader in the civil rights movement for all people with disabilities.

 

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