FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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Albany, NY (April 30, 2019) – The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is holding its annual Legislative Day, at the Legislative Office Building, on May 1, 2019. Members of the disability rights and independent living community will be advocating for new laws to stop discriminatory policies against people with disabilities.

“People with disabilities are traveling from all across the State to make sure they have the opportunities everyone else has, by addressing areas of critical importance to their everyday lives,” said Meghan Parker, Director of Advocacy at NYAIL. NYAIL’s priorities include; re-establishing the Office for the Advocate for People with Disabilities; ending the unfair practice of paying subminimum wage to people with disabilities; and mandating accessible transportation. “If a person is not paid a fair wage and there is no available accessible transportation, how can they live independently in the community?” Added Meghan Parker

Lindsay Miller, NYAIL Executive Director added, “The Office for the Advocate for People with Disabilities is extremely important. The disability community desperately needs a voice in state government that represents all people with disabilities. Right now, we don’t have that.” The need for these policies has never been greater, as the Federal Government looks to gut funding to programs for people with disabilities.

“There are several bills already in the legislature waiting to be voted on. It’s our job today to inform legislators what passage of these bills would mean to our community,” said Meghan Parker.

NYAIL hopes meeting with members of the independent living and disability rights community will help move these important bills through both legislative chambers and onto the Governor’s desk for his signature.

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.