FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, June 10, 2020

(Albany, NY) The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) has issued the following statement: 

We grieve the black lives lost in encounters with law enforcement, including George Floyd and others. Unfortunately, racist violence is not new for our communities. We have seen far too many black people die because of excessive use of force, including black people with disabilities.

In our experience racism intersects with ableism to the detriment of black people with disabilities. We see the inequality in access to and outcomes in education, employment, health, housing, and transportation when race intersects with disabilities.

We join with our allies across the nation in our commitment to working towards full equality. We join in the work of reforming institutions that have discriminatory policies and practices. Our board, staff, and volunteers will continue to work for equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do.