June 21, 2016

Disability rights advocates applaud the New York State legislature for passing multiple bills to allow people with disabilities to live safely in the community. The creation of a new class of home care worker, the Advanced Home Health Aide (AHHA) passed the legislature in the last days of session. Disability rights advocates have been promoting this bill for the past several years as it will allow many more individuals to leave nursing homes and other institutions and live safely in the community. The legislature also passed a bill A9303/S6943 to provide for a tax credit of up to $2,750 for seniors and people with disabilities to modify their homes to make it more accessible. In addition, people can access this credit when they include accessible features at the time of construction.

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