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November 29, 2016

Governor Cuomo signed new legislation that allows people to leave nursing facilities and other institutions and live safely in the community! This has been a top priority of NYAIL’s for several years. The new legislation creates a new class of home care worker, the Advanced Home Health Aide (AHHA). Under this program, home care workers will be able to get additional training so that they can do some advanced tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse. However, While Governor Cuomo demonstrated his support for community living for seniors and people with disabilities by signing AHHA into law, he vetoed a bill for the second year in a row that would have helped seniors and people with disabilities to age in place. The bill would have provided for a modest tax credit of up to $2,750 for seniors and people with disabilities to modify their homes to make them more accessible.

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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June 13, 2016

Disability rights advocates from across New York State today called on lawmakers to ensure transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft provide comprehensive accessible service before allowing them to operate statewide.

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July 27, 2015

Governor Cuomo is honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by signing a bill which would incorporate Title II of the ADA into New York State Human Rights law. Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by government entities. The New York State Human Rights Law includes some, but not all, of the ADA's protections for people with disabilities. This causes needless confusion for government officials in attempting to comply with both statutes.

"Enactment of A.136/S.1405 reinforces the State's commitment to the ADA by adding Title II language to State statute, further clarifying the obligations of government officials and strengthening the civil rights protections for people with disabilities" stated Lindsay Miller, Executive Director of the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL).

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July 23, 2015

July 26th marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the most comprehensive anti-discrimination law ever passed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. The ADA enables people with disabilities to participate more fully in their communities, compete effectively for jobs, travel, and gain access to the goods and services that most Americans take for granted. As stated in its preamble, the ADA's purpose is "to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities." It is also the legal foundation for the 1999 Supreme Court Olmstead decision which held that people with disabilities have the right to live and receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. There are events taking place all over New York State this month to commemorate this groundbreaking law. Governor Cuomo has a chance to commemorate this key anniversary by signing a bill which would incorporate Title II of the ADA into New York State Human Rights law. Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by government entities. The New York State Human Rights Law includes some, but not all, of the ADA's protections for people with disabilities. This causes needless confusion for government officials in attempting to comply with both statutes.

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