Advocacy & Education

                                                             

    With Just A Few Seconds, and a Couple of Clicks, Tell NYS  Legislators to Support Investments for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

 

Both houses of the NYS Legislature will release the one-house budget measures soon. The measures will include budget priorities of the State Senate and State Assembly.

As you may be aware, Governor Hochul’s Executive Budget proposal included historic investments for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Direct Support Professionals. Such investments include

·  a 5.4% cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA),

·  staff bonuses, and

·  an 11% COLA for special education.

It’s time to ask members of the State Senate and State Assembly to support the Executive Budget proposals to ensure that they are included in the one-house budget measures and the final budget. Although we are in a much better position this year, we still must be diligent and make sure we cross the finish line successfully.

Here’s how to advocate:

With just a FEW SECONDS, and A COUPLE OF CLICKS:

You should have a voice. You should have the opportunity to express your thoughts, concerns and feelings on issues that matter to you. You should also have the opportunity to meet others who are like minded and rally in that camaraderie. Our advocacy groups provide opportunities to do just that. These groups meet regularly and always welcome new members.

You can directly send Governor Hochul and the NYS Legislature a preset message advocating for support of the historic investments. You may customize who you are in the first paragraph as you see fit.

NY Alliance thanks our partners at the Arc New York for the use of the association’s advocacy tool.

 

Renegades

Renegades is an advocacy group for adults who are affected by an intellectual or developmental disability, and is a local branch of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS). The Renegades meet on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact: (845) 331-4300 ext. 41282

 

Catskill Cats

Catskill Cats is an advocacy group for adults who are affected by an intellectual or developmental disability, and is a local branch of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS). The Catskill Cats meet at the Catskill Office, located at 311 West Bridge Street in Catskill. To find out when the Catskill Cats are meeting, contact the Catskill Office at (518) 943-9592.

 

Guilds of Awesomeness

The Guilds of Awesomeness are social groups for young people who are affected by Autism. This is a Sr. group for young adults aged 14-21 and a Jr. group for youngsters aged 9-13. Both groups provide an opportunity for people on the spectrum to hang out, recreate and build new friendships. Parents or guardians must accompany their loved one and remain present while they get together. For more information, please contact: (845) 331-4300 ext. 41204

 

Family Collaborative

The Family Collaborative is a group for young adults (ages 16-25) with an intellectual or developmental disability and their family members. While young people participate in
supervised activities, parents have the chance to talk with other parents. If you are interested in learning more about the Family Collaborative, please contact: (845) 331-4300 ext. 41218