The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is civil rights legislation, introduced by Senator Schumer to address the fundamental issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions and losing their basic civil rights. The legislation (S.2427) builds on the 25 years of work that ADAPT has done to end the institutional bias and provide seniors and people with disabilities home and community-based services (HCBS) as an alternative to institutionalization. It is the next step in our national advocacy after securing the Community First Choice (CFC) option.

The Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act, would phase out Section 14 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows employers to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage.  This would also force vocational rehabilitation agencies across the country to find meaningful placements for people with disabilities in which their abilities could be maximized and in which they could be successful and valued. The following Congressional Representatives from New York have signed on so far: Rep. Louise Slaughter, Rep. Nita Lowey, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Peter King and Rep. Kathleen Rice.  Let's get the rest of the New York delegation signed on as well!

Article 17-A of the Surrogate's Court Procedure Act allows a judge to appoint a guardian to make all health, personal and financial decisions for a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury. These decisions include where to live, where to work, what medical treatment to have, how to spend money, who or whether to marry and other decisions that most people not under guardianship take for granted. Senate Bill S.4983 would protect the rights of people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury!

ILC's are calling upon the Governor to increase funding for Independent Living Centers (ILCs) by $5 million in not just to maintain our current staff and services, but to expand the services our center provides as well. Centers use a disability-led planning process to identify the most pressing needs in our communities which inform the services centers provide. Through these planning processes, centers have identified pressing needs that we do not currently have the funding to offer. For example, here in Cortland County, ATI would commit additional funds towards employment and work readiness services as well as to institutional transition and diversion and youth transition services for people with disabilities.