By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

January 26, 2024

 

INTRODUCTION

At the end of January, Governor Hochul published her suggested budget for our state spending.  While the budget covers all areas of state finance, we wanted to share some important points that impact disabled and chronically ill people. While there are some positives, we are expecting some losses and need people to share their feelings on these issues with their legislators.

By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

December 20, 2023

 

INTRODUCTION

Once staff return from the holiday break, it will be time to turn our advocacy efforts towards the 2024 New York State budget. Each year, the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) works with the state’s independent living centers (ILCs) to determine what issues require funding. The highest priorities are included in a budget proposal to the governor’s office.  This means they ask the governor to set aside money to support these issues.  It is important to advocate for funding so people are aware these issues exist and are properly addressed.

By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

November 30, 2023

 

INTRODUCTION

Did you know many religions celebrate holidays between November and January?  Regardless of your religious beliefs, it is likely you will host or attend a holiday celebration this time of year.  While holidays are usually joyous times to celebrate, people with disabilities and chronic illnesses often face accessibility problems when trying to celebrate.  This often leads to strained relationships and isolation for people whose needs are not considered or accounted for.

By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

October 26, 2023

 

INTRODUCTION

The third Thursday of every November is National Rural Health Day, where we recognize the people dedicated to addressing the healthcare needs of rural America.  While we have many wonderful local healthcare providers here in Upstate NY, it's still very important for people to understand their legal rights as patients.  Sometimes healthcare staff struggle to provide appropriate and equal care due to lack of experience, and we have to advocate for ourselves to get better care.  For many people with underlying conditions and disabilities, this knowledge is especially important to have.