NEW YORK STATE BUDGET WINS, LOSSES AFFECT ILCS & DISABILITY COMMUNITY

By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

April 28, 2022

 

Introduction

Throughout February and March, the NYS disability community continued to advocate for our NYS budget priorities.  In April, the final budget for fiscal year 2022-2023 was decided and voted on.  Ultimately, the disability community had some wins, and some losses.  Some of the most important outcomes include: 

NATURAL & MAN-MADE DISASTER PLANNING FOR DISABLED, ILL, AND INJURED INDIVIDUALS

By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

March 24, 2022

 

Introduction

Whether a snowstorm in New York or the war in Ukraine, everyone is susceptible to unexpected disasters. With reports of at least 2.6 million verified disabled Ukrainians, plus hospitalized patients, and newly disabled war victims, this is a disability community crisis.  As the Russian military continues to attack civilian areas, hospitals, hospices, orphanages, and schools for the disabled are being bombed.  Many disabled and ill individuals are trapped in apartment buildings and houses because public bomb shelters are inaccessible.  The lucky disabled and ill children are being rushed out of the country on special trains that have been converted into portable hospitals.  After crossing into Poland, the children will be dispersed to other European children’s hospitals.  Those who cannot escape, or have yet to be found by rescuers, suffer from the lack of food, clean water, and critical medical supplies and medications.  

THE IMPORTANCE OF 'FAIR PAY FOR HOME CARE' FOR CONSUMERS AND EMPLOYEES

By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

February 24, 2022

 

Introduction

Like many seniors and disabled / chronically ill individuals, I rely on other people to help me get in and out of bed, dressed, go to the bathroom, get to work, cook, and clean.  Right now, I live in the community because my parents can provide the help that I need. However, if something happens to them, I will likely be forced into a nursing home unless I can hire enough staff.  

NYS FY 2023 EXECUTIVE BUDGET: IL ADVOCACY UPDATE

By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

January 25, 2022

 

Introduction

Each year, the New York State government works together to create a statewide spending plan that meets many different needs. The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) picks a few important disability issues that they want to see in the state’s spending budget. Independent Living Centers, like ATI, then meet with local government representatives to educate them on these issues. This year’s meetings will take place during February. We are looking for some self-advocates to join us and would like you to attend the meetings with us via Zoom!