EDUCATION ADVOCACY AT ATI

By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

July 28, 2022

 

Introduction

While beginning a new school year can be exciting and stressful for everyone, disabled and chronically ill students may struggle even more than their peers.  If your student struggled or disliked school last year, they likely were not receiving the appropriate accommodations and/or services they needed to be successful.  With as many as 15% of public-school students receiving some type of special education service as of 2021, it is easy for needs to be overlooked and go unmet by the school.  

THE INTERSECTION OF LGBTQ+ PRIDE, SEXUALITY, AND DISABILITY

By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

June 24, 2022

 

Introduction

With 3 to 5 million disabled individuals identifying as LGBTQ+, Pride month highlights the importance of the intersection of disability, sexuality, and LGBTQ+ identities.  For many reasons, disabled individuals’ gender identity and sexuality are rarely discussed.  Their invisibility erases their existence within LGBTQ+ communities and other gender and sexuality conversations and spaces.  Ignoring these intersections hurts disabled individuals and society.

NYS DISABILITY COMMUNITY POLICY PRIORITY VISITS

By Erin Vallely, ATI Advocacy Specialist

May 27, 2022

 

Introduction

In May, Access to Independence (ATI) and the Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC) held meetings with Assemblywoman Kelles (D-125) and Assemblyman Lemondes (D-126) to discuss important disability policy proposals.  Staff and community members advocated for many of NYAIL’s policy priorities and both assembly members shared valuable insights to their work.  While the session is still under way, it’s unlikely the priorities will be passed because they have not made it out of committee.  However, many of these bills will be carried over from this year to the next session, and are important to know about. 

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: