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.