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Trump Education Pick Advances Despite Special Ed Worries

Deep opposition from special education advocates was not enough to prevent President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education from moving forward.

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#bFair2DirectCare: Governor Cuomo, Be Our Hero

The video at the link below gives the viewer a glimpse into what it takes to be a direct support professional working with people with developmental disabilities. This is a very demanding and rewarding career that takes a great deal of training. Recent increases in the minimum wage and a lack of funding from New York State have eroded the wages of these positions, making it increasingly difficult for non-profit agencies to hire and retain staff and this threatens to reduce the quality and quantity of supports and services for people with disabilities. Please ask Governor Cuomo to fund increases in wages for these dedicated and caring professionals.

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Governor’s 2017-2018 NYS Budget Proposal Highlights

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After a very quick look at the Governor’s 2017-2018 New York State Budget proposal that was released late last night, following are some highlights of interest. We will provide further details as they become available.

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The Budget Documents are all available at DOB’s website at:

https://www.budget.ny.gov/pubs/executive/eBudget1718/ExecutiveBudget.html

#bFair2DirectCare Statement on ‘bupkis” Budget Allocations for Direct Care Workers

The #bFair2DirectCare Coalition has issued a Statement on the Governor’s failure to include New funding for Direct Care Workers in the Executive Budget.

 

#bFair2DirectCare could not have been clearer in what’s needed in this year’s budget to help direct care workers achieve a living wage – the very kind of economic justice Governor Cuomo has championed for other working New Yorkers — $45 million.

What Governor Cuomo proposed can simply described as ‘bupkis.’ It’s an old Yiddish phrase gently translated as ‘nothing.’”

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Also, see the Times Union Capitol Confidential blog post:

“Direct Care group decries ‘bupkis’ budget allocation”

 

 

 

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Don’t Forget #bFair2DirectCare in the State Budget

About three dozen demonstrators representing the bFair2DirectCare Coalition gathered in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Albany today to remind the Governor and the leaders of the New York State Legislature of the need to fund a wage increase for direct care staff working for non-profit agencies who support people with developmental disabilities.

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#bFair2DirectCare Seen at Albany State of the State

bFair2DirectCare Coalition members made their case outside the Governor’s State of the State Address in Albany yesterday.

click the link below and view page A-3 to see the photos and captions.

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State of the State Schedule Released

Click on the link below to see the complete schedule of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speeches planned for six sites around the state next week.

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2017 Lobby Days Are Scheduled

2017 COPA Lobby Days Are Set

Executive Leadership Appointments: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Main Lobbying Day: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This year, COPA (ALIA, CP of NYS, DDAWNY, IAC & NYAEMP) and NYSARC, are holding joint Albany Lobby Days.  Together we represent nearly 300 providers of services to people with developmental disabilities in NYS, supporting more than one-hundred thousand people and employing about 140,000 staff.  Our joint effort sends a powerful message to the Governor and both houses of the Legislature, that we are united in our quest to not only preserve but to strengthen services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.

PLEASE JOIN US

Click the link below for further information and to Register for the 2017 COPA  & NYSARC Lobby Days.

All registrations for the 2017 Lobbying Days are being made through the link below.  Hotel reservations must be made by each Affiliate.

Lobby Day – Information & Registration

Disability Advocates Join Ride Haling Discussion

Advocates pushing officials to back requirements in legislation that would expand accessible transportation options for people with disabilities.

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Enabling Life Without Limits

Sarah Fitzpatrick, a Recreational Therapist at UCP of Long Island’s Indian Head Road Residence, is committed to helping individuals live Life Without Limits.

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