Issues: Disability

Community Comes Together to Help Family of Teens with Cerebral Palsy

Event held to celebrate renovation work being done to serve the needs of Depew family. DEPEW, N.Y. – Twin sisters Amber and Ashley Geary know what it’s like to overcome great adversity. Since birth, both girls have lived with cerebral palsy – a debilitating disease that has forced them to endure struggles, but has failed to deter their spirits.

December 7, 2011
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Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 LI to Discuss New Autism Insurance Reform Law

Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 Long Island (11/1/11) to discuss his autism insurance reform legislation, which has been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The new law will save families tens of thousands of dollars a year in out of pocket costs for autism treatment and therapies which many insurance companies refuse to cover.

Click here to read more about Senator Fuschillo's new autism insurance reform law.

November 2, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: STATE LAUNCHES NEW ALERT SYSTEM FOR MISSING VULNERABLE ADULTS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that New York State recently launched a statewide alert system to help locate vulnerable adults who go missing. The “Missing Adults Alert” system, which is similar to the national Amber Alert program for missing children, will help authorities quickly notify the public when someone with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other cognitive impairment goes missing. 

October 31, 2011
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SENATOR GREG BALL HONORS COMPANIES EMPLOYING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

(from left to right: ACCESS-VR Integrated Employment Specialist Al Sindone, Dutchess County Regional Chamber President Charles North, Author & Activist Jesse Saperstein, Sponsor Representative Robert Ranieri and Senator Greg Ball)

October 27, 2011
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Family Support and Transition Resource Fair sponsored by the Richard H. Hungerford PTA and the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council

Family Support and Transition Resource Fair

Free Admission – Free Childcare Continental Breakfast

October 22, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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WNY Delegation Continues Efforts To Enact Laura Cummings Law

Legislative progress is being made in Albany to protect victims of violence 

Members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation gathered Monday morning to provide key updates on their collaborative efforts to enact Laura Cummings Law, a bill named in honor of the young developmentally disabled Erie County woman who was murdered by her mother in January 2010 after years of abuse and mistreatment. 

August 22, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti Joins Heritage Centers' 60th Anniversary Celebration

New York State Senator Mark J. Grisanti will pay a visit to Heritage Centers’ Allentown Industries in downtown Buffalo on Thursday,

August 4, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. as part of the agency’s 60th anniversary celebration.

August 3, 2011
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Preventing Caregiver Burnout: Tips and Techniques for Caring for Loved Ones and Reducing Stress

Senator Gianaris, Congresswoman Maloney and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York are holding a free seminar to learn about proper caregiving techniques and resources, and how caregiviers can reduce stress and strain when caring for loved ones at home.

RSVP to Kara Hughett at Kara.Hughett@morris-king.c​om or 1-212-561-7424.

Photo ID is required for entry.

July 21, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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New Fire Safety Plans for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 24, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

New Fire Safety Plans for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

June 24, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL FOR LANDMARK AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate today passed a bill that he co-sponsored (S.4005A), which would enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The legislation would require insurance companies to provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, including behavioral health treatments, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Insurance companies would be prohibited from terminating coverage or refusing to renew, adjust, amend, issue, or execute a policy solely because the individual has been diagnosed with or received treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

June 20, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR VALESKY TO ASSIST IN LOCATING MISSING VULNERABLE ADULTS

 ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will create a clearinghouse for information and alert system to find missing and vulnerable adults passed the State Senate today. “This is a significant piece of legislation, because it has the potential to save lives,” Senator Valesky, who serves as Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, said. “The faster families and law enforcement can act in disseminating information about missing vulnerable adults, the faster resources can be dispatched and loved ones can be located.”  The legislation (S.3293b) would build upon the previously established statewide Amber Alert system used by law enforcement to alert the public to missing children.

June 16, 2011
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Easter Seals Walk With Me Rochester

On Saturday morning, May 14th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to visit with participants of, and make remarks at, the Easter Seals Walk With me Rochester. Despite the soggy and damp weather, it was great to see so many people out on Saturday. There were a number of groups and organizations who had teams participating in the two-mile walk. For more information on the great work that Easter Seals does for our community, check out their web site at http://ny.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=NYDR_homepage. Senator Robach is pictured here with students from Palmyra-Macedon.

May 18, 2011
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Valesky Legislation Promotes Shared Services

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky(D-Oneida) that encourages cooperative sharing of services betweenorganizations passed the Senate.

May 12, 2011
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Autism Center Opening

Canandaigua – Continuing his long-standing advocacy for individuals diagnosed with autism, Senator Nozzolio participated in the formal opening of the new Autism Center at the Ontario County ARC in Canandaigua. The Autism Center will serve as a centralized, comprehensive resource for information sharing, referral and care services for individuals and their families.

April 21, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO VISITS LOCAL STUDENT AS PART OF AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

Ontario County Autism Center Senator Nozzolio Fought to Establish Will Open April 16th

 

April 15, 2011
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