Issues: Disability

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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Senator Parker Advocates for the Blind and Disabled

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER

March 2, 2011
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Getting feedback from agencies that serve the developmentally disabled

Senator George Maziarz recently attended a legislative luncheon co-hosted by Niagara Cerebral Palsy, Opportunities Unlimited, and Rivershore--Niagara County's three primary voluntary non-profit agencies.  The focus of the discussion was the impact of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget cuts on these agencies and the people they serve.

February 22, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball Visits Patterson's Guiding Eyes for the Blind

PATTERSON, NY (02/11/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C - Patterson) today toured the Guiding Eyes for the Blind breeding facility in Patterson, NY. 

Guiding Eyes is a nonprofit guide dog school that provides the blind and visually impaired with Guiding Eyes dogs, training, and lifetime support services. 

February 15, 2011
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IDC Members to Chair Legislative Committees

The Independent Democratic Conference today accepted recommendations from the Senate Majority that, in keeping with recent bi-partisan tradition, would allow them to chair legislative committees.

 

January 26, 2011
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WNY legislators visit Museum of disABILITY History

Senator George Maziarz joined other senators and assemblymen from Western New York in a recent nonpartisan visit to People Inc.'s Museum of disABILITY History. 

January 3, 2011
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Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State To Present Padavan With Legislator of the Year Award for 2010

The Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State have announced that they are presenting New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) with their prestigious Legislator of the Year Award for 2010 in late October.  The Cerebral Palsy Association of New York State was founded in 1946 and serves as a multi-service organization to assist and provide vital services to the families of children with cerebral palsy.    The award recognizes Padavan’s significant contributions through the legislative process that have resulted in increased independence, productivity or integration for people with cerebral palsy and other significant disabilities, or is a benefit to their families.

September 28, 2010
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Remembering Etta Magner at Opportunities Unlimited

Senator Maziarz today spoke at the Remembrance Ceremony for Henrietta Magner, a founder of Opportunities Unlimited, who passed away last year.  Mrs. Magner was chosen by Senator Maziarz as a NYS Senate Woman of Distinction in 2005.  A memorial bench was dedicated in her honor.

September 16, 2010
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New York State Education Department, Office of Special Education

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Special Education has scheduled three public hearings to seek public comment on

 

September 16, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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September 15, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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VISIONS/Services for the Blind honor late Senator Thomas P. Morahan with street renaming ceremony

This past weekend, VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Rockland County, paid special tribute to Senator Thomas P. Morahan at their annual Lions sponsored Family Recognition Day by opening the event with renaming the road where there offices are located after the late State Senator. Senator Morahan was a strong supporter and advocate for people with disabilities. The late Senator proudly served as Chairman of the Mental Health and Developmentally Disabilities Committee. He had a strong track record of collaborating with the many community-based organizations in his district to help improve access and enhance services available to his constituents. CEO/Executive Director Nancy Miller of VISIONS had this to say regarding the ceremony: “ Senator Morahan was an inspiration and tireless advocate for people with disabilities. As a frequent visitor and a supporter of VISIONS Center on Blindness-VCB, we are thrilled to honor the Senator and his work with the street naming. Morahan Way at VCB honors his commitment, public service, passion and incredible efforts on behalf of people who are blind and people with multiple disabilities”. 

Assemblyman Zebrowski joins Stephen Powers, Counsel, to Senator Thomas P. Morahan at renaming ceremony.

August 4, 2010
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