Issues: Developmental Disabilities

Senator DeFrancisco with Intern Joe Cittadino at a Ceremony Celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Joe Cittadino, an intern with the office of Senator DeFrancisco, spoke at the ARISE Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured here with Joe and Joe's mother. 

July 29, 2011
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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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NEW YORK MUST STAND AGAINST “OBAMACARE”

Senator Ball says “No” to state implementation of “ObamaCare”

June 23, 2011
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Lt. Gov Duffy Applauds Senate Passage of Senator Fuschillo's Autism Insurance Reform Legislation

Lt. Governor Duffy applauds the Senate passage of autism insurance reform legislation, sponsored by Senator Fuschillo, which would enable individuals with autism to receive insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Senator Fuschillo thanks the Lt. Governor for supporting the legislation, which would give families with autism access to treatment coverage just like any other condition and ensure that they are not denied services solely because of an autism diagnosis.

June 20, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT AUTISM INSURANCE BILL ENACTED BY STATE SENATE

The New York State Senate today voted to enact important legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Mike Nozzolio(S.4005)  that will require accident and health insurance policies to provide coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment for patients with autism spectrum disorders. The legislation has been adopted in both houses of the State Legislature and only awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature to become law.

June 17, 2011
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Statement from Senator McDonald on Autism Insurance Legislation Passing the NY Senate

“Families that need help paying medical bills for their loved ones can finally get the coverage they deserve,” Chairman of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee Senator Roy McDonald (R, Saratoga) said. “Enactment of this bill will make New York a leader in providing services and ensuring protections for those with autism. I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate for passing this bill, and look forward to doing more to help those with autism and similar developmental disabilities.”

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June 17, 2011
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Senator Fuschillo Votes for Autism Insurance Reform Law

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) votes to enact an autism insurance reform law which would enable individuals with autism to receive insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The legislation, which Senator Fuschillo sponsored, has been passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly.

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

June 17, 2011
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RITCHIE VOTES TO HELP FAMILIES WITH AUTISM

Treatments Will Be Covered By Insurance

State Senator Patty Ritchie said a bill (S4005A) she cosponsored that was passed by the Senate today will insure that families with autistic children will have their treatments covered by insurance.

“It’s outrageous that families have been told that their insurance will not cover therapeutic care, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy,” Senator Ritchie said. “I am proud that I was able to vote to insure that families will no longer be discriminated against if they have a family member with autism spectrum disorder when they buy or renew health insurance.”

June 17, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL FOR LANDMARK AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM

The New York State Senate today approved legislation to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The bill (S.4005A), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick), would save tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses spent by families caring for individuals with autism and address insurance companies’ refusal to cover costs for autism treatments and therapies.Autism Spectrum Disorders affect individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys, are currently affected with autism.

June 17, 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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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, June 6, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 6, 11:00 AM - 11:03 AM
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ADDABBO ANNOUNCES BILL THAT ELIMINATES OFFENSIVE TERMINOLOGY FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Awaits Governor’s Decision; Highlights Bill that Employs Individuals with Developmental Disabilities   Queens, NY, May 24, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P.

May 24, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 23, 2011 Room 124 Cap

May 23, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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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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Senator Seward Announces Williams Syndrome Awareness Week

COOPERSTOWN, 05/09/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the state senate recently approved a special legislative resolution he sponsored calling on the governor to proclaim May 8 – 14 as Williams Syndrome Awareness Week in the State of New York. 

“Williams syndrome is a relatively unknown genetic disorder, yet it affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide,” said Senator Seward.  “Generating public awareness about Williams syndrome is an important step in supporting patients who suffer from the disorder, along with their families, improving care and advancing future research.”

May 9, 2011
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Faces of Autism: An Educational Forum

Presentations by: New York Families For Autistic Children, Autism Speaks, The School for Language and Communication Development, Queens County Parents Autism Coalition, New York Christian Parents of Children With Autism and Jackson Developmental Center 

 

• Learn about the signs of Autism and the importance of early intervention

• Ask questions about issues related to caring for children living with Autism

• Share stories of frustration, joy and hope

• Make connections with other parents 

 

Translators will be available at the event.

May 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 4, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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Senator Rivera Recognizes Autism Awareness Month, Announces Support for Autism Insurance Legislation

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) recognized Autism Awareness Month and announced his support for legislation that would provide screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, help to end discriminatory practices impacting New Yorkers. Since being elected, Senator Rivera has visited with organizations that provide critical services for children and families impacted by autism in the Bronx, including Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), the Bronx Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Council and Unique People Services.

April 28, 2011
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