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    Brewster, N.Y. – 05/03/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) hosted a Special Needs Awareness Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Campus.

    Over thirty vendors provided awareness, information, and resources for families with special needs. Senator Greg Ball worked to organize the event with his Special Needs Advisory Council.

    “Making ends meet, raising a family and keeping everything together in New York State can be challenging. Those families trying to provide necessary services to family members with special needs face even greater hurdles and challenges. Compounding this problem, we are seeing cuts to the vital services and resources needed by these families,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Last year, as a member of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, I was proud to work with my colleagues to restore cuts that were initially proposed by the Governor to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. It is my hope that this event helped shine a bright light on this issue and that it helped provide information and services to those who care for one of our most vulnerable populations.”

    “Senator Ball is providing a great resource to all individuals with special needs and their families by hosting this Special Needs Awareness Day. As the mother of an adult son with special needs, I know the value of researching, networking and lobbying,” said Theresa Pirraglia, Chairman of Senator Greg Ball’s Special Needs Advisory Council.

    Last year, Senator Greg Ball voted to restore up to $90 million in funding for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The restoration amends the 2013-14 Executive Budget, which originally called for reducing the agency’s budget by $90 million due to a $1.1 billion federal reduction in aid.

    This funding will allow the agency to continue its vital mission to provide critical care to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, while reversing decades of mismanagement and overpayments that resulted in a decline of services to this vulnerable population.

    Contact: Joe Bachmeier, or (845) 531-9796