Timothy M. Kennedy's posts related to Disability

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. 


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.


Senator Kennedy Urges State Education Department to Reform Regulations for Student-Athletes with Disabilities

State Ed guideline may block local student-athlete David Gorczynski from running cross country for his fourth and final year on his Orchard Park High School team.

Kennedy writes to State Education Commissioner urging a change to their policy to allow students with disabilities to participate in high school athletics all four years.

Kennedy: State Education Department Should Reform their Guidelines and Allow David Gorczynski to Cross the Finish Line


WNY Community Comes to Aid of Depew Family to Help their Twin Daughters with Cerebral Palsy

After years of work, the Geary family of Depew finally celebrates the completion of renovation work that makes their home more accessible to serve the needs of their twin daughters with cerebral palsy.

Senator Kennedy partnered with the family to generate widespread community support, and pushed state bureaucracy to be more responsive to their call for help. 

Kennedy: This is a uniquely Western New York story. Our community came together to help a neighbor in need.


In Light of Disturbing Local Reports of Housing Discrimination, Kennedy Proposes Bill to Strengthen Protections for Veterans with Therapy Dogs

Senator Stands with WNY Heroes & HOME to Outline New Bill Focused on Veterans Who Have Medically-Prescribed Therapy Animals to Help Treat Trauma 

Kennedy Says it is Our Duty to Protect Those Who Have Served So Bravely to Protect Us

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) stood with Iraq War Veteran and President of WNY Heroes Chris Krieger, Scott Gehl of Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and other local advocates today to outline newly-created legislation (S.6031) designed to strengthen protections for veterans and individuals with disabilities who rely on and own therapy dogs from housing discrimination. The bill strengthens New York State’s Human Rights law, better aligning it with applicable federal laws.