Senate Passes Disability Protection Package

The New York State Senate passed legislative measures to enhance inclusion, access, and protections for New Yorkers living with disabilities. Included in the package are bills to recognize Supported Decision Making Agreements, greater support of individualized education programs, and increased communication with guardians when behavioral intervention is used. The package will “strengthen and streamline resources, and correct historical tropes that are both harmful and inaccurate” to the disabled community. Read the Senate Majority’s Press Release.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “Protecting our loved ones with disabilities is crucial for their safety and well-being. This set of bills will help them thrive in our community and provide the tools they need to be more independent and successful in their day-to-day lives. I am proud of the Senate Majority's work to provide more rights and resources for disabled New Yorkers. I want to thank the Chair of the Disabilities Committee, Senator John Mannion, and the bill sponsors for their advocacy.”

Chair of the Committee on Disabilities, Senator John Mannion, said, “As Chairman of the Disabilities Committee, strengthening quality of life and the services available to people with disabilities is my highest priority. My bills ensure people with disabilities can have autonomy over their lives while receiving the support they need to be full members of the community. My legislation combats stigma, makes the state’s websites more accessible, and provides firm timelines for eligibility determinations. I am grateful to Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for creating and valuing the Disabilities Committee and to my Senate colleagues for sharing my commitment to making our state a leader in supporting residents with disabilities.”

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