Analysis of the 2015-2016 Executive Budget: Proposals that Impact People with Disabilities

AdamAnalysis of the 2015-2016 Executive Budget: Proposals the Impact People with Disabilities

By Adam Prizio, Manager of Government Affairs

The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) is a statewide disability-led, not-for-profit organization that advocates for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities. CDR provides services and supports to people with disabilities and seniors within the framework of an Independent Living Model. CDR works for national, state, and local systemic change to advance the rights of people with disabilities by supporting direct action, coalition building, community organizing, policy analysis, litigation, training for advocates, and community education.

Each year, CDR closely reviews and responds to the State of the State and the Executive’s proposed budget. CDR’s response focuses on the proposed Executive Budget’s impact on people with disabilities and, more specifically, how the budget affects the ability of people with disabilities to live independently in the community.

The Disability Dialogue: Climbing A Mountain of Disability Stigma in the Media

Emily LadauClimbing A Mountain of Disability Stigma in the Media

By Emily Ladau
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

My greatest fear has long been that I am not enough of a “supercrip” to impress society. I’ll admit it. I’ve made several attempts to disprove this to the world, and myself, trying anything and everything to show what I’m capable of doing as a disabled woman. About four years ago, while on a trip to Israel, I rappelled down Mount Gilboa (with a skilled guide helping me down). Even though I can’t say I loved doing it, I was content to be able to say I did it. People thought it was badass. “I don’t even have a disability, and I’d never do that,” continues to be a common response from non-disabled people when I tell the story. Because of this, for quite some time, it made me feel like I had defied society’s perceptions of what it means to be disabled, and that seemed to me to be a positive thing.

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The Disability Dialogue: Disability and Abuse - Why I Stayed

Disability and Abuse: Why I Stayed

Logoby Alex Jean
Guest Blogger
The Disability Dialogue

1. I am ten years old and can’t cut my food with a knife and fork. My hands are too shaky. I can’t grip the knife. “What are you going to do when you’re on a date with a boy? Ask him to cut your meat?” my mom asks, rolling her eyes. She asks me that all the time. I don’t care. I am ten and boys are irrelevant. I do not realize what I am learning, or maybe I have already learned it.

2. I am seventeen years old and there is chicken on my plate and I am sitting across from my new boyfriend, my first boyfriend, and I start to cry when he asks why I’m not eating.

"Why would I give a shit about a stupid thing like that?" he says when I tell him. He cuts my chicken. I decide that I love him.

CDR Immediate Statement in Response to State of the State

Center for Disability Rights Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Proposals for Community Living

January 22, 2015 -- In yesterday’s joint State of the State / Budget presentation, Governor Cuomo laid out an ambitious social agenda for New York State which included a number of proposals that will increase community integration for disabled people. The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) applauds the Governor’s initiatives, in particular those initiatives relating to independent living and the Community First Choice Option, as well as those relating to assisting the homeless, people affected by poverty, and people affected by violence. CDR will release a detailed analysis of the budget next week, but the following points are immediately worth noting.

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