New York Senate Turning Its Back on People with Disabilities

A PrizioNew York Senate Turning Its Back on People with Disabilities

By Adam Prizio
Manager of Government Affairs
Albany, New York
March 26, 2015

People with disabilities and seniors from across New York State have been calling key Senators all week, urging them to support a provision in the budget which would create a new class of workers called Advanced Home Health Aides (AHHAs). Governor Cuomo and the Assembly each support versions of the AHHA proposal, and the Senate included a version in its one-house bill last year. Advocates for older adults, the Nurses Association, and home care providers all support this proposal. So what’s the hold up?

No, seriously, what’s the hold up?

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The Disability Dialogue: Is Anybody Listening to Disability Advocates?

Emily LadauIs Anybody Listening to Disability Advocates?

By Emily Ladau
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

Disabled writers pour their hearts and souls out every day - blogs, Tweets, Facebook statuses, Tumblr posts, and on and on. It seems our presence online is at once vast and infinite while also contained to the smallest of planets in cyberspace. We take threads spun from every one of our lived experiences and weave them into a rich tapestry of our insights and stories. We share instances of discrimination that have left us feeling hollow and empty. We share triumphs over stigma, our small victories in the ever-present fight for social justice within the global community.

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The Disability Dialogue: Picture This

L SmithPicture This

By Leah Smith
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

I was recently sitting with a group of disabled people in a crowded mall. We were all squeezed tightly around a food-court table discussing a current disability policy issue. At the table were two little people, a person with spina bifida and two quads- a decent distribution of diversity, if you ask me. As an outsider, one might wonder what we were up to, as we had laptops and papers spread across the table and we were, very clearly, discussing important issues. One might even wonder why we were doing such work at a food-court in a mall. We asked ourselves this, too.

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The Disability Dialogue: Little People Shows

Emily LadauReality Shows Need a Little More Diversity

By Emily Ladau
The Disability Dialogue
Regular Contributor

I watch The Little Couple on TLC like it's my job. I once hung out with Matt Roloff from Little People, Big World in his green room so I could interview him before he did a presentation at my college. I'm all about featuring people who are actually disabled in the media. And for the most part, I believe TLC does justice to the disability experience. The problem, though, is that little people seem to be the only disabled people routinely shown on television, especially reality shows, with very few exceptions.

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The Disability Dialogue: Disability as Diversity

LeahDisability as Diversity: Round Peg, Round Hole?

By Leah Smith
The Disability Dialogue
Regular Contributor

HBO recently announced the upcoming launch of its HBO Access Writing Fellowship, inviting emerging writers from diverse backgrounds to apply. According to HBO’s announcement, if accepted, the person would be given the “opportunity to attend a week of master classes… [and] then enter into an 8-month writing phase, where he/she would be partnered with an HBO Development executive and guided through the script development process.”

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