Justin Young, Pooled Trust AdvocateCasinos Fail to Have Options for Blind Patrons

By Justin Young, Pooled Trust Advocate

Towards the end of last year I went to the casino for the very first time which was the Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack facility.  As I attempted to play the games independently, I found there was nothing fully accessible for blind patrons who as an individual who is legally blind I felt this was an invasion of my right as a patron.  After this experience I was curious to see how other facilities similar to Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack dealt with accessibility for the blind with their gaming machines.

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Justin Young, Pooled Trust AdvocateAlbany Legislation Day

By Justin Young, Pooled Trust Advocate

On February 25, 2014, I went on a trip to Albany with the Center for Disability Rights for the New York Association on Independent Living’s (NYAIL) Legislation Day.  When we first arrived, we listened to several speakers who touched briefly upon the issues we were going to be discussing with our legislative representatives.  One of the speakers was the Deputy Secretary of Health who acted as the Key Note speaker.  They discussed their passion related to why we were there this day and how they felt the Governor supported the issues.

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New Website Geared at NY Voters with Disabilities

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Project goal is to sign up 5,000 people with disabilities!

The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) is excited to announce the launch of the website for the New York Disability Vote Network (NYDVN), accessed at www.nydvn.org. The ultimate goal of the 2-year project is to build, solidify, and unify a disability voting bloc in the state of New York.

The NYDVN project is made possible with a grant from Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR). It was established in spring 2013 to implement and grow a database of at least 5,000 voters with disabilities residing in New York, as well as establish a coalition committed to NYDVN’s mission. Current partners include over 25 organizations, namely independent living centers, advocacy groups, and other disability-specific associations.

“People with disabilities have to fight for their civil rights every day. Now New York will have a coordinated effort to ensure that the same people are also fighting for their rights in the voting booth as well,” said Bruce Darling, CEO of CDR.

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Analysis of the 2014-2015 NYS Executive Budget: Proposals that Impact People with Disabilities

By: Bruce E. Darling

Posted on: January 29, 2014

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Below is a sample of issues in the Executive budget that you should be aware of.  For a full version of CDR’s Executive budget analysis, click here: PDF LARGE TEXT

The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) is a disability led, not-for-profit that advocates for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities. CDR provides services to people with disabilities and seniors within the framework of an Independent Living Model, which promotes independence of people with all types of disabilities, enabling choice in living setting, full access to the community, and control in their life. 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 New York State 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.

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Analysis of Governor Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State Address

By Bruce E. Darling

In his 2014 State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo highlighted how he has worked hard over the past three years “to restore our state as a model for the nation and demonstrate the impact an effective and responsive government can have on the lives of its people”.  He outlined his agenda for the coming year and promised that “Working together, we will build on this progress to create an even brighter future for all New Yorkers.”

Even though 34% of New Yorkers have disabilities, Governor Cuomo’s address had relatively little to say to the Disability community.  Even so, there are opportunities embedded in his proposals that could improve the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities.  The following analysis highlights some of the Disability community’s concerns and the opportunities to address them.

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