Senator Schumer will be here this coming Monday, April 11th, at 11AM at our 497 State Street office location to talk to Us about the Disability Integration Act (DIA)! This is an incredible honor to have Senator Schumer in our building speaking directly with the disability community about such important legislation, that if passed, will establish an absolute right for people with disabilities to live in the community. JOIN US!
Below is the Press Release from Senator Schumer’s office released on Friday, April 8th:
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY:
Friday, April 8, 2016
CONTACT: Jason Kaplan
SCHUMER PUSHES LEGISLATION THAT GIVES INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES THE OPTION TO LIVE AT HOME OR IN THE COMMUNITY & RECEIVE LONG-TERM SERVICES; PRESENTLY NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES ARE PREVENTED FROM RESIDING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THESE CRITICAL SERVICES
Right Now, Individuals With Disabilities Who Might Need Help With Everyday Tasks Such as Eating, Dressing, Bathing, Maintaining Meds & More Are Not Given the Option to Live In the Setting of Their Choosing; Schumer Says This Denies People With Disabilities the Freedom to Live Independently
Schumer’s Bill, the Disability Integration Act of 2015, Rights This Wrong By Ensuring Services Are Provided to Any Individual Who is Found Eligible for Institutional Care to Receive Critical Services and Supports in the Setting of Their Choosing; Schumer Bill Addresses Longstanding Civil Rights Issue That Currently Denies Individuals with Disabilities This Basic Right & Helps Alleviate Financial, Emotional Burden Often Posed On Loved Ones
Schumer: Individuals With Disabilities Have the Basic Right to Live Independent, Fulfilling Lives
ROCHESTER, NY – MONDAY, April 11th at 11am, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will call on Congress to pass the Disability Integration Act. Schumer will explain that this new legislation will help individuals with disabilities live more independently by providing necessary at-home and community-based services and supports. Specifically, the legislation ensures that any individual who is found eligible for institutional care must also be given the option to receive the same necessary services and supports at home, or in a setting of their choosing, that would have otherwise been provided in an institutional setting. Schumer will explain that the legislation gives individuals with disabilities the option to live more independently, and in the comfort of their own home, rather than in an institutional facility away from their friends and family. Moreover, Schumer will say that this legislation will help ease the financial burden of those who do not want to live in a facility and may be paying high out-of-pocket insurance costs for in-home services and supports. Schumer will also say that the bill will help alleviate the emotional burden that family members are often faced with when taking care of their loved ones with disabilities who are not receiving the necessary services and supports. Schumer, the sponsor and author of this bill, will say Congress promptly pass this bill, as it will help promote independent living among Americans with disabilities.
Senator Schumer will be joined by Stephanie Woodward, Center for Disability Rights Director of Advocacy, Susan Hetherington, Co-Director, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, and representatives from the Center for Disability Rights (CDR).
DATE: MONDAY, 4/11
TIME: 11 AM
LOCATION: Center for Disability Rights, 497 State Street Rochester, NY 14608