July 27, 2022
The Arc New York Joins Governor on ADA Anniversary
for Signing of Historic Legislation
Yesterday, on the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Arc New York's CEO, Erik Geizer, joined Governor Hochul and invited stakeholders for the signing of a package of bills focused on advancing and supporting people with disabilities.

To mark the occasion, Mr. Geizer stated, "We cannot thank our partners in the legislature and the Hochul Administration enough for their openness and willingness to listen and act." He went on to say, "For the Arc New York to be such an integral part of advancing these bills into law demonstrates our strength and ability to effectuate meaningful and positive change for the people we support."

Many of these bills were constructed and ushered through the legislature and to the governor’s desk by The Arc New York team and numerous advocates. Without the voices and participation of our grassroots network, these landmark pieces of legislation would not be possible.

The legislative package upholds and strengthens the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities, provides an additional tool in decision-making through a Supported Decision-Making Agreement, seeks to educate the public about the ways people with intellectual and developmental disabilities contribute meaningfully to their communities, and creates a campaign to reduce harmful stigma and stereotyping.

Also joining the governor from The Arc New York were Marco Damiani, Laura Kennedy, and Ray Ferrigno from AHRC NYC, and Stanfort Perry from AHRC Nassau. For the full list of bills, you can read Governor Hochul’s press release here and the proclamation she issued commemorating the ADA anniversary here.

Help mark this year's anniversary by sharing what the ADA has meant to you or how the law has positively impacted your life or the life of someone you love or hold dear. Be sure to use the hashtags #ADA32 and #ThanksToTheADA and tag us @thearcny. 

Also, to mark the ADA anniversary, The White House will hold a closed press stakeholder call tomorrow, July 28, to update Americans with disabilities on the work that has been done by the Administration. You can register here
The Arc of Onondaga Hosts
OPWDD Forum for Statewide Comprehensive 5.07 Plan

Yesterday, the Arc of Onondaga hosted an in-person regional forum for The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) 2023-2027 Draft Strategic Plan.

Prior to the forum, OPWDD Commissioner Kerri Neifeld visited the Arc of Onondaga's self-advocacy group, the Arc Achievers, and listened to their advocacy goals and campaigns.
This week, The Arc New York submitted its official comments on OPWDD's draft 5.07 plan. The final submission reflects perspectives from across The Arc New York’s Chapters and Board of Governors.

OPWDD will be synthesizing all comments received in writing and through its in-person and virtual stakeholder engagement events. OPWDD plans to issue a final draft of the plan soon after  likely in the fall. 

OPWDD invites all interested stakeholders who would like to provide feedback on the Draft Plan to participate in the following hearings.

In-Person Forums:

Virtual Forum 1
August 15, 2-4 PM. Register to listen or speak here

Virtual Forum 2
August 16, 6-8 PM. Register to listen or speak here
Want to do More?
Visit The Arc New York Advocacy Center for more ways to take action, including campaigns to support federal funding, employment opportunities, and our dedicated workforce. You can also find tools and resources to help you be a stronger advocate for New Yorkers with disabilities.

This and all advocacy updates are archived on The Arc New York website for future reference. Please contact us if you have questions regarding any of this information.
Contact: Philip Aydinian, Director of Governmental Affairs 
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