ONE PERSON is standing in the way of the freedom of thousands of New Yorkers with disabilities

Contact Assemblywoman Glick NOW!

After nearly 24 years of advocacy, we are now engaged in a state-by-state campaign designed to give people with disabilities of all ages the opportunity to live in the community, rather than be forced into unwanted and unnecessary institutional placement, and New York State is on the verge of making this change.

Governor Cuomo included language in his budget bills to amend the Nurse Practice Act and implement the Community First Choice Option. When the administration became aware that the published language needed to be revised, they agreed to support a modified proposal. The NYS Senate included modified language in its budget resolution implementing this change. The NYS Assembly, however, failed to make the needed changes. Advocates have been told that such language was blocked by Assemblywoman Glick who chairs the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

That means ONE PERSON is standing in the way of the freedom of thousands of people with disabilities – Assemblywoman Deborah Glick.

Many people in the Disability Community in New York have been stunned by the Assemblywoman’s lack of support for our civil rights. Glick – the first openly lesbian or gay member of the New York State legislature – has championed other civil rights issues including passage of the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA). Disability Rights advocates can’t believe that she would stand in the way of another oppressed community’s civil and human rights

Assemblywoman Glick – and the Assembly leadership – need to hear from us now!


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Thank you,Dean DeRusso
Deaf Systems Advocate
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

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