Across New York State direct care service providers, self-advocates, and their families gathered to support a $15 minimum wage for direct care workers at rallies organized by the Coalition of Service Providers. Outside the New York City office of Governor Andrew Cuomo supporters rallied on Friday, March 11, 2016 to have their voices heard together. The following photos by Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service captured the event.
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The Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council’s Annual Community Breakfast: “Keeping the Promise: It Matters to Us” was held February 26, 2016 at The Vanderbilt in South Beach. NYS Senator Diane Savino and NYS Assembly Representative Nicole Malliotakis heard the concerns of advocates for and families of people with disabilities.
Life-Wire News Service’s Meredith Arout photographed the event and filed the following video report.
Next, we will post the keynote presentation at the SIDDC Breakfast: Murray Schneps, author of “I See Your Face Before Me,” a personal account of his experience of having a child enrolled in Willowbrook State School, discusses his concern that New York State may return to the institutional system.
The Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council (SIDDC) took their message to legislators across Staten Island on Friday, January 29. Here is their exchange with Senator Andrew Lanza outside his office in Eltingville. Organizing the event was Michael Wienberg, SIDDC Chair, with Barbara Devaney and Donna Long, advocacy co-chairs.
You can add your voice to their call for housing for people with developmental disabilities and increase salaries for direct care workers by sending a letter to
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NYS Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Mayor Bill De Blasio
NY, NY 10007.
Covering the story for Life-Wire News Service:
with Megan Welch and Edward Gregory
Produced by Joseph Maturi