Disability advocates rile Assembly over home health bill

ALBANY—Chanting “People are dying, shame on you,” roughly 50 protesters rallied outside the Assembly chamber for several hours Wednesday evening, as the chamber tried to continue holding its session.The protesters were calling attention to disabled New Yorkers and their home-care workers, with chants of “Our homes, not nursing homes” echoing through the chamber.The protesters blocked… Read More Disability advocates rile Assembly over home health bill

Disability advocates urge vigilance as new tests arrive

Changes are coming to school standardized tests, and advocates are warning parents of children with disabilities to pay close attention.Adam Neal, a disability advocate from Calvert County, said the aim of the new standards and related assessments, created by the Partnership for Assessment of Career and College Readiness, or PARCC, is to make sure students… Read More Disability advocates urge vigilance as new tests arrive

Disability Advocates, Nursing Home Industry Battle for Health Care Dollars for Aging, Disabled

In 2010, Washington State’s then-governor Christine Gregoire made a decision that could potentially affect the self-determination of thousands of people in her state: she ordered the slashing of social service budgets by 10 percent across the board. Disability justice groups around the country quickly mobilized against the cuts. For many disabled people, the loss in… Read More Disability Advocates, Nursing Home Industry Battle for Health Care Dollars for Aging, Disabled