NYSILC, in its planning function, and work with statewide stakeholders on a wide variety of issues impacting
New Yorkers with disabilities, has found it necessary to develop a public policy agenda to articulate and support
common issues that are important to the statewide network and the significant population they serve for the purposes of public education and awareness.
The Patricio "Pat" Figueroa, Jr. Sponsorship
Sponsorships for Young Adults with Disabilities to Attend Leadership Trainings
This sponsorship, is named in honor of Patricio "Pat" Figueroa, Jr., a recognized leader and advocate of people with disabilities. In 1978, Pat founded the first Center for Independent Living (CIL) in New York State - the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY). The network has since grown to over forty centers. He was the co-founder of the 504 Democratic Club and publisher of the national disability newspaper, Independence Today. Pat helped train and mentor numerous individuals over the years. For young advocates looking to become future leaders, he is someone to look up to as they learn and strive to reach their ultimate goals.
The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is looking to conduct outreach to young adults with disabilities (age 18-28) with demonstrated leadership potential. Specifically, the council will support young leaders by providing The Patricio "Pat" Figueroa, Jr. Sponsorship for young adults with disabilities to attend and participate in independent living related conferences and/or national disability and leadership trainings during each year of the State Plan. It is expected that sponsorships of up to $250 each will be awarded to young adults with disabilities based on cost and need. Recipients will be asked to provide documentation via a NYSILC reimbursement form and complete a follow up questionnaire to summarize their experience.
The council member will make their decisions based on the availability of applications received on a first come first served basis and on need, while attempting to maximize the resources and representing as many young leaders throughout the State as possible. Refer to the following link for an application form: Application form.
NYSILC Letter to Governor Cuomo Encouraging Action Regarding the Employment of New Yorkers with Disabilities
NYSILC recently issued a letter Governor Cuomo that encourages him to follow the example provided by the National Governor's Association (NGA)
Chair's Initiative related to "A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities Blueprint for Governors" and asks for his commitment to make it a priority
in his upcoming State-of-the-State address, followed by its implementation in subsequent years to improve upon the employability of New Yorkers with disabilities.
Text Version of NYSILC Letter to Governor Cuomo.
PDF Version of NYSILC Letter to Governor Cuomo.
Sign on to the Change.org Petition.
Visit the following link: PETITION to sign the petition to encourage Governor Cuomo to improve the employability of New Yorkers with disabilities.
Forward the petition to your friends and networks!