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NYSILC 2014 Public Policy Agenda

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.

NYSILC 2013 Annual Report


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.

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Governor Markell's Blueprint for Employment

National Governor’s Association (NGA) “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities Blueprint for Governors.”
NGA 2013 Blueprint for Employment [ PDF version ]
NGA 2013 Blueprint for Employment [ text version ]

Related Employment Resources

Employment Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) Documents:

States as Model Employers of People with Disabilities [PDF version]

States as Model Employers of People with Disabilities [Text version]

Advancing Economic Opportunities for Business Owners and Jobseekers with Disabilities [PDF version]

Advancing Economic Opportunities for Business Owners and Jobseekers with Disabilities [Text version]


 

STATE PLAN FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (SPIL) 2014-2016

  • APPROVED SPIL 2014-2016: On September 23, 2013, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) notified the New York State Plan partners in writing that the new three-year SPIL for 2014-2016 was approved. A copy of the SPIL 2014-2016 can be viewed by clicking on the link provided below. The previous SPIL 2011-2013 has been archived on the Key Documents webpage.

 

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Vision Statement:NYSILC is a champion of systemic change promoting opportunities and full participation in all aspects of society for people with disabilities.

Mission :NYSILC is an independent federally mandated state council that advances Independent Living philosophy through the network of CIL's and statewide partnerships by engaging in or supporting research, education, employment, community organization, advocacy, and systems reform.


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