The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is civil rights legislation, introduced by Senator Schumer to address the fundamental issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions and losing their basic civil rights. The legislation (S.2427) builds on the 25 years of work that ADAPT has done to end the institutional bias and provide seniors and people with disabilities home and community-based services (HCBS) as an alternative to institutionalization. It is the next step in our national advocacy after securing the Community First Choice (CFC) option.

The Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act, would phase out Section 14 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows employers to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage.  This would also force vocational rehabilitation agencies across the country to find meaningful placements for people with disabilities in which their abilities could be maximized and in which they could be successful and valued. The following Congressional Representatives from New York have signed on so far: Rep. Louise Slaughter, Rep. Nita Lowey, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Peter King and Rep. Kathleen Rice.  Let's get the rest of the New York delegation signed on as well!

Article 17-A of the Surrogate's Court Procedure Act allows a judge to appoint a guardian to make all health, personal and financial decisions for a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury. These decisions include where to live, where to work, what medical treatment to have, how to spend money, who or whether to marry and other decisions that most people not under guardianship take for granted. Senate Bill S.4983 would protect the rights of people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury!

ILCs have been woefully underfunded for the past twelve years and have been losing ground. After receiving level funding for eleven years, ILCs received a much needed increase of $1 million in the 2015-16 budget. This $1 million increase was intended to provide each of the existing 39 state funded ILCs with a $25,641 increase.  While this amount doesn’t come close to making up for eleven years with no cost of living adjustment given the rising cost of doing business - including the costs associated with general operating expenses, health insurance, workers compensation insurance, disability insurance, etc. – it was a start.