Advocacy & Education in Action
In recent months, there have been opportunities for people with disabilities to make their voices heard at the state Capitol or Legislative Office Building and have an impact on policy that affects them. One of the more notable events was when disability advocates from the western part of the state traveled to Albany back in March to push for legislation amending the Nurse Practice Act in order to expand community-based services for people with disabilities. As part of this advocacy, the group staged a sit-in at the New York State Nurses Association which helped to push the legislation forward.
It is extremely important that our local, state and federal representatives hear directly from people with disabilities about issues and concerns that affect them. You can make a difference. You can force change. Consumer Directed Choices has partnered with the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley to start the formation of a locally-based grassroots consumer advocacy group. Our aim is to develop a strong group of consumer advocates who can identify issues and become involved with affecting change.
The first meeting was in 2014, and monthly meetings are held in Troy. Group members hope to make a larger presence at legislative action days and to provide ongoing advocacy on various issues, policies and needed changes at local, state and federal levels.