Disability Community pushes Visitability Tax Credit

Disability Community pushes Visitability Tax Credit through New York Legislature 

June 25, 2015 – After years of advocacy from members of the Disability Community, the Senate and Assembly have both passed a visitability tax credit this year. The Center for Disability Rights applauds passage of the legislation (SB.2967A/AB.1276), which was introduced in by Senator DeFrancisco and Assembly Member Lavine, and which creates a tax credit of up to $2,750 for purchasing a home that is universally visitable or for modifying a home in order to make it universally visitable.

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The Disability Dialogue: Summer Lovin'

Leah SmithSummer Lovin’

By Leah Smith
Regular Contributor 
The Disability Dialogue

As the heat outside begins to increase, so do the opportunities to experience disability culture. Some people only see ‘disability’ as something in need of curing or as a policy problem to be solved; however, it’s during the summer months that I realize that disability is also a culture that needs to be celebrated! 

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The Disability Dialogue: Making the Transition to a Life on Wheels

Ellen LadauMaking the Transition to a Life on Wheels

By Ellen Ladau
Guest Blogger
The Disability Dialogue

My name is Ellen Ladau, and my daughter is a regular contributor to The Disability Dialogue.

Each day, I am reminded of the importance of being sensitive to the situations of people with and without visible physical disabilities. But the reality is that we all can only truly know our own unique situations and perhaps only hope to truly understand the life issues of family members or friends with disabilities. That said, I'd like to share thoughts I've developed from my experiences having spent almost 54 years on two feet.

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The Disability Dialogue: Stuck in the Dirt

EmilyStuck in the Dirt: Why Advocating for Justice and Access Never Stops

By Emily Ladau
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

I've been insulted a time or two or twenty for the things I say as an activist. I've been told that I'm a complainer, a c**t, the reason the world is a mess. I've been the subject of other people's mockery and ridicule to my face and behind my back. “I wouldn't want to spend my whole life talking about the same old thing like Emily Whatsherface,” someone once said to a friend about me.

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Senate Blocking AHHA Proposal

Senate blocking AHHA proposal that would help New York receive $400 million per year

June 15, Albany, NY -- The New York Senate continues to block the creation of Advanced Home Health Aides (AHHAs), a proposal which the Center for Disability Rights (CDR) estimates will bring over $400 million into New York every year. The proposal, contained in SB 5855, will also help disabled people and seniors to live in their own homes rather than be forced into institutions to receive services they need to survive.

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