New Fitness Initiative

Emma WoodwardNew Fitness Initiative to benefit all: from Access to Inclusion

By Emma Woodward

The Center for Disability Rights is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a fitness grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council to establish a community-wide coalition of fitness providers and develop fitness plans for individuals with disabilities who often do not know how to access fitness programs to meet their needs.

This ground-breaking Fitness grant is intended to promote promising inclusive practices and new innovative approaches needed to make sure everyone in the community has a fitness program that improves their health and well-being. Many fitness providers are already offering inclusive programs and these efforts will be identified and shared with others.

DOL Enforcement Delay doesn't Help People with Disabilities

Bruce DarlingDOL Enforcement Delay doesn't Help People with Disabilities

By Bruce Darling

DOL announced that it won't enforce the changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act as a way to address the concerns of the Disability Community. Although delaying enforcement may sound like delaying the effective date, the two things are very different, and the DOL announcement that it will delay enforcing the new FLSA companionship rule changes is a hollow, worthless and insulting solution. To explain why, here is a simple analogy...

Just because your friend - who is a cop - says he won't give you a ticket for speeding, doesn't mean EVERY cop is willing to give you a free pass to speed. Similarly, just because DOL says they won't enforce the law, doesn't mean no one will.

DOL understands that there is still a private right of action and those who don't pay time and a half can be sued and forced to pay by the courts.


CDR President and CEO, Bruce E. Darling, was quoted in Bloomberg Business week regarding Department of Labor (DOL) overtime issues.

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On DOL Overtime Issue, Democrats Aren't Even Willing to Talk

Adam PrizioOn DOL Overtime Issue, Democrats Aren’t Even Willing To Talk

By Adam PrizioPolicy Analyst

On October 14, at the Candidate Forum on Disability Issues in Rochester, NY, Bruce Darling, CEO of the Center for Disability Rights, asked Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s representative Patty Lark whether Congresswoman Slaughter (D-NY 25) would support legislation to delay implementation of a new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule which will cause states to cap attendants at 40 hours per week, interrupting necessary and vital attendant services to people with disabilities.  Ms. Larke indicated that she believed Congresswoman Slaughter would support legislation delaying the rule.

So it is disappointing that neither Congresswoman Slaughter’s office, nor the offices of any other Democratic members of Congress, would even return our phone calls this week to talk about this issue. Disappointing and more than a little troubling, considering the effects that the DOL overtime rule will have.

Determination mixed with Negotiation equals 90% of Counties on Annual Verification List

Determination mixed with Negotiation equals 90% of Counties on Annual Verification List

by Justin Young

Over the past year and a half there has been an ongoing initiative conducted by the Center for Disability Rights, Inc. Community Supplemental Needs Trust related to Verification of Deposit into Pooled Trusts. As stated in the Second Addendum to the Eighth New York State Department of Health Administrative Directive issued in 1996 “verification that the income was placed into the trust is required. In order to eliminate the need to verify this on a monthly basis, it is recommended that you advise the recipient to divert the income directly to the exception trust.” The goal of this initiative has been to ensure as many counties as possible follow a form of Annual Verification thereby ensuring the consumers Medical Assistance benefits are not jeopardized.

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