Rochester Pinmisser Bowling League

Mary willyRochester Pinmisser Bowling League

by Mary Willy

Looking to get involved in a fun, social activity in Rochester? Looking to meet new people in the disability community? Come and join us!

The Rochester Pinmissers Bowling league was established in the fall of 1955 by a few blind individuals who wanted to enjoy the sport. Over the years, we have evolved into a true community which includes sighted and non-sighted bowlers. We would love to have you come and join us!

Lever Voting Machines: Blocking People with Disabilities' Right to Vote

Jessica ThurberLever Voting Machines: Blocking People with Disabilities' Right to Vote

by Jessica Thurber

Despite an outcry from various disability rights organizations in New York, on August 11, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill (A.09321A/S.07371A) permitting the use of outdated and inaccessible lever machines in local elections until December 31, 2015. In response, the Center for Disability Rights (CDR) sent out a press release on August 15, expressing disappointment in Governor Cuomo's decision to sign the bill, essentially blocking people with disabilities' right to vote.

Import New Service at the Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

Shelby BourImportant new service at the Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

My name is Shelby Bour, and I am thrilled to join the Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL) as the Healthcare Advocate. I am dedicated to providing healthcare benefit advisement and advocacy as part of RCIL’s benefits team. As the Healthcare Advocate I am available to help consumers with all aspects of healthcare benefit planning including:

  • Assisting with Medicaid, Medicaid Long Term Care, and Medicare,
  • Explaining the differences among Managed Care plans,
  • Assisting with health plan selection and enrollment into Managed Care,
  • Obtaining home services to ensure independence,
  • Appealing healthcare denials and serving as an advocate throughout the appeal process, and
  • Representing consumers at fair hearings and advocating for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities.

The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid’s move into Managed Care have brought many changes to the health insurance landscape. The Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL) recognizes the impact these changes have made and continues to expand services to further meet the needs of consumers. Consumers with healthcare benefit questions or concerns can contact me, Shelby Bour, at (585) 442-6470 or by email:

An Update on CFC and the Nurse Practice Act

An Update on CFC and the Nurse Practice Act

by Norain Siddiqui

July 26th marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the nation is reminded that the government has a legal obligation to provide people with disabilities the same rights and protections that are awarded to the rest of the population

In 2012, Governor Cuomo selected to implement the Community First Choice Option (CFC) in New York State. The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) and the disability community heralded this decision because CFC is a federal initiative that incentivizes the provision of long term services and supports in the community, as opposed to nursing facilities and other institutional settings. CFC will also provide the State with enhanced federal funding called FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Percentage) which will allow New York to generate a net revenue of approximately $350 million every year if CFC is implemented correctly.

Many disability advocates are familiar with the Supreme Court’s 1999 Olmstead vs. L.C. decision. Among the most significant court decisions to be drawn from the ADA, it rules that states must provide services and supports to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting possible. This means that states cannot force people with disabilities into institutions when they can successfully live in the community. People with disabilities now have the legally enforceable right to remain in their own homes with the services and supports they need.


CDR to Celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) all month of July!

CDR and the Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL) are hosting a series of events throughout the month of July to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Enacted on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act is often viewed as the Civil Rights Act for people with disabilities. Each year we gather our community together to celebrate the great progress we have made, while also planning our work to continue to eliminate the barriers that still remain in our society. Please see below, a list of the events CDR and RCIL will be hosting this year. Join us!


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