Inclusive Fitness program

Emma Woodward

CDR’s New Inclusive Fitness program is looking for people who want to get and stay fit

By: Emma Woodward, Fitness Coordinator

The only thing more important than the first step is the next step, and the CDR’s new Inclusive Fitness Initiative is ready to help you take both. Over the next few months, CDR will be recruiting individuals to participate in our new fitness program—Custom Fit. Funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC), we are looking for people with disabilities who want to work toward living a healthier lifestyle, but just need some guidance getting there.

If you’ve never picked up a weight or made it to the gym, or you could use some support getting back on track with your fitness goals, the Custom Fit program can help! With assistance from local fitness professionals, the purpose of Custom Fit is to help you feel confident and comfortable participating in community fitness programs. We will help you develop a fitness plan that is Custom Fit for you based on your goals and interests.

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Investing in Community Living: Proposed Olmstead Budget Initiatives for New York State

Investing in Community Living: Proposed Olmstead Budget Initiatives for New York State

Prepared by:

Center for Disability Rights, Inc.

December 5, 2014

Investing in Community Living

Broad implementation of the Community First Choice (CFC) Option provides the Cuomo Administration with the opportunity to fund initiatives that realize the goals established in the State’s historic Olmstead Plan. This paper outlines critical first-year investments New York can make to assure that seniors and people with disabilities can live in the most integrated setting and proposes initial recommendations of action for the following years.

 

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CUOMO ADMINISTRATION ALLOCATES $5 MILLION TO FUND ATTENDANT OVERTIME

December 3, 2014 – Disability rights activists are praising Governor Cuomo for announcing yesterday that the state would allocate five million dollars to prevent service interruptions in consumer-directed attendant services. Advocates from the disability rights group ADAPT and from the Center for Disability Rights (CDR) met with the Cuomo Administration yesterday to find a solution to the impending crisis in attendant services caused by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule changes. Fifty people from CDR and ADAPT came to Albany yesterday for this meeting, many of whom would be directly affected by the rule changes.

The regulation will require agencies to pay overtime and travel time to attendants who provide services to people with disabilities, starting January 1, 2015. Without funding, the regulation would have caused a crisis in care for people who use personal attendants because the federal rule changes did not provide for any additional funding to pay for overtime or travel time. Existing attendants would have their hours capped at 40, losing, in some cases, as much as 40% of their income. Consumers would have to hire new attendants – strangers – to come into their homes and assist them with eating, bathing, using the toilet, handling money, and a great many other truly intimate tasks. Given that there is an attendant shortage, many consumers might not be able to hire a new attendant: those consumers would be forced back into institutions, not only in violation of their civil rights but also at great additional cost to the State.

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Open Letter to Senator Schumer - ABLE Act

December 1, 2014

 

Dear Senator Schumer:

I write to you on behalf of the Center for Disability Rights (CDR) regarding the current version of the ABLE Act (H.R. 647) which has passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee. CDR knows that you have been a valuable voice for the disability community in Washington, and we call on you now to take a leadership role in opposing some troubling provisions that are contained in the ABLE Act in its current form.

As you may know, CDR is a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and service organization for people with all types of disabilities which has been advocating for the full community integration of people with disabilities for over two decades through ending the institutional bias inherent in Medicaid.

As it was originally written, the ABLE Act was an important piece of legislation that would promote the independence and self-sufficiency of many in the disability community. CDR has supported this legislation in the past because it corresponds to our own values of independence, community integration, and the civil rights of disabled people.

 

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RCIL Launches Leadership Academy

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Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL) Launches Leadership Academy

By: Nate Baldo

Over the last few decades, the Disability Rights Movement has made tremendous progress in working toward the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities and seniors in the community. From the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, to the fight for mandatory lifts on public buses, to the establishment of core independent living services for all states, disability rights organizations and advocacy groups have worked tirelessly to ensure civil rights for all people with disabilities. However, there is still so much work to be done. We continue to face an institutionally biased system, a lack of affordable accessible housing, and systemic barriers to gainful employment, just to name a few. In order to continue to see progress and positive change for people with disabilities, and maintain long term viability of the Disability Rights Movement, it is critical that we actively foster the next generation of disability rights leaders.

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