The Arc of New York advocates at the state and federal level for public policy that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We advocate on various issues including increasing salaries for direct support professionals, protecting Medicaid, and increasing residential development.
The Advocacy Priorities page provides an overview of our current legislative advocacy platform, details on the key issues, and the policy changes we are advocating for.
Our 2018 Budget Testimony speaks in response to legislative action that affects individuals with developmental disabilities and the agencies that serve them. The Arc New York President Saundra Gumerove's Testimony to the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities addressess access to developmental disability supports and services, the transition to managed care, the workforce crisis and more.
The Arc of New York's Position Statements express our foundational beliefs regarding the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to a rich, full and equitable life, and our positions on the policies and approaches necessary to achieve that goal.