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Advocacy Updates Archive

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July 2022

July 1 - Thanking the Gov. for Special Education Investment & Encouraging Further Action, Urging Gov. to Sign Legislation, Hochul Declares Victory in NYS Primary, White House Stakeholder Call

June 2022
  • June 24 - Advocacy and Resource Center Hosts OPWDD Forum, Call to Action: SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act!
  • June 17 - Letter of Support for OMIG Legislation, National Letter Advocating for HCBS, Advocacy & Resource Center to Host OPWDD Regional Forum
  • June 10 - The Arc New York Comments on OPWDD Strategic Plan, Call to Action: Support $150 Billion Federal HCBS, Whitehouse Internships, Confirmations & Nominations
  • June 6 - Advocacy Victory for our Special Education Schools!
  • June 3 - $15 Million for Integrated Housing, Special Education Funding, Telehealth Survey, Support $150 Billion Federal HCBS, Whitehouse Stakeholder Call, Confirmations & Nominations
May 2022
  • May 27 - OPWDD Releases Draft Strategic Plan, Advocacy for Special Education Funding, Final Congressional & NYS Senate Maps Ordered
  • May 20 - Employment Advocacy Efforts, 1115 Waiver Comments, Call to Action: Special Education, Redistricting Update
  • May 13 - Urgent Call to Action: Special Education Funding, The Arc New York Action Center, HCBS Letter to NYS Congressional Delegation, School-to-Employment Webinar
  • May 6 -  Urgent Call to Action: Special Education Funding, Assembly Disabilities Awareness Day & Legislative Package, Hochul Appoints Delgado as Lt. Governor, Self-Direction Webinar
April 2022
  • April 29 - Special Education Advocacy, HCBS Funding at Risk, NYS Election Map Ruled Unconstitutional, Session Nearing End, Hochul Regional Budget Messages, Send Thanks for I/DD Investment
  • April 22 - The Arc New York Lauds Governor and Legislature for Historic Budget; Next Phase of Advocacy
  • April 15 -  FY 2022-23 Budget Overview, Next Phase of The Arc New York Advocacy
  • April 8 - Final Budget Includes Significant Investment In I/DD Field
  • April 5 - Call for 11% with ONE CLICK!
  • April 1 - Call to Action: Final Budget Negotiations! Disability Advocates Rally in Washington DC, Webinar on Protecting Coverage, Letter to President Biden on HCBS
March 2022
  • March 25 - NYDA Capitol Rally, Call to Action: Budget Advocacy Homestretch!, HCBS Hearing, HCBS Petition, Caregiver Training Bill
  • March 18 - Call to Action: NYDA Capitol Rally, Budget Updates and Advocacy Resources, Neifeld Visits Oneida-Lewis, Federal HCBS Hearing, OCR Resources, SANYS Advocacy Event
  • March 11 - NYDA Capitol Rally, Budget Updates, Willowbrook Lecture, Neifeld Congratulations, OPWDD Regulatory Agenda, DPS Registration, Support $150B HCBS Investment, SANYS Advocacy Event
  • March 4 - Kerri Neifeld Confirmed as Commissioner of OPWDD, Ongoing Budget Advocacy, Last Call: NADSP Symposium, SANYS Advocacy Event, Disability Policy Seminar Registration
February 2022
  • February 25 - Launch of The Arc Advocacy Center, Disability Policy Seminar Registration, NADSP Symposium, Senate Hearing on Employment, Summer Institute Call for Proposals
  • February 18 - Budget Testimony, Toolkit and Call to Action, Appointment of Chief Disability Officer, Supported Decision Making Comments, NADSP Symposium, Disability Policy Seminar
  • February 14 - The Arc New York Budget Testimony, Call to Action, Advocacy Toolkit
  • February 11 - Legislative Forum, Budget Hearing, Willowbrook Anniversary, Rise Up, Chief Disabilities Officer, NADSP Symposium, Federal Webinar, Neifeld Hearing, Disability Policy Seminar
  • February 4 - Joint Legislative & Advocacy Forum, The Arc Policy & Advocacy Kickoff, NADSP Advocacy Symposium, Arc US Summer Conference Proposals, Disability Policy Seminar, 988 Webinar Resources
January 2022
  • January 28 - Joint Legislative & Advocacy Forum, Disability Policy Seminar, Mental Health Emergency Number Webinar, Bill to Eliminate Marriage Penalties
  • January 21 - Detailed Executive Budget Overview, Disability Policy Seminar, 2022 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing Calendar, DATE CHANGE: Joint Legislative & Advocacy Forum
  • January 18 - Preliminary Overview of the 2022-23 Executive Budget
  • January 14 - Register for Joint Legislative Forum, Willowbrook Mile, Call to Action: Letter to Governor Hochul, Saratoga Bridges Town Meeting, Arc US Board Nominations, Neifeld Visits Rockland
  • January 7 - State of the State, Thank You to Governor & CALL TO ACTION! NYDA Rally Postponed, Residential Placement Letter, Education Parity, Advocacy Forum Registration, Hochul Appointees
December 2021
  • December 23 - Update on Build Bad Better Act, NYDA Statewide Rally, Virtual Joint Legislative & Advocacy Forum, Legislation to Help People with Disabilities
  • December 17 - Rockefeller Institute Study, The Arc New York District Impact Sheets, NYDA Legislative Forum, lohud Op-Ed, Arc US Board of Directors Nominations, Hochul Nominates OTDA Commissioner
  • December 10 - NYDA Legislative Roundtable and Budget Resources, 2022 State of the State, Build Back Better Rally, Arc US Board of Directors Nominations, Letitia James Drops, RISE UP Campaign
  • December 3 - Education Parity, HCBS Bonuses for IFC DSPs, OPWDD Home Closures, Justice Center Transparency Plan, NYDA Legislative Roundtable, 2022 Legislative Calendar, Arc US Healthcare Webinar
November 2021
  • November 19 - $1.5 Billion Approved, Advocacy Webinar, NYDA Talking Points, NYDA letter to OPWDD, Legislative Roundtable, Call to Action - Education Funding, Emeritus Panel, News Roundup, NYC Rally
  • November 5 -  Hochul Nominations for OPWDD & HSS, The Arc New York Response to DOB Call Letter and Proposed CRO regulations, NYC Workforce Rally, Advocacy Webinar, RISE UP!
October 2021
  • October 28 - Build Back Better Agenda Update, School Parity Letter, RISE UP Campaign, Advocacy Webinar Registration, Recap of Hudson Valley Rally, Hochul Nominations
  • October 22 - Rise Up Campaign, NYDA 2021-22 Legislative Agenda, The Arc NY Advocacy and Policy Webinar, Judith Heumann Session Recording, Hochul Nominations & Appointments, $11.1 Million Announced for NYS Career Centers, Employment Hearing
  • October 15 - Rise Up Campaign, Kastner Resignation, Letter to Governor Hochul, Hudson Valley Workforce Rally, Annual Meeting Advocacy Sessions, Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • October 8 -  Times Union Commentary on DSP Workforce Emergency, The Arc US 24-Hour Storytelling Vigil, Proposed Amicus Brief, New US Education Department IEP Guidance, CMS Webinar - Supporting Adults with I/DD and Their Aging Caregivers
  • October 1 - Op-Eds in Post-Standard and Newsday, The Arc NY support for education parity legislation, New Health commissioner announced, CMS Webinar, Free Britney Webinar, Minimum Wage for 2022
September 2021
  • September 24 - Response to Erik Adams' Willowbrook Comments, Southern Tier Workforce Rally a Resounding Success, Hochul Administrative Appointments, Strengthening HCBS Webinar, Competing Redistricting Maps Released, The Arc US Position Statements
  • September 17 - Senate Workforce Hearing, Times Union Exposes Failures for Critical Placements, Federal Advocacy Update Webinar Materials, Federal SSI Hearing, 1st Quarter Financial Plan, Arc US Position Statements
  • September 10 - Senate Workforce Hearing, Regulatory Reform Proposal, HBCS Budget Reconciliation and Federal Update, The Arc US Advocacy Update Webinar, Arc US Position Statements, Key Administrative Appointments, HCBS Call to Action
  • September 3 - The Arc New York to Present Oral Testimony at Senate Workforce Hearing, The Arc US Advocacy Update Webinar, National Disability Voter Registration Week, HCBS Funding: Your Voice
August 2021
  • August 26 - Message from CEO Erik Geizer, Federal District Impact Sheets, Watch Today's Workforce Rally, Federal Advocacy Update
  • August 24 - New Governor Kathleen Hochul will deliver address at 3 p.m., Workforce Rally Thursday, August 26
  • August 20 - The Arc New York Letter to OPWDD on Vaccination/Testing Mandate, Raise our Voices Campaign & Toolkit, MLK Day of Service Grant Deadline Approaching, Virtual Program Library Survey
  • August 13 - White House Roundtable, Letter to Congress, Budget Reconciliation, August Recess, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Gives First Address, MLK Grant Deadline Approaching
  • August 6 - IDEA Funding Advocacy Alert, Senator Gillibrand Meetings, Bill Eliminating Archaic Language Signed, Schenectady Rally Success, 2022 MLK Grant Deadline, The Arc US Position Statements Update, Virtual Program Library Survey
july 2021
  • July 22 - Workforce Advocacy Campaign Toolkit, NYDA and The Arc New York NYDA Response to OPWDD/DOH, ACL 30 Year Retrospective, MLK Grant Opportunities, Upcoming Arc US Webinar
  • July 16 - Urgent: Contact Senator Schumer and Tell Him to Support HCBS, I/DD Workforce Emergency Whitepaper, NYSDOH Releases ARPA Spending Plan, OPWDD 5/1 Residential Cuts Adopted
  • July 8 - Last Chance to Get Your August Recess Swag Box! Share The Arc New York Workforce Advocacy Campaign on Social Media
  • July 1 - Call on your congressional representatives to support the Better Care Better Jobs Act and our DSP Workforce! Advocacy Letter to ACL, The Arc New York 5.07 Comments to OPWDD, The Arc US Call to Action: SSI Asset and Resource Limits
June 2021
  • June 24 - Release of Better Care Better Jobs Act and Update on Infrastructure Plan
  • June 17 - Supporting the Direct Care Workforce Campaign, The Arc US AEI Strategic Planning, Legislation Supported by The Arc New York Passes Senate and Assembly, Representatives Reintroduce SSI Restoration Act
  • June 11 - Supporting the Direct Care Workforce Campaign, Senate Roundtable Video, The Arc US HAA Webinar, CMS Summit - Supporting Adults I/DD and Their Aging Caregivers, NCE Summer Leadership Institute
  • June 7 - Call to Action - OPWDD 5.07 Plan Survey
  • June 3 - Call to Action - Special Education Funding, Workforce Summit, Federal FY 2022 Budget, The Arc US Core Values Survey, Opportunity to Support AbilityOne Program, FFS Quarterly Committee Meeting, DSP Toolkit, Workforce Advocacy
May 2021
  • May 27 - Workforce Summit, Senate Roundtable, Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day Resolution and Bills, NYDA HCBS Proposals, ARPA HCBS Funding Webinar, 300+Organizations Support HCBS, DSP Toolkit, HCBS Access Act Webinar
  • May 21 - Sullivan County Democrat Story, Representatives Introduce Direct CARE Opportunity Act, New Resources to Rally Advocates Around Proposed Disability Funding, OPWDD Regional Forums HCBS Access Act Webinar
  • May 13 - CMS Releases Guidance on State use of ARPA Funds, OPWDD Announces Regional Forums for Statewide Comprehensive Plan, OPWDD Responds to Senator Mannion on Residential Cuts, NYS HERO Act, The HCBS Access Act Webinar, AHRC NYC Symposium
  • May 6 - Call to Action: Special Education Funding, Oppose OPWDD Cuts!, Kirk Lewis on Capitol Pressroom, CMS Webinar on Technology and Integration, AHRC NYC Symposium
April 2021
  • April 29 - Legislative Opposition to Proposed Cuts and Call to Action!, Virtual Autism Action Day TONIGHT, #MedicaidCantWait, NCOA Grant Opportunity for New Benefits Enrollment Centers, HRC NYC Symposium
  • April 23- NYDA Comments & Call to Action on Proposed Cuts, SSI Asset Limit Letter, Sen. Mannion Bill Package, Federal "Skinny" Budget, Willowbrook Lecture Now Available, #MedicaidCantWait, AHRC NYC Symposium, Arc US Fundraising Webinar
  • April 15 - Elimination of "MR" Language from NYS Social Services Law, NYC Fair Virtual Town Halls Next Week, DSP Workforce and COVID-19 Survey Results, CMS Webinar on Direct Support Workforce, Arc US Webinar: Fundraising Events for the Future
  • April 8 - NYS Budget Update, Deadline Approaching to Submit a Session Proposal for National Convention, Last Call to Register for Disability Policy Seminarty Policy Seminar Registration and Update
  • April 1 - NYS Budget Update & Call to Action, President Biden Unveils American Jobs Plan, Deadline Approaching to Submit a Session Proposal for National Convention, Disability Policy Seminar
March 2021
  • March 25 - Call to Action: NYS Budget Advocacy - The Final Stretch, Virtual Rally, Annual Willowbrook Lecture, Disability Policy Seminar
  • March 19 - NYS Senate and Assembly One-house Budget Bills, Call to Action - Virtual Rally, Home and Community Based Services Access Act, Disability Policy Seminar Registration and Update
  • March 11 - American Rescue Plan, Schenectady ARC Virtual Rally Tomorrow! Registration Now Open for the Disability Policy Seminar, Grant Opportunity, Fundraising Resources
  • March 5 - The Arc New York Budget Advocacy Gaining Momentum, Past President of The Arc New York Elected to National Leadership Position, Major Victory for Dedicated Funding for HCBS Services, Registration Open for Disability Policy Seminar, Grant Opportunity, Fundraising Resources
February 2021
  • February 25 - 2021 Budget Update and Advocacy Plan  
  • February 18 - Call to Action - Online Advocacy Campaign, Joint Legislative Policy & Advocacy Forum, Fight for Federal HCBS Funding, Federal Minimum Wage Increase to $15, Opportunity to Present at 2021 NCE Summer Leadership Institute 
  • February 12 - Call to Action - The Arc New York Advocacy Against Budget Cuts, Online Advocacy Campaign, Joint Legislative Budget Hearing, Executive Budget Advocacy Materials, Joint Legislative Policy & Advocacy Forum, Virtual Rally, NPR Coverage of Pandemic Risk and Response for People with I/DD, Opportunity to Present at the 2021 NCE Summer Leadership Institute 
  • February 5  -  The Arc New York Budget Testimony and NYDA Advocacy Materials, Registration Open for Joint Legislative Policy and Advocacy Forum, Biden Administration Extends Pandemic Health Emergency and Funding, Opportunity to Present at the 2021 NCE Summer Leadership Institute  
JANUARY 2021
  • January 28 -  Registration Open for Joint Legislative Policy and Advocacy Forum, Lawmakers Urge Governor to Prioritize 1A Vaccination Group, The Arc US Resources and Opportunities 
  • January 21 - Campaign for Vaccine Priority for New Yorkers With I/DD, Update - 2012-22 New York State Budget, Joint Legislative Budget Hearings, Legislative Policy and Advocacy Forum, The Arc US Resources and Opportunities 
  • January 19 - Preliminary Overview of the 2021-22 Executive Budget
  • January 14 - Campaign for Vaccination Priority for New Yorkers With I/DD, NYDA Letter to Governor Cuomo Concerning DSP Crisis, Developmental Disability Providers File Preliminary Injunction, Highlights from Governor Cuomo's First State of the State Address, Federal Updates from The Arc of the US, Introduction the The Arc of the US Chapter Portal 
  • January 11 - Vaccine Priority for New Yorkers with I/DD, New Committees for Developmental Disabilities in NYS Legislature, Highlights from Governor Cuomo's First State of the State Address 
December 2020 
  • December 21 -  Cuomo Signs Power of Attorney Legislation Championed by NYSARC Trust Services, OPWDD Amendments to Reimbursement Regulations for Day Service Mealtimes, HHS Disperses $24.5 Billion Through Phase 3 of Provider Relief Fund, Comments and Recommendations on Proposed HCBS Waiver Amendments, Save Our Services Phone Campaign 
  • December 7 - Call to Action: Vaccine Prioritization for New Yorkers with I/DD
  • December 3 - Inclusion International's Virtual Family Summit, Save Our Services Zoom Rally, COVID-19 Vaccine - Share Your Story, The Arc of the US National Update, President-Elect Biden's Plan to Support I/DD Services, Calls to Action and Advocacy Resources