The Arc New York Honors the Life and Work of the Late Sen. Padavan

padavan.jpgThe Arc New York honors the life of the late Senator Frank Padavan and his work on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.

Senator Padavan was a champion for disability rights and community integration. In 1978, New York’s Padavan Law (Mental Hygiene Law Sub.Sect. 41.34) passed, preventing communities from excluding group homes unless the area is already saturated or a better site in the same community could be found.

This landmark law made it possible for people with I/DD to live in a community residential setting, instead of large institutions.  

“Senator Padavan’s leadership and commitment to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities had an enormous impact, not only on the individuals themselves, but on their families, and the field,” said The Arc New York Executive Director Mark van Voorst. “Because of this legislation, people with special needs are able to live and work in their communities, ultimately leading to a fuller, more meaningful life – and increased acceptance and respect for people with disabilities.”

Senator Frank Padavan was elected to the New York State Senate in 1973, where he represented the 11th District until 2010. The district is located in Queens County. His district included the communities of Queens Village, Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Douglaston, Little Neck, College Point, Bellerose, Hollis, Jamaica Estates, Floral Park, and Glen Oaks.