RCAL Advocates in Albany

RCAL staff participated in a successful advocacy day on February 25, sponsored by the New York Association on Independent Living at the state Capitol in Albany. Together, with over 200 advocates from around the state, we met with local legislators to push for increased funding for Independent Living Centers, key budget priorities and legislative items including protecting the rights of dual eligible New Yorkers (covered by both Medicare and Medicaid) who will be enrolled in mandatory managed long-term care.

If you would like more details on the day’s priorities, feel free to contact RCAL’s systems advocate Keith Gurgui via e-mail at kgurgui@rcal.org.

New local push to get the disabled hired (WKTV)

“UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) –  The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC)  is lobbying for equal opportunity and job access for people with disabilities.”

There is a 40% gap in the employment rate between disabled individuals and working adults without disability.

Advocates are contacting government officials, encouraging them to help raise employment rates for the unemployed people with disabilities by 10-15% over 10 years.

Legislatures are being educated about current barriers preventing disabled individuals from finding work and their potential role in creating employment opportunity for these people.

Read more at WKTV