Assembly Celebrates Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day

J.M. Lesinski
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The New York State Assembly recently passed a legislative package honoring the newly established Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day, celebrating the declaration with several bills aimed at improving the lives and well-being of New York state residents with disabilities.

“Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day is not just about bringing light to the barriers that New Yorkers living with disabilities face, it’s about passing meaningful legislation to address those barriers,” remarked New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie of the legislation. “The legislation we pass today would make real changes in the lives of millions of New Yorkers – from making it easier to find employment to streamlining the process to get critical services.”

Bills passed in the legislative package include A.1200 which officially establishes a People with Disabilities Access to Programs Commission aimed at streamlining new laws to aid those in search of programs and services, A.5683 officially establishing the Commission on the Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing, and A.6480 which aims to offer more employment opportunities to those with disabilities.

“As the chair of the committee of People with Disabilities, the package of bills that we passed for Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day is a step in the right direction for achieving full equality for millions of people living in New York with disabilities,” Committee on People with Disabilities Chair Rebecca A. Seawright stated of the legislation. “I commend Speaker Heastie and my colleagues for their support of this legislation passed today that will promote inclusion, dignity, and respect for people living with disabilities.”

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Buffalo, NY

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