Community Forum & Legislative Dinner
Hosted by Sibling Net
May 31, 2019
We have every reason to make the year of 2020 meaningful!

The year 2020 will be the 30th anniversary of the American Disability Act, the national law that ensures equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. However, the existing gap between inclusion policies and practices is still significant in New York State.

On May 31, Sibling Net of CIDA, in collaboration with the Self-Advocacy Association of New York (SANYS), invites stakeholders to address seven key areas (see below) that are critical to the inclusion of people with disabilities within the community. During the event, the gaps between the policy, practice and legislative efforts in these key areas will be discussed by seven different groups of stakeholders and representatives from the local legislators’ offices.

The purpose of this activity is to empower siblings and families, and to become partners in the policy making process for people with disabilities. This is also our effort to develop and empower the next generation of young leaders who will continue our mission. Following the event, our goal is to present the jointly-developed, community-driven recommendations to New York State Governor Cuomo, New York City Mayor De Blasio, local elected officials and government agencies.

Time & Date: 6:00pm, Friday, May 31, 2019
Place: Adria Hotel, 221-17 Northern Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361

Topics in the Round Table Discussion:
1. Housing
2. Transportation
3. Health Care Access & Insurance
4. Family-Centered Service & Accessing Resources
5. High school graduation options & Regent Diploma
6. Job Opportunities in the community
7. Community-Based Mental Health Support

This is an invitation only event, and we are expecting 100 stakeholders who are families, advocates, representatives, government agencies, service providers and educators. If you are interested in joining the panel discussions on the above topics, please contact Dr. Young Seh Bae at by May 14th.

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