developmental disabilities en Legislation Advances To Keep NY Institutions Open <p>New York's Senate has approved legislation to postpone for two years Cuomo administration plans to close state institutions for the disabled and mentally ill, prompting an outcry from advocates of more community-based services.</p><p>The bill, which has also cleared the Assembly Mental Health Committee, would postpone closures and consolidations of facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities until April 1st, 2017.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:37:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 92901 at NYS Assemblyman Settles Suit Over Disabled Son's Care <p>A New York assemblyman and longtime advocate for the disabled has settled a federal lawsuit claiming his disabled son was hit and verbally abused at the Long Island group home where he resides&hellip;</p><p>Terms of the settlement are being kept confidential ---</p><p>Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and his wife, Ellen, claimed AHRC Nassau was responsible for an employee they allege repeatedly abused their son Ricky, now 55.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:02:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 75093 at NYS Assemblyman Settles Suit Over Disabled Son's Care Albany Gives Budget Bill Rare Unanimous "O.K.!" <p></p><p>The elimination of $90 million in funding for disabled programs from the budget in March has been reversed by rare unanimous action in a divided Albany.</p><p>The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved restoring the funds. A day earlier, the Assembly unanimously passed the measure. For the first time ever in the Legislature, every Assembly member signed as co-sponsors.</p><p>Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg of Long Island, who has a disabled son, joined with Republican Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn to celebrate after final legislative passage.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:34:55 +0000 Dave Lucas 67329 at Albany Gives Budget Bill Rare Unanimous "O.K.!" Disabled Lobby for Funding Restoration in NY Budget <p>One of the areas of disagreement in the state budget centers on funding for services for New York’s developmentally disabled people. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 59701 at Disabled Lobby for Funding Restoration in NY Budget Triform Camphill Community <p>On a 360 acre working organic farm just outside Hudson, NY - <a href="">Triform Camphill Community</a> offers a therapeutic community environment to young adults with autism, downs syndrome and a variety of developmental disabilities and physical disabilities for over 30 years. On Sunday, May 20th, Triform Camphill Community Hosts their 10th Annual Benefit Concert Featuring The Triform Student Bell Choir and The Hudson Valley Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet Performing &ldquo;Peter and the Wolf&rdquo;. Thu, 10 May 2012 15:52:16 +0000 Joe Donahue 38771 at