Palumbo Shows Support for Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day in Albany
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) today showed his support for people with disabilities at Albany’s annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day, where the Assembly passed a package of bills to strengthen the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day is celebrated in Albany each year and gives legislators, family members, care providers and doctors the opportunity to come together and discuss the various issues faced by people suffering from disabilities. Palumbo and the Assembly Minority Conference have been strong advocates of people suffering from disabilities, fighting to restore $90 million in funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in 2013.
Two years ago, we held 11 statewide forums where we met with family members, caregivers, and people with developmental disabilities. In January we unveiled our findings in the C.A.R.E.S. Plan, and presented solutions and recommendations.
“Protecting the rights of people with disabilities has always remained a top priority of mine in Albany,” said Palumbo. “I am very proud to have been a part of passing a package of bills today that strengthen the rights of individuals with disabilities. Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day gives me the opportunity to talk directly with those living with disabilities, their family members and caregivers. Hearing all these firsthand experiences helps me as a legislator better understand the obstacles they face on a daily basis and gives me insight into what I can do to make their lives easier.”