A TIME FOR ACTION!
Dear Friend, February 2016
The Arc Community League, NYSARC, Inc. has been advocating and providing services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for 67 years. Throughout these decades, our members have played a vital role.
Since The Arc Community League is a Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., your membership plays a dual role.
Each year, Chapters of NYSARC, with a combined membership of 102,000, lobby in Albany to get legislation passed that protects and enhances services that people with developmental disabilities need and deserve.
Our work to improve and enhance lives is achieved through our Medicaid Service Coordination and Supplemental Group Day Habilitation Programs and Advocacy. This is the backbone of what we do, but our members and families aid in their work.
THESE ARE URGENT TIMES…..ADVOCACY & ACTION NEED TO BE TAKEN NOW TO:
- Build more residential housing: In NY State, there are an estimated 11,000 individuals with disabilities who live with aging caregivers and/or who have developed medical needs. These individuals can no longer live at home and require residential placement.
- Keep sheltered workshops open: Workshops are undergoing a vast transformation to community employment but what happens to the thousands of disabled individuals whose disability prevents them from working outside a structured work place? Their needs must be met as well. Daily tasks in the workshop environment give opportunities for these individuals to be productive and give back to their community.
- Fund a $15 hour wage minimum wage: We agree that Direct Support Professionals need higher wages and we support this plan but for agencies to do this requires increased NYS funding. Agencies don’t have the revenue to increase wages without the State providing funding in the budget.
Historically, efforts by NYSARC Chapters, families and members led New York–and the United States–to sit up and take notice of the rights of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Through these efforts, NYS budget cuts have been minimized and services have been maintained. The rights of the intellectual and developmentally disabled have been brought to the forefront and community inclusion was funded. Funding was adequate to retain quality, trained professionals.
BUT THIS COULD ALL BE LOST IF THE GOVERNOR DOESN’T PROVIDE IN THE UPCOMING BUDGET!!
So you see…”YOUR” membership makes a difference…”YOU” become one of many voices for those who cannot speak for themselves…”YOU” become part of the driving force that brings positive change everyday to the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. “YOUR” dues enable our Chapter to lobby for people who need residences, services, and staff who deserve higher wages. “YOU” CAN BRING CHANGE…
“YOUR” cost? Just $15 a year makes you a member. An additional $5 per person in your family makes them members too.
Also go to our website, join the “It Matters To Me” Campaign and contact your legislators for their support.
You can also help by approaching friends and relatives to become Community League members as well. Print a membership form for them from our website www.communityleagueny.org OR make copies of the attached form.
We hope we can count on you! For questions, call our office at 845-838-0515 ext. 4. Thank you for your support.
The Staff and Board of Directors of The Arc Community League
When mailing your dues, please include the membership form.
Make check or money order payable to COMMUNITY LEAGUE.
Mail to membership chairperson at the address below
Ms. Christine Dorosh, membership chairperson
c/o Community League
1 South Street
Beacon, NY 12508