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Since 1989, DRNY has been providing protection and advocacy services for individuals with disabilities in New York State. MISSION:
DRNY provides free legal and advocacy services to individuals with disabilities. Working tirelessly to protect and advance the rights of children and adults with disabilities, DRNY is committed to enabling those we serve to exercise their own life choices and fully participate in community life. VISION:
DRNY envisions an inclusive world that provides equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities - one that is free from discrimination, abuse and neglect.

Operating as usual

06/22/2021
S4,Ep24 Mental Health and Sports Culture

Tune in tomorrow at 12pm for Empire State of Rights: Closed Captioned!

On tomorrow's episode we discuss discusses mental health and sports culture with Alison Lynch, Esq.

“13 % of American adults have some form of disability impacting their functional mobility, which means there are a signi...
06/22/2021
Firmer Accessibility Standards Sought For Health Care

“13 % of American adults have some form of disability impacting their functional mobility, which means there are a significant number of Americans who experience significant barriers to health care exams and preventative care..."-Andrés Gallegos Disability Scoop

http://ow.ly/oWUI50Fg2Oi

Doctors' offices are supposed to be accessible to people with disabilities, but rules outlining what that means are going unenforced. Now, an independent federal agency is calling for change.

"I recognise that for many people reading this article, “Zoom fatigue” will always be something specific to the pandemic...
06/22/2021
Charlotte Hyde: We already have a name for that: why “zoom” fatigue is nothing new

"I recognise that for many people reading this article, “Zoom fatigue” will always be something specific to the pandemic. But for many disabled people — and deaf people especially — this is not a transient phenomenon. I will continue to experience concentration fatigue after the pandemic. It will always impact my life — at work, at home or socially."Charlotte Hyde
http://ow.ly/xhVF50FeWRm

The rise in the use of video conferencing platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to people feeling fatigued. The phrase “Zoom fatigue” has gained traction, but deaf and disabled people like…

"We need events like Roll on Capitol Hill, more than ever. The stories we tell about being able to land our dream job, m...
06/21/2021
United Spinal's Virtual Roll on Capitol Hill Strengthens Disability Rights, Accessibility, and Inclusion for Future Generations of Wheelchair Users

"We need events like Roll on Capitol Hill, more than ever. The stories we tell about being able to land our dream job, move to our dream cities, and live truly independent lives, or proudly roll across the stage at graduation, continue to be matched by those who remain underserved by our society. There's so much work to be done,"- Vincenzo Piscopo
http://ow.ly/FnUw50FeW4g

/PRNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association and approximately 200 advocates from across the country gathered virtually on June 14-16 for the 2021 Roll on Capitol...

DEADLINE to request an absentee ballot for New York State Primary Elections: June 15, 2021 (via mail), June 21, 2021 (in...
06/21/2021

DEADLINE to request an absentee ballot for New York State Primary Elections: June 15, 2021 (via mail), June 21, 2021 (in person).

-Request absentee ballot online: https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/home/accessible

-Request absentee ballot via mail, fax, or in-person at county board of elections office:https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/AbsenteeBallot-English.pdf

-Request absentee ballot via phone: Call your county Board of Elections office https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html

DEADLINE to request an absentee ballot for New York State Primary Elections: June 15, 2021 (via mail), June 21, 2021 (in person).

-Request absentee ballot online: https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/home/accessible

-Request absentee ballot via mail, fax, or in-person at county board of elections office:https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/AbsenteeBallot-English.pdf

-Request absentee ballot via phone: Call your county Board of Elections office https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html

DRNY commemorates Juneteenth and the end of slavery by recognizing it as a paid holiday. We must stand together, help ea...
06/18/2021

DRNY commemorates Juneteenth and the end of slavery by recognizing it as a paid holiday. We must stand together, help each other and most importantly take action. DRNY will continue its fight for equality, inclusion and justice.

DRNY commemorates Juneteenth and the end of slavery by recognizing it as a paid holiday. We must stand together, help each other and most importantly take action. DRNY will continue its fight for equality, inclusion and justice.

The Early Voting Period for the June Primary Election is June 12 – June 20, 2021.- Locate early poll sites in your count...
06/17/2021

The Early Voting Period for the June Primary Election is June 12 – June 20, 2021.

- Locate early poll sites in your county by going to your county BOE website or calling county BOE.
- Voters may go to any early poll site during early voting period.
- Hours of operation for early poll sites vary. Be sure to check county BOE website for hours of operation.
- You may return your absentee ballot to any early poll site.

Questions? Contact DRNY or your County Board of Elections Office: https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html

The Early Voting Period for the June Primary Election is June 12 – June 20, 2021.

- Locate early poll sites in your county by going to your county BOE website or calling county BOE.
- Voters may go to any early poll site during early voting period.
- Hours of operation for early poll sites vary. Be sure to check county BOE website for hours of operation.
- You may return your absentee ballot to any early poll site.

Questions? Contact DRNY or your County Board of Elections Office: https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html

Helen Hellmuth,  DRNY staff advocate, discusses common issues regarding accessibility at polling sites.**This podcast wa...
06/16/2021
Voting Accessibility

Helen Hellmuth, DRNY staff advocate, discusses common issues regarding accessibility at polling sites.

**This podcast was recorded on September 17, 2018.**
https://youtu.be/DJMBQG8K4Pk

ENCORE: **This podcast was recorded on September 17, 2018.**Helen Hellmuth, DRNY staff advocate, discusses common issues regarding accessibility at polling ...

“I hope [they] reach so many people who want to get involved, with the accessibility that we all deserve. It’s what I’m ...
06/16/2021
Deaf News: Deaf instructor releases accessible workouts with ‘Body Coach’ Joe Wicks

“I hope [they] reach so many people who want to get involved, with the accessibility that we all deserve. It’s what I’m all about – hearing or deaf, it’s my passion."-India Morse
http://ow.ly/h4Yw50FaJqs

Deaf online fitness instructor India Morse, who runs the business ‘You Lean Me Up’, has produced new accessible sessions with celebrity coach Joe Wicks, which have launched on The Body Coach’s offi…

06/15/2021
S4, Ep23 (Encore) Voting Accessibility soundbite

Tune in tomorrow at 12pm for an encore episode of Empire State of Rights: Closed Captioned!

On tomorrow's episode we discuss common issues regarding accessibility at polling sites with guest, Helen Hellmuth.

Calling all Albany residents - we want to hear from you! Join DRNY and SANYS to discuss the disability issues most impac...
06/15/2021

Calling all Albany residents - we want to hear from you!

Join DRNY and SANYS to discuss the disability issues most impacting the Albany Community and brainstorm questions you would like answered by your future elected officials.

Registration link: https://drny-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdOCtqT0qGtXaPcZvgpkD8iSzsO8OO4pZ

Closed Captioning will be provided. ASL available upon request.

Calling all Albany residents - we want to hear from you!

Join DRNY and SANYS to discuss the disability issues most impacting the Albany Community and brainstorm questions you would like answered by your future elected officials.

Registration link: https://drny-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdOCtqT0qGtXaPcZvgpkD8iSzsO8OO4pZ

Closed Captioning will be provided. ASL available upon request.

DEADLINE to request an absentee ballot for New York State Primary Elections: June 15, 2021 (via mail), June 21, 2021 (in...
06/14/2021

DEADLINE to request an absentee ballot for New York State Primary Elections: June 15, 2021 (via mail), June 21, 2021 (in person).

-Request absentee ballot online: https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/home/accessible

-Request absentee ballot via mail, fax, or in-person at county board of elections office:https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/AbsenteeBallot-English.pdf

-Request absentee ballot via phone: Call your county Board of Elections office https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html

DEADLINE to request an absentee ballot for New York State Primary Elections: June 15, 2021 (via mail), June 21, 2021 (in person).

-Request absentee ballot online: https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/home/accessible

-Request absentee ballot via mail, fax, or in-person at county board of elections office:https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/AbsenteeBallot-English.pdf

-Request absentee ballot via phone: Call your county Board of Elections office https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html

"And the frustration that after having worked so hard and won such great success with the ADA, that these companies have...
06/14/2021
'Lyft's Got to Look Into Its Own Soul': Judge Weighs Requiring Lyft to Provide Wheelchair Users Equal Service | KQED

"And the frustration that after having worked so hard and won such great success with the ADA, that these companies have come along and caused us to lose some of the independence we had gained."Dorene Giacopini [email protected]
http://ow.ly/5NMT50F9d5o

A 2019 class-action lawsuit alleges Lyft violates the ADA by failing to provide service for those who require special wheelchair accessible vehicles. A trial in the case ended Tuesday in San Francisco.

The Early Voting Period for the June Primary Election is June 12 – June 20, 2021. Voters in NYC will be assigned an earl...
06/11/2021

The Early Voting Period for the June Primary Election is June 12 – June 20, 2021. Voters in NYC will be assigned an early voting polling location.

- Locate early poll sites in your county by going to your county BOE website or calling county BOE.
- Voters may go to any early poll site during early voting period.
- Hours of operation for early poll sites vary. Be sure to check county BOE website for hours of operation.
- You may return your absentee ballot to any early poll site.

Questions? Contact DRNY or your County Board of Elections Office: https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html

The Early Voting Period for the June Primary Election is June 12 – June 20, 2021. Voters in NYC will be assigned an early voting polling location.

- Locate early poll sites in your county by going to your county BOE website or calling county BOE.
- Voters may go to any early poll site during early voting period.
- Hours of operation for early poll sites vary. Be sure to check county BOE website for hours of operation.
- You may return your absentee ballot to any early poll site.

Questions? Contact DRNY or your County Board of Elections Office: https://www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html

Your vote matters. Join the NYC League of Women Voters and DRNY to learn about Ranked Choice Voting and how the new way ...
06/10/2021

Your vote matters. Join the NYC League of Women Voters and DRNY to learn about Ranked Choice Voting and how the new way to vote impacts the disability community. Bring your questions and voting experiences to share!

DATE & TIME: Friday, June 11th from 2-3pm EDT.

Registration link: https://drny-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckdOmuqDguGN3MsfndYoEDHZQecMVlhHWI

This event will have ASL and closed captioning services available.

If you have any questions, please contact Zach Borodkin at [email protected].

Your vote matters. Join the NYC League of Women Voters and DRNY to learn about Ranked Choice Voting and how the new way to vote impacts the disability community. Bring your questions and voting experiences to share!

DATE & TIME: Friday, June 11th from 2-3pm EDT.

Registration link: https://drny-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckdOmuqDguGN3MsfndYoEDHZQecMVlhHWI

This event will have ASL and closed captioning services available.

If you have any questions, please contact Zach Borodkin at [email protected].

“They have to provide the same kind of accommodation they do during the school year,” said Ron Hager .@NDRNadvocates .@A...
06/10/2021
Summer school busing gap could exclude homeless students and children with disabilities, advocates fear

“They have to provide the same kind of accommodation they do during the school year,” said Ron Hager [email protected] [email protected]
https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2021/6/7/22523429/summer-rising-bus-disability-homeless

While there will be busing home for some students after the academic portion of the day wraps up, no students will be bused home after the second part of the day.

"This is not just down to the unprecedented visibility of cast members with disabilities who are present in virtually ev...
06/09/2021
‘Best Summer Ever’ — A Magical Musical Movie Milestone For Disability Inclusion

"This is not just down to the unprecedented visibility of cast members with disabilities who are present in virtually every scene, but, equally..." [email protected]

http://ow.ly/u8ZO50EVKNI

Best Summer Ever is a high school musical genre movie, unlike anything you’ve seen before. Not only does it feature one of the most disability-inclusive casts of all time but also evokes elemental questions about how we have been conditioned to see physical differences in our fellow human beings.

Brenda Hernandez, activista por la justicia reproductiva, Promotora de Salud y Coordinadora de Educación y Difusión en e...
06/09/2021
Mes del Orgullo LGBTQ+

Brenda Hernandez, activista por la justicia reproductiva, Promotora de Salud y Coordinadora de Educación y Difusión en el Centro de Atención de la Universidad de Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), habla sobre el Mes del Orgullo, la relación entre la comunidad LGBTQ + y la comunidad hispana, y como ser un aliado.

**English Translation**
Brenda Hernandez, a reproductive justice activist, a Promotora de Salud, and a Education & Outreach Coordinator at the Care Center of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), discusses Pride Month, the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and the Hispanic community, and how to be an ally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUft7PaMJBE

Brenda Hernandez, activista por la justicia reproductiva, Promotora de Salud y Coordinadora de Educación y Difusión en el Centro de Atención de la Universida...

06/08/2021
S1, Ep6 MES DEL ORGULLO LGBTQ+ soundbite

Sintonice mañana para el próximo episodio de Empire State of Rights: Con Subtítulos!

Brenda Hernandez, activista por la justicia reproductiva, Promotora de Salud y Coordinadora de Educación y Difusión en el Centro de Atención de la Universidad de Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), habla sobre el Mes del Orgullo, la relación entre la comunidad LGBTQ + y la comunidad hispana, y como ser un aliado.

(English translation)
Tune in tomorrow for the next episode of Empire State of Rights: Con Subtítulos!

Brenda Hernandez, a reproductive justice activist, a Promotora de Salud, and a Education & Outreach Coordinator at the Care Center of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), discusses Pride Month, the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and the Hispanic community, and how to be an ally.

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