Disability Rights New York

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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.

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. For more information about these programs or for assistance, please contact us at 1-800-993-8982 or visit our webpage at www.DRNY.org.

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The New York State Department of Health will host a webinar for all people eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this...
01/11/2021
Vaccinate NY|NYS DOH | Dream Lab Production

The New York State Department of Health will host a webinar for all people eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this evening, 1/11/2021, from 7 pm until 8:30 pm to help answer any questions you may have. At this time, those eligible to receive the vaccination among our population are those supported in congregate settings like group homes, their staff, staff who have direct contact with OPWDD service recipients in “outpatient” settings, and those over the age of 75.
Prior to the webinar, questions can be submitted in advance by emailing
them to [email protected].
To watch the webinar, follow this link: http://ny.gov/vaccinateny
New York State Vaccination Webinar Invite
https://www.dreamlabpro.com/vaccinateny

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 8, 2021The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Gail S. Ennis, i...
01/11/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2021

The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Gail S. Ennis, is again warning the public about widespread Social Security-related telephone scams that may use sophisticated tactics to deceive them into providing sensitive information or money.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has recently received reports of telephone scammers using real SSA and OIG officials’ names—many of which are publicly available on our websites or through an online search. Other common tactics to lend legitimacy to scams are citing “badge numbers” of law enforcement officers, sending email attachments containing personal information about an “investigation,” or texting links to click on and “learn more” about a Social Security-related problem.
http://ow.ly/s9HO50D3LM1

"Hospitals across the country have reached full capacity and utilizing crisis standards of care, guidelines used when th...
01/11/2021
Ep 94: Healthcare Rationing

"Hospitals across the country have reached full capacity and utilizing crisis standards of care, guidelines used when there is a shortage of resources and care. Today’s episode is about healthcare allocation in the time of COVID with Britney Wilson (@labelleverite), a civil rights attorney with the National Center for Law and Economic Justice." Alice Wong National Center for Law and Economic Justice
http://ow.ly/QbZp50D5gaz

Healthcare Rationing

01/11/2021
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"...even when campaigns are inclusive of experiences that impact the disability community or include people with disabilities, they often miss the mark, either by casting people who don’t have disabilities or by creating messaging that doesn’t effectively resonate."-SARAH CAVILL Digital Media Solutions
http://ow.ly/z3Sk50D2J7v

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 8, 2021 The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Gail S. Ennis, ...
01/08/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2021

The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Gail S. Ennis, is again warning the public about widespread Social Security-related telephone scams that may use sophisticated tactics to deceive them into providing sensitive information or money.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has recently received reports of telephone scammers using real SSA and OIG officials’ names—many of which are publicly available on our websites or through an online search. Other common tactics to lend legitimacy to scams are citing “badge numbers” of law enforcement officers, sending email attachments containing personal information about an “investigation,” or texting links to click on and “learn more” about a Social Security-related problem.
http://ow.ly/s9HO50D3LM1

"Roark worked with .@denveraudubon,an independent chapter of the National @audubonsociety to found Birding Without Barri...
01/08/2021
This New Program in Denver Is Paving the Way for Birders With Reduced Mobility

"Roark worked with [email protected],an independent chapter of the National @audubonsociety to found Birding Without Barriers,a program designed to make birding more accessible to others in Denver who have mobility challenges."[email protected]_Carstens #accessibility
http://ow.ly/MenC50D3ip7

Birding Without Barriers is part of a national movement to ensure that mobility impairment does not hinder people from enjoying nature.

"A panel of four blind gamers, each with differing experiences and perspectives, come together to discuss just what gami...
01/08/2021
Seeing Gaming From Different Angles: Differing Experiences of Gaming Without Sight

"A panel of four blind gamers, each with differing experiences and perspectives, come together to discuss just what gaming is all about. From opinions on audio-only titles and their personal preference for platform..."[email protected]
https://youtu.be/QzYjHezw1CQ

SightlessKombat, Michael Feir, Lucy Greco, Ross MinorA panel of four blind gamers, each with differing experiences and perspectives, come together to discuss...

Join DRNY today at 12:30pm for a Facebook Live Event: Service Animals on Airplanes. Closed Captioning and ASL provided
01/08/2021

Join DRNY today at 12:30pm for a Facebook Live Event: Service Animals on Airplanes. Closed Captioning and ASL provided

Airlines will use new rules about assistance animals on airplanes starting January 11, 2021. These new rules may change ...
01/07/2021

Airlines will use new rules about assistance animals on airplanes starting January 11, 2021. These new rules may change how you or someone you know travels with an assistance animal. Check out DRNY's latest fact sheet.
http://ow.ly/HLre50CSol3

"A more inclusive and accessible democratic process is necessary for maximizing the health, equity, and inclusion of peo...
01/06/2021
Disability and the democratic process

"A more inclusive and accessible democratic process is necessary for maximizing the health, equity, and inclusion of people with disabilities."Maureen van Stone and Bonnielin Swenor [email protected]
http://ow.ly/1kCe50D1laX

The 2020 election highlighted the ways the disability community is excluded from both the right to vote and access to voting

"Low-visibility modes for games, visual or audio cues for blind/deaf gamers, proper colorblind modes - these are just th...
01/05/2021
MMO SideChat - Future, and Present, MMOs Need More Accessibility Features | MMORPG.com

"Low-visibility modes for games, visual or audio cues for blind/deaf gamers, proper colorblind modes - these are just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully as developers make or iterate on their games, these features will become more and more the rule, and not the exception, so that everyone can enjoy the worlds we all love and enjoy."-Joseph Bradford MMORPG.com
http://ow.ly/coV950D0BaR

As we all transitioned into 2021, one thing that loomed on Bradford's mind while introducing his daughter to more MMOs was something that may go unnoticed by many, but affect thousands of players across the entire games industry: Accessibility. Bradford explores this and how future (and even some pr...

"Out of that quiet fight in early spring, the advocates — staff at a disability rights legal group, a state lawmaker and...
01/05/2021
Oregon Hospitals Didn't Have Shortages. So Why Were Disabled People Denied Care?

"Out of that quiet fight in early spring, the advocates — staff at a disability rights legal group, a state lawmaker and a few others — discovered something disturbing: There were many cases in Oregon of health care being rationed to people with disabilities." - Joe Shapiro .NPR NPR http://ow.ly/y1bE50D0mLQ

The fight to save the life of one woman reveals a grim pattern: In Oregon, people with disabilities were denied health care during the pandemic, even without a shortage of ventilators or other care.

Celebrate World Braille Day today! January 4, 2021#WorldBrailleDay🌎
01/04/2021

Celebrate World Braille Day today! January 4, 2021
#WorldBrailleDay🌎

Happy New Year from Disability Rights New York!
01/01/2021

Happy New Year from Disability Rights New York!

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!
01/01/2021

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!
12/31/2020

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!
12/30/2020

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!
12/29/2020

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!
12/28/2020

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!
12/25/2020

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!
12/24/2020

DRNY will be closed December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Enjoy the Holiday Season!

"...both disability and design have so much to say to all our lives—in ways that are incredibly creative and generative,...
12/23/2020
Mara Mills talks to Sara Hendren about design and disability

"...both disability and design have so much to say to all our lives—in ways that are incredibly creative and generative, and in ways that carry the highest human and political stakes."-SARA HENDREN [email protected]
http://ow.ly/BoAy50CNHNy

SARA HENDREN IS A HUMANIST IN TECH—an artist, design researcher, writer, and professor at Olin College of Engineering. Her work has been widely exhibited and is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York; her writing a...

“You should not have one-sided access, said Edith Prentiss, a wheelchair user... Prentiss called the planned accessibili...
12/23/2020
Some NYC Subway Stations Getting Elevators While Others Get the Shaft Amid Budget Crunch

“You should not have one-sided access, said Edith Prentiss, a wheelchair user... Prentiss called the planned accessibility upgrades at eight stations 'a drop in the bucket' but still a plus for riders with limited mobility." [email protected]
http://ow.ly/eNPm50CNHEd

The MTA is pushing ahead to install lifts in seven stations and one Staten Island Railway stop, despite pandemic-driven financial disaster. But accessibility projects will have to wait at more than 50 other stations.

Airlines will use new rules about assistance animals on airplanes starting January 11, 2021.  These new rules may change...
12/22/2020

Airlines will use new rules about assistance animals on airplanes starting January 11, 2021. These new rules may change how you or someone you know travels with an assistance animal. Check out DRNY's latest fact sheet. http://ow.ly/W4kP50CSol2

“My Life As strives to create dolls that represent empowerment, diversity, and inclusion,”-Angelina  Princivalli .@Walma...
12/22/2020
Exclusive: Walmart Debuts My Life As Autism Advocate Doll • The Toy Book

“My Life As strives to create dolls that represent empowerment, diversity, and inclusion,”-Angelina Princivalli [email protected] @ToyBook
https://toybook.com/exclusive-walmart-debuts-my-life-as-autism-advocate-doll/?fbclid=IwAR3stFrOY92X1CzSr_QGB9cMjN5jtCdANrn4YB8RSO3hmKkDSlhjgxOdFAk

Walmart’s 18-inch private label doll brand is expanding to foster even more inclusion heading into the new year. Today, the retailer introduced its My Life As Autism Advocate doll, “a perfect companion for the kids who want to help others learn how to be kind, patient, and supportive of everyone...

" I've written about yearning so much to see women like me in my favorite movie and TV shows over the years, and, honest...
12/22/2020
Opinion: This new holiday movie would have changed everything for my teenage self

" I've written about yearning so much to see women like me in my favorite movie and TV shows over the years, and, honestly, I was starting to think it would never happen."- Melissa Blake [email protected] http://ow.ly/SC9V50CNhIQ

Ali Stroker's groundbreaking leading role in a holiday rom-com is about representation and so much more for Americans with disabilities, writes Melissa Blake. It's about making it possible for everyone to dream about a fairy tale romance with themselves in the starring role.

"While the COVID-19 pandemic has stifled many sports, online chess — a game with a long history that can accommodate peo...
12/18/2020
Online chess tournament for people with disabilities draws hundreds worldwide

"While the COVID-19 pandemic has stifled many sports, online chess — a game with a long history that can accommodate people with disabilities — has been growing worldwide."-Andy Winnegar [email protected] [email protected]
http://ow.ly/4L6o50CM0B5

While the COVID-19 pandemic has stifled many sports, online chess — a game with a long history that can accommodate people with disabilities — has been growing worldwide. Chess.com has

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