ADVOCACY - LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
Levels of Advocacy
AHRC New York City, a family governed organization, came into existence as the result of grassroots advocacy. In the last six decades, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have fought and achieved what was once thought impossible. Legislation has provided individuals with disabilities entitlements to for example, received a free and appropriate education, be employed, and reside in the community. With legislation has come funding to support these and other opportunities. But in times of fiscal crisis such as those in which we find ourselves today, budget cuts proposed by elected officials on all levels are threatening the very existence of the services we battled long and hard to create.
We have learned that together, our voices can be heard, can change legislation and public policy. This is more important now than ever before in recent times. Scroll down and watch the NYSARC Inc. video on Legislative Advocacy on the bottom of this page.
It is up to you families, friends and concerned citizens to keep abreast of the current issues. It is right and obligation to speak out. It is up to elected and appointed government officials to listen to us, their constituents. Current issues will be posted as they arise.
Click below for current Action Center Legislative Alerts!
These sites will help you locate your elected representatives and provide you with what issues may need your attention.
New York State Assembly
member list (search by zip code)
New York City Borough Presidents and Other Officials
found through the official new york city website: www.nyc.gov (on left hand navigation under Elected Officials, look for Borough President link)
New York City Council Members
member list (search by address)
U. S. House of Representatives
Contact the White House