On Friday September 18, 2015, the Self-Advocacy Leadership Council met AHRC New York City’s Executive Director, Gary Lind.

The council consists of five highly-experienced self-advocates, who discussed some of the primary concerns for self-advocates with Mr. Lind.  The agenda included:

  • Improvements needed for InterAgency Transportation Solutions (IATS) and Access-A-Ride services
  • The need for affordable accessible apartments
  • Educating people about the experiences of people with developmental disabilities

The council consists of Chad DeRoche, Kristin Thatcher, Paul Scherzinger, David Olenick, and Abe Roberts. They were accompanied byCSPs Mary Del Ray, Will Mueller, Justina Hendricks, and Manuel Torres. The council will meet with Mr. Lind quarterly.