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Supporting and encouraging rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through the political, economic and social systems.

Legislative Advocacy

We understand the importance of ensuring our representatives in government understand the unique needs of the I/DD community. A group of representatives travels to Albany annually (or advocates through virtual meetings) to visit local assemblymembers, senators, and New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) officials to advocate for the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We also work with affiliate organizations to bring awareness to important issues, such as inclusion in the annual state budget.


We encourage, promote and support independence, which includes helping people develop the necessary skills to advocate on their own behalf. This group of self-advocates meet regularly throughout the Agency to discuss areas of interest that impact their lives such as current legislation, careers, helping create change in our community, as well as the importance of exercising their rights on a daily basis.

Join Us in Advocacy

Share the importance of investing in I/DD and all of our DSPs doing incredible work to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
With the final budget due from Governor Hochul by April 1, 2024, now is the time for your voice to be heard! Please join us in advocating to the Governor and your local representatives by visiting the following link and filling out your information to send a pre-populated message in support of 3.2% rate increase and $4,000 per DSP wage enhancement.

You can visit this page and send messages once every 24 hours. Take one minute every day to share your voice – it will make a difference!