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Good afternoon Commissioner,

My name is Ramon Aldecoa. I am speaking today as a New York City board member of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State.  We want to talk about the future of day supports and services such as Day Hab.

We support OMRDD’s future directions for choice and individualized services and we think there is much to be done about day supports.  As people with disabilities, we want to work.  But if for some reason, a job is not available to us, we want day supports that provide us opportunities to learn new skills and contribute to our community in some way. We want day supports that give us a chance to feel included as members of our communities.  We want opportunities that are interesting and challenge us.

We believe all new day supports should be individualized to meet our needs and goals. These new supports should be provided in our community and not a facility. To us individualized is not a program but a life based our dreams, goals and need for support.  For many of us that is not what happens in day supports like Day Hab.

It really is time we moved to a much more individualized day supports and we think it is time to phase out much of the Day Hab services that occur in large buildings and facilities.  We need to invest that money in the types of services that people really want.

Comments on OMRDD’s Five-Year
Comprehensive 507 Plan: 2008 – 2013

September 8, 2008

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