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Good afternoon Commissioner,

I am making this statement today on behalf of the board of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State. I am one of SANYS Board members from our Western Region.

We are very supportive of OMRDD’s goals to increase employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. As people with a disability, we want to work, pay taxes and contribute to our communities. We want to use the skills we have and develop new skills.

I have a great job working for the ARC of Monroe County. I like being part of a team and I love to work in our office. I think that people all over New York should have the same opportunity. There are many jobs at OMRDD and other State Agencies as well as at provider organizations that we can do. We have a lot to offer. Some of us want to work in jobs where we provide support for people where they live and work. Others would like to work in offices like I do or other jobs that need to be done.

We believe that if we want to create good jobs in businesses and organizations in our community, then providers and OMRDD and other State Agencies must set the example by accommodating people with developmental disabilities to be the great employees we can be.

 

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


 
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