EEDA is a result of the advocacy efforts of parents of children with developmental disabilities. Advocacy is speaking up for what you believe in and requires courage, conviction and long term dedication. Today, EEDA is comprised of advocates at every level; staff, parents, self-advocates, community partners, all working together to further I/DD awareness and secure the rights of every citizen.
Thanks to our advocacy efforts, the 5.4% COLA was approved in the New York State executive budget. Thank you to everyone who advocated for the COLA!
Click the image below to read the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation's Complete Guide to Advocacy in New York State.
Click the image below to read the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation's Executive Budget and Legislative Priorities.
Click the image below for a deeper dive into the executive budget and how it impacts people with I/DD.
Click the image below to learn more about inclusion goals for people with I/DD:
Report to the Governor: Keep the Promise
EEDA ADVOCACY GROUPS
Self-Advocacy ...is speaking up for yourself. It is making your own choices in life, big and small. It is learning about your rights and responsibilities. It is living the way you want to, and respecting the right of others to do the same.
Gay–straight alliances (GSA) are community based groups that provide a safe, supportive environment for LGBTQ people and their straight allies. We exist to support people of all abilities who self-identify as LGBTQ.
EEDA's families, along with the support of EEDA administration and staff, are in the process of forming a parent advocacy to compliment our self-advocacy groups. Check back here for more information. Click below for inquiries.
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