To advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
Last Chance!!! Please Urge the Governor to Support Direct Support Professionals
There are about two weeks left until the NYS Budget is finalized. Please ask everyone you know to help us make a strong push on social media from now until the budget is finalized on April 1st! The NYS Senate and Assembly included $45 million in their one-house budgets as a first step in giving DSPs a living wage. Now it's up to the Governor.
Without this additional funding, agencies that support people with developmental disabilities won’t be able to provide quality programs and services that these individuals desperately need! The Governor MUST support #bFair2DirectCare in the three way negotiations with the Senate and Assembly.
UCP of Long Island Advocates for
People With Disabilities
Senator Robert Ortt speaks about the importance of advocating for people with disabilities at Lobby Day
On March 1st UCP of Long Island joined forces with more than 90 agencies across New York State through COPA on Lobby Day. The Coalition of Provider Associations (COPA) is an organization comprised of five associations representing over 250 agencies providing supports and services for people with disabilities and their families. It addresses legal and policy issues to organizations and the people with developmental disabilities they serve.
Meetings took place with Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick and Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre about critical issues that impact people with developmental disabilities, including:
Wages for Direct Support Professionals
Imploring Governor Andrew Cuomo to add $45 million in the 2017-18 budget to provide Direct Support Professional (DSPs) with a living wage
The high turnover issue with vacancy rates in agencies that support people with developmental disabilities
Disparity in Teacher Salaries
Providing $18 million in new funding to allow special education providers to narrow the increasing gap between their compensation and public school teacher compensation.
At UCP of Long Island we are always looking for others to join our efforts. If you are interested in becoming an advocate for people with developmental disabilities, please contact Danielle De Souza at 631-232-0015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! It's a time to celebrate the accomplishments of UCP of Long Island’s amazing individuals, highlight dedicated staff and raise awareness of the needs and rights of people with disabilities.
UCP of Long Island has initiated the #iriseup Campaign for the month of March to acknowledge individuals, families and staff who rise up despite their challenges.
You Too Can Rise Up for People With Disabilities!
Follow UCP of Long Island’s social media platforms and share facts and touching stories the entire month of March! Don't forget to use the hashtags #developmentaldisabilitiesawarenessmonth and #iriseup.
Tell UCP of Long Island how you rise up! Volunteering, advocating, fundraising or simply being a friend. Don't forget to tag @UCPofLongIsland.
Interested in becoming an advocate for people with disabilities? Contact Danielle De Souza at 631-232-0015 or email@example.com.
Support the quality programs and services that help UCP of Long Island’s individuals lead fulfilling and independent lives! Donate here.
Save the Date: Join UCP-LI for the
28th Annual Golf Classic
Mark your calendars for UCP of Long Island's 28th Annual Golf Classic!
Join UCP of Long Island on Monday, May 15th for an exciting day of golf at our new venue, Huntington Country Club in Huntington, NY.
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