The 504 Democratic Club is a New York City-based coalition of Democrats working towards inclusion of people with disabilities in the political and social fabric of society. Club members hail from all five boroughs, reaching across every conceivable line to include a richly diverse group of people with disabilities, public officials, friends and family who support the concepts set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Currently the 504 Democratic Club has around 350 members, and has celebrated its twentieth anniversary in the Fall of 2003.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that all federally funded programs must be accessible to people with disabilities. It is the precursor of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Remembering Sylvia Friedman
By Marvin Wasserman
I was saddened to learn of the passing earlier today of a great friend, former Assemblywoman Sylvia Friedman. She was a former District Leader and State Committee Member, as well as serving in several capacities, including co-Executive Director of CIDNY. Sylvia was the first active member of the 504 Democratic Club to be elected to public office when in 2006 she was elected to the State Assembly, filling the term of her predecessor, Steve Sanders, who had resigned.
She was a fierce advocate for persons with disabilities, as someone with emphysema, steadily worsened over the years.
Sylvia Friedman's Memorial services were held on Sunday, March 3rd at 2PM, at the Friend's Meetinghouse on East 15th Street and Rutherford Place in Manhattan.
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