Candidate Name: Katrina Asante
Candidate for State Senate District: 36 (Bronx/Westchester)
Endorsements: Stonewall Dems
If you are an incumbent, are your offices accessible to persons with disabilities? If not, what have you done to rectify the inaccessibility? If you are not an incumbent, If the present offices are inaccessible, do you intent to find an accessible office?
What, if anything, have you accomplished in regard to advancing disability rights (e.g. accessible housing, transportation, employment, health care, education, and including people with disabilities in the political process?
I have worked for the State Senate for 5 years and during my tenure, I am proud to say I am part of a team that treats everyone with dignity and respect regardless of who you are. I have been in support of the DRIE program and open to making any necessary improvements to the program to ensure we are always moving in a direction of accommodating all persons in our society.
Will you commit to only attend and/or sponsor events that are accessible including providing materials in alternate formats, assistive listening systems, ASL and ensure locations are accessible?
While it is difficult to state I will only attend events that are accessible for all, I am committed to ensuring any events that I partner on or give as an individual must be top priority to ensure that I meet all ASL compliance.
What personal and/or professional experience have you had with people with disabilities?
I have both personal and professional experience with people with disabilities. As a former Child Protective Specialist with the Administration for Children Services, it was my responsibility to work with all children. I have provided services to children who were hearing impaired, children in wheelchairs, children with seizures and much more. As a Chief of Staff for the Senate, I work with colleagues and constituents in wheelchairs and visual impaired. Personally, I grew up with children who are now adults that are in wheelchairs as well as family members. At a young age I was taught that children and/or adults who have disabilities are just as deserving as me and I must respect everyone.
Are you willing to hire and provide reasonable accommodation (e.g. flex or part time) for staff members with disabilities?
How will you work with our community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation to protect our rights?
I will work with the community by having open conversations, become educated on terms and/or phrases that I may not know and/or realize that it is offensive, learn about laws that are not disability friendly and ask that you hold me to my word, keep me accountable because I work for all communities.
Would you increase rental/housing subsidies to participants in the Nursing Facility Transition and Diversion Medicaid waiver program to help people with disabilities can afford to live in the community?
I would support the increase so that we are focused on providing affordable housing for people with disabilities. We have a serious homeless problem in New York City and unfortunately it is a high population of people with disabilities that are affected by this issue which triggers multiple problems such as health where they donít receive the proper care.
New York State's Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program (EPIC) only provides coverage to seniors. Would you support EPIC expansion to include younger disabled New Yorkers?
I would support the expansion of the program because it is our goal as a society to provide all the necessary resources for people to live in comfort at all ages. If a person is disabled at a younger age, then to help them become an adult with dignity it is our responsibility to provide the necessary services.
The Fair Housing Act requires developers set aside a certain percentage of accessible units for persons with disabilities. Do you favor incorporating these provisions into New York State law so that DHCR can be empowered to enforce these provisions?
Yes. As I shared in an earlier answer we have a serious homeless problem and too many people who are overlooked and disregarded such as our disabled community must have advocates fighting for basic needs that is a right to have.
Do you support legislation requiring taxis, car services, and all shuttle services to purchase wheelchair accessible vehicles or otherwise ensure that they have the capacity to serve persons with disabilities statewide?