Candidate Name: John Bal
Candidate for State Assembly District: 65 (Manhattan)
Is your campaign accessible? Yes.
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?
I'm not an incumbent. I do not have an 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 will support advancing disability rights, including housing, transportation, employment, health care, education, and in the political process.
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?
No. It's not practical in some situations. For example, it's not likely candidates will refuse to attend an endorsement selection meeting because of accessibility. However, in those situations, I will raise the accessibility issue.
What personal and/or professional experience have you had with people with disabilities?
Frankly, I'm disability blind. My father was deaf and my mother was crippled with polio. I never felt that my parents were disabled. I separate disabled from severely disabled. As an outside social worker, I worked with the United Cerebral Palsy to train clients with cerebral palsy and intellectual challenges. Some of these clients needed to be dressed, assisted when using bathroom facilities, and hand fed.
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 support those measures and ask for your help to draft legislation.
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?
Yes, as you probably know, the Disability Rent Increase Exemption in a step in the right direction.
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?
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?
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?
Yes. As a condition of licensing a percentage of services should be set aside for persons with disabilities.