Candidate Name: Ischia J. Bravo
Candidate for State Assembly District: 78 (Bronx)
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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 am not the incumbent but would ensure that my offices are all ADA compliant.
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?
Having served as a staff member to Congressman Serrano and Senator Serrano, I often dealt with disabled constituents who would come in and seek help from the office. I would routinely help individual with housing problems, health insurance issues like SCRIE, DRIE, EPIC, Medicare, Medicaid, Access-A-Ride issues, and more. These issues were more social work oriented than political in that it was about providing help and comfort for those in need.
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?
I would do my best to ensure that any functions that my office puts on will be accessible and would also advocate and encourage other organizations in the area to do the same.
What personal and/or professional experience have you had with people with disabilities?
While serving as a staff member for both Congressman Serrano and Senator Serrano, I routinely worked with constituents who were disabled and in need of help. Examples of the type of casework I would handle included housing issues, SCRIE, DRIE, EPIC, Access-A-Ride, as well as often being the liaison between the individual and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
Are you willing to hire and provide reasonable accommodation (e.g. flex or part time) for staff members with disabilities?
Should I be fortunate enough to get elected I would be willing to hire staff members with disabilities.
How will you work with our community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation to protect our rights?
I believe strongly in protecting, accommodating, and expanding the rights of the disabled and would be in the trenches with the disabilities community to ensure that our state is as disability friendly as any place in the world. We have enough cheerleaders. We need more advocate in the trenches willing to stand up and actually enact change, not just talk about it. That is the type of representative I want to be.
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, I would advocate for that increase.
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 am supportive.
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?
I am supportive.
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?
I am supportive.