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 an incumbent but will work to ensure that my offices are accessible once elected.
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 always been focused on extending access to government resources and and including everyone in the political process, from immigrants to people with disabilities, and I will continue this fight once elected. I have fought to make sure that there is language access in government, including ASL. I have also worked with many different organizations that focus on different disabilities to have more access to services.
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?
What personal and/or professional experience have you had with people with disabilities?
I live with a (for the most part) hidden disability. I am on the autism spectrum. I am very high functioning but there are still some moments when I struggle. I am fortunate enough to have some dear friends with disabilities as well as worked with people with disabilities throughout my career who have been an amazing support network and also great sounding boards for ideas and perspectives that have made a lot of change. Also, I was told to include that in the very distant past, ASL was my elected language in high school where I used to volunteer at the Vancouver Deaf School tutoring basic ASL to parents of deaf children and making braille books.
Are you willing to hire and provide reasonable accommodation (e.g. flex or part time) for staff members with disabilities?
I am committed to creating an office culture that is accessible, accepting, and accommodating in order to hire the best people for every position.
How will you work with our community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation to protect our rights?
I believe the only way to represent and protect a community is through conversation and outreach and I plan to develop a strong partnership with the community of disabled New Yorkers.
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?
Absolutely. Our neighborhoods should be affordable to everyone including people with disabilities.
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?
Yes. This program is designed to support New Yorkers who have additional health needs and I strongly support expanding it to everyone who have increased health costs beyond their control.
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. Regulations without strong enforcement mechanisms are pointless and I support allowing DHCR to enforce them.
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, all New Yorkers with disabilities should be able to get around regardless of what part of the state they call home.
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