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?
Yes, I am committed to having an accessible office and also to ensuring other government entities have accessible offices.
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?
In my role as the Chief of Staff of Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, I was always a voice for accessibility within the realm of transportation. I helped organize a visit from advocates of the visually impaired and ensured that the API legislation garnered support in the council. In my political career, I have encouraged and supported disabled friends and neighbors to help me campaign for my previous district leader race. I firmly believe in access and fair employment opportunities for all.
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?
Yes, I am committed to only attend and host events in accessible locations as I believe everyone should have access to any events of functions my office will put on.
What personal and/or professional experience have you had with people with disabilities?
On a professional level, I have worked with individuals who are visually impaired, mobility impaired. I have always treated everyone as my equal allowing for the quality of work to speak for itself. I believe in creating environment where my staff feels supported and is able to succeed. On a personal level, I have a friend who is paraplegic after suffering a horrible car accident. I have witnessed first had the hardship she must endure when trying to navigate our city, even in her struggles she is such a wonderful soul who does not give up.
Are you willing to hire and provide reasonable accommodation (e.g. flex or part time) for staff members with disabilities?
Yes, I am absolutely committed to providing reasonable accommodations.
How will you work with our community to assure passage of vitally needed legislation to protect our rights?
I believe that government works best when we form coalitions, I will form those coalitions and I will stand up and advocate at the state level to ensure meaningful legislation is not only created but also passed.
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 think it is vital for communities to have its members live within for as long as possible. Living independently is important and the legislature must ensure that resources are in place for these subsidies to be funded.
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, I would support an EPIC expansion.
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?
There is a housing crisis in our city and throughout the state, that crisis is twice fold for disabled individuals. I have seen firsthand the plight of a mobility impaired individual forces to stay in their apartments for months on end due to accessibility issues. A person's home is their sanctuary and should not be a prison. I am fully committed to incorporating accessibility provisions into New York State law.
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, I do support legislation that requires accessible taxi service. Disabled New Yorkers should have the same right to services that is fast and reliable.
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