Friday, January 18, 2019

Three Links

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Links to three articles shared this past week on NCCI's social media. You can always visit NCCI on Facebook and Twitter at the following links:


New content is added every day.

Courtney Cole, Rooted In Rights - January 11, 2019

A critical look at the film itself, the weird social phenomenon, and how both related to peoples’ perception of blindness.
Alison Green, Ask A Manager - January 14, 2019

It’s good to see an advice program that doesn’t specialize in disability getting a disability issue right!

Ace Ratcliff, Eater - January 16, 2019

A fresh take on a familiar topic.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Important Notice About SNAP (Food Stamps)

SNAP (Food Stamps) recipients in New York will see an unexpected increased balance on January 20. Please note … this will be an advance payment of your usual February allocation, not an actual increase in benefits.

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Early payment of February’s allocation is happening because of the partial federal government shutdown. SNAP program administrators have managed to secure February’s funding, but it must be distributed early. The important thing for SNAP recipients to remember is that this is not an increase. You are not getting more than you usually get. You are just being paid for February early.

That means that you will need to take extra care to budget your SNAP benefits carefully. Don’t spend it all now, or you won’t have enough left over in February. Your best response to the early payment should be to do nothing different. Only spend what you were normally planning on spending, in January first, then February.

The SNAP program, previously known as Food Stamps, helps 1 in 7 American families afford nutritious food. In New York State it’s 1 in 8 families. The program is especially vital to people with disabilities. in 2015, 1 in 4 SNAP recipients had some kind of disability. In New York, almost half of the families receiving SNAP include someone with a disability.

If you have any questions about this, call your office of Social Services, or NCCI at 518-563-9058.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Action Alert: Act Now to Ensure All Voting Reforms Are Accessible To People With Disabilities!

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This Action Alert was posted today by the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) ...

The legislature is planning to take up a package of voting reforms on Monday. Among the package of bills is A.780/S.1102, which would implement early voting in New York State. NYAIL strongly supports making it easier to vote by enacting voting reforms like early voting and same day and automatic voter registration, but it is critical that accessibility is prioritized in all of these proposed policies!

As written, the current bill does not ensure full accessibility to voters with disabilities during early voting. It does not require that a ballot marking device be available during early voting. In other states that already have early voting, ballot marking devices have not always been available. It is critical that the state ensure they are available in New York! Other states have not always included BMDs during early voting. This is unacceptable!

Call the Election Law Chairs and the heads of the State Senate and Assembly today and urge them to ensure full accessibility during early voting when they take up A.780/S.1102 on Monday!

Action: CALL TODAY!

  • Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins - 518-455-2585
  • Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie - 518-455-3791
  • Assembly Election Law Chair, Charles Lavine - 518-455-5456
  • Senate Election Law Chair, Zellnor Myrie - 518-455-2431

Say:

"I strongly support making it easier for everyone to vote by implementing early voting, automatic voter registration and same day voter registration, as long as accessibility for voters with disabilities is prioritized in all voting reforms. A.780/S.1102 does not do this. The bill does not mandate a ballot marking device, which allows people to vote privately and independently, be available during early voting. Whenever and wherever elections are held and in whatever format, the State and localities must make all voting accessible to all voters with disabilities, and having a ballot marking device at all polling locations during early voting is an essential part of full accessibility."

Three Links

Closeup picture of a monthly calendar, focused on a single week

Links to three articles shared over the last week on NCCI social media. You can always visit NCCI on Facebook and Twitter at the following links:


New content is added every day.

Katrina Kelly, Center for Disability Rights - January 2, 2019

A disabled woman’s story of adopting a child.
Mary Alex Bernard, The Philadelphia Inquirer - August 2, 2018

Adaptation to disability goes in both directions.

Living Big In A Tiny House - January 4, 2019

More of this in home construction please … tiny or not!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Three Links

Closeup picture of a monthly calendar, focused on a single week

Links to three articles shared recently on NCCI social media. You can always visit NCCI on Facebook and Twitter at the following links:


New content is added every day.

Henry J. Aaron, Brooking’s Institution - December 12, 2018

A good overview and update on the Social Security Disability “crisis”. The only thing missing is the possibility that people who actually need and use SSDI might have ideas to improve it.
Allison Jonergin, NCCI Blog - December 28, 2018

Another wonderful guest blog from Allison Jonegrin.

Jessica Gimeno, Fashionably Ill - January 4, 2019


Strong advice on how to treat people with disabilities, and why seemingly innocuous questions can be so upsetting.