Miller Hosts Disability Awareness Day In Albany

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller (R,C,Ref-Atlantic Beach) hosted and participated in the 2017 New York State Assembly Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day in Albany on Monday, May 22, 2017.

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller (R,C,Ref-Atlantic Beach) today spoke at the 2017 New York State Assembly Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day in Albany. The annual event is held to raise awareness about important disability issues and to acknowledge the achievements of exceptional individuals from across New York State. Miller, who was joined today by her son Oliver, served as host of the day-long event. She spoke to the audience extensively not only about important issues that the developmentally disabled community faces but proudly highlighted the accomplishments of advocates and persons with disabilities. While the day centered on advocacy for the developmentally disabled community, Miller stressed the importance of access to services and breaking barriers in the community. “Today’s celebration is only one day in a year-round initiative focused on ensuring individuals with disabilities are afforded every opportunity to live a healthy and happy life,” said Miller. “As the mother of two children with disabilities, I understand firsthand the unique challenges of this ongoing mission. I know how almost everything our loved ones need is a battle to get – I want to make sure that changes. My determination to raise awareness, accessibility and quality of life for our loved ones is a large part of why I chose to run for state Assembly. “I was honored and delighted to host today’s program and thank all those who came together to celebrate the accomplishments of people with disabilities and their advocates.” Miller and her colleagues passed a package of legislation aimed at improving the everyday lives of people with developmental disabilities and mental health issues.

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Assemblywoman Melissa Miller was joined by colleagues, advocates, caretakers and persons with developmental disabilities at the 2017 New York State Assembly Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day in Albany on Monday, May 22, 2017.
Miller also noted that in 2013 there was a $90 million cut to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). “This sent shockwaves through our community. Parents and families were panicking. Caregivers were unsure if they would be adequately funded to take care of our loved ones,” said Miller. She noted that there wasn't a more vocal fighter and supporter standing with the developmentally-disabled community than Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb and the Assembly Republican Conference. “Leader Kolb led the fight here in Albany to restore the $90 million cut - and he delivered. Leader Kolb understands the importance of the needs in our community and I am so proud to work alongside him,” concluded Miller.