People with Disabilities, 504 & ADA
As a committed 30+ year community activist, 18 year veteran of governmental public service with 10 years as a mental health professional working with People With Intellectual/ Learning Disabilities, I know exactly what it feels like to be a second thought in terms of our rights.
I was born in the heart of the 15th District in the Belmont section of The Bronx, I have continuously advocated on behalf of my fellow People With Disabilities. This has included the ranks of Veteran/ Immigrant/ LGBTQIA-GNB+ & Older PWDs. I have made it my business to provide vital constituent services to our PWD communities in the 77th, 78th, 79th, 80th, 86th, and and 87th Assembly Districts [All within the entirety of NY City Council District 15.]
In that time I have literally assisted tens of thousands of people in keeping a roof over their heads, freezing their rents through DRIE & SCRIE, obtaining SNAP/ SSDI benefits, accessing Access-A-Ride. I have fought to gain more elevators into our inaccessible MTA Subway stations/ making countless calls to 511 demanding repairs for malfunctioning elevators and bus lift ramps. I have vigorously advocated along-side of you for Accessible Taxis For All Committee. I have made constant calls to 311 to report broken curb cuts, non-accessible bathrooms and non ADA compliant buildings.
I have experienced many many difficulties it has been a long standing belief that PWDs should never have to experience discrimination focused on our disabilities rather than for trying to live, learn, work for a living wage to be able to retire and age in place in truly affordable housing to truly enjoy our golden years.
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement... Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
- Helen Keller, 1920
"Never give up. Never give in. Never, ever be afraid to get in good trouble."
- Hon. John Lewis, 1965
"If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth."
- Roberto Clemente - 1972
"Hope will never be silent. You gotta have hope."
- Harvey Milk, 1978