VolII., No. 2: NEWS : May, 2004

The DNNYC Newsletter

DNNYC's Mission is To Promote Civic Participation and Build Informed & Accurate Public Perceptions About People with Disabilities
The Disabilities Network of New York City (DNNYC) is in its third year of its mission to build ìa coalition of consumers, advocates and professional organizations representing and working on behalf of people of all ages with motor and sensory disabilities. The Network seeks, through systems advocacy, to promote full participation of people with physical disabilities in the life of the city by strengthening appropriate citywide policies, resources, services and legal protections; assuring reasonable accommodations; and building informed and accurate public perception about people with disabilities.

Enhancing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities in NYC at June 3 Full Membership Meeting & NY1 News to be Honored.

Guest Speakers will be Bill Chong, Assistant Commissioner for Capacity Building, at the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. Also, executive director, Sharon Jensen and disability advocate, RoseMarie McCaffery of the Non-Traditional Casting Project will make a presentation. Also, NY1 News will get a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding coverage of disability community news, particularly in regard to transportation issues and polling site access. Join the Network's membership at United Way of NYC, 2 Park Avenue, 2nd floor (between 32 & 33 Streets) 3-5 PM, Thursday, June 3. RSVP at 212-251-4071 or email alexander@dnnyc.net. ASL interpreters and assistive listening system available.

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Disability Budget & Policy Coalition Agenda is Out! Packed Agenda

Central to the work of DNNYC and its members' advocacy is the Disability Budget & Policy Coalition Agenda. This year, the membership voted on the Network's priority issues campaigns. The issues selected were:

» Building Codes: Ensuring that NYC's built environment is accessible;

» Transportation: Monitoring transit providers' compliance with ADA;

» Housing: Advocating for increased accessible, affordable housing;

» Employment: Working to move the needle to increase employment opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities in NYC;

» NYC2012: Supporting NYC's bid to host the Olympics & Paralympics in 2012, and providing advice regarding accessibility.

» Topical issues: As required, when called upon, or depending on public events, the Network will issue action alerts to the community where needed.
Thanks to all who have participated in support of our strategies to implement positive change.

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Want to Get Involved? Add Your Talents to the Mix - Join a Committee

Sign up to work on one of the priority issue campaigns (listed above) at the next Membership Meeting on June 3, or call 212-251-4071 and volunteer.  Committees are forming to work on Housing, Transportation, Building Codes, NYC2012,  Employment, a Media Advocacy Committee, or the Network Building (Membership) Committee.

A Note on DNNYC's Founding Funders &  Partners in Development

DNNYC's start-up has been funded by United Way of New York City since March, 2002. DNNYC is now firmly into Year 3 of building ìa physical disabilities impact network representing people with motor & sensory disabilities & service providers to form a citywide coalition that speaks with one voice to public policymakers; finding creative solutions for problems affecting the disability community. DNNYC is a member of the Incubator Program at Fund for the City of New York, which provides technical assistance and infrastructure development for emerging nonprofits. The New York Community Trust has recently awarded DNNYC a grant to help build the Network and advance the Disability Budget & Policy Coalition Agenda by providing funding to hire additional staff. Lev Brudnoy, a Brooklyn College candidate for a Master's in Poli. Sci. joined us in March. A development program is currently evolving which will move DNNYC towards long-term independence and sustainability.

DNNYC to Build Membership in 2004-2005

The Network's membership has reached nearly 200, with a goal of reaching at least 275 by year's end. Please join or renew your membership in the Disabilities Network of New York City (DNNYC). The Network's fiscal year starts October 1, every year, so we are about ? way through the year. Many members have already renewed, but still time to re-submit your dues and join with us. Thanks for joining and for your support. You help to build visibility and presence for people with disabilities where public policy is concerned, and it's important that you be at the table.

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The Largest Minority- WBAI's Radio Show on Disability News & Culture

The Largest Minority, a radio show on WBAI 99.5 FM produced by Phil Beder and hosted by Brendan Costello & Thomas K. Small, Esq., will air next on Thursday, June 10 at 11 AM. The show features news and commentary for commercial-free listener-sponsored radio's progressive mainstream audience. Additional segments will air on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11 AM.

Plug into the Network Via the DNNYC Listserv & Website

The Disabilities Network of New York City listserv is the spot on the Internet where members exchange ideas & post announcements for the community. Join 180+ colleagues! Point your browser to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dnnyc.

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Board News: Comings & Goings & Board Election Coming Up

Susan Odiseos, Executive Director of Just One Break joined the Board in March, and Loreen Loonie of YWCA-NYC's Angela Perez Center for People with Disabilities resigned in April because her family is growing! Thanks to both! Anyone wishing to nominate themself or someone else, please contact DNNYC or one of the board members below. At the meeting in September/October (date TBD) DNNYC's board of directors will elect additional members. Nominations accepted before 9/2004. All are welcome.


Contact Information:
Alexander Wood,
tel: 212-251-4071
email: awood@uwnyc.org
web: www.dnnyc.net

Mailing Address:
Disabilities Network of NYC,
2 Park Avenue, 2nd floor,
NY NY 10016

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