Vol. IlI., No. 3: NEWS : August, 2004

The DNNYC Newsletter

DNNYC's Priority To Build Network Membership. Join us!

The Disabilities Network of New York City (DNNYC) two and a half years into 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.î But with 30 organizations and 165 individual members we are far short of our goals, so we are stepping up our efforts to sign up new members and build new partnerships.

Housing Access & Sidewalk Safety for People with Disabilities to be Topics at Sept 28 Full Membership Meeting

Guest Speakers will be Dennis Boyd, Senior Attorney, at the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and he will be discussing a legal project NYLPI is coordinating with partner firm Clifford Chance. Also, Harris Silver of the new sidewalk safety advocacy group Citystreets will make a presentation. Join the Network's membership at United Way of NYC, 2 Park Avenue, 2nd floor (between 32 & 33 Streets) 3-5 PM, Tuesday, September 28. RSVP at 212-251-4071 or email alexander@dnnyc.net. ASL interpreters and assistive listening system available upon request.

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Disability Budget & Policy Coalition Agenda! Ideas for FY 2005-06?

Time to coordinate for next year already! Central to the work of DNNYC and its members' advocacy is the Disability Budget & Policy Coalition Agenda. Last year, the membership voted on the Network's priority issues campaigns:

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

» Transportation: Monitoring transit providers' compliance with ADA;

» Housing: Advocating for accessible, affordable, & integrated housing;

» Employment: Working to increase employment opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities in NYC, supporting Disability Mentoring Day, etc.;

» 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 issues action alerts to the community.

Thanks to all who have participated in support of our strategies to implement positive change.

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Bring Ideas for the Next Disability Budget & Policy Coalition Agenda to the Next Full Network Membership Meeting on September 28! Write a position paper (topic sentences due mid-Oct., papers due early Nov.).

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 September 28, 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 Development (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 networkî 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, and since March DNNYC has enjoyed the support of halftime staff member Lev Brudnoy, and since June, Vanessa Henderson. A development program is currently evolving which will move DNNYC towards long-term independence and sustainability.

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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 it's time for everyone to renew their memberships. 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.

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, September 9 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 (air-dates: 9/9, 10/14 & 11/11, unless bumped during fund-drive).

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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.

Board News: Comings & Goings & Board Election Coming Up

RoseMarie McCaffery, Director of Non-Traditional Casting Project took a temporary leave of absence beginning in August! Thanks RoseMarie, for all your support!

Anyone wishing to nominate themself or someone else, please contact DNNYC or one of the board members below. At the board meeting on September 23, 3-5 pm DNNYC's board of directors will elect additional members. Nominations accepted before 9/17/2004. All are welcome.

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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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