Vol. II, No. 1: NEWS : Oct. 2003

The DNNYC Newsletter

Frame the Issues for the Disability Budget & Policy Coalition Agenda

The Disabilities Network of New York City (DNNYC) calls on all interested members to identify public policy issues that need to be addressed in the coming year. All issues must be cross-disability, and it would help if those submitting ideas would also volunteer to help write a position paper. Please bring ideas to the next Policy Action Committee meeting, Thursday, Oct. 9, 3-5 PM at United Way of NYC, and also attend the next Full Membership Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 2.

Regarding the Disability Budget & Policy Coalition Agenda, this year, the process of identifying and choosing the issues to be included in the published document and from which the Network's priority issues campaigns are selected will be as open as possible.  After issues are identified a ballot will be mailed to members and your votes will count in defining the agenda. This will be the third year the NYC DBPC Agenda has been produced. It grew from 11 issue areas to 21 between 2002 and 2003, so the challenge this year is going to be to keep it from growing exponentially, and perhaps trim it down and choose winnable campaigns, or rethink its format and our strategies for using it as a tool to implement positive change.

October 2nd Full Membership Meeting Focusing on Disability Budget & Policy Coalition Agenda for 2004 & Guest Speaker Hon. John Liu, Chair of the NYC Council Transportation Committee

Join the Network's membership at United Way of NYC, 2 Park Avenue, 2nd floor (between 32 & 33 Streets) 3-5 PM, Thursday, October 2. RSVP at 212-251-4071 or email alexander@dnnyc.net. ASL interpreters and assistive listening system will be provided.

As always the Disability Budget & Policy Coalition Agenda for 2004-2005 will be discussed; what will this year's priority issue campaigns be? Last year's focus was on:

» Better service on Access-A-Ride;

» Better enforcement of Local Law 58 by Department of Buildings, and assurance that when NYC adopts the International Building Code, it does not reverse access standards currently in effect in New York;

» Inclusion of Youth with Disabilities in After School Programs & Summer Employment Programs;

» Working with MOPD, the NYC Sports Commission & NYC & Co. to ensure that the City is presenting its best foot forward in the bid to win the contest to be host city for the 2012 Olympic Games (followed by the Paralympics).

» Other issues will be addressed as needs arise: ranging from additional transportation initiatives, to election reform, access to healthcare, education, housing, senior centers, and ensuring that the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan incorporates principles of universal design, etc.

Guest speaker Hon. John Liu (Flushing), Chair of the NYC Council Committee on Transportation, will speak on ways the Network's members and the City Council can work together to make improve access to NYC's transportation systems.

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Thanks to DNNYC Interns for Work Well Done!

It was a great summer, Ansel, Max & Wanda. Thanks for all your jobs well done! Your schools should all be proud of what you helped DNNYC achieve!

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

As you know, DNNYC's start-up has been funded by United Way of New York City since the organization's launch in March, 2002, and mid-September of this year marked 18-months in DNNYC's development of ìa physical disabilities impact networkî representing people with motor & sensory disabilities & service providers to build 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. In 2003-2004 a development program is evolving which will move DNNYC towards independence and sustainability for the long-term.

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Membership in the Network?

Please join or renew your membership in the Disabilities Network of New York City (DNNYC), as the Network's fiscal year starts October 1, 2003. Many members have already renewed, but now is the time, if you have not yet done so, to pony up and re-submit your dues. Thank you in advance for joining. You help to build visibility and presence for people with disabilities where policy matters are concerned, and it's important that you be at the table when issues are discussed.

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, will air next on Thursday, October 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. Call 212-251-4071 for information.

Wire Yourself to the Network Via the DNNYC Listserv & Website

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The Disabilities Network of New York City listserv is the spot on the Internet where members exchange ideas & post announcements for the community. Join 143 colleagues! Point your browser to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dnnyc. Also visit www.dnnyc.net, our website, for updated information regarding upcoming events, a list of members, membership forms, our positions on the issues, photos, and more

JOIN DNNYC TODAY OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2003!

New York City Disability Budget and Policy Coalition Issue Summary, 2003-2004

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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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