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The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS) is excited to announce the recipients of this year’s Constance Laymon Award for Excellence in Leadership and Sally Johnston Award for Advocacy!

The Constance Laymon Leadership Award is being given to Denise Figueroa, Executive Director and Founder of the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley. Ms. Figueroa has dedicated her entire career to advocating for disability rights and protecting New Yorkers’ rights to  independent living, accessible transportation, and Consumer Directed Personal Assistance. Ms. Figueroa is a Governor appointee to the Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council and the Justice Center Advisory Board. In addition to her involvement as a Board member and Treasurer on the CDPAANYS Board of Directors, Ms. Figueroa has served as an officer on the following boards: NYS Independent Living Council, National Council on Independent Living, New York Association on Independent Living, and the Capital District Transportation Authority. She has been involved with CDPAANYS since the organization’s grassroots beginnings, and has been instrumental in ensuring New York State’s commitment to maintaining Consumer control in CDPA.
 
The Sally Johnston Advocacy Award is being given to ADAPT. ADAPT is a grassroots disability rights organization that has played an instrumental role in stopping the Republican efforts to cut Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act in the Senate and House of Representatives. In 2017, ADAPT advocates made national headlines as individuals were documented being dragged out of wheelchairs and arrested in large numbers. ADAPT successfully changed the national conversation on Obamacare and Medicaid reform from “Obamacare doesn’t work” to “You’re going to kill me,” successfully getting immense media attention and bringing disability rights and the right to services in the community to the fore of public disussion in a way that has never happened before. ADAPT has 30 chapters nationwide, with New York chapters in Rochester, Binghamton, New York City, and the two newest chapters in Suffolk and Albany. CDPAANYS and ADAPT have a long history of advocating together for the civil rights of New Yorkers with disabilities. The people who make up ADAPT deserve recognition for their advocacy and for showing Americans the power and potential of community organizing in the disability community.
 
If you would like to congratulate Denise Figueroa and/or ADAPT, please consider taking out an ad in the program. 
 
If you have not already, please register for the conference. Registration is available for $50 for the Awards Dinner only.

These two prestigious awards will be given on October 25, 2017 at the Awards Dinner at CDPAANYS’ 15th Annual Conference.  The Awards Dinner begins at 6 PM and will be held in the Ferris Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn Troy. 

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