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Law aims to combat discrimination against developmentally disabled

Posted 9/10/22

Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, says legislation she co-sponsored and helped pass, to combat discrimination against individuals with developmental disabilities, is now law.

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Law aims to combat discrimination against developmentally disabled

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UTICA — Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, announced that legislation she co-sponsored and helped pass to establish an awareness campaign to combat discrimination against individuals with developmental disabilities has been signed into law.

The campaign will also highlight the accomplishments and contributions of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities to our state and nation.

“Intellectual and developmental disabilities occur among all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups,” said Buttenschon. “Despite being common, people with disabilities still face discrimination and many individuals are impacted barriers to critical support and services. This new law will help combat stigma and bias, and highlight exceptional individuals and their achievements from across the state.”

“Those with developmental and intellectual disabilities deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and I’ll continue working to support our disability community,” she added.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in six U.S. children ages 3 to 17 years old have been diagnosed with one or more developmental disabilities, including ADHD, autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy, among other conditions.

Despite advances such as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), discrimination remains an ongoing issue for those with developmental disabilities, Buttenschon’s announcement said, adding the new law will help to combat the stigma surrounding developmental and intellectual disabilities through a public awareness campaign utilizing public forums, social media and mass media to educate the public, as well as highlight the contributions of these individuals.

The program will also consult stakeholders and consumer advocates to ensure the campaign is culturally competent and using appropriate language.

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