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AccessCNY Applauds Governor’s Agreement to Be Fair to Direct Care

Monday, April 3, 2017

After months of advocacy by AccessCNY and other agencies across the state, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has agreed to wage increases for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) that work with individuals with disabilities. The Be Fair to Direct Care campaign sought funding to implement a living wage for staff of nonprofit organizations whose work is difficult […]

Guide to Health Care Decisions for Individuals with Disabilities Released

Friday, February 10, 2017

In response to requests from families AccessCNY has released a new booklet on health care decisions for individuals with disabilities. The booklet highlights different options and procedures for making these difficult decisions. The information is provided solely as a resource for families so they may be thinking about these important decisions before facing a terminal […]

AccessCNY Winter 2017 Newsletter

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Inside this edition: The new David Clark Learning Center we are building to meet member needs A story of inclusions from Blue Spruce Lounge A letter from me about the Bfair2DirectCare campaign AccessCNY winning Self-Advocacy Agency of the Year A focus on health, AccessCNY’s partnership with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in Community Supports Click here to read the […]

AccessCNY Wins Self-Advocacy Agency of the Year, Advocate Stands Out

Thursday, November 10, 2016

At this year’s Self-Advocates of New York State Conference, AccessCNY was recognized for the support of its Self-Advocacy club. The award is given each year to an agency nominated by a Self-Advocate group. At this year’s conference, organizations across the state lauded AccessCNY’s program, which supports persons with disabilities who learn how to speak up […]

AccessCNY Highlights Wage Struggle for Direct Care Staff

Monday, October 17, 2016

Last week, AccessCNY and Arc of Onondaga partnered to draw attention to a key issue in our community. Wages for direct support professionals (DSPs) for persons with disabilities have not gone up significantly in eight years. This has resulted in 10% of those positions statewide going unfilled and a 25% turnover rate. This not only hurts […]

Syracuse News Conference Highlights Need to Increase Pay for Direct Support Workers

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

In support of increased pay for direct support professionals who work with people with disabilities in our community, Arc of Onondaga and AccessCNY will hold a news conference on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  The #bFair2DirectCare campaign is a workforce funding effort striving to provide a living wage for those who support individuals […]

AccessCNY Fall 2016 Newsletter

Friday, September 16, 2016

Included in this edition: A story of independence from Jeff, an AccessCNY program participant. An update on the 2016 AccessCNY Golf Classic. Highlights of Anything That Rolls, and a story about a great fundraiser. AccessCNY goes to Albany, highlights wage issue for support staff. Executive Director Prudence York retires. Click the link below to check […]

AccessCNY Celebrates Direct Service Professionals Appreciation Week

Friday, September 16, 2016

All this week, AccessCNY has been honoring staff who directly serve program participants as part of Direct Support Professional Appreciation Week. These stories have been shared to highlight the exceptional work of AccessCNY staff, and what they mean to the people they serve. You can find these stories below, and follow us on Facebook for […]

Joslyn Takes Helm As AccessCNY Executive Director

Friday, August 12, 2016

Paul Joslyn has been named the new Executive Director of AccessCNY. Joslyn takes the reigns of the Central New York non-profit with the upcoming retirement of current Executive Director Prudence York. Joslyn began his time with the agency on August 11. He and York will share leadership duties until her departure on August 31. Prior […]

AccessCNY Raises $100,000 in Summer of Giving and Awareness

Thursday, August 4, 2016

This summer, AccessCNY has featured two major fundraising events – the AccessCNY Annual Golf Classic, and Anything That Rolls. At this years golf tournament, the business community of Central New York gathered to raise nearly $55,000. “The tournament was a big success,” noted Matt Seubert, Associate Executive Director of Development and Communication. “Not only did […]