Nov. 29 rally in Buffalo to urge funding for pay raises

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A rally will take place Tuesday, November 29, in Buffalo as part of a state-wide effort to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide funding in order to give a pay raise to those who support people with disabilities.

The rally will be held in the Buffalo Museum of Science Auditorium, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30.  The Resource Center will provide a bus to transport people from the Jamestown area to the rally, free of charge.  Direct support professionals, people with disabilities who are supported by TRC, family members, and other advocates are welcome to ride the bus.  For more info, contact Karen Silzle at 661-4756 or at

bfair2directcareThe event is being hosted by DDAWNY, the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York. The featured speaker will be former Western New York Congressman Tom Reynolds, who has a son with developmental disabilities.

The rally is part of a campaign called #bFair2DirectCare. Organizers want Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to provide an additional $45 million in the State Budget in each of the next six years, in order to enable service providers like TRC to be able to pay their direct-support staff a living wage. The increased funding is necessary to combat growing vacancies and rising staff turnover at agencies like TRC. Advocates say it has been eight years since New York State provided a significant wage adjustment for Direct Support Professionals, and the rising minimum wage means people can earn more money at other jobs (such as working at a fast-food restaurant or big box store) than they can earn by caring for people with disabilities.

Click here to watch videos of Congressman Reynolds advocacy efforts on behalf of the #bFair2DirectCare campaign.

Members of the #bFair2DirectCare coalition include Alliance of Long Island Agencies, Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, The Developmental Disability Alliance of Western New York, Direct Service Providers of New York State, The InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, The NYS Association of Community and Residential Agencies, NYSARC Inc., New York State Rehabilitation Association and the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State.

People can keep up with the latest info from the #bFair2DirectCare campaign via social media:

Twitter:           @Fair2DirectCare
Hashtag:          #bFair2DirectCare


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