On June 1, 2013 Disability Rights New York (Disability Advocates, Inc.) (DRNY) became New York State’s designated Protection and Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program (P&A/CAP). As such, we assumed responsibility for all of the P&A/CAP Programs in the state. Since 1989, it has been the mission of DRNY to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have disabilities so that they can freely exercise their own life choices, enforce their rights, and fully participate in their community life. We achieve this goal through advocacy, litigation, coalition-building, public information, and technical support for other advocates, for people with disabilities in New York.
Our litigation has defeated efforts by municipalities to exclude housing for persons with disabilities, assured the accessibility of movie theaters and state operated community residences, established the right to counsel at public expense for indigent persons subject to guardianship proceedings, stopped dangerous experiments on patients in state psychiatric hospitals, and obtained compensation for victims of unnecessary and unconsented prostate surgery.
We may be contacted at:
Disability Rights New York
725 Broadway, Suite 450
Albany, NY 12207-2374
(518) 432-7861 (voice)
(518) 512-3448 (TTY)
(800) 993-8982 (toll-free voice/TTY)
(518) 427-6561 (fax) email us
DRNY Seeks Applications For Board Of Directors
As the newly designated statewide P&A/CAP agency, the DRNY Board must truly represent the disability, cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, and geographic diversity of all New Yorkers. Federal law requires that DRNY's Board Members meet the following standards:
Broadly represent or are knowledgeable about the needs of the individuals served by the Protection and Advocacy and Client Assistance Program systems;
That a majority of the Board shall be individuals with mental, physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are eligible for services, or have received or are receiving services; or parents, family members, guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives of such individuals;
Must be independent of any agency in the State which provides treatment or services (other than advocacy services) to individuals with mental illness;and
Must be independent of any agency that provides treatment, services, or habilitation to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
DRNY shall expand its Board to 15 members. To assist DRNY with this expansion, the Board has approved the creation of the Protection and Advocacy Nominating Committee (PANC). The PANC shall have the responsibility of putting forth recommendations of qualified candidates to DRNY's Board for consideration of vacant positions.Click HERE for an overview of all DRNY's P&A/CAP programs.
If you are interested in being considered for the Board, please fill out the APPLICATIONand return to:
DRNY Seeks Applicants for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Advisory Council
Disability Rights New York is soliciting applicants for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Advisory Council. The PADD Advisory Council will be comprised of approximately 7-9 people representing all parts of the state. A majority of the members shall be individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who are eligible for services, or have received or are receiving services or parents or family members, (including those representing individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who live in institutions and home and community based settings), guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives of such individuals. For more information about the position see the public notice.
To be considered for membership to the PADD Advisory Council please submit an application. All applications will be presented to DRNY’s Board of Directors for approval.