Congress must account for the needs of people with disabilities, their family caregivers, and the direct support professional (DSP) workforce in the next coronavirus relief legislation – there is so much at stake. Contact your Members of Congress now!
People with disabilities are particularly at risk for the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 that are currently facing the entire country. Because people with disabilities are more likely to have underlying health conditions and live in poverty, they will be disproportionately impacted and need ongoing support to maintain a safe, healthy lifestyle.
Ask your Member of Congress to pass a bill that addresses the specific and critical needs of people with disabilities during this pandemic, including:
Funding for a Medicaid grant program to support access to home and community-based services (which will minimize the risk of people with disabilities being forced into institutions) and to support the DSP workforce.
Adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect the health and safety of direct support professionals. DSPs must be designated as an essential workforce so that they have access to the PPE and medical supplies they need.
Paid leave for caregivers. As more people with disabilities face gaps in their usual sources of care, family caregivers are scrambling and need access to paid leave and sick days to help their loved ones.
Help for people on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to access Recovery Rebates. People with disabilities on SSI are being asked to file needless paperwork in order to access economic stimulus payments. Congress should tell federal agencies to use their existing authority to share data and file for people on SSI.
In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has directed all day service providers– including Oswego Industries– to temporarily suspend operations of day programs beginning today, March 17, at 5 p.m.
At Oswego Industries, these closures include Without Walls Day Habilitation, Group Day Habilitation, and Pre-Vocational Services. Oswego Industries’ Community Habilitation program and Production contracts will continue during this closure unless otherwise directed by Federal, State, or Local entities.
If you need support during this trying time, email email@example.com and we will work to identify alternative solutions.
Mexico High School is hosting its 2nd Community Connection Event on March 28 from 9AM to 1PM. Visit our booth, co-hosted with The Arc of Oswego County, to learn more about our services, talk with people who work here, and even take away some cool swag!
Where: Mexico High School at 3338 Main Street, Mexico, NY
We’re excited to announce that Novelis has chosen Oswego Industries as a recipient of their 12 Days of Giving Program. They’ve donated $1,250 to our agency, which we will use to continue our Workshop Transformation Plan.
According to Igor Kasovski, director of operations at Oswego Industries, “The timing of the donation couldn’t have been better. As we move forward in 2020, we will be improving our capabilities in delivering key products and services to our current and new customers. This will create more work opportunities for people with disabilities. Novelis’ donation provides a great start for us in acquiring the needed funding to meet our goals.”
Our latest edition of The OI and The Arc Buzz Newsletter is here! Check out the newsletter to learn about the kinds of things the two partner agencies have been up to. You can also see the difference your generous donations are making in the lives of the people we support.