Developmental Disabilities Watch

ddW Volume 2, fall 2007

Gaining Access:
New Efforts on Housing and Autism Services

Edited By Andrew White and barbara solow

The second issue of Developmental Disabilities Watch reports on publicly funded services for the rapidly growing number of New Yorkers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and on attempts to create affordable housing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. As the services system for people with developmental disabilities responds to the needs of New Yorkers diagnosed with autism, the state is also under pressure to curtail Medicaid spending, the funding source for most supports for people with disabilities. This report explores the impact of these two opposing trends on government, nonprofits and city residents and their families.

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ddW Volume 1, summer 2006 

More Voices, More Choices: New Directions in Supports and Services in NYC

Edited By Andrew White

Thirty years after the Willowbrook exposes, New York's $3.3 billion Medicaid-funded services system for people with developmental disabilities remains below the radar of political leadership and the media. State officials can point with pride to the steep decline in the numbers of men, women and children who live in large, state-run institutions and spend their days in restricted, routine activities. But despite strong rhetoric about community living, many New York City residents with disabilities still struggle with segregation and lack of choice over their daily lives. This inaugural issue of Developmental Disabilities Watch reports on housing and employment programs for New York City residents with developmental disabilities and the state’s latest efforts to encourage consumer-directed services.

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DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES WATCH
reports on barriers and opportunities for services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.