InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc.
Alliance of Long Island Agencies, Inc.
Seth Stein, Esq.
Executive Director & General Counsel
New York Association of Emerging & Multicultural Providers, Inc.
Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY
Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State
President & CEO
In 2016 five associations, representing more than 250 agencies providing supports and services for people with disabilities and their families, formed an organization to address legal and policy issues affecting people with disabilities and the organizations that provide the supports and services critical to their ability to live as independently as possible in their home communities.
The five associations – Alliance of Long Island Agencies, Inc. (ALIA), Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS), the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY), the InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IAC), and the New York Association of Emerging Multicultural Providers (NYAEMP) – provide supports and services to approximately 100,000 New Yorkers with disabilities – supporting two of every three people with developmental disabilities across the State.
COPA works collaboratively to ensure that laws and government policies at both the state and federal level provide the resources necessary to allow people with disabilities equal opportunities to live fulfilling and productive lives. COPA will work to raise awareness of critical issues, educate legislators about the effects of cuts in funding to supports and services and illustrate the effects of government actions that have reversed many of the gains made by people with disabilities and their families in the past 40 years.
The coalition focuses on policy initiatives and bureaucratic layers that have negative effects, such as those that add unnecessary levels of oversight, do not generate benefit for the people the programs support, or divert resources away from direct supports.
COPA identifies additional issues that create obstacles for people with disabilities and work collaboratively with families and other organizations with similar goals to end the policies preventing New York from living up to its mandated obligations to support people with disabilities and ensure that they are part of communities statewide.
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