Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60, last week announced the launch of a new website designed to be a clearinghouse for all-important resources needed to assist those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In conjunction with the start of the month of March, which Ronald Reagan officially declared as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, this website is designed to assist those with challenges find more opportunities to live, learn and work as valued members of the community.
"Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout the country to raise awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities. In that vein, I have created this website to serve as a one-stop-shop for all regional resources that could be of value to members of our community who are with disabled or care for someone with a disability," Grisanti said.
As of 2004, New York provided benefits to 135,000 people with developmental disabilities. Conditions that are defined as comprising a developmental disability include autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, mental retardation, and other neurological impairments.
Click here to access the site.