Disabilities are not unique or marginal - most of us will either have a disability at some point in our lives or care for a loved one with a disability. As a City Council Member, Tricia will fight for a just and equitable city for all New Yorkers, especially those living with a disability. She will work to ensure that disability justice is at the forefront of any recovery plan for our City.
Below is a brief outline of her legislative priorities to support the fight for disability justice:
As a City Council Member, Tricia will work to expand vaccination access for people with disabilities by increasing mobile vaccination sites and at-home vaccination options. She will work to expand and improve long term, at-home care options by increasing the reimbursement rate of city-funded home care programs to provide higher wages and additional hours. She will also work to preserve funding for Health + Hospitals to ensure all New Yorkers in need can access high-quality, affordable care.
As a former public school social worker, Tricia is committed to fighting for the educational needs of all families, regardless of income, disability, or zip code. Tricia will work to support students and their families by providing dedicated technical support during remote learning and holding the Department of Education accountable to ensure that our City meets the true and full needs of students with individualized education plans (IEPs). Further, Tricia will advocate for the expansion of the ASD NEST program for students with autism in District 2, and call for the establishment of a District 75 school in our community.
Tricia is also committed to ensuring the full accessibility of all Department of Education Buildings and Facilities, including both physical spaces and technological needs. Tricia will ensure that all students have the materials they need, both during remote and in person instruction, including free assistive technology resources for voice dictation, reading assistance, and closed captioning.
Tricia strongly supports the integration of universal design principles into all infrastructure projects. We must implement building codes to ensure that the City remains accessible for constituents with a multitude of different abilities.
As New York City begins to recover from COVID-19, city leadership must push for fair wages and benefits for people with disabilities and for caregivers. As a City Council Member, Tricia will prioritize ending the subminimum wage, increasing compensation for homecare workers, and employing people with disabilities in government agencies.
As a member of the City Council, Tricia will support the creation of an Office of Disability Rights to ensure that real progress is made for the disability community. Tricia will fight for a fully staffed and funded office to oversee the implementation of accessibility reforms, direct departments that have stalled making essential changes, and effectively run the innovative programs currently under the purview of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.
Tricia is committed to making her office fully accessible to all constituents. As a City Council Member, Tricia will actively support amending Local Law 28, which currently requires information about accessibility to be included on government event flyers, to be extended community boards and elected officials. She will fight to provide ASL services at community board meetings, City Council meetings, and other public events. Tricia will also ensure her office’s materials are available in multiple languages and formats . She will work to appoint people with disabilities to the local community board and partner closely with disability justice organizations and advocates to advance civil rights protections for people with disabilities.