Monday marked the 21st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that allowed people with disabilities the right to live in their community and not be subject to unjustified isolation. But advocates said much more must be done, especially in the age of COVID-19.

The Center for Disability Rights hosted a webinar Monday that looked at the impact of the Olmstead v. L.C. decision, and attendees discussed ways to ensure that everyone has a right to live and participate in the community.

New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

New York's agency tasked with investigating accusations of abuse and neglect against disabled people in state care is promising to improve transparency following years of complaints about conducting nearly all of its work in secret.

Dollar General

Disability Rights New York has filed a class action lawsuit against the Dollar General Corporation for failing to make their New York stores accessible to people with mobility disabilities.

A Holland couple who stole more than $1.2 million in Veterans Affairs and workers compensation benefits have been sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara.

National Public Radio

NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner Gaelynn Lea was in Rochester this weekend for a performance at Nazareth College. She never thought she would be a performer full time. Which is a funny thought to come from someone who in the last year had 200 shows in 39 states and six different countries.

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A group of disabled Western New Yorkers are among those who were arrested for protests in New York’s capitol on Tuesday afternoon.

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It's a legal term which can scare business people...reasonable accomodation.

Raising accessibility awareness for wheelchair users

Oct 22, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

This past July the nation celebrated the 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act.  The civil rights law was designed to prevent discrimination against those with disabilities. A section of the law also works to make sure places are accessible.  But one local woman brought her story to WBFO's Eileen Buckley, describing her life filled with 'inaccessibility'. 

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A new piece of legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate could help New Yorkers with disabilities and their families prepare for the future. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act or ABLE Act, which creates a tax-advantage savings account for people with disabilities.


John Robinson and Doug Hamlin are on the road today, biking more than 300 miles along the State Barge Canal from Niawanda Park to the State Capitol in Albany. The two men are trying to prove how people with physical disabilities can make difficult trips like this.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A center that provides educational services to children with moderate to severe disabilities, ranging from autism to Down Syndrome, has been awarded a major grant.

The Cantalician Center is the recipient of a $750,000 challenge grant from the John R. Oishei  Foundation.  The challenge grant will double every dollar pledged by a community campaign.

The funding will allow for completion of a new academic campus, which is currently under construction on George Urban Boulevard in Depew. The new facility would consolidate the current Main Street and Eggert Road facilities.