Thanks to your advocacy and the coordinated effort of many advocates across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced his intention to revise the budget to included an additional $55 million across two years -- money that would go toward advancing the wage for direct care workers.

Lawmakers still have to approve the budget, but if you'd like to hear Cuomo's pledge, click below.

The announcement from the legislative leaders and the governor comes as a result of the more than year-long, statewide bFair2DirectCare advocacy campaign. Staff, self-advocates, board members, families and volunteers from across the state have worked hard to make their representatives in Albany understand the desperate need for this funding. We are thankful that people are beginning to understand the importance of the direct care role -- and more about its true worth.

This progress only reinforces the need for our persistent advocacy, our work will need to continue as diligently in the years to come.

Let's celebrate this step forward and dedicate ourselves to keeping this momentum going.

We need every member of the developmental disability community to continue to advocate with us
. Will you consider joining our movement and helping expand our networks so that we can spread our message to the widest  possible audience?

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