About the Office of the Chief Disability Officer
The Office of the Chief Disability Officer (CDO) advocates on behalf of people with disabilities to represent the issues people with disabilities face. The CDO works to break down silos between state agencies that provide services to people with disabilities, improve diversity, equity, and inclusion for people with disabilities, pushes for progress on state-wide accessibility issues, provides a disability perspective on policy proposals, legislation, state agency operations, and diligently connects with communities and advocates on a wide spectrum of disability issues.
The CDO was established in February 2022 when Governor Hochul signed legislation (A.3130 – Steck / S.1836 – Skoufis) into law. Advocates have fought for the new CDO since the elimination of the Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities in the 2005-2006 budget.
Disability Etiquette and Resources
Chief Disability Officer
Kim most recently served as the Principal Analyst for the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on People with Disabilities, which focuses primarily on people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Previously, Kim served as Director of the Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities, which focused on issues pertaining primarily to people with physical and sensory disabilities.