Office of the Chief Disability Officer

Office of the Chief Disability Officer

About the Office of the Chief Disability Officer

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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.

Accessibility Policy

NYS Short Documentary

The Path Forward: Remembering Willowbrook

The documentary will be shown on WMHT, the PBS member station for the Capital Region and other PBS stations across New York State in October.

October 3, 2023

Disability Rights & Employment Awareness Month (DREAM) Symposium

At the 2nd annual DREAM Symposium, we acknowledged the rights that people with disabilities are entitled to; celebrated the extreme value that disabled New Yorkers bring to the workforce; assisted in matching prospective qualified candidates with employers; and more.

CDO Staff

Chief Disability Officer

Kimberly Hill

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.

The Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council

Providing Services in the Most Integrated Setting

The Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council (MISCC) is responsible for ensuring that New Yorkers of all ages with physical, intellectual, developmental, and mental health disabilities receive care and services in the most integrated settings appropriate to their individual needs.

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