Deaf Community – Press Conference / Meet and Greet

Deaf Community – Press Conference / Meet and Greet

Deaf Community – Press Conference / Meet and Greet

Deaf Community in Brooklyn, NY to Lose Critical Services and Many Residents Likely Forced from their Homes if New York Department of Health Doesn’t Repeal its Planned Action to Close Big Apple Home Care and an estimated 270 Agencies – many in poverty-stricken areas – that serve 40,000 New York Residents 

WHEN: Friday, February 23, 2024 

TIME: 10:30 a.m. 

WHAT: Press Conference / Meet and Greet 

  • The deaf cannot get LHSCA aides because no PCA (Personal Care Assistant) course is taught in sign language in New York State
  • As such, CDPAP is the ONLY service that can keep them in their homes
  • Over 175,000 Deaf/Hard of Hearing people are living in NYC, according to NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • This event will feature speakers from the deaf community, along with Assemblyman Nader Sayegh, whose 90th Assembly district will be affected by New York Department of Health closures, and Assemblyman David Weprin, whose 24th Assembly district will also be affected
  • This event is sponsored by United Hands, a nonprofit advocacy group for the deaf

PROGRAM: 10:30 a.m. – Ed Kelley, Director of Public Affairs, CDPAP NY United

10:37 a.m. – Assemblyman Nader Sayegh

10:44 a.m. – Assemblyman David Weprin

10:51 a.m. – Marina Fanshteyn, Executive Director of Deaf Wellness and Recreation Center

10:58 a.m. – Gary Farberov, Executive Director of United Hands

11:05 a.m. – Questions and Answers 

11:15 a.m. – End of formal program 

– Interview opportunities with presenters and home care providers

– Tour the Deaf Wellness & Recreation Center, a social day center for the deaf run by deaf     staff. Deaf members travel from all parts of New York City to this center.

WHERE: Deaf Wellness & Recreation Center
2825 West 16th St Brooklyn NY 11224

Parking is available at the following locations:

  • Parking lot – 2930 W 17th St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Coney Island Parking – 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Public Transportation:

  • Subway – F train to Stillwell Ave Station – 2 block walk
  • Bus – B74 bus to Mermaid Ave & W 17 St – 1 block walk

RSVP:  Please RSVP to Ed Kelley at 917-982-8015 or edkelley108@aol.com

BACKGROUND: This February 23 event follows two 2023 media and community events on December 12 and October 11 where several New York Senators and Assemblyman spoke out against the CDPAP closures. More than 75 community members, media and concerned citizens were in attendance. The events garnered media coverage and support from stakeholders across the state of New York, and the momentum builds as the fight continues to stop the agency closures.