Ex-Legislator Wants To Build App With Info About Resources On Developmental Disabilities

Jan 18, 2016

Credit harveyandellenweisenberg.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An ex-lawmaker has established a foundation building a software application for families and caregivers with information about rights and resources for developmentally disabled New Yorkers.

Retired Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, whose disabled son Ricky lives in a state-supported residence, says he still hears from people seeking information.

The nonprofit Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg Special Needs Resource Corp. is accepting tax-deductible donations to build it.

Program director David Feldman says the free App will available in late February. Updates will follow.

Weisenberg says not everyone knows, for example, about Jonathan's Law enacted in 2007 that mandates notifying families of abuse allegations involving their loved one in a state-licensed facility.

He says the App also has positive stories about what disabled people are doing, like surfing at Long Beach.