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On Monday, January 18, 2021, Americans will celebrate Martin Luther King (MLK) Day. The federal holiday, commemorated annually on the third Monday of January, serves multiple purposes. It honors the life and legacy of the activist who led the fight for racial equality, brings focus on current civil rights issues, highlights the power of using nonviolence to bring about social reform, and inspires young people to consider joining public service.

Today, thanks to the clergyman-turned-activist’s courage and efforts, all Americans, regardless of race, color, religion, or national origin, can pursue their dreams. It is now up to all of us, both young and old, to protect MLK’s legacy for future generations by fighting against societal injustices and helping those in need. As you celebrate the holiday on Monday, January 18, be sure to reflect upon what you can do to make a difference and create your own legacy.Remember, it doesn’t have to be something huge to make a difference in the life of another.

The New York State Department of Health will host a webinar for all people eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this evening, 1/11/2021, from 7 pm until 8:30 pm to help answer any questions you may have. At this time, those eligible to receive the vaccination among our population are those supported in congregate settings like group homes, their staff, staff who have direct contact with OPWDD service recipients in “outpatient” settings, and those over the age of 75.

Prior to the webinar, questions can be submitted in advance by emailing
them to

To watch the webinar, follow this link:

View the New York State Vaccination Webinar Invite.

Misinformation and disinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccines are already circulating, particularly on social media platforms. For reliable facts, seek out vaccine information from official sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization or your healthcare provider. Also be on the lookout for vaccine-themed phishing emails and other solicitations that request sensitive or financial information, or emails that may contain malicious links or attachments. 

“Sending you and your family peace, love and joy this Christmas.”

The holiday season is a special time of year filled with laughter, joy and cheerful celebration.

From all of us at Advance Care Alliance of New York (ACA/NY), we wish you happiness, good health and a spirited new year!

All the ACA/NY hub sites are now open including our Long Island sites at:

  • 300 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge
  • 889 Harrison Street, Riverhead

View updated and current COVID-19 Resources including:

  • Symptoms
  • Testing
  • Contact Tracing
  • Protecting Yourself and Others
  • People at Increased Risk
  • Daily Activities and Going Out
  • Travel
  • Stress and Coping
  • Guidance Documents from ACA/NY
  • Interim Guidance and Regulatory Updates from OPWDD, DOH, CDC, NYSED and NYC

Go to ACA/NY’s COVID-19 Resources page at

Dear Hon. Governor Cuomo,
This letter is being sent on behalf of the seven Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs) providing Care Management to 120,000 Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities throughout the state of New York. The CCOs promote the delivery of comprehensive and effective person-centered care management to this vulnerable population.
We would like to take this opportunity to collectively thank you for your leadership during these unprecedented times. There’s unanimous appreciation for the efforts you have expended for the entire state of NY throughout this pandemic and specifically for your attention to this particularly delicate population and for allowing for the expedition of the distribution of the eagerly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine to the I/DD individuals residing in congregate care settings.
We are writing today to advocate on behalf of the portion of the I/DD population that resides in community-based settings for prioritization when it comes to distribution of the newly released COVID-19 vaccination.