This spring, Baruch College’s Computer Center for Visually Impaired People will host its eighth annual conference featuring My Luu, IBM accessibility program director of global innovation, solutions, and policy, as the keynote speaker. Morning and afternoon workshops will be available after her talk.
Workshops will cover a wide range of topics of interest to people with visual impairment. For example, “Accessible Labeling for Prescription Drugs” will discuss how companies are complying with legislation regarding labeling drugs for people with vision loss. Audience members in this workshop will learn about the laws that affect their ability to take the correct medications. In addition, Craig Wolfson of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates will lead a workshop aimed at job seekers and employers about the business advantages of recruiting and hiring people who have vision impairment. The workshop also will provide an employer’s perspective on how businesses can integrate people with disabilities into their workplace.
The conference will feature a vendors’ area with demonstrations of assistive technology products and a workshop for placement counselors who help people with disabilities find job training and employment.
As homeowners struggle to recover from the housing recession that began in 2008, research shows that housing counseling can significantly improve homeowners’ chances of securing a loan and maintaining home ownership. More than 7 million households lost their homes during the recession, and the resulting foreclosures or short sales damaged owners’ credit and made getting a new mortgage extremely difficult. Divorce, student loans, and unemployment also have made the housing market inaccessible to many, and a number of people under the age of 35 have put off buying their first home.
An analysis in the MReport, a publication of the Five Star Institute, argues that housing counseling is the right solution to promoting recovery in the housing market. Lenders must adhere to stricter underwriting and regulatory requirements necessitating that some families undergo credit remediation before buying a house. Housing counseling can help at-risk buyers modify a loan and acquire a mortgage, and it can encourage regular repayment as well. Mortgage companies and nonprofit credit counseling organizations should work together to help people who previously have been unable to buy a house, the article states.
The managing attorney for Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C.’s Closing Department and one of the firm’s senior associates, Janet Ward is a member of the Legal League 100’s education committee. The Five Star Institute, which publishes MReport, also oversees Legal League 100.
A. Gail Prudenti, chief administrative judge of the Courts of New York State, will receive the Nassau County Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Medallion at a dinner dance in May. Awarded to a legal professional whose work betters the reputation and dignity of the profession, the accolade recognizes her outstanding legal career.
Judge Prudenti has served in several legal capacities in New York, including that of presiding justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department of New York State. She was the first woman from Suffolk County to serve in that position. She also recently served in the Court of Appeals, where she heard litigation in connection with the World Trade Center bombings of 2001.
A prolific writer, she has published more than 1,000 articles and decisions in publications such as Newsday and The Jurist. Moreover, she has written handbooks for people involved in guardian ad litem programs and is frequently asked to speak at seminars and other events throughout the state.
An alumna of Marymount College at Fordham University, she received her law degree from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Andrew Morganstern, senior litigation counsel for Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., is a member of several Nassau County Bar Association committees.
In his 2015 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled an “Opportunity Agenda” that called for investing nearly $500 million into housing for people in need. According to Governor Cuomo’s office, almost 3 million households in New York put more than 30 percent of their income toward housing costs and are financially insecure in their residences.
About half of the Opportunity Budget’s investment in housing will go toward continuing House NY, a $1 billion, five-year program to build and conserve more than 14,000 housing units across the state. The rest of the funding will be allocated for neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, and community renewal activities and other housing programs.
In response to Governor Cuomo’s announcement, NYSARC Executive Director Steven Kroll said the organization hopes that the governor’s plan also includes funding services and support for people with developmental disabilities whose aging caregivers are struggling to take care of them at home. As details of the budget are released in the coming weeks, NYSARC will begin working with legislators on funding programs that help people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Hallie Greene, a director with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., serves on the Board of Governors of NYSARC.
Habitat for Humanity recently shared news from a study by Johns Hopkins University showing that when families spend most of their money on housing, their children’s cognitive performance suffers because they don’t have money for educational items such as computers and books. On the other hand, the study also found that families who allocate less than 20 percent of their income toward housing often live in distressed areas, which has a negative effect on children. “People are making trade-offs, and those trade-offs have implications for their children,” one of the study’s researchers said.
Children with the best cognitive outcomes come from families who spent about 30 percent of their income on housing, according to Johns Hopkins professor Sandra Newman, who is also director of the Johns Hopkins Center on Housing, Neighborhoods and Communities. The study found that children were better served when families sought low-income housing in stable neighborhoods, as opposed to paying a small price for low-quality housing.
Habitat for Humanity works internationally to provide people with a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. Carla Cole, a team lead for the Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., Batavia, New York, office, is a board member of Habitat for Humanity Genesee County.
A graduate of New York Law School, Cynthia Rosicki of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., played a large role in the successful execution of the 2014 New York Law School Gala in November. Also a member of the New York Law School Board of Trustees, Cynthia Rosicki served as a sponsor for the event, which honored a number of legal professionals who studied at the school for their contributions to the profession.
The recipient of the Legal Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award was Steven R. Harber, class of 1992, who has pioneered the legal services industry with two major companies, DiscoverReady and Palisades Advisors, LLC. He currently works with Lean Law Ventures, an organization that invests in companies dedicated to providing efficient legal services to corporations.
The other major gala honoree was Meryl Lieberman, class of 1981, who received the Integrity and Professionalism Award for her work with Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP. The firm concentrates on environmental and toxic tort coverage litigation, as well as employment and intellectual property law, with nearly 100 lawyers working in five states.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and this year’s theme of “Expect. Employ. Empower.” encourages employers to educate employees about disability awareness and consider how they can create a work culture that is friendly to people with disabilities. Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, said that employers have a role to play when increasing opportunities for people with disabilities to find meaningful employment. “(The theme) conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring,” Martinez said in a press statement. “It’s about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation.”
In conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, President Barack Obama announced several new initiatives to provide equal access to employment opportunities for all Americans, including a daylong job fair offering job opportunities in the federal government for people with disabilities.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates has long been committed to hiring people with disabilities and supporting organizations that work with people with disabilities, including The Rehabilitation Institute and the Nassau Citizens AHRC Foundation.