Following more than a year of investigating the death of a disabled man in a group home who was found dead in his un-air conditioned attic bedroom wearing multiple layers of clothing in the middle of a heatwave, the New York State Justice Center, the agency created by Governor Cuomo to investigate crimes committed against developmentally disabled people in residential facilities, is still flailing about, and has yet to release the cause of death. The link below leads to an Albany Times Union article published Sunday that quotes John Gilmore of the Autism Action Network on the unexplained death of Wally Lassiter, and the ongoing problems with the Justice Center that we have been working closely with Michael Carey and legislators to resolve.
All parents of disabled children struggling with thoughts about, "What happens to my child when we are gone?" The Autism Action Network has been in the forefront of protecting the legal and civil rights of people with disabilities for 12 years. We will keep at it until all people with disabilities have access to safe residential care where they have full legal and civil protections. We aren’t there yet, but with your help we will get there.
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Here is the Times Union article:
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