Online Congressional Candidate Forum on Disability Issues

October 20, 2020

Join us Online!  Monday October 26th at 1 PM  U.S. House of Representatives NY-24 John Katko and Dana Balter Both candidates are confirmed and they will answer questions on:  Fighting the coronavirus pandemic Funding for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act Help for help families, businesses and local governments to survive the economic collapse. The […]

Census Bureau Statement on 2020 Census Data Collection Ending

October 15, 2020

As of today, well over 99.9% of housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 Census. Self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census will conclude on October 15, 2020. Specifically: Internet self-response will be available across the nation through October 15, 2020 through 11:59 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST), (through 5:59 […]


Thank You CNY Auction Bidders!

October 2, 2020

Thank you for participating in the ARISE Online Auction! Your support makes our programs and services possible. If you were the high bidder of one of our awesome items – CONGRATULATIONS!  

New to this Election: An Electronic Poll Book

September 30, 2020

  Gone are the days where you signed in to vote with an ink pen in a big, heavy paper poll book. Now that early voting means you can vote at any number of polling sites, a new system is in place—an electronic poll book. Check out this video from the Urban CNY newspaper’s YouTube […]

Vote Early

September 30, 2020

Registered voters in New York State can vote BEFORE Election Day November 3rd.   The early voting period in New York State is from Saturday October 24th through Sunday November 1st.   The voting process is the same as voting on Election Day. When you get to the early voting center, you will check-in to […]


Accessible Absentee Ballots for Blind and Visually Impaired Voters

September 28, 2020

Apply for New York’s Accessible Electronic Absentee Ballot   Download form and fill out form using screen reader. Standard text accepted as signature.   E-mail, mail or hand deliver to your county’s Board of Elections. Contact info for all county boards is here:   An accessible ballot will be e-mailed to you. A […]

How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot in New York State

September 21, 2020

To apply for an Absentee Ballot in New York State: Apply online at:   You can call, e-mail or apply in person at your local County Board of Elections. Find the correct information for your county by clicking on the interactive map at:   Deadline for applications is October 27th—WHY WAIT? Apply Today […]

State Fair Memories

August 20, 2020

Since we won’t be having the great NYS fair this year,  I thought I’d share some thoughts on what I experienced in 2019.  Normally I go to the fair at least once, last year I went on opening day.  I usually ride the bus from Shoppingtown but due to a different drop off point near […]

ARISE Is Counting On You To Be Counted

July 27, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau has identified people with disabilities as a hard-to-count population, which means they are at a greater risk of being undercounted in the 2020 census. It is critically important for people with disabilities to be fully and accurately counted to better ensure their voices are heard by elected officials at all levels […]


A Simple Global Pandemic Pleasure

July 19, 2020

One major difference I personally experienced during COVID-19 was getting a haircut.  After quarantining for over three months, I needed to go online to schedule the appointment which was a new procedure.  This was one of my first outings, so I was happy to leave the apartment.   Upon arriving, I felt like a shaggy […]