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NYS Article 17-A Guardianship

In New York State, when a person becomes 18 years old they are assumed to be legally competent to make decision for themselves. This means no other person is allowed to make a personal, medical or financial decision for that individual. If a person is "intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled," has difficulty making decisions for themselves and over 18 years old, you can ask the Surrogate's Court to appoint a guardian for him or her. An Article 17-A Guardianship is available only for individuals who are "intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled." These are the legal terms used in Article 17-A of the Surrogate's Court Procedures Act.   An Article 17-A Guardianship is very broad and covers most decisions that are usually made by a parent for a child such as financial and healthcare decisions.  


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Yellow Dot Program

Yellow Dot is a free public safety program of the New York State Sheriff's Association designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that first “golden hour” after a crash or other emergency. A Yellow Dot in the driver’s-side rear window of your vehicle will alert first responders that vital medical information is stored in the glove compartment.


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Your Right to Vote in New York State: Individuals with Disabilities

Voting is an important part of being a U. S. citizen. The people who are elected this year will make decisions about things that directly affect your life, like your taxes, the education of your children and/or grandchildren, and changes in the laws of our state and nation. Voting is your chance to choose the decision makers and tell them what you want. To be eligible to vote in New York State, you must: 

  • be a United States citizen 
  • be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you register (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote) 
  • live at your present address at least 30 days before an election 
  • not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction 
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere 
  • have registered to vote

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