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Ramirez June Initiative

Connecting New Americans with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities to Vital Resources, Information, & Services.
Ramirez June Initiative

About the Ramirez June Initiative

The ONA Ramirez June Initiative was created to support new Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families in New York State. Our mission is to help affirm the dignity, value, respect, contribution, and worth of all New Yorkers with IDD by assisting new Americans with IDD and their families to connect with vital resources, information, and services.  

Goals of the Ramirez June Initiative  
  • Build the capacity of the Office for New Americans staff and community partners to assist new Americans with IDD and their families 

  • Conduct outreach and community engagement with new Americans and immigrant service providers in New York State 

  • Develop and distribute disability-themed resource materials  

  • Increase awareness for the identification and prevention of human trafficking of new Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities 

  • Share strategies, promising practices, and lessons learned with the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and other key stakeholders 


New American families who faced complex barriers to accessing resources and services for their loved ones with IDD in New York State inspired ONA and the DDPC to create the Ramirez June Initiative. The initiative is named after the Ramírez family and the family of Siewling (June) Lum, two new American families who live in New York State.


The Ramirez June Initiative is a collaboration between the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) and the NYS Office for New Americans (ONA). 

The New York State Office for New Americans (ONA)  

The New York State Office for New Americans helps new Americans fully participate in New York State civic and economic life. We are committed to strengthening New York State’s welcoming environment for new Americans and facilitating their success by creating a network of neighborhood-based Opportunity Centers. 

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC)

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council addresses the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the development of demonstration projects around advocacy, systems change, and capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion in all facets of life.


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The Office for New Americans Marks One Year of The Ramirez June Initiative to Assist Immigrants with Disabilities.

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Ramirez June Initiative Workshop Flyer

This flyer has information about Ramirez June Initiative workshops.



Contact [email protected] to request a recording of a past event. 



The ONA Developmental Disabilities Navigator is available to conduct multi-lingual outreach, community engagement, and trainings for new Americans and immigrant service providers in New York State. If you would like to connect with the Ramirez June Initiative or schedule a presentation, contact [email protected] 

New Americans Hotline

Any immigrant that needs free legal assistance or immigration advice is urged to call the New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. All calls are confidential. Assistance is available in over 200 languages. 

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The Ramirez June Initiative would like to hear from you! Please share any suggestions, success stories, concerns, or information you would like about new Americans with disabilities.