SANYS (SELF-ADVOCACY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE) held its annual Self-Advocacy Conference Oct. 29th-31st at the Albany Marriott Hotel. The theme of this year's conference is "Transformation is Us - Our Lives, Our Choices, Our Community."
The conference is a three day event specifically for self-advocates and members of their support team. The annual conference offers an array of workshops and an opportunity for self-advocates to learn, socialize, and have fun.
DRNY was present reminding advocates to register and “Get out the vote” in the upcoming elections as well as inform others about DRNY's services and programs.
On July 12, 2015, DRNY participated in the first annual New York City Disability Pride Parade, marching down Broadway with hundreds of advocates. There were more than 3,000 participants at the Disability Pride parade, including DRNY, who provided outreach to approximately 75 individuals at the event.
The goals of the parade were to instill or reinforce pride among all members of the disability community, change the public perception of people with disabilities, and tear down the silos that segment communities. DRNY conducted outreach at the parade by disseminating flyers and informing parade-goers about the Protection & Advocacy System.
DRNY’s Stefen Short noted, “It was fantastic to be in one spot with so many inspiring advocates!” Mayor DeBlasio delivered a speech at Times-Square and the event itself received lots of press. Read more, Disability Pride.
DRNY will be participating in a Local Resources Fair for veterans and military families on May 29th at the Albany Public Library. There will be guest speakers and workshops geared specifically for veterans and their families. The event is free. For more information, please read more.
DRNY attended Abilities Expo in Metro-NYC where hundreds of vendors present their products, programs and support services. Assistive Technology of all types is available to demo for free. The event is free to the public. Find more info read, Abilities Expo
DRNY will be attending the upcoming conference "What's the Game Plan? Transitioning Young Adults with Autism: Implementing Behavioral, Social, Educational/ vocational Strategies" presented by Dr. James Ball on Tuesday May 12, 2015. The conference is being held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY.
To find out more about the conference read, Cooperstown Conference
DRNY presented information on the Protection & Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program (P&A/CAP) for persons with disabilities in New York. Information on the history of the program, eligibility, types of services and how to access services was given. Read more about the presentation, DRNY Overview
DRNY is educating New Yorkers about the Protection and Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program by conducting outreach in every county in New York State.