2014 SANYS STATE CONFERENCE

2014 marked our 25th Annual Statewide Conference! Our theme for 2014 was “Transforming the System:Reinvesting in US!” focusing our attention on the fact that many positive system changes were being planned – more individualized services and more opportunity – but these changes will only be successful if there is a reinvestment of funds in our system and practical, person-centered solutions are implemented.   Self-advocacy is more important than ever! We all need to…SPEAK UP!!!


Mike Kennedy, Keynote Speaker

Mike Kennedy, Keynote Speaker

Adrian Esposito, Keynote Speaker

Adrian Esposito, Keynote Speaker

Patsy Ginese & Melissa Barbagallo

Patsy Ginese & Melissa Barbagallo

Madison County Motivators

Madison County Motivators

Click HERE for more pictures from the 2014 Statewide Conference.  After viewing the pictures, just hit the “back” arrow on your web browser to get back to the SANYS 2014 Conference Page.


The following individuals and organizations were presented with Awards at the Conference recognizing their special contribution to SANYS and the self-advocacy movement:

Morgan Knibbs

For her commitment, energy, thoughtfulness and service to the SANYS Board

and her ongoing self-advocacy efforts

Brittney Horn

 Media Award

For thoughtful and powerful reporting about a transportation issue affecting people with disabilities

Barbra Bodner

Advisor of the Year

Kathy Krom

Advisor of the Year

Valarie Sundberg

Direct Support Professional of the Year

Quendell Simpson

Direct Support Professional of the Year

Independent Us

 Group of the Year

Cheryl Locke

Self-Advocate of the Year

Jessica Campbell

Self-Advocate of the Year

Nassau ARHC

 Agency of the Year


The following documents will provide you with a good overview of thing that made up the 2014 Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference:

Click HERE to download the 2014 Conference Program

Click HERE to download the listing of 2014 Conference Focus Groups

Click HERE to download the listing of 2014 Conference Workshops