Structure of the Board

The Self-Advocacy Board of Directors is comprised of individuals with developmental disabilities. These Board members represent you and the region that you live in. They bring to the Board meetings issues and concerns that are specific to the regions in which you live. They are your voice.

There are 18 Board members from around the State of New York. The State is divided into 6 regions Capital District, Hudson Valley, New York City, Long Island, Western and Central. Each region has 3 Board members. Board members are elected by you, their peers, in local elections. The Executive Committee is elected by the Board of Directors. The positions that make up the Executive Committee are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Board members are elected for a term of 3 years, and may only serve twice (for a total of 6 years). Board members are required to attend quarterly Board meetings, which require travel and overnight stays in Albany, New York.