About Us

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Who We Are

The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. (SANYS) is a not-for profit, grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to help create a person-centered and person-directed system of supports. To further this goal, the SANYS executive board supports self-advocates and self-advocacy groups regionally and statewide. SANYS encourages them to speak for themselves individually and collectively.

What We Do

  • We help set up local Self-Advocacy chapters, re-energize existing groups, and share information on local and national Self-Advocacy issues. We can also help you join a local Self-Advocacy Group.
  • We provide free presentations to educate our peers, communities, and staff about self advocacy, our lives and what we have to offer. Contact us to request a presentation.
  • We provide SANYS U courses for adults and youth with developmental disabilities. SANYS U is an exciting, interactive 10 session course in self advocacy, disability history, life planning, and community inclusion. Courses are typically provided on-site and include a leadership project and graduation. Contact your Regional Coordinator for more information.
  • We host networking and public awareness events, meetings, and conferences.