2017 Annual Statewide Conference

“Our Voices Count: Nothing About Us Without Us!”

Thursday – Saturday
September 7th – September 9th, 2017
Albany Marriott
189 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205

About the Conference
The State Self-Advocacy Conference is a great opportunity to meet and network with self-advocates from across New York State. Come learn about major issues of the day and the importance of speaking up for yourselves and others. In recent years, we’ve had over 800 people attend this great event, participating in workshops, focus groups and keynote presentations.

READ BELOW FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE HOTEL, ACCESSIBLE ROOMS, PAYMENT AND TRANSPORTATION

The registration deadline is August 21st, 2017. However, we recommend registering early. We have had to close registration before the deadline in the past due to high numbers. You can pay when you register or pay after you have registered. Payments are due (postmarked) by August 21st, 2017.

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Agenda

Thursday, September 7th:
Registration:  1:00 pm -6:00 pm
NEW! 1/2 Hour Mini Sessions:  2:00-5:45 pm
Dinner and Awards:  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Keynote Presentations:  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dance Party:  8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Friday, September 8th:
Registration:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
NEW! Regional Meeting Breakfasts:  8:00 am – 9:15 am
Focus Groups:  9:30 am – 11:15 am
Lunch and Keynote Presentations:  11:45 am – 1:45 pm
Workshops Session 1:  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Workshops Session 2:  3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Banquet:  6:00 pm- 7:45 pm
Awards Ceremony:  7:45 pm- 9:00 pm
Tropical Dance Party:  9:00 pm – Midnight

Saturday, September 9th:
Breakfast:  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Closing Ceremonies:  9:00 am – 10:30 am

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

You will make your own room reservations and payments directly with the hotel.

SANYS Conference – Marriott room rates are as follows:
$136 per room, per night. Up to four guests can share a room and the costs. If you would like a cot in the room, there will be an additional charge of $25 per cot per night.

In order to receive these special room rates, be sure to tell the Marriott that you are attending the Self-Advocacy Conference.

These rates do not include tax. If you are sponsored by an agency, be sure the Marriott has a tax-exempt form from your organization.

Hotel Contacts
ACCESSIBLE ROOMS

Availability of Accessible Rooms Is Very Limited.

The Marriott has 19 accessible rooms:

Room Type 1: 

Accessible room with roll in shower (the shower will accommodate a wheelchair or roll in shower): They have 4 of this type, located on 4 floors. Each has been redone with new plumbing, grab bars, and fixtures.

Room Type 2:

Accessible Room with low threshold shower entry (the shower in this room will not accommodate a wheelchair or roll in shower chair, but is more accessible than standard tub/showers): There are 15 rooms of this type, with  low shower entry and extra grab bars. All bathrooms have been updated and fully renovated and have shower curtains.

Room Type 3:

Standard Room:  They have 340 rooms of this type. All bathrooms are fully renovated. None have tubs. Each has sliding glass doors with a 4 inch step over to get in the shower and no extra grab bars. Can easily accommodate shower chairs for those who require them.

*The Marriott has doubles and kings for partially accessible and standard rooms. The fully accessible rooms are all king beds with sofa sleepers. Each wheel in shower room connects to either a King or Double standard room.

If You Need an Accessible Room:

  1. Call and request a room at the Marriott.
  2. Call SANYS at (518) 382-1454 and tell us in detail what your needs are.
  3. Please make sure you mark on your registration form in the box provided that you need an accessible room.

This will help ensure that everyone gets what they need!

SANYS has reserved the block of accessible rooms at the Marriott and we will distribute them based on need, as at past conferences. We found this is a fair way to ensure everyone gets a room that meets their needs. There are accessible rooms at other hotels and the numbers are listed above for your reference.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS:

Paratransit Requests (STAR):

If you going to use paratransit from the train or bus station or to get around while you are here in Albany, first you must take the following steps:

  1. Contact your local paratransit company a month or so before the conference
  2. Tell them you will be attending conference in Albany
  3. Give them the dates
  4. They will contact CDTA with your information
  5. Contact CDTA 518-437-8378 to verify that they received your information
  6. To make your reservation call CDTA 518-482-2022, press 3. It is best to do this two weeks before the conference, but at minimum 48 hours prior
  7. Changes/Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling 518-482-2022
  8. Please make sure you contact CDTA if you are not going to be taking your trips
  9. If you are riding with a guest they ride for free. If you are not enrolled in paratransit, you may be able to ride as a guest of another conference attendee. If you do not know of another person you can ride with as a guest, contact your Regional Coordinator.
  10. Your trip is $2.50 each way

If you have any questions or concerns about this process you can call Shameka at 518-898-6583

Public bus:

A single ride will cost $1.50 and is the cheapest option to get around Albany. Use their Trip Planner to find the best route to your destination at tripplanner.cdta.org or download the CDTA iRide app on your smartphone. You can also call 518-482-8822 and a customer service representative will help you find your route.

Taxis:

This is the most expensive option. Accessible taxis are available but limited in number, so they should be requested in advance.

Capitaland Taxi: 518-453-8888

Capital City Taxi: 518-478-6994

FUNDS FOR SUPPORT STAFF

Some funding will be available to those who live on their own and who have limited support from organizations to help their support staff attend. Funds for support staff will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please do not delay! For more information, please call the SA office at (518) 382-1454.


Please make sure you have sent in your registration for the conference as well as made your hotel reservation. These are two separate processes. If you have a hotel room and are not registered for the conference you will not be able to attend.


SANYS STATE CONFERENCE PAYMENT POLICY

The popularity of our State Conference has continued to grow and we must ask that everyone register and pay before the Conference so that we can efficiently accommodate the large number of attendees.

NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE CONFERENCE.

EVERYONE MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED AND PREPAID, INCLUDING SUPPORT STAFF.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

If you registered online, but did not use PayPal, please send your check, money order, or agency purchase order to:

Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, Inc.
500 Balltown Rd, Bldg. 12B Schenectady, NY 12304

Make your check or money order payable to “SANYS” or
“Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, Inc”.

 CANCELLATION POLICY
If you need to cancel your registration, please e-mail CONF@SANYS.ORG or call our office at (518) 382- 1454. You will receive a cancellation confirmation number.

Refunds will be given up to 8/21/17. A $25 cancellation fee will be charged. No refunds will be issued for those who register but do not attend.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON-LINE