Stronger Together

Join self advocates and supporters from across the state for celebration, information, and advocacy! To register, click here

You will get a new link for each day of the conference, and are welcome to join in on any session.

“Stronger Together” T-Shirts are available shipped directly to you from Custom Ink for $20. Click here to order


Thursday Evening December 9th

6;30 – 7:30 pm Keynote: Mikayla Hoskins moderates a SA History Panel with Steve Holmes, Chester Finn, Michael Kennedy, and Harvey Pacht

7:30 – 8:30 pm SANYS Annual Meeting: Review the accomplishments of the year and look toward the goals of the new year

8:30 -9:30 pm Trivia Social Hour with the Self Advocacy Network from Central New York

Friday December 10th

10 – 11:30 am Morning Session

Keynote: Senator Mannion, Chair of the Senate DD Committee

NYS OPWDD Commissioner’s Forum with Acting Commissioner Kerri Neifeld

1-2 pm Workshops

  • Building Strong Relationships Through Positive Communication – IAHD Champions
  • Moving the Needle: Successful Advocacy in the State Legislature – Senator Mannion
  • Adapting to Change- Shameka Andrews
  • Bullying Prevention Information & Resources – Brie Kishel and Jonathan Doherty
  • Microsite: The Beat, an interactive new community based virtual platform – Coleen Mackin and Bridget Cariello

3:30-5 pm Workshops

  • What I’ve learned so far… my journey of self-advocacy and independent living – Hannah Badain
  • Partnering With Your Provider To Effectively Advocate Michael Seereiter and Chester Finn
  • COVID 19: Self-Advocates Speak Out RFK Bronx Community Self-Advocacy Group and VaxFacts DDNY
  • Talking to Your Legislator- Ashley Gazes

7-8 pm Talent Show

8 pm Where in the World? NYS Edition Game with Independent Us SA Group

8:40 pm Dance Party with Coleen Mackin

Saturday December 11th

10 – 11:30 am Meet with Your Region: Set Regional Goals, Introduce New Board Members and Share a Song Representing your Region

1-2 pm Awards Ceremony and Honoring Outgoing Board members