While we would much rather gather together, we will be able to meet using a virtual format, which can be viewed via any internet connected devices with a web browser. So, charge your laptops, tablets, and phones and join us for this excellent event.

    Below is everything you'll need to successful participate in this event! Use the "Join Session" buttons to access the live presentations during the timeslots below.

    We will use the same Zoom meeting information for the blocks of time outlined below and participants are free to join and leave the sessions at any time.

    Position Papers & Testimony:

    NY Alliance:
    Executive Budget & Legislative Priorities
    Understanding the Critical Role of Direct Support Professionals

    The Arc New York:
    Mental Hygiene Hearing Testimony

    New York Disability Advocates (NYDA):
    Position Paper
    Legislative Priorities

    SANYS:
    2021 Policy Platform

    Virtual Appointments with Assemblymembers and Senators:

    We strongly encourage you to schedule virtual appointments with your members of the Assembly and Senate on February 11th and 12th, as legislators will be in their own district offices at that time.

    To identify your member(s) of the Assembly, go to Assembly Member Search | New York State Assembly

    To identify your member of the Senate, go to: Registration | NY State Senate

    Robert Bellafiore & Steven Greenberg Powerpoint Presentation: 
    EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY - THE CORE ELEMENTS OF MESSAGING

     


    1:15PM
    Virtual Rally - Make Us a PRIORITY! 
    Join NYDA as we urge State Legislators & the Governor to make people with disabilities a PRIORITY! The rally will be livestreamed on the NY Alliance Facebook page here: facebook.com/NYAlliance

    Prioritize People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 
    Raise Wages for Direct Support Professionals 
    Immunize People with Disabilities and Staff 
    Object to Rate Reductions for Providers 
    Restore the COLA 
    Implement a Moratorium on All Cuts to the I/DD Sector 
    Target Investments in Workforce Development 
    Yes to Saving Our Services


    Schedule of Events
    Zoom links for joining each session are included below.

    Tuesday, February 9
    1:00 – 1:15PM
    OPENING REMARKS
    Kirk Lewis, Executive Director, Schenectady ARC; First Vice Chair, NY Alliance; Chair, Executive Directors Association, The Arc NY

    1:15 – 2:00PM         
    OVERVIEW OF STATE 2021-22 STATE BUDGET AND LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR I/DD SECTOR
    Michael Seereiter, President & CEO, New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation
    Erik Geizer, CEO, The Arc New York

    PREP SESSION FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS WITH STATE LEGISLATORS
    Katie Mayo, Vice President, Government Relations, NY Alliance
    Philip Aydinian, Director, Government Relations, The Arc NY

    2:00 – 3:00PM
    EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY - THE CORE ELEMENTS OF MESSAGING

    Bob Bellafiore, Founder/President, Stanhope Communications
    Steven Greenberg, Greenberg Public Relations
    Click Here to Download Powerpoint

    3:00 – 3:30PM
    PEOPLE COME FIRST

    B.J. Stasio, President, Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS)


    Wednesday, February 10
    12:00 – 1:00PM UPDATE FROM NEW YORK DISABILITY ADVOCATES (NYDA)
    Evan Sullivan, Vice President, Ostroff Associates

    1:30 – 2:00PM Honorable Aileen Gunther
    Chair, NYS Assembly Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Committee

    2:00 – 2:30PM DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS RISING TO THE CHALLENGE
    Ronald Sheppard
    , Direct Support Professional, Heartshare
    Adelle Rodriguez, Direct Support Professional, Heartshare
    Edgardo Velez, Senior Program Coordinator, Heartshare
    Click Here to Download Understanding the Critical Role of Direct Support Professionals

    2:30 – 3:00PM Honorable Thomas Abinanti
    Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Disabilities

    3:00 – 3:30PM 2021 PRIORITIES - SELF ADVOCACY ASSOCIATION OF NYS
    B.J. Stasio, President, Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS)
    Rob Bauns
    , Co-Vice President, SANYS
    Michelle Rosenberger, Co-Vice President, SANYS
    Matt Hofele, Secretary, SANYS
    Bernarda Rivera, Treasurer, SANYS
    Click Here to Download SANYS Policy Platform

    3:30 – 4:00PM   Honorable Angelo Santabarbara
    Chair, NYS State Assembly Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders


    Thursday, February 11
    9:30AM - 10:30AM
    Meeting ID: 962 3433 3111
    Passcode: 927854

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    9:30 – 10:30AM        NYS OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (OPWDD) 2021-22 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL
    Kevin Valenchis, Deputy Commissioner, NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

    11:00AM – 12:30PM            EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION ON NYS BUDGET
    Facilitator: Al Kaplan, Senior Policy Advisor, AHRC NYC, Facilitator
    Panelists: Bill Hammond, Senior Fellow for Health Policy, Empire Center
    Andrea Smyth, Executive Director, NYS Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health
    Patrick Orecki, Research Associate, Citizen’s Budget Commission

    12:30 – 1:00PM Honorable John Mannion
    Chair, NYS Senate Disabilities Committee


    1:15PM - Virtual Rally Link
    (Limited to 500 Attendees via Zoom - If you are unable to join through Zoom,
    visit the NY Alliance Facebook page to watch the live stream!)


    Join Rally via Facebook

    Prioritize People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 
    Raise Wages for Direct Support Professionals 
    Immunize People with Disabilities and Staff 
    Object to Rate Reductions for Providers 
    Restore the COLA 
    Implement a Moratorium on All Cuts to the I/DD Sector 
    Target Investments in Workforce Development 
    Yes to Saving Our Services