2021 Annual Conference: The ESSENTIAL Conference

    April 28, 2021 8:00 AM EDT to April 30, 2021 4:00 PM EDT
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    Virtual Conference: April 28, 29 & 30, 2021 |  Registration will open in early February 2021.

    The New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation (NY Alliance) is pleased to announce the dates for the virtual 2021 Annual Conference: The ESSENTIAL Conference! The conference will be held April 28, 29 & 30, 2021.

    Since its beginning, the Annual Conference has been a place for members and non-members alike to connect with each other, learn from one another, share best practices, and discuss solutions to the many challenges facing our community.

    When we come together there is a clear passion we each have for promoting positive change and to ensure individuals with disabilities are part of the community with equal rights and the ability to live full, productive, and meaningful lives. With the uncertainty of these unprecedented times, it is even more important for us to gather together for our community!

    We may not be able to convene at the Sagamore, but that will not stop us from bringing you a powerful keynote speaker, information sharing in our workshops, and the ability for the NY Alliance to address the pressing needs of our members!

    We are now requesting presentations for the conference.

    The request for presentations form will guide you in providing information about your content. Based on the information submitted, the NY Alliance will select workshop presentations.

    Proposals are due no later than January 11, 2021. To complete the RFP, click here

    If selected, you will be notified regarding the date and time that you will be presenting. Please keep the narrative description of your presentation under 200 words. 

    As always, the NY Alliance values your interest in participating in our conference. The information sharing is invaluable for conference attendees and continues to bring us together.

    The Annual Conference Planning Committee deliberated and developed a list of the desired tracks in order to build this conference. This year's conference tracks will include:

    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    • Administration/Executive/ Finance and Leadership
    • Program Areas such as:
    • Aging and End of Life
    • Self-Direction
    • Day and Residential Innovation
    • Autism and Autism Spectrum
    • Youth and Young Adult Transition
    • Forensic/Complex Population(s)
    • Behavioral Supports
    • Workforce - Recruitment & Retention Strategies, Human Resources, Direct Support, Other
    • Covid and Covid Response
    • Community Opportunities including:
    • Employment
    • Volunteering
    • Owning Your Own Business
    • Health & Wellness
    • Trauma Informed Practices
    • Quality, Above Compliance
    • Managed Care, Finding the Answers Together


    Above all, the Conference committee would like innovative proposals to address the pressing needs of our members. Ones that demonstrate ways to improve the lives of people with disabilities and/or their supports and that may address emerging areas such as diversity, equity and inclusion, technology and telehealth, and innovation in the community supports.

    We look forward to reading through your proposals and seeing you all via Zoom in April 2021.


    Annual Conference Planning Committee


    PLEASE NOTE: For easier registration, simply change the quantity in the box on the "Tickets" page to the number of registrants you are registering and all can be registered at one time.
    For questions, please contact New York Alliance at 518-795-3590 and ask for either Lisa Mount or Kate Connally.