New York Institute for Self-Advocacy (NYISA)

Silhouette of two people holding megaphonesThe New York Institute for Self-Advocacy (NYISA) is YP!’s initiative designed to train people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves and their peers in community, systematic, and policy settings. Partnering with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and funded by the New York Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC), the Institute will teach participants teach participants important skills such as public speaking, elected representative relations, social media literacy, budgeting, and more.

The first year will be focused on the topic of employment. Graduates from the institute will go on to become part of the Emerging Leaders Network, taking what they have learned and helping others across New York State become fellow self-advocates.

How to Get Involved

Project Advisory Group
NYISA will have a group dedicated to advising and steering the direction and curriculum of the institute. They will select the annual topic areas, assist with the supporting member training efforts, and help identify advocacy topics and resources for the Emerging Leaders Network. This statewide group will meeting every few months through GoTo Meeting, allowing members to join via phone, computer, or an app. People with developmental disabilities ages 21 and up are invited to join.

Sustainability Task Force
In coordination with YP!’s AMPLIFY-NY initiative, this task force will be dedicated to keeping NYISA and AMPLIFY-NY operating and thriving well into the future. Such activities including securing funding, receiving public support, etc. This group will be made of representatives across the state from YP!, ASAN, the DDPC, and other invested parties and individuals.

Attend the Institute
NYISA will hold the self-advocacy institute every year for people with developmental disabilities ages 21 and up. This event and follow-up activities are FREE to attend.

For more information or to get involved, contact Zack Kilmer, NYISA coordinator, at ZKilmer@YOUTHPOWERNY.org or 518-708-3808.

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