New York Institute for Self-Advocacy (NYISA)

nyisa logoThe 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

This next Institute will take place from 8/4/18 – 8/7/18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy NY. The topic focus will be housing. Graduates of the institute will become part of the Emerging Leaders Network, taking what they have learned and training others across New York State. 

Apply for the Institute today! (hyperlink:youthpowerny.org/nyisaapp). Applications are due by July 1st, 2018.

 Other Ways 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.


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

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