The 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.
NYISA is hosting the self-advocacy institute March 10-13, 2018 for people with developmental disabilities ages 21 and up. This event and follow-up activities are FREE to attend.
The four-day event takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.
The deadline for applications is January 28, 2018.