What to Expect

Conferences & Training

  • Annual Conference - NYSACRA's annual conference is a prestigious event that includes over 50 topical sessions provided by professionals to professionals in the field of developmental disabilities. Individuals with disabilities are honored through participation in art exhibits and theatre productions. The annual conference also provides the venue for election of NYSACRA board members and their introduction to the membership at the Annual Banquet Dinner.

  • Leadership Conference - NYSACRA convenes an annual leadership conference designed for upper level administrators on topics that are crucial for continued success.

  • Regional Direct Support Conferences - NYSACRA's regional conferences provide direct support professionals an opportunity to acquire new skills, network and be recognized for the excellent work they perform.

  • Timely Topics - NYSACRA also presents conferences on other topics (such as Medicaid, diversity and person centered planning) that respond to the needs of the membership.

  • Management Development Series - NYSACRA presents regional trainings throughout the year to enhance subjects from the Annual Conference and introduce new topics. The 2006-07 membership year program includes topics such as a two-part series on Supervisory Skills and Documentation.

Advocacy & Partnership

  • Legislative Day - NYSACRA members converge each winter on the State Legislature to educate elected officials on the impact of the proposed budget and the importance of policy issues for the individuals we serve as part of our annual Legislative Day.

  • Online Action Center - NYSACRA's new Action & Education Center, presented on our website, provides members with all the tools they need to achieve grassroots success. The center includes links and information on elections, voting, media contacts in the state, action alerts, legislation, and other issues all by simply entering a zip code.

Publications & Research

  • Legislative Guide - NYSACRA's Legislative Guide provides step-by-step guidance on grassroots advocacy, writing and visiting your Legislator and the NYS Legislative & Budget process.

  • Workforce Guide - NYSACRA's Direct Support Workforce Guide, an initiative of our Workforce Committee, provides information on the continuing crisis in recruitment and retention of direct support professionals, with easy, accessible and important facts about our direct support professionals so those not familiar with our industry can begin to understand the crisis facing our workforce.

  • Economic Value Study of Community Group Homes - This Statewide study proves that community residential programs for the developmentally disabled not only provide a needed service but are also a major economic contributor to the local community, i.e., providing jobs and buying goods and services locally.

  • Timely Publications - NYSACRA News & Views provides weekly news updates and NetWork News is our quarterly newsletter with more in depth coverage and agency profiles.

  • Other Research - NYSACRA provides Members with extensive research and reports on many hot topics such as Health Insurance, NYS CARES, Recruitment & Retention, NYS OPTS and much more.