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.

Participants will learn a variety of skills including public speaking, media literacy, networking, budgeting, and much more. Graduates will move on to the Emerging Leaders Network, taking what they learned and training new self-advocates across New York State.

Stay tuned for 2020’s NYISA date and location!

Other Ways to Get Involved

Regional Advocacy Trainings
As part of the NYISA initiative, YOUTH POWER! hosts Regional Advocacy Trainings designed for youth (12+) with developmental/intellectual disabilities throughout the state. These 2 hour trainings are held in various regions throughout the state. Graduates of the NYISA will be presenting on topics like strategic sharing, disability history, personal leadership planning, and more! Youth will be able to learn from their peers right in their home region. If you are interested in coming to one of these trainings, please contact Zack Kilmer for more information and future dates. Click here to view the training flyer!

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 or 518-708-3808.

Click here for the NYISA Info Sheet