9:00 am to 10:15 am:

Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Johnson of Administration on Community Living


10:45 am to 12:00 pm: Conference Sessions

  • What’s happening with #FairPay4HomeCare and How ILCs and Consumers Can Be Part of Organizing to Win
  • Empowering Students with Disabilities


1:00 pm to 2:15 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Updates on NYS DOH Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Medicaid Waiver Programs
  • ILC Delivery of Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Pushing Past Our Biases


2:45 to 4:00 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Upcoming NYS Changes to Medicaid Home & Community-Based Services
  • What is Marketing and Branding, and How Can I Use Both?
  • Youth Leadership in Independent Living – Bridging the Gap



9:00 am to 10:15 am: Conference Sessions

  • ILCs Emergency Response to COVID
  • Right 2 Ride: A Transportation Curriculum for people with IDD


10:45 am to 12:00 pm: Interactive Sessions

  • How ILCs can Utilize Lessons Learned from the Pandemic in Improving Service Delivery – For ILC Directors/Management
  • Wellness Activity - Chair Pilates with Liz Ann of Body in Balance Pilates


12:00 pm: Lunch provided via virtual gift card.

Sponsored by the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley (ILCHV).


1:00 pm to 2:15 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Engaging Disabled BIPOC Communities In Advocacy Against Assisted Suicide Laws
  • NYS Homes and Community Renewal Housing Choice Voucher Program
  • Will the Next Pandemic Lead to More Nursing Home Resident Death and Despair?


2:45 to 4:00 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Olmstead and the Most Integrated Setting Law in NYS – what it means for New Yorkers with Disabilities and Older Adults
  • Think Outside the Box by Exploring Free Ways to Advertise With Google Ad Grants, Earned Media, and Social Media!
  • Resilience/Mental Health post-COVID



9:00 am to 10:15 am: Conference Sessions

  • The Status of Voting Rights for People with Disabilities
  • Promising Approaches for Building Cultural Competence in Human Service and Advocacy Organizations
  • Be the Future- Transforming Employment for People with Disabilities


10:45 am to 12:00 pm: Closing Event

Presentation of the David Veatch Award to Diane Coleman, Not Dead Yet

Closing Keynote Speaker, John Robinson of Our Ability

Raffle Basket Drawing


All conference sessions will have ASL and CART. Live question and answer segments will also have ASL and CART. Slides and video presentations will be described to the audience to ensure accessibility for all participants. Conference sessions will be available through Whova (our conference platform) and Zoom Webinar.