Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Self Advocacy Organizations


Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS) - SANYS is a statewide network of self-advocates with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  SANYS has regional self-advocacy groups throughout New York State that provide opportunities for individuals to meet and discuss ideas and concerns with people who have had similar experiences.  The regional self-advocacy groups assist individuals with developmental disabilities to become full and valued members of their communities, and help to educate individuals on their rights and opportunities.    

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) – SABE is a national organization that represents and provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities.  SABE’s mission is to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up to empower themselves; opportunities to make new friends, and to learn from their mistakes.