2010 Conference Highlights


The 2010 CP of NYS Annual Conference began with an inspiring Keynote address by Sister Anne Bryan Smollin and ended with a thought-provoking presentation by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Courtney Bent. In between, over 800 people attended more than 50 meetings and educational sessions providing valuable information about issues important to people with disabilities and their families.

The Conference was held October 25-27 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. Nationally-known and respected speakers from colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, government and the health care industry presented the latest information on issues ranging from education, health care and advocacy to government policy, Medicaid regulations, public relations and development.

Sister Anne delivered a fast-paced non-stop series of hilarious stories and anecdotes to drive home her message about the importance of tending to one’ s own mental, physical and emotional health needs. She hammered home the need to take time to relieve stress and maintain health through laughter and social interaction and backed it up with statistics about their therapeutic and recuperative value.

Courtney Bent showed clips from her award-winning documentary film, Shooting Beauty, to tell her inspirational story as an aspiring fashion photographer whose career turned when she discovered the previously untapped talents of a group of individuals at a center for people with disabilities. Bent’s efforts spawned a photography program called "Picture This” and became the backdrop for the film and her session at the Conference.

On Monday, October 25, 500 people attended the CP of NYS Annual Awards Banquet to honor more than a dozen organizations and individuals for their contributions to people with disabilities. New York State Senator Frank Padavan was named Legislator of the Year for his strong support for people with disabilities and their families. Kent McCloskey of Upstate Cerebral Palsy in Utica received the prestigious Al Felmet Achievement Award in recognition of his ability to overcome the challenges of cerebral palsy.

The next evening nearly 550 people attended the Celebrate Staff Banquet to recognize 55 outstanding employees from the 24 CP of NYS Affiliates across the state.

The 2011 CP of NYS Annual Conference is scheduled for October 24-26.

2010 Sponsors:
Event Sponsors
irwin Siegal agency inc
NU Concept Food Services
Participating Sponsors
Dewan & Hanna CO INC
Ross Daniel
Exhibiting Sponsors
Marvin Company, P.C.
ProxTalker.com, LLC
 Conference attendees enjoying a chance to meet with colleagues at the Conference.
 Jackie Koenig (left), and Mary Boatfield, Happiness House Executive Director congratulate Robert J. Quinn, Anthony Koenig Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.  New York State Assemblymember Felix Ortiz greets constituent and CP of NYS Board Member Natalie Rogers of Queens Centers for Progress.
 Al Felmet Achievement Award winner Kent McCloskey, from Upstate Cerebral Palsy, addresses the audience of nearly 500 people at the CP of NYS Annual Awards Dinner.  Al Felmet Achievement Award winner Kent McCloskey, from Upstate Cerebral Palsy, addresses the audience of nearly 500 people at the CP of NYS Annual Awards Dinner.
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