2011 Conference Highlights

A fast-paced, insightful and often hilarious Keynote Address by Actress and Comedienne Geri Jewell kicked off the 2011 CP of NYS Annual Conference and set the tone for two days of meetings and educational sessions for more than 700 people representing all 24 CP of NYS Affiliates. Our thanks to Event Sponsors the Irwin Siegel Agency, BDO USA, NU Concept Food Services, Human Services Self-Insurance Fund.

Jewell talked about the difficulties related to her disability that she has faced in both her personal and professional life. Her 90 minute presentation was punctuated with personal anecdotes that had the audience laughing, crying and viewing life through her eyes.

The conference contained more than 50 professional development workshops as well as committee meetings and presentations by senior officials from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the State Education Department and other agencies and organizations.

The three-day event was conducted October 24-26 at the Hilton Hotel in Saratoga Springs and featured nationally-known and respected speakers from colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, government and the health care industry presenting the latest information on issues such as education, Medicaid regulations, health care, advocacy, government policy, public relations and development.

On Monday, October 24, more than 450 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 Assemblymember Micah Kellner was named Legislator of the Year for his strong support for people with disabilities and their families. James Kelly of CP of NYS Affiliate Inspire of Orange County received the prestigious Al Felmet Achievement Award in recognition of his ability to overcome the challenges of cerebral palsy.

The next evening another 460 people attended the Celebrate Staff Banquet to recognize dozens of outstanding employees from CP of NYS Affiliates across the state.

The conference concluded October 26 with a presentation by award-winning filmmaker Alexander Freeman. He showed clips from two of his films and discussed his life as a student and aspiring filmmaker with a disability.


See entries from the 2011 Visions of New York Art Contest at the link below. The images may take up to 30 seconds to load.

 2011 Visions of NY Art


Click the link below for a transcript of the closing session delivered by filmmaker Alexander Freeman.

Closing Plenary Speech by Alex Freeman 


Link to the websites of organizations represented by conference speakers here.


   2011 Event Sponsors    
   irwin Siegal agency inc      
   NU Concept Food Services  BDO    
  2011 Participating Sponsors    
     PrecisionCare  Omnicare
Long Term Care Group

   Ross Daniel  surehands  
Focused Wealth













Conference attendees at an early meeting

Photo of session at conference

Chorus practices for Awards Dinner

Conference chorus rehearsing for the Annual Awards Dinner

Susan Constatino and Jim Introne

Susan Constantino and Jim Introne
discuss issues prior to
Mr. Introne's presentation.

conference session

Attendees listen to speakers
at Tuesday morning workshop

Meeting at conference

Board Members and Executive Directors
meeting at the conference.

Jim Williams, from CP of the North Country accepts Staff Member of the Year Award from Natalie Rogers


Aspire Employees Honored


Executive Director Tom Sy congratulates Aspire employees honored at Staff Recognition Dinner
Jim Kelly accepts award

James Kelly of Inspire accepts the Al Felmet Achievement Award at the CP of NYS Annual Awards Dinner



View our Conference Journal at the link below
CPA Journal (PDF 9.4 MB)
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