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Parent to Parent of New York State builds a supportive network of families to reduce isolation and empower those who care for people with developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs to navigate and influence service systems and make informed decisions. 

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Education Advocate Position Available

Parent to Parent of NYS has an Education Advocate position available in our Capital District office.  See the attached job posting for additional information.  Letters of interest and resumes are due by Monday, April 27, 2015.

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Conference, 5/28/2015, Niagara Falls

The convention, also commonly known as DD DAY!!, has long been a staple of the WNY community, bringing together local and regional agencies, industry connected vendors and suppliers, direct support professionals and the individuals that all of these groups support. The conference is the largest one of its kind in the United States and has been growing bigger and more sophisticated every year.  Tickets are available online with more than 250 scholarship tickets available for people who qualify.  For more information and to register for the event visit

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Share Your Voice: How Well Does Your Health Insurance Meet Your Needs?

Parent to Parent of NYS, which serves as NYS’ Family to Family Health Information Center and state affiliate of Family Voices, is assisting NYMAC, the New York- Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetics and Newborn Screening Services with an initiative to improve policy makers’ understanding about the multiple met and unmet health insurance and services needs of individuals living with a genetic condition. In order to be successful, NYMAC needs family members to share their voice via an anonymous on-line survey on health insurance coverage and related issues for your child living with a genetic condition.

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2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities is accepting applications for the 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship.  Four scholarships, which can be used for the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2015, are offered to 2nd year associate students; undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing communication or media-related degrees.  Each recipient will receive $5,625 for the tuition and fees at their college or university.  Applications due by April 24, 2015. For more information, visit

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Parent to Parent of NYS Brochure

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Respectful Language Bookmark

Parent to Parent of New York State designed this bookmark to raise awareness about how the language used to describe people with disabilities shapes the attitudes of those around us.

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Guide to Understanding NYS OPWDD Supports & Services

Developed by Parent to Parent of NYS to inform families about the wide range of services available to qualified individuals and to assist them in accessing those services for their loved one with a developmental disability.

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State Employees' Federal Appeal

Please consider donating to Parent to Parent of NYS during this year's State Employees' Federal Appeal Campaign.

A Family to Family Health Care Information & Education Center.

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