2013 Conference Highlights


Hundreds of staff, volunteers, people with disabilities and members of their families gathered in Saratoga Springs October 21-23 for the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS) Annual Conference. More than 60 speakers and lecturers conducted nearly 50 educational presentations and meetings at the Saratoga Hilton Hotel.

The Conference began on Monday, October 21 with a Keynote presentation at the opening luncheon by Laurie Kelley, Acting Commissioner, New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), who offered her vision of the future of supports and services for people with disabilities in a climate of massive change and uncertainty. Kelley

Susan Constantino (right) introduced OPWDD Acting           Commissioner Laurie Kelley at the kickoff luncheon

Monday and Tuesday were filled with informative sessions on employment for people with disabilities; estate planning; sports and recreation for people with disabilities; and technical and clinical issues including pain management for people with cerebral palsy, the latest in research on cerebral palsy and innovative programs in autism and special education.

ucpn group photo Staff from UCP Nassau at the CP of NYS Annual Awards Dinner

The Conference concluded on Wednesday, October 23 with a session by sportscaster Jason Benetti. Mr. Benetti used humor and personal anecdotes to convey his thoughts of how he uses his forum to change how his audience perceives people with disabilities.

 The conference also included two awards dinners honoring and highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of individuals and organizations from around the state.

The 54th CP of NYS Annual Conference will be held October 20-22 at the Hilton Hotel in Albany.


Anthony Galano, 2nd from left, accepts the Anthony Koenig Volunteer Service Award from Jackie Koenig, 2nd from right, Natalie Rogers and Bob DiFrancesco.

 Al Felmet Award winner "Gage" Johnson (right) receives congratulations from Natalie Rogers and Mike Alvaro at the Annual Awards Dinner October 21.



Able 2 employees were among those honored at the Staff Recognition Dinner.



Robert Schonhorn Direct Support Professionals of the Year Marcus Benjamin (2nd from left), from CP Rochester and Michael Sayers, 2nd from the right, (Aspire of WNY) accept their awards.







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Capturing the moment



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CP of the North Country at the Staff Recognition Dinner