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Announcement: New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ann Hardiman or Michael Seereiter

Phone: 518-210-6956 or 518-221-6389

Email: ahardiman@nyalliance.org or mseereiter@nyalliance.org

Friday, December 1, 2017

Statewide Associations Merger Will Enhance the Voice of New York’s Disabilities Community

(Saratoga Springs, NY) - Two well respected and far-reaching New York organizations dedicated to representing the interests of disabilities providers and the people they serve are merging to strengthen their voice on advocacy and enhance public policy and technical assistance efforts.

With this merger, the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation (New York Alliance) becomes the premiere resource for advocacy, education and training, technical assistance, practice improvement and leadership for New York’s disabilities community.

The New York Alliance represents the coming together of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) and the New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA), two statewide associations representing the interests of disabilities providers for a total of 80 years.

“As both Boards agreed that the two corporations had similar purposes and apparent opportunities for synergies existed, it was clear that more opportunities would evolve for New Yorkers with disabilities and the agencies that support them if the two organizations became one. The New York Alliance will take the disabilities community to new heights”, said Louis Cavaliere, President of the NYSACRA Board of Directors.

Building upon the two associations’ missions and visions, the New York Alliance will have the capabilities and resources of NYSACRA and NYSRA and serve more than 200 not-for-profit agencies which serve the highest interests of people with disabilities in all parts of New York State.

“For nearly four years, the two associations had undertaken significant projects to benefit member agencies. A solid collaboration was forged and a dynamic alliance was created. Given the multitude of transformative initiatives coming from Washington, D.C. and Albany, the New York Alliance will lead the disabilities community with a strong voice” said Mark Donahue, Chair of the NYSRA Board of Directors.

The New York Alliance will focus on uniting and empowering its membership, their ideas and energy to design a better future for people with disabilities, together.