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Smiling woman and man; Nov. 18 Stony Brook University

Life Skills Symposium: Getting  the Most out of Life

Learning to live well at home and in the community

Join us for a full day of activities and educational workshops about living independently in the community with person-centered supports. Learn from trusted leaders and innovators in the field of human services and education as you:

  • Explore ways to find and use resources for yourself, your family member, your programs
  • Discover programs and activities available within the community
  • Learn about budget planning, health and wellness, recreation, cooking and personal safety
  • Consider a variety of areas of support available and how to access services
  • Gain insight into self-direction, self-determination and supported decision making
  • Hear from self-advocates and family-advocates about speaking up, asking for what is needed, making choices, and rights and responsibilities
  • Create networking opportunities that will advance personal life and career goals

Self-advocates may attend at no cost along with one support staff/family member (subsidized by the NY State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council). Registration fee for all other attendees is $20.

Featured Speakers

James Traylor James Traylor
President, Upstate Special Needs Consulting
Maggie Hoffman Maggie Hoffman 
Co-Founder, NYSELFD (New York Self Determination Coalition)


The symposium schedule at a glance.


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Thank you to the following sponsors for making this program possible.
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