NYS's DREAM (Disability Rights & Employment Awareness Month) Symposium

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NYS's DREAM (Disability Rights & Employment Awareness Month) Symposium

Please join us at New York State's First Annual Disability Rights & Employment Awareness Month Symposium!

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Empire State Plaza Concourse 100 S Mall Arterial Albany, NY 12242

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Co-Sponsored by the New York State Department of Labor, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Office of Mental Health, the Department of Civil Service, the State Education Department and the Office of Children and Family Services.

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), you are cordially invited to New York State's First Annual Disability Rights and Employment Awareness Month (DREAM) Symposium. The goal of this event is to acknowledge the rights that people with disabilities are entitled to, highlight the extreme value that disabled New Yorkers bring to the workforce and also assist in matching prospective qualified candidates with employers who believe that a diverse workforce is an empowered, quality workforce.

The highlights of day one of our inaugural, two-day event will include:

  • An Opening Ceremony.
  • An in-person vendor fair on Tuesday, October 4th, to which we are welcoming dozens of state agencies, not-for-profits, service providers and advocacy associations that will provide information about their mission and services that they provide.
  • Four workshops of interest to New York's disability community, most specifically pertaining to the improvement of the low employment rate of people with disabilities.
  • A disability history exhibit.
  • Entertainment.
  • Please register for all of the events you would like to participate in. A detailed schedule will be posted soon.


1:30 – 2:15 pm - Workshop 1 - The ABLE Program in New York State - Meeting Room 5

1:30 – 2:15 pm - Workshop 2 – An Overview of OPWDD’s Proposed 5.07 Plan – 2023-2027 - Meeting Room 6

2:30 – 3:15 pm - Workshop 3 - New York State’s Civil Service 55 B & C Programs - Meeting Room 5

2:30 – 3:15 pm - Workshop 4 – Work Incentives for People with Disabilities - Meeting Room 6

Day two includes:

  • A virtual job fair hosted by the NYS Department of Labor on Tuesday, October 11th, with a preview day on Monday, October 10th, to which we are inviting dozens of state agencies and private companies, all of whom we recognize as model employers of people with disabilities. Certain vendors at the October 4th in-person event will be offering a job fair component as well.