SOYAN is a not-for-profit with a grass-roots foundation. SOYAN is a network of volunteer family members, professionals and self-advocate individuals sharing information and supporting true person-centered services offered by the self-direction model of OPWDD service delivery. We believe self-direction offers the best option for our family members and should be available to all.
SOYAN focuses on empowerment and advocacy issues relating to supporting the journey of youth and adults embarking upon living a self-determined life with the supports of Self-Direction with Full Budget Authority through OPWDD.
SOYAN’S mission statement is multifaceted and begins with preserving dignity and self-determination for people with I/DD, safeguarding the progress gained for them and protecting and enhancing their quality of life in the community.
To meet the goals of our mission, SOYAN:
Offers Peer-to-Peer Self-Direction Journey Mentoring: monthly education, advocacy & support meetings facilitated by Brokers with lived experience. SOYAN is careful to maintain that our community connects families and self-determined advocates directly.
Peer-to-Peer empowerment sessions with SOYAN leadership
SOYAN meets regularly with local and NYS Legislators & Policymakers
Advocacy through Public Comments, Petitions & Letter writing campaigns