The New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA) is a statewide 501 (c) (6) organization representing rehabilitation providers who advocate on behalf of individuals with differing abilities and the agencies who serve them. NYSRA is governed by its Board of Directors, which meets quarterly.

Our community providers offer a full spectrum of services to people throughout New York State, including individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, deaf and hearing impaired, and vision problems, in addition to addictions, traumatic brain injuries and veteran services. Collectively, NYSRA’s member agencies are instrumental in assisting individuals toward full integration into the community. NYSRA’s providers also have a rich history in promoting employment opportunities for individuals.

NYSRA is distinguished as a strong and diverse association that represents members across the rehabilitation spectrum as well as the interests of individual sectors. We are also a valuable resource for families who inquire about referrals to our vast network of community service agencies. NYSRA prides itself on our collective diversity through which our member agencies foster person-centered planning, self-determination, consumer choice, empowerment, mainstreaming, and integration. These are the principles through which our member agencies operate, to provide options and opportunities for people with disabilities to live and successfully work in the community.

NYSRA members have an added complement of research, technical support and training activities offered through our allied corporation, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Institute (RRTI). RRTI is dedicated to promoting knowledge exchange activities as a convener, catalyst and clearinghouse for the field, and is a vital resource in supporting and understanding the changes in the field. Learn more about (RRTI).

NYSRA Mission

To advocate for and support communities and systems that effectively foster opportunities for independence, inclusion, employment, and life-enrichment for people with disabilities

NYSRA Values
We cultivate a culture based on credibility, with all actions governed by placing the highest of values on our organization’s commitment to accuracy, sound reasoning, and rationally based positions.

We are responsible and accountable to each other and to all with whom we interact.

We strive for consensus and collaboration among ourselves and our colleagues in dealing with the challenges we face.

We consider others’ situations and needs at all times and are mindful of and embrace diversity.

We strive to achieve the highest levels of excellence in all interactions.

We welcome challenges that provide opportunities to find new paths to positive change.