2020 NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame Postponed

We have been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the world, and on our meetings and events.

With the health of our peers and colleagues foremost in mind, we have decided to postpone the 2020 NYSILC Hall of Fame, originally scheduled for May 28, 2020 at the Albany Marriott.  The new date is May 6, 2021, and we look forward to honoring our inductees in style.  

Please join us in congratulating our third class of inductees!

Robert Gumson

Edith Prentiss

Susan Scheer

Melvyn Tanzman

James Weisman

The NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made lifelong achievements which positively impact people with disabilities in society.

Areas of lifelong achievement include: improving public policy and programs/services, advancing new knowledge and/or concepts, eliminating barriers, and promoting a positive image for people with disabilities.

View highlights from the 2019 Hall of Fame event here:  


The five individuals above will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during our dinner event at the Wolf Road Marriott.  The rescheduled date is May 6, 2021. 

Become an Honorary Committee Member, which comes with one free ticket. This year's honorary committee members are making a meaningful investment in developing youth leadership programs for people with disabilities.

Support our event by sponsoring or advertising in the program, or by donating an item or gift certificate for our raffle and silent auction. We expect more than 175 attendees, nearly all of whom have disabilities or work in the disability sector.

Subscribe to the NYSILC newsletter to be up to date on the latest news related to the Hall of Fame.

Proceeds from these events help to sustain the awards ceremony and dinner in the future, and will also support Pat Figueroa Jr. Young Adult Scholarships.

If you have questions, please contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-427-1060.