Coordination of New York Statewide Systems Advocacy Network

UPDATE 8/18/20: The RFP has been updated and includes the following changes:
  1. Goal of two significant statewide changes was removed;
  2. The SSAN coordinator and sites will now survey SSAN volunteers before the end of each year, and will ensure that each SSAN center maintains a listing and keep track of the number of local recruits and organizational partners;
  3. Public education campaign removed and replaced with surveys connected to the deliverables for the conference in years 1 and 3;
  4. Creation and use of a statewide disability public policy agenda to guide education for the local sites and advocate on disability issues; and,
  5. Update the data system to be consistent with the deliverables.


The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals for Coordination of the New York Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN). The intent of this RFP is to select an entity to administer, direct, communicate with and collect data and report on the activities of up to 15 funded Statewide Systems Advocacy Network Centers.

Eligible Applicants:

Based on the intent of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act represented in the State Plan for Independent Living 2020-2023, in order to “promote a philosophy of independent living,” the eligible bidders are statewide, consumer controlled, cross-disability, not-for-profit organizations. Bidders will have proven expertise in the coordination of statewide organizing and advocacy campaigns focused on systems change, the development of annual statewide agenda shaped by priorities identified in the independent living statewide needs assessment. It will also have experience in providing statewide technical assistance to community based, consumer run disability organizations, coordinating statewide training and advocacy events, in-depth policy expertise in areas of health, long-term care, housing, education, employment transportation and other areas that impact the lives of people with disabilities and have established relationships with other statewide disability related organizations and coalitions on systems change efforts.

Subcontracting will be limited to thirty percent (30%) of the total contract budget. Subcontracting is defined as non-employee direct personal services and related incidental expenses, including travel.

Contract Term:

NYSED will award one (1) contract(s) pursuant to this RFP. The contract(s) resulting from this RFP will be for a term anticipated to begin October 1, 2020 and to end September 30, 2023.

Questions & Answers:

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by email to no later than the close of business August 7, 2020. Questions regarding this request should be identified as Program, Fiscal or M/WBE and contain “RFP #20-015” in the subject line. A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted to ACCES procurement no later than August 19, 2020.

Submission Due Date:

Bidders are requested to submit their bids electronically to Please see the information below for instructions on submitting an electronic bid. All bids must be received by 3:00 pm Eastern Time on August 28, 2020 to be considered.