Statewide Systems Advocacy Network


Beginning in October 2001, the Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) formerly VESID, established the Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN) to coordinate activities in support of the New York State Independent Living Council Inc.’s (NYSILC) disability policy agenda.  The SSAN was established as a component of the New York Title VII State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) that guides the use of Federal Title VII Part B and Title VII part C independent living resources in New York State.  The efforts of the SSAN over the past 19 years are viewed by ACCES and NYSILC as highly successful in carrying out activities toward the achievement of disability policy agenda goals.

This new SSAN request for proposals seeks to continue work begun and strengthen capacity over the next three years by making funding available for the establishment of Statewide Systems Advocacy Network Centers (SSANC).  The proposal seeks to establish up to fifteen (15) SSAN Center project sites for this model component. 

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible bidders include all New York State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) network Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and New York State statutory Service Centers for Independent Living (SCILS) covered under section 1121-1124 of New York State Education Law.

NYSED anticipates a total of up to fifteen (15) contracts will result from this RFP with a term of three years beginning on October 1, 2020 and ending at the expiration of the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL), September 30, 2023. 

Contract Term:

Anticipated 10/1/20-9/30/23.

Questions and Answers:

All questions must be submitted via E-Mail to  by August 7, 2020. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted to ACCES Procurement web page no later than August 19, 2020.

Submission Due Dates:

Submit 1 original electronic copy (Word or pdf) of the application by 5pm on 09/02/2020 to