Category Archives: Services/Care

Learn About Finding Accessible Housing at a Seminar in Buffalo!

The legal rights of people with developmental disabilities who are seeking appropriate housing and some practical techniques to secure it will be explored in a FREE Accessible Housing Education Seminar. It takes place on Monday November 16, 2015, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, at the Independent Living Center (ILC), a department of Western New York Independent Living, Inc. at 3108 Main Street (near Highgate Avenue), Buffalo, NY.

In addition to explaining the Fair Housing Act and other measures that bar disability-based discrimination, presenters will provide information and resources for navigating a provided regional list of housing options and other opportunities, advocating for reasonable accommodations and environmental modifications, and securing referrals and promising locations. Housing Specialist Crystal Lewis of ILC, and Todd Vaarwerk, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Western New York Independent Living, Inc., will make a PowerPoint presentation as part of the Seminar.

Anyone who is interested in attending should register by calling Jacqui at (716) 836-0822, ext. 156; or by email at jmathis@wnyil.org.

Learn about Finding Accessible Housing at a Seminar in Niagara Falls

The legal rights of people with developmental disabilities who are seeking appropriate housing and some practical techniques to secure it will be explored in a FREE Accessible Housing Education Seminar. It takes place on Thursday November 12, 2015, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM, at Independent Living of Niagara County (ILNC), 746 Portage Road (near Pine Avenue), Niagara Falls, NY.

In addition to explaining the Fair Housing Act and other measures that bar disability-based discrimination, presenters will provide information and resources for navigating a provided regional list of housing options and other opportunities, advocating for reasonable accommodations and environmental modifications, and securing referrals and promising locations. Housing Specialist Desireé Wlodarek of ILNC, and Todd Vaarwerk, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Western New York Independent Living, Inc., will make a PowerPoint presentation as part of the Seminar.

Anyone who is interested in attending should register by calling Michelle at (716) 284-4131, ext. 214; or by email at mamini@wnyil.org. (The Agency will be closed on 11/11/15 for Veterans’ Day, but messages and emails will be reviewed on 11/12/15.)

Citizens with disabilities can help determine how Federal money should be spent for their services

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A focus group on Monday October 19th will enable New Yorkers with disabilities in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, New York, and Batavia to have their voices heard on which programs most deserve Federal Independent Living funds allocated for the Empire State in the next three years.

The entity designated by the Federal Government to oversee this process, the New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) has been gathering consumers’ input on the Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) for 2016-2019.

In our region, Western New York Independent Living, Inc. (WNYIL), is facilitating this effort by holding the focus group from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at its 3108 Main Street facility near Hertel Avenue, in Buffalo’s University District. However, video conferencing will permit participation by those at Independent Living of Niagara County, 746 Portage Road, near Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls, and at Independent Living of the Genesee Region at 113 Main Street, Suite 5, in Batavia.

Funding ideas presented for past SPIL three-year plans that bore fruit include: the Statewide Self-Advocacy Network (SSAN) in which community-change advocates across New York work collaboratively to help localities become more disability-accessible; development of programs, such as Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Services (CDPAS), which give individuals control of their own Home Care Attendants; plus research into an array of disability issues, and training to enhance the quality of local services.

Those who wish to register can call Johanna at (716) 836-0822, extension 120. Additional information is available from Todd Vaarwerk at (716) 836-0822, extension 101. Space is limited.

 

Health Care for Americans with Disabilities – 25 years After the ADA

Since the passage of the ADA, there have been extensive gains in access to public services, the built environment (e.g., crosswalks with curb cuts for wheelchair access and accessible pedestrian signals to assist people who are blind or have low vision), and attitudes toward and understanding of the abilities of people with disabilities. The ADA established a right to equal access to public services offered by governments and private providers and has demonstrated the importance of contributions that people with disabilities can make to our economy.
Yet despite these advances, substantial disparities remain in areas of employment, earned income, access to the Internet, transportation, housing, and educational attainment. Each of these disparities contributes to poorer health for this segment of our population. Read full article