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The Westchester Independent Living Center (WILC) is a not-for-profit, community-based, consumer-directed advocacy, resource, and training center that services people of ALL ages with ALL types of disabilities. It is part of a national association of Independent Living Centers that provide a wide spectrum of non-residential and non-medical services.

One of the original Independent Living Centers in New York State, WILC first opened its doors in 1981. Throughout its 32 years, WILC has maintained a steady presence in Westchester County and the Lower Hudson Valley Region - incorporating in its daily activities the Independent Living philosophy of choice, societal inclusion, and empowerment.

WILC's mission is two-pronged: 1) to assist individuals with disabilities to become as independent as they can be and 2) to work within the community to provide Education, Disability Awareness, and Advocacy for the Removal of Barriers.

WILC serves people of all ages with all physical and mental disabilities, their families, business and industry, local government agencies, human service organizations, school personnel, civic organizations, hospitals, and the medical community.

SATELLITE OFFICE

In 2002, WILC established a satellite office, Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS). PILS is located in Carmel, New York. PILS not only provides services in Putnam County, but it also facilitates WILC in servicing the northern part of WILC's catchment area, i.e., northern Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties.

OUTREACH OFFICE

In 2010, WILC established an Outreach Office in the heart of downtown Yonkers at VIVE Pathways to Success - a dynamic intergeneration public school which is part of a school district that specializes in services to high at risk youth and their families (majority are Hispanic Spanish speaking, also African American).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

What sets WILC and other Independent Living Centers (ILCs) apart from other agencies that serve disabled individuals is the extent of the involvement of people with disabilities. ILCs are consumer controlled - meaning that more than half of their Board of Directors is required to be comprised of persons with disabilities.

STAFF DIRECTORY

WILC has a 32 year history of hiring/training/retaining qualified staff to effectively run our programs. Members of WILC's staff reflect the diversity of disabilities and ethnicities of our community. WILC has Spanish speaking staff available and staff who can sign. WILC is an Equal Opportunity Employer - minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are always encouraged to apply.

DIRECTIONS/HOURS

  • WILC's main office is located in White Plains, NY - Westchester County's County Seat. Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • WILC's satellite office, PILS, is located in Carmel, NY - Putnam County's County Seat. Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • WILC's Outreach Office is located in Yonkers, NY - the fourth largest city in New York State. Open

All 3 offices are centrally located, easily accessed, and accessible.

FUNDING SOURCES

WILC was incorporated in 1981 as a private, nonprofit (501c3) agency. WILC is funded as a Center for Independent Living by both federal and state government agencies. WILC is also funded by county government agencies, fee for service contracts, grants, and donations.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS/PROGRAMS

Throughout its history, WILC has maintained a steady presence in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley region by working with organizations, agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, schools/school districts, parent groups, civic organizations, faith based organizations, colleges/universities, businesses, government officials, politicians, etc. The following came about from WILC collaborating/partnering with community agencies:

  • Equal Access Westchester - a new campaign and first-ever local website devoted to promoting accessibility for people with disabilities throughout Westchester County.
  • La Fuente - a coalition of organizations committed to reaching/serving the Latin Community in Westchester.
  • Westchester Disability Advocacy Partnership (WDAP) - a cross-system advocacy network which currently has 100 members.
  • Literacy Zone - an initiative by the New York State Board of Regents to close the achievement gap in communities of concentrated poverty, as well as high concentrations of families and individuals with limited literacy or English language proficiency.
  • Advocacy Round Table - a group of approximately 30 Special Education professionals who xxxxx

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

WILC's grievance procedures are part of WILC's "Your Rights Form" that is distributed to all consumers upon initial contact.

WILC EMPLOYEES RECEIVE AWARDS

Throughout the years, numerous WILC employees have been recognized for their achievements/accomplishments, including the NYS Excelsior Award for Excellence, National Council on Independent Living's Advocacy Award, Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame, NYS Assembly Citation, etc.

ARCHIVES

WILC's Archives include: Proclamations received by WILC, information on WILC's Interdisciplinary Conference "Uniting Systems - Empowering Lives", videos featuring WILC/WILC employees, etc.

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