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The Patricio “Pat” Figueroa, Jr. Sponsorship

Sponsorships for Young Adults with Disabilities to Attend Leadership Trainings

This sponsorship is named in honor of Patricio “Pat” Figueroa, Jr., a recognized leader and advocate of people with disabilities. In 1978, Pat founded the first Center for Independent Living (CIL) in New York State – the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY). The network has since grown to over forty centers. He was the co-founder of the 504 Democratic Club and publisher of the national disability newspaper, Independence Today. Pat helped train and mentor numerous individuals over the years. For young advocates looking to become future leaders, he is someone to look up to as they learn and strive to reach their ultimate goals.

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is looking to conduct outreach to young adults with disabilities (age 18-28) with demonstrated leadership potential. Specifically, the council will support young leaders by providing The Patricio “Pat” Figueroa, Jr. Sponsorship for young adults with disabilities to attend and participate in independent living related conferences and/or national disability and leadership trainings during each year of the state plan. It is expected that sponsorships of up to $250 each will be awarded to young adults with disabilities based on cost and need. Recipients will be asked to provide documentation via a NYSILC reimbursement form, and complete a follow-up questionnaire to summarize their experience.

The council members will make decisions based on availability of funds. Applications are reviewed on a first-come first-served and need basis, while attempting to maximize resources and represent as many young leaders throughout the state as is possible. Refer to the following link for an application form: Updated Application Form

2015 Pat Figueroa Sponsorships

I was pleased to meet up with two youth/young adult groups at the NCIL Conference. From the Rochester youth group, with Ericka Jones, myself, Julian Hiler, Jensen Caraballo, Damaris Cruz, Flip Polizzi Rivera, Priya Penner and Jean Penner, who is the Youth Coordinator at RCIL. From Cortland youth group, myself, Katherine "Kricket" Tracy, Jarett Withers, Sara Askew, Ethan Lewis, Brittany Hall, Zack Curtis, and Aaron Benjamin.



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See link to Keith Gurgui's article in The Daily Freeman about the Community Integration Act and his recent experience at NCIL:


NYSILC 2013 Young Adult Survey and Report

NYSILC conducted a statewide survey of young adults ages 13-29 that looked at demographics, awareness of services, unmet needs, and discrimination including bullying.
[NYSILC 2013 Young Adult Survey News Release]
[NYSILC 2013 Young Adult Survey Report]