NYSILC’s next Full Council Meeting will take place on Friday, December 16th, 2022 at the Albany Wolf Road Marriott from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. The meeting will be held in person at the Marriott. Remote participation will be offered.

Please let us know by December 9th if you need an interpreter and/or captioner during the meeting, as well as specify if you'd like to join us remotely or participate in person via our "Contact Us" page. Our “Contact Us” page can be found here: https://nysilc.org/contact-us

The meeting is open to the public, but due to security concerns using online video conferencing, we request that any members of the public who would like to participate contact us ahead of time for the meeting invite.

The agenda for the meeting is available on the calendar/event webpage, which can be found here: https://nysilc.org/component/dpcalendar/event/64

We look forward to having you join us either in person or virtually. Thank you!

Do you know someone who should be inducted into the NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame? Nominate them!

The NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame was created to recognize the contributions of people with disabilities whose lifelong work has substantially taken place in New York State. NYSILC will induct peers who have made a positive impact on people with disabilities throughout the state, country, and/or internationally via:

  • Improving quality of life
  • Advancing meaningful systems change or blocking adverse actions
  • Promoting a positive image through media or other communications
  • Introducing new knowledge or models
  • Developing new programs or services
  • Eliminating attitudinal, physical, or communication barriers
  • Accomplishing other significant achievements

All contributions should support the concepts of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, productivity, integration, and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American society.

NYSILC has opened up the nomination form at nysilc.org/nominate. The form will be available until November 15th, 2022.  To learn more about the Hall of Fame or view past inductees, go to nysilc.org/hof.

We are limiting the class to 3-5 inductees, so make your nomination count!

If you have any questions, please contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NYSILC’s next Full Council Meeting will take place on Friday, September 23rd, 2022 at the Albany Wolf Road Marriott from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. The meeting will be hybrid, with both people attending in person and others joining us via Zoom video conferencing. The meeting is open to the public, but due to security concerns using online video conferencing, we request that any members of the public who would like to participate contact us ahead of time for the meeting invite. Our “Contact Us” page can be found here: https://nysilc.org/contact-us

Please let us know by September 16th in the message if you need an interpreter and/or captioner during the meeting, as well as specify if you'd like to join us remotely or participate in person.

The agenda for the meeting is available on the calendar/event webpage, which can be found here: https://nysilc.org/component/dpcalendar/event/62

We look forward to having you join us either in person or virtually. Thank you!

NYSILC will hold a Special Meeting of its members on Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 via Zoom video conferencing at 10 am. The meeting is open to the public for limited portions of the meeting due to an executive session. During the executive session, members of the public will be put in the zoom waiting room. Due to security concerns using online video conferencing, we request that any members of the public who would like to participate contact us ahead of time for the meeting invite. Our “Contact Us” page can be found here: https://nysilc.org/contact-us

Captioning will be provided during the open portion of the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting is available on the calendar/event webpage, which can be found here: https://nysilc.org/component/dpcalendar/event/63

The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) is seeking candidates interested in serving as volunteer council members beginning in 2023.

The primary responsibility of the council is to develop and monitor the State Plan for Independent Living, which is the blueprint for the programs and services that help New Yorkers with disabilities live independent, integrated lives in the community.

NYSILC is comprised of 26 members from across the state. NYSILC is seeking candidates to replace seven outgoing members. Council members are appointed to three-year terms. New members are assigned mentors to assist with onboarding and acclimation.

NYSILC aims to be representative of New York’s population and seeks diverse membership, including individuals with various disabilities, races/ethnicities, ages, and gender identification, geographically located throughout the state.

Interested individuals should complete an online application form (https://nysilc.org/council/council-member-application) in its entirety. Candidates must respond by June 30, 2022. Refer to the NYSILC background and member expectations (https://nysilc.org/resources/key-documents/other/312-nysilc-background-and-council-member-expectations/file) for more information.

If you have any questions about the application, process, or duties of council members, contact:

  • Current member Stephanie Woodward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or
  • Brad Williams, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2022 NYSILC Statewide Consumer Needs Survey

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is a statewide organization that develops a plan for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to serve people with disabilities in New York State. We invite you to participate in this year’s consumer needs survey. Your answers will help us make sure that your needs are included in the statewide plan for services. Our goal is to make sure that all people with disabilities can fully be part of their communities and receive the services they need. Your opinions matter!

To further encourage you to reply, we will enter you in a drawing for one of FIVE $50 Amazon gift cards (only if you “opt-in”).  Otherwise, you won’t need to enter any identifying information at the end of the survey.

Please complete our survey by clicking on the link below or using a linked Word document version and following the return instructions at the end of the document.  All responses will be kept completely confidential and only the aggregated data will be reported.

To participate online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2022ConsumerNeeds

If you have filled out a Word version of the survey, please send the completed survey to Amy Wink at NYSILC by June 25, 2022, to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail it to her attention at NYSILC, 111 Washington Ave., Suite 101, Albany, NY 12210.

Please complete the survey by our June 25, 2022 deadline.  Feel free to forward the email to your peers and send the link via social media. Thank you in advance for your support and participation!