NYSILC SEEKING CANDIDATES TO SERVE AS COUNCIL MEMBERS

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is an independent, non-profit state council with the primary responsibility to jointly develop, monitor and evaluate the three-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) with the Federal network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the New Yorkers with disabilities they serve. The council is authorized under Section 705 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, as amended.

NYSILC is in the process of seeking five candidates to serve as volunteer council members appointed by the NYS Regents to three-year terms. NYSILC seeks diverse membership, including individuals with various disabilities, race/ethnicities, ages, and gender identification, geographically located throughout the state.

Individuals should complete an online application form (https://nysilc.org/council/council-member-application) in its entirety. Candidates must respond by June 30, 2021. 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 Brad Williams at the NYSILC office: (518) 427-1060 X104 (voice/TTY), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your interest in the council.

NYSILC Statement in Solidarity with Asian American Communities

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) condemns the acts of murder, violence, and marginalization directed towards Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. NYSILC joins in solidarity with the Asian community across the country to speak out against the dramatic rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans during the pandemic, the majority reported by women.


NYSILC condemns the recent murder of eight people in the Atlanta area, including six Asian women. The long history of systemic oppression and racism towards Asian Americans in this country must stop and individuals must be made accountable for their actions.

As our national organization recommends, there are several resources and ways to educate yourself on racism and marginalization faced by Asian American Pacific Islanders. You can donate to AAPI organizations and can actively work to disrupt racism and white supremacy in your community.  Refer to the resources below:

Stop AAPI Hate has an outstanding list of actions you can take immediately and a hate incident tracker.

Read more and donate to these organizations:

NYSILC is currently engaged in Diversity, Equity, and Intersectionality (DEI) training. The council is committed to increasing our awareness, embracing change, and building equity.

Tickets are now on sale for NYSILC’s Hall of Fame Virtual Zoom event!
 
We will be honoring our third class of inductees into our Disability Rights Hall of Fame
 
The five individuals above will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during our virtual event that will be held via Zoom Webinar on Thursday, May 6th, 2021. 
 
Follow our link here to purchase your tickets today: https://nysilc.org/hof-buy-tickets
 
For more information about our 2020-21 Hall of Fame event, follow the link here: https://nysilc.org/hof

NYSILC’s next Full Council Meeting will take place on Friday, April 30th, 2021 from 10 am – 12:30 pm. The meeting will be held on 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 and join our meeting 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 in the message if you need an interpreter and/or captioner during the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting is available at the calendar/event webpage link: https://nysilc.org/component/dpcalendar/event/56

We look forward to having you join us. Thank you!

NYSILC’s next Full Council Meeting will take place on Friday, January 29th, 2021 from 10 am – 1 pm. The meeting will be held on 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 and join our meeting 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 in the message if you need an interpreter and/or captioner during the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting is available at the calendar/event webpage link: https://nysilc.org/component/dpcalendar/event/55

We look forward to having you join us. Thank you!

Our friends at Disability Education and Awareness for Municipalities are hosting two free events in January! Read below to find out more about each event.

Event #1

Niagara University First Responder Advocacy Training - New York State

Do you want to make sure First Responders are educated on responding to people with disabilities?

The Niagara University First Responder Advocacy Training (FRAT) for Disability Advocates provides you with the opportunity to receive the tools to work with your police and fire departments, EMS/ambulance services and your 9-1-1 Call Centers to make sure they not only know your needs but the needs of others in the disability community.

The First Responder Disability Awareness Training project at Niagara University is pleased to announce the New York First Responder Advocacy Training for people with disabilities, disability advocates, and those invested in the disability community.

This two-hour training provides you with guidance on how to advocate with first responders, inform them of your needs, how to be a partner with first responder agencies, and how to become a resource for those agencies.

Upon completion of a five-step follow-up program, participants will receive a certificate and be recognized as a FRAT Advocate and eligible to be on a Disability Advisory Panel. There is no fee. Registration is limited to the first 30 participants. This is a virtual training. Link to attend will be provided the day before training begins.

For more information, please contact:                                            

Cary Newman, Program Manager                

Phone: (716) 286-8139

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https://frdat.niagara.edu/

www.facebook.com/nufrdat

 

 

Event #2

Disability Education & Awareness for Municipalities: Communities Including & Empowering Citizens with Disabilities - New York


Disability Education & Awareness for Municipalities (DEAM) is a FREE, innovative virtual training program developed and offered by Niagara University Disability Awareness Training (DAT) and the Erie County (NY) Office for People with Disabilities for municipal employees, elected officials, individuals with disabilities, disability advocates, and people interested in developing the whole community.


This customized curriculum is designed to train and educate both municipal employees and individuals with disabilities to work together to ensure acceptance, accessibility, and proper and proactive response to the needs of ALL citizens. It introduces municipal employees the necessary tools, resources, and materials for both inclusion and compliance.


Dave Whalen is currently the Project Director for DAT, past-Chair for the Town of Amherst’s Committee on Disabilities and member of the Erie County Disability Advisory Board, and past member of NYS Independent Living Council. Frank Cammarata is the executive director of the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities. Between them, they have over 60 years’ experience in the field of disabilities. They will provide attendees with information, strategies, resources, and techniques that will address the following:
 

  • Municipal Committee on Disabilities structure and development
  • Proper Etiquette and interaction skills to include Person/Identity First Language
  • Americans with Disabilities Act and local governments: Common Problems
  • ADA Coordinator role within a municipality
  • Accessibility & inclusivity in a municipality
  • Specific department roles and responsibilities
  • First Responders and Emergency Management
  • Hiring practices
  • Program options (i.e., recreation, parks)


This program will be the modified version. It is available to anyone who resides in the state of New York. Self-advocates, family members of people with disabilities, disability advocates, people invested in the disability community and municipality employees are encouraged to apply to attend this FREE program.
This program provided from funding secured by NYS Assemblymember Karen McMahon


CHOICE 1: FRIDAY, January 22, 2021
WHEN: 9:00am-12:00pm


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER(need link)

This program provided from funding secured by NYS Assemblymember Karen McMahon