The results from NYSILC’s New Yorkers with Disabilities Critical Needs survey are in!

You can find the results and findings from our survey in our document located here: New Yorkers with Disabilities Critical Needs Survey Results

We want to thank everyone who took the time and participated in our survey this past Spring.

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is conducting its fourth Presidential post-election survey. All registered voters who participated in the recent election are encouraged to respond. This is a confidential, non-partisan survey conducted to analyze the voting trends of New Yorkers with disabilities compared to voters without disabilities.

To participate, please click on the following link:

Encuesta posterior a la elección 2020 de NYSILC:

Please answer each survey question and click on the “done” button at the bottom of the survey to send. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

This post-election survey will remain active for a four-week time period from November 4th to December 4th, 2020

Feel free to share this with friends, colleagues, and stakeholders during this time period to help increase participation. 

If you have any questions about the survey, or if you need an alternative method to participate, feel free to reach out to us via our Contact Us page, which can be found at the following link:

Election Day is November 3rd this year.

Here are some helpful links to get you ready to vote in the upcoming election!



Helpful Websites:

NCIL Voter Registration Toolkit

Available in PDF, Word, and plain text formats

Link to general information on requesting an absentee ballot:

For New York State residents outside of New York City, the link to request a paper absentee ballot online is:

For New York State residents inNew York City, the link to request a paper absentee ballot online is:


Articles on Voting Issues

1-City Board Of Elections Launches Tracking System So Absentee Ballots Don't Get Lost In The Void - Gothamist

2-DOE: Schools Will Be Used as Poll Sites on Election Day

3-Manhattan elected officials push for ballot drop boxes across New York state - amNewYork

4-Plain facts about vote-by-mail: It doesn’t advantage either party

5-New Voting Machines Could Help With Early Voting But Undermine Ranked-Choice Voting


Remember, there's still time to respond to the Census. As of now, approximately 80 percent of New Yorkers have completed the Census — but we need everyone to respond. You can respond by mail, by phone at 844-330-2020 or online at Spread the word and let's Get Counted, NY.  


If you know of any other resources we should have on our page, feel free to tell us via our Contact Us page, located here:

Washington D.C., August 3, 2020 — The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) filed a lawsuit today to compel U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the White House to immediately begin providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters during television broadcasts of their coronavirus press conferences and briefings to make them accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people. Arnold & Porter, an international law firm dedicated to pro bono litigation and equal access issues, joins the NAD in this lawsuit representing the NAD and five deaf individuals: Carlton Strail, Graham Forsey, Debra Fleetwood, John Rivera Jr., and Corey Axelrod.

“Deaf and hard of hearing Americans deserve the same access to information from the White House and the President that everyone else gets,” said Howard A. Rosenblum, Chief Executive Officer of the NAD. “Such information must be provided not only through captioning but also in American Sign Language, especially for government announcements regarding health pandemics.”

Despite repeated requests from NAD, members of Congress, and even another federal agency, the White House has refused to provide interpreters during the briefings. “All 50 states’ governors have provided ASL interpretation for their public briefings relating to COVID-19, and most now do so consistently,” said Ian Hoffman, a partner at Arnold & Porter, who filed the lawsuit.  “The White House has never done so.  The law prohibits this exclusion of deaf people from the President’s public briefings.  We are proud to stand with our clients and all deaf and hard of hearing Americans who rely on interpreters and want equal access to the President’s communications during this public health crisis.”  

As more than 4.7 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus with more than 150,000 dead, deaf and hard of hearing people are more at risk to being affected with the coronavirus.  They are often left behind with the latest updates and actions the U.S. government has taken to address this pandemic. 

On behalf of hundreds of thousands of deaf and hard of hearing people whose primary language is ASL, the NAD and these five deaf individuals ask the White House to provide ASL interpreters during all COVID-19 related briefings so that they can have meaningful access to such important information. While captioning is generally available during live broadcasts on network television broadcasts, live captioning is often not accurate enough, especially for people whose primary language is ASL. 

The complaint alleges that the White House is in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which mandates meaningful access for people with disabilities to all White House communications, particularly those regarding public health crises. Information about the coronavirus changes rapidly, including recommended health policies and the re-opening of schools, activities, and businesses. Without accessible information, deaf and hard of hearing people are left with more questions than answers. And when top government officials make important announcements regarding the coronavirus pandemic without ASL interpreters, deaf and hard of hearing people cannot understand the communications—including how to best protect their health.

This lawsuit seeks to ensure access to the highest levels of government for deaf and hard of hearing people, who have long been neglected by the U.S. President and the White House for failing to ensure meaningful access to governmental announcements. 


You can find the press release here, along with the video that accompanies it:

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc (NYSILC), along with peers in our disability community, mourn the death of George Floyd and other Black lives due to excessive police force.  Black lives must matter. Disability transcends all race/ethnicities, ages, genders, and identifications and, as advocates for equality and justice, we support all peaceful efforts to reform police policies and practices that disproportionately and negatively impact Black people. Together, we witness institutional bias, discrimination, poverty and inequality in health care, employment, education, housing, and transportation. We will work together towards full equality and justice for all, including the reform of institutions and their discriminatory policies and practices. NYSILC is committed to systemic change.


NYSILC Support and Sign On to the Greater Rochester’s Black Agenda

Identified by a council member for support and sign on, this is more than a regional agenda. It recognizes that racism is a public health crisis and educates why racism exists, how to address it, and what underlying issues must be addressed.

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 four 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 ( in its entirety. Candidates must respond by June 26, 2020. Refer to the NYSILC background and member expectations 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 (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.