John Robinson of Our Ability had his annual "Journey Along the Erie Canal" featured on Spectrum News in Central New York. You can view the clip here.

NYAIL's Budget Advocacy Day on February 11th will be a great opportunity to learn all about the budget and public policy priorities for 2019. 

For more information, NYAIL has created:

2019 Disability Priority Agenda: Budget Priorities

2019 Disability Priority Agenda: Public Policy Priorities

What are Independent Living Centers?

Today is Giving Tuesday and we can really use your help to make the second annual NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame an even greater success than the first one!
You can help the event by becoming an Honorary Committee member! As a member of the Hall of Fame Honorary Committee, your $200 contribution will affirm the belief that people with disabilities have a right to full and equal partnership in New York’s communities. 
This contribution will also be your ticket to our cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, a wonderful three course dinner, and a remarkable celebration of achievement. As an honorary committee member, you are ensuring the future of the NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame. You are supporting vital NYSILC projects like the Leadership Development and Civic Engagement Program & Pat Figueroa Scholarships. And you are shaping a stronger tomorrow by supporting youth leadership of today.
Join by making your Honorary Committee Membership donation at
Send an auction item for the 2019 Hall of Fame. If you would like to donate items, or if you are connected to any organizations willing to give, see how at
Amazon Smile: When you are shopping this holiday season, remember that NYSILC participates in Amazon Smile for non-profits. Click on to select our non-profit to receive 0.5% of your total cart purchases from Amazon Smile. 

NYSILC conducts a public input process as part of the development of the three-year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). It is guided by a formulation packet with a facilitation outline posing critical questions designed to solicit feedback from the public at various venues.  To gather additional data, NYSILC decided to conduct a statewide needs assessment, which includes two surveys; one of Center Directors and another of consumers. Two similar assessments/surveys were conducted in 2012 and 2015 as part of the previous SPIL development. See the NYSILC 2018 Statewide Needs Assessment Report for details. NYSILC again hired Alan Krieger, a consultant with Krieger Solutions LLC, to facilitate this process, and established a committee of Council members and stakeholders to lead the process.

NYSILC’s Annual Report reviews program highlights and state plan duties/reports during the year. Topics include the NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame (HOF), Leadership Development and Civic Engagement Program (LDCEP), Pat Figueroa Scholarships, NYSILC 2018 Statewide Needs Assessment, and NYSILC 2017 SPIL Evaluation. Link to the document can be found here: NYSILC 2017-2018 Annual Report.

The Harlem Independent Living Center, with support from the AIDS Institute, has produced a video series on HIV/AIDS specifically for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These videos were developed in sign language by and for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These videos are part of an effort to ensure access to information about HIV among every population. The videos are linked below:

Know Your Rights

What is HIV

Role of Deaf Educators

Understanding HIV Testing

More Information About HIV

For more information regarding HIV prevention, HIV testing and treatment, go to