This holiday season, NYSILC is looking for your continued support. Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, is Giving Tuesday. In addition, I have attached our 2017 Year-End Appeal Letter, which reviews our accomplishments over the past year and looks ahead to next year.

Please continue providing support in one of the following ways:

  • Consider giving a donation to the council to help us continue to achieve progress on priority programs and issues for New Yorkers with disabilities. Visit the NYSILC website at www.nysilc.org and click on the “donation” button located in the top-left corner of the home page.
  • Become a volunteer. NYSILC needs volunteers for its inaugural NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame. We need volunteers to help with the event and support logistics. Contact the NYSILC office at 518 427-1060, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Amazon Smile: When you are shopping this this holiday season, remember that NYSILC participates in Amazon Smile for non-profits. Click on smile.amazon.com/ch/14-1783039  to select identify our non-profit council to receive 0.5% of your total cart purchases from Amazon Smile.

 

The deadline to make a nomination to the innaugural New York State Disability Hall of Fame is fast approaching! All application materials and the nomination form are due on December 15th. To learn more about the nomination process, please visit the Hall of Fame Request for Nominations page of our website. 

The NY Independent Living (IL) History & Philosophy tutorial is back online!
 
The product was recently updated with accessibility enhancements.
 
The original DVD product was developed by Western New York Independent Living (WNYIL). It was transitioned to on online tutorial a few years ago and posted on a New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) webpage. Both NYSILC and Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) have supported the product.
 
The online tutorial allows participants to gain a better understanding of Independent Living (IL) and the movement. Center staff are required to review the material and attain a competency of at least 70% on the related exam. Participants are allowed to print out a certificate upon successful completion. Board members, volunteers, consumers, and the general public are also encouraged to learn from the tutorial.
 
TO ACCESS THE PRODUCT, VISIT THE NYSILC WEBSITE AT www.nysilc.org, and click on the “tutorial” button located in the left hand margin of the homepage.
 
The original web design for the online tutorial was constructed by Sharp Dreams, Inc. The current enhancements were provided by ES11 Web Development.

Disabled people have to apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people before finding one. It took Lauren Pitt, who is visually impaired, nine months to get into work, during which she applied for 250 roles. Read May Bulman's entire article in the Independent UK. 

May Bulman Social Affairs Correspondent, 9/29/17 The Independent Online

Postcard From Capitol Hill: Health Care Hearing's Action Was in Hallway

Kaiser Health News, By Rachel Bluth, September 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - “Kill the bill, don’t kill us,” one woman screamed, inches from a U.S. Capitol Police officer’s face Monday afternoon in a marbled hallway of U.S. Capitol at the start of the one and only public hearing on the GOP’s last-ditch effort to replace the Affordable Care Act. READ MORE: http://khn.org/news/postcard-from-capitol-hill-health-care-hearings-action-was-in-hallway/

Often the barrier to medical care isn’t the disability but a health system poorly equipped to handle it: a lack of transportation, accessible medical equipment and safe methods of transfer. These structural problems can be compounded by cultural ones: stigma, communication challenges and inadequate training for clinicians and staff. Read the full article in the New York Times.