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 

New York’s State Plan partners announce the formulation and development of the next 3-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The initial public comment period will take place between July-August 2018. 





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Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, provides the authority for the New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) and the network of Federally-Funded Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to seek public input on priority needs related to disability issues to guide the development of the next three-year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) in New York. The State Plan is supported by the Designated State Entity (DSE) – the New York State Education Department/Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES – VR).

The SPIL is a plan designed to improve Independent Living (IL) services for individuals with disabilities in New York State. The IL State Plan also helps to identify the needs and priorities of consumers, providers, and other stakeholders involved in the CIL network to highlight and identify common strategies. Ultimately, the State Plan is a tool that directs the use of Federal IL funding.

Public Hearings

The New York State Independent Living Council is committed to providing full access for people with disabilities. Public hearings are open to the entire community. All hearings will be held in locations accessible to people with disabilities. Materials will be provided in alternative formats. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting, and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and Assistive Listening Devices will be provided. Other accommodations will be available upon request.

Locations and Dates:

  • Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018

Time: 3:00-5:00 PM

Location: Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO), 755 Waverly Ave, Holtsville, NY 11742.

  • Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Time: 3:00-5:00 PM

Host: Brooklyn Center for Independent Living (BCID).

Location: Independence Care Systems (ICS), 25 Elm Place, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

  • Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Time: 3:00-5:00 PM

Location: AIM Independent Living Center, 350 West Church Street, Elmira, NY 14901.

  • Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (Noon)

Location: Independent Living of Genesee Region (ILGR), 113 Main Street, Suite 5, Batavia, NY 14020.

  • Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Time: 3:00-5:00 PM

Location: Southern Adirondack Independent Living (SAIL), 71 Glenwood Avenue, Queensbury, NY 12804.

The public hearings will be scent free events.  To help make the hearings accessible to participants for whom chemicals or fragrances are an access barrier, we request that you come fragrance free.  Please refrain from wearing any scented products or washing with them. This includes clothing that has been laundered with fragranced detergent or fabric softening products. Additionally, please completely air out any dry-cleaned clothing before wearing it to the event.  Smoke can also be an access barrier. It is essential that we maintain a smoke-free environment. Please refrain from smoking near any doorways or paths of travel.

Written Comments

Written comments can be submitted to NYSILC before 5:00 PM on Friday, August 31, 2018. Comments can be sent via mail to NYSILC, 111 Washington Avenue, Suite 101, Albany, NY 12210, faxed to (518) 427-1139, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Individuals may want to reference the SPIL Facilitation Outline and the current SPIL objectives. Comments can also be sent directly by clicking on this link, SPIL Comments.

Local Focus Groups

If you can’t make one of the identified public hearings, NYSILC encourages centers and other stakeholder groups to utilize the SPIL Facilitation Outline and current SPIL objectives to facilitate your own local focus group. Follow the outline questions and have attendees respond with feedback. Be sure to capture the collective feedback of the group. Identify the attendees, date, and group submitting the feedback.

Please provide the information in an accessible format by the written comments deadline date, before 5:00 PM on Friday, August 31, 2018. Comments can be sent via mail to NYSILC, 111 Washington Avenue, Suite 101, Albany, NY 12210, faxed to (518) 427-1139, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional information, contact NYSILC at (518) 427-1060 (Voice & TTY).

Do you want to review the current state plan? Click on the following link: State Plan



Winners of the Amazon gift cards for their participation in NYSILC's needs assessment survey. 

We would like to thank all those who participated for helping to prioritize services supporting continued and expanded Independent Living locally, regionally, and statewide.


National Disability Institute received federal funding from the US Department of Education and theAdministration for Community Living at the Department of Health and Human Services provides guidance for the NDI Alternative Financing Program. The fundingmakes it possible for NDI to provide loans from $500 to $30,000, helping residents of New Jersey and New York City to purchase assistive technology. The lending terms are favorable, helping seniors and people with disabilities to qualify for the loans. 

NDI is looking to partner with community agencies to meet the need for assistive technology. Contact Laurie Schaller at 1 (202) 449-9521.

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 one candidate to serve as a volunteer council member appointed by the NYS Regents to a three-year term. NYSILC seeks diverse membership, including individuals with various disabilities, cultures, ages, and gender identification, geographically located throughout the state.

Based on current council membership, NYSILC can enhance its purpose by encouraging applicants from the greater New York City area, who have a disability with a diverse race/ethnicity and or gender identification.

Individuals should complete an Application Form in its entirety (which requests two references with contact information) and include a copy of their resume. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Refer to the NYSILC background and member expectations for more information.

If you have any questions about the application, process, or further duties of council members, contact Brad Williams at the NYSILC office: (518) 427-1060 (voice/TTY), (518) 427-1139 fax, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your interest in the council.

The event program for the 2018 NYS Disability Rights Hall of Fame is now available! Click here to access it: 2018 HOF Program