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 The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is an independent, non-profit, state council that is required by federal law.  Our primary responsibility is to work as state partners to develop, monitor and evaluate New York’s three-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The Council’s mission is to promote the Independent Living Philosophy through the network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and statewide partnerships. We also strongly support research, education, employment, community organization, advocacy, and systems reform around disability issues.

 For more information about NYSILC, visit the council website at Click on the following link to review a council member job description.  2016 Council Member Job Description

 NYSILC is in the process of seeking candidates to serve as potential volunteer council members appointed by the New York State Regents to three-year terms. The council is looking to fill at least three vacancies and terms that will expire at the end of this year.

 NYSILC seeks interested and qualified candidates. Priority will be given to New Yorkers with disabilities, including individuals of diverse ethnicities/cultures, ages, and gender/identification, who are geographically distributed across the State. The council currently does not have a member from the North Country. Current appointment vacancies include a CIL representative, advocate, and organization serving individuals with disabilities.

 Interested candidates should click on the following link to complete an application form in its entirety. Council Member Application Form  This includes a copy of your resume plus two references with contact information. This information should be sent electronically to ensure equal access during the review process to by the end of business on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

 The recommendation and appointment process will proceed over the next few months. If you have any questions about the application, process, or duties of council members, contact the NYSILC office at (518) 427-1060, or Thank you for your interest in the council.

Brad Williams



Groups Sue New York Over Inaccessible Online Voter Registration for People With Disabilities

June 9, 2016 NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union and Disability Rights Advocates today sued the New York State Board of Elections and Department of Motor Vehicles over online voter registration that is inaccessible to people with disabilities.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind, the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, and individual plaintiffs who are blind. States are required by law to meet accessibility and confidentiality standards when providing services such as online voter registration, but New York is failing to comply, the complaint charges.

The complaint is at:


Voting Engagement Survey

NYSILC is looking for New Yorkers with disabilities to participate in the following Survey Monkey poll related to peers who want to be, or who have been, poll workers (election inspectors), volunteers for candidates, and have run for elected office (and been elected to office).

Please click on the following link to participate:

If you choose to not use Survey Monkey, you can use the attached Word file, New Yorkers with Disabilities Participation in Voting identify your choices in the document, and email it back to Your information will be entered into the Survey Monkey collective responses.

If you have any general questions, contact Brad Williams at NYSILC at or (518) 427-1060 X5. Please feel free to distribute to peers and networks of New Yorkers with disabilities.


Follow the development of the draft SPIL at the bottom of the State Plan webpage:


NYSILC News Briefs, Spring 2016

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NYSILC 3-year Public Policy Agenda 2016-2018

NYSILC conducted a Statewide Needs Assessment in 2015.  Three overall themes emerged from the findings:  Gaps and Barriers, State Institutionalized Population, and Priority Unserved Populations and Related Issues.  These themes serve as the framework of the 3-year agenda for 2016-2018.  Link to the agenda: NYSILC 3-year Public Policy Agenda 2016-18


NEW 2015 Statewide Needs Assessment

This needs assessment was designed to collect input on four research questions to help guide the development of the next three-year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).

2015 Statewide Needs Assessment Word
2015 Final Needs Assessment Report - MS Word

NYSILC Final Needs Assessment Report PDF


Recent Document Links

2015 SPIL Evaluation Report 2015 SPIL Evaluation Report


"Living Independently with a Disability," Capital Tonight, hosted by Liz Benjamin, 9/21/15.



A Media Study (2013-2015) and Overview, David M. Perry, PhD Lawrence Carter-Long March 2016   


 New York State Employment First Commission Report and Recommendations March 1, 2015 

Employment First.docx
Employment First.pdf


Advocates Push For Better Employment Access for Disabled New Yorkers, By Capital Tonight Staff
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 09:00 PM EDT 


 A Case Study on Inclusive Disaster Preparedness Planning in Upstate New YorkBridgit M. Burke, Albany Law School, January 27, 2015


 Click on the following link for more information about the Pat Figueroa Young Adult Sponsorships



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