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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). The State Plan is supported by the currently identified Designated State Units (DSU’s) – the New York State Education Department/Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES – VR) and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services – New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB). 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, CART and Assistive Listening Devices will be provided. Other accommodations (such as tactile interpreting) will be available upon request.

This is a scent free event. Fragrance and chemicals can be access barriers. To help make this event 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.

 • Date: October 7, 2015

Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: Center for Disability Rights (CDR), 497 State Street, Rochester NY, 14608

• Date: October 14, 2015
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) Queens, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road #107, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

• Date: October 21, 2015
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC), 135 East Frederick Street, Binghamton, NY 13904

• Date: October 28, 2015
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: North Country Center for Independence (NCCI), 102 Sharron Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Facilitated Sessions at Public Events

Facilitated sessions at public events require registration and participation per event guidelines. Focus groups will also be encouraged at various CILs in the statewide network that choose to participate. 

• Date: September 16, 2015
Time: 3:30-4:45 PM
Location: New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) Statewide IL Conference, Troy Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY, 12180

• Date: October 26-27, 2015
Time: (TBD)
Location: CDPAANYS Annual Conference, Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY 12180

• Date: October 30, 2015
Time: (TBA)
Location: Self-Advocacy Association of NYS Annual Conference, Albany Marriott, Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205 

Written comments are can be submitted to NYSILC before 5:00 PM on Friday, October 30, 2015. 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 Comments can also be sent by visiting the NYSILC website at Click and follow the menu options provided on the home page for "SPIL Comments." 

For additional information, contact NYSILC at (518) 427-1060 (Voice & TTY) or at 1 (877) 397-4126 (Toll free voice for New York State only).

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Statewide Needs Assessment

Dear Consumers, Advocates and Peers:

BACKGROUND: The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) is an independent, federally mandated state council with the primary responsibility to jointly develop the three-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). To help accomplish this responsibility, the council engages in a statewide needs assessment in advance of the SPIL to identify emerging needs and priorities. We will be sending out surveys during the month of September 2015 to get input. This survey is designed to obtain input from Consumers and should only be completed by New Yorkers with disabilities.

THIS SURVEY: You can complete the Consumer Survey online via Survey Monkey. Please click on the link provided below: 

Please reply no later than October 18, 2015. The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

If you prefer a method other than Survey Monkey, we have provided a Word version of the survey to this email below. Follow the instructions at the top of the survey.

Since we want to hear from New Yorkers with disabilities – all ages and disabilities – we would really appreciate it if you could help us by forwarding this email message (with attached Word document) to any peers you know or colleagues and networks that work with New Yorkers with disabilities. Feel free to post and social network the survey link to appropriate sites during the active time period.

If you have any questions about the survey, contact Brad Williams at NYSILC, (518) 427-1060, or

Thank you in advance for your assistance and feedback!

Needs Assessment Committee (NAC)

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