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Posted August 19, 2014

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's landmark civil rights decision in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999). In recognition of Olmstead's legacy of inclusion and full participation of individuals with disabilities, The City University of New York is holding a social justice conference to celebrate the decision and examine policy and programmatic outcomes.

Date: September 19, 2014

Venue: John Jay College in NYC

Link for more information and registration: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/olmstead15/


Posted August 4, 2014

CIL-NET is offering a national teleconference and webinar – "Introduction to Housing Discrimination Laws for Independent Living Center Staff"

DATE:  August 20, 2014

TIME:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

PRESENTERS:  Claire Chantler and Susan Crawford of Northern West Virginia CIL and US Department of Housing and Urban Development

DETAILS:  The lack of accessible, affordable housing continues to be one of the primary barriers to independence for people with disabilities all over the country. Locating housing is challenging enough, but consumers frequently run into issues with modifications and accommodations before they move or during their residency. Join us on August 20th to learn more about action you can take with your consumers when they face housing discrimination. Our presenters will provide an overview of relevant pieces of the Fair Housing Act, ADA, and 504, as well as walking you through what to expect and how to handle when working through housing discrimination problems with your consumers. This teleconference and webinar is perfect for new housing advocates and other IL staff assisting consumers with housing. Don't miss it!


Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site (connection) and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone or webcast.

To register online, use this link: https://t.e2ma.net/click/buxvg/ba68wo/bmrplb

To register by mail, email, or fax, complete and save/print the following form: https://t.e2ma.net/click/buxvg/ba68wo/resplb

TARGET AUDIENCE:  This introductory level training is intended for any CIL staff assisting consumers with housing discrimination issues. The training may also be beneficial for any SILC staff or members that want to have a better understanding of housing laws.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this webinar, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Describe the history of the Fair Housing Act and the intersection with the ADA and Section 504
  • Describe the general prohibitions against discrimination based on disability and other protected classes in the Fair Housing Act
  • Identify general design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act and concepts of reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications and their relationship to accessibility
  • Identify strategies, best practices, and examples of successful cases with consumers experiencing housing discrimination


Posted June 20, 2014


Apply for a Pat Figueroa Sponsorship through the New York State Independent Living Council
to attend the University of YOUTH POWER!


The University of YOUTH POWER!

YOUTH POWER! is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for young leaders. On July 28 - 31 2014, YP! will host a conference modeled after a college experience. University of YOUTH POWER! will take place in Albany, NY at the College of Saint Rose. We are inviting young people ages 18 to 30 to register with a major of Peer Advocacy or Systems Advocacy.

University of YOUTH POWER! is a broad social justice event focused on increasing skills of young leaders. We will include professors from the following fields of work: Disability Rights, Mental health, Addiction, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, Labor, Independent Living and more!

  • Peer Advocacy: In this major, young people will develop competencies in areas such as: strategic sharing, engagement techniques, facilitation, advocacy, communication, self-help, wellness tools, addressing and preventing addiction, trauma informed approaches, identifying community based services, independent living, anti-stigma, building career pathways, rights and responsibilities, cultural competency, strength- based approaches, social marketing, budgeting and youth development.
  • Systems Advocacy: In this major, young people will develop competencies in areas such as: Advocacy, leading boards and committees, public speaking, understanding government structures, terminology, campaign development, artivism, addressing disparities, recognizing privilege, disability history, systems coordination, professional writing, budgeting, networking, sustaining the movement, understanding politics and playing the game, rights and protection, keepin' it fresh.

UYP! will include a variety of activities and courses. Students will be provided a customized schedule based on their interests and areas of development. A general outline of the event is as follows:

July 28, 2014 - Day 1:
12:00pm-2:30pm Arrivals, lunch and orientation
3:00pm-5:30pm General session
6:00pm-8:00pm Dinner flowing into evening activities
8:00pm-11:30pm Evening activities and common areas open

July 29, 2014 - Day 2:
7:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:30am-12:00pm Morning classes
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch
2:00pm-5:30pm Afternoon classes
6:00pm-8:00pm Dinner flowing into Information Fair
8:00pm-11:30pm Information Fair and evening activities

July 30, 2014 - Day 3:
7:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:30am-12:00pm Morning classes
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch
2:00pm-5:30pm Afternoon classes
6:00pm-8:00pm YP!'s 7th Annual Leaders' Dinner*
8:00pm-11:30pm Evening activities and common areas open

July 31, 2014 - Day 4:
7:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:30am-12:00pm Final activities
12:30pm-2:30pm Graduation ceremony with elected class speakers

*Students will have a meal and mingle with state leaders including agency Commissioners.

The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is offering a fellowship program for those students who are interested in adding the concentration of Addiction to their major. This fellowship will include full coverage of registration fees and opportunities to engage in OASAS advisory activities.

There is no other event in the country that is like the University of YOUTH POWER!. Young leaders and Advocates do not want to miss this event. Youth Advocate Supervisors should consider this a great training and networking opportunity for their employees.

For more information visit the website (www.youthpowerny.org) or contact Zach Garafalo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-432-0333 x26.


Registered students will be provided overnight accommodations in the college dorms as well as meals on campus.

The UYP! Registration fee is $600 and will include:

  • All classes and student activities
  • Student handbook and University of YP! tee shirt
  • Overnight lodging on July 28, 29 and 30
  • Meals on campus on July 28, 29, 30 and 31

Students who wish to stay off campus can register at a discounted amount of $360.

Apply for a $250 Pat Figueroa sponsorship from the New York State Independent Living Council to offset some of the cost (more info below).

The registration link: https://docs.google.com/a/youthpowerny.org/forms/d/1Gyf3sq_BwDkE6KAp3EOgIVelj9b0O-2Vl5bv9TNYM7M/viewform

If you are unable to access Google Forms, you can download an alternative form using this link: http://www.youthpowerny.org/upcoming-events/


The Pat Figueroa Sponsorship

There are 10 sponsorships of $250 available to young people in New York State, offered through the New York State Independent Living Council

Young people 18 - 29 are eligible to apply for the sponsorship.

The sponsorship is named in honor of Patricio "Pat" Figueroa, Jr., a recognized leader and advocate of people with disabilities. In 1978, Pat founded the first Center for Independent Living (CIL) in New York State - the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY). The network has since grown to over forty centers. He was the co-founder of the 504 Democratic Club and publisher of the national disability newspaper, Independence Today. Pat helped train and mentor numerous individuals over the years. For young advocates looking to become future leaders, he is someone to look up to as they learn and strive to reach their ultimate goals.

It is expected that young people who receive these sponsorships will dedicate a year of involvement to the New York State Independent Living Council Youth Leadership Sub-Committee.


Download the application here:

Return completed applications to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any questions related to the application, contact the NYSILC office at (518) 427-1060 (Voice/TTY), 1 (877) 397-4126 (Toll Free NYS Only), (518) 427-1139 Fax, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Posted May 1, 2014

Mark your calendars -- Assembly Disability Awareness Day in Albany!

Date:  Monday, May 19th

We hope to see a full agenda soon, but the itinerary is likely to be the same as in past years:

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. with an opening ceremony and presentation of awards in the Well of the Legislative Office Building.

We encourage centers to schedule meetings with your local legislators on the issues on NYAIL's Disability Priority Agenda. We will send an updated DPA prior to the event with any changes such as new sponsors or bill numbers.

A package of legislation will be passed on the Assembly floor later in the afternoon in honor of Disability Awareness Day that should include several of NYAIL's DPA legislative priorities.


April 29, 2014

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is collaborating with federal agency representatives, as well as disability leadership stakeholders to facilitate cross-disability stakeholder engagement with federal agency partners in order to obtain meaningful input into both the planning and implementation of Medicaid managed care.

WHAT: Medicaid Managed Care Forum

DATE: June 3, 2014

TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.)

LOCATION: Baruch College, The City University of New York, 55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

RSVP: Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to attend


  • Facilitate input on experiences, preferences and desired outcomes for Medicaid managed care among disability leadership, federal and state agency representatives; health plans, and providers.
  • Promote the Medicaid managed care principles outlined in the NCD report, Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2013/20130315/
  • Summarize and disseminate the forum proceedings and stakeholder input.
  • Develop a set of recommendations for uniform best practices to be developed into policy directives to the States from the federal government on Medicaid Managed Care.

An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be available, along with real-time closed captioning. Those who plan to attend this forum in person and require accommodations other than an ASL interpreter and CART captioning should notify NCD contractor Capital Health Strategies, Ellen Piekalkiewicz as soon as possible to allow time to make arrangements at (850) 241-2051 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: To help reduce exposure to fragrances for those with multiple chemical sensitivities, NCD requests that all those attending the meeting in person please refrain from wearing scented personal care products such as perfumes, hairsprays, colognes, and deodorants.