The Neighborhood Navigator on The Parent Center – Support for Families and MoreThere are literally hundreds of supports and services available to children and adults with disabilities throughout Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties. Offerings vary depending on individual need, personal resources, provider capacity and more. Navigating the web of programs and services with a clear understanding of just exactly who is eligible for what can be a treacherous journey indeed. Not to worry! The Neighborhood Navigator is here!

Introducing The Neighborhood Navigator! Independent Living CentersDuring a series of blog, we will tour a different agency or organization. You will learn about services and programs, eligibility, funding and where to get more information. Our first stop takes us to the Independent Living Centers (ILCs).

ILCs are not-for-profit organizations that provide advocacy and supports to assist people with disabilities of all ages to live fully and independently. All ILCs provide referral services, peer counseling and independent living skills training. Other services offered at many ILCs include educational advocacy, housing information, employment assistance and benefits advisement. Because ILCs are government-funded, there is no charge for services to consumers.

There are four ILCs in our area. To learn about what each one offers, visit their websites:

As an added bonus, be sure to visit WILC’s webpage. There you will find a link to an incredible web exhibit by the Smithsonian Museum of American History – EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America. Viewing photographs you will learn about the history of disability rights, the origins of assistive technology and so much more. It is a must see!