Welcome to Fall, a time of transition, I'd like to tell you about the Open Doors Transition Center Program (formerly MFP Money Follows the Person).
  Open Doors Transition Center Program  We are the lead agency for this  program in the lower Hudson Valley region. Our goal is to assist people living in nursing homes and OPWDD intermediate care facilities transition out and to remain in the community.

Information on available community based programs and services, and assistance w living in long term care i th program referrals is provided to eligible individuals, their families and facility social workers. Individuals can apply for an Olmstead housing subsidy to help secure an affordable, accessible apartment, and will have access to trained peer mentors  who can share personal experiences and offer support.

Contact Donna Ponessa, RN, MPA at 845-228-7457 extension 1115 or

The Family Empowerment Series for Parents of Children with Special Needs  
This FREE eight session training will focus on the special education process, how it impacts Girl petting service dog your child's education and how to effectively advocate for your child and other children. The series will be held at the Howland Public Library, Beacon, NY, starting October 17th. Use this link to access the flyer with more information on the Family Empowerment Series.
Craig Climbed a Tree: His Lifelong Struggle
This past August Fran Wishnick self-published Craig Climbed a Tree: His Lifelong Struggle. "No longer with us, but with us every day. A complex young man, Craig had Asperger's Syndrome and Mental Illness. He graduated college and traveled to foreign countries. He loved animals, music and irony. He needed professional help to survive in our alien world, but the systems of care were not there for him - or us. Craig's words and mine tell the story."
Click to find out more about the book, Fran's public appearances and advocacy work on WILC's facebook page.

It's Your Move to Better Health  This workshop series includes Healthy Eating, Stress Reduction and Fitness for older adults and adults with a disability and is being offered in  Westchester and Putnam Counties. Contact Lonna Kelly at 845-228-7457 or access the It's Your Move to Better Health flyer with this link.

The challenged Athletes Foundation invites applications from individuals for Access for Athletes grants

The foundation's Access for Athletes program is designed to reduce the financial impediments to participation in sports, ensuring that challenged athletes are not left on the sidelines because they can't afford expensive equipment or training costs. Through the program, grants of up to $3,500 will be awarded to physically challenged athletes for  equipment such as sports wheelchairs, hand cycles, mono skis, sports prosthetics, and resources for training and competition expenses. Find out more about the Athletes text volunteer with three diverse handsFoundation program at this link.  
nteers and Interns Needed for the Minority Outreach Program in Westchester. This  will include presentations to the faith communities and light administrative work, bi-lingual helpful. Contact Gichel Walters at 914-682-3926 extension 2104 or email for information on Minority Outreach. 

Westchester Independent Living Center 

a not-for-profit, community based, consumer directed organization

dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities

Core Services

 Benefits/Entitlements, Info/Referrals, Community Outreach, Peer Advisement
Independent Living Skills, Individual & Systems Advocacy
Deaf Services, Equal Access

WIlC and PILS have many FREE programs
at both centers