April - Autism Awareness Month
WILC/PILS Educational Advocacy staff works with families of children, birth to 21, with special needs to aid in the advancement of their development and the security of their future.

According to the Autism Society of America, Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) totaling over 5 million young people and adults.

In the past several years, we have seen a growing increase in the need for educational advocacy and community supports for students with Autism and their families. Our Education and Advocacy Program, including the Parent Training and Information Center, offers special education workshops, information and referral services and direct case advocacy for students with special needs, students with Autism, their families, community agency staff and school professionals throughout the Hudson Valley.

Additionally, WILC provides a Housing Resource Guide for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Westchester. The guide assists people with ASD-I/ DD and their families to understand the systems and options for housing.

Accessible Restaurants in Putnam
with Delivery/Curbside pick-up
Our PILS Independent Living team has been working to find accessible restaurants in Putnam County that have added delivery or curbside pick-up during the pandemic. A number of them were visited pre-pandemic with follow up calls to check their current status. We have four to share with you.

Let us know if you are familiar with other restaurants offering delivery or curbside pick up, and are accessible, in the lower Hudson Valley. Email with information on Putnam County restaurants.

Aversano’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
1620 NY-22
Town Center
Brewster, NY 10509

Florrie Kaye's Tea Room
69 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512

George’s Place
36 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512  

Sauro’s Town Square Pizza Café
1072 Route 311
Patterson, NY 12563

Employment Opportunities
Position: Regional Resource Development Assistant, full time.
The goal of the Regional Resources Development Services Program is to develop home and community-based services and supports needed by individuals and family members who experience a disability. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): Review, track and monitor Serious Reportable Incidents and Recordable Incidents for the LHV, Track documentation in the DOH and Agency database i.e. service plans, team meetings, trainings, outreach, phone contacts; communicate with applicants and providers when documentation is late or needed.
Position: Bilingual Education and Outreach Specialist, full time
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): Outreach to unserved and underserved populations throughout the region. Identify, build and maintain relationships with community partners, school districts and individuals serving the unserved and underserved in Putnam and Westchester Counties. Provide assistance and information regarding benefits. Work with parents of children with special needs offering assistance in navigating the special education process and linking with community supports. Oral and written fluency in English required.

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Westchester Independent Living Center
10 County Center Road 2nd floor
White Plains, NY 10607
(914) 682-3926 (Voice)
914-259-8036 (VP)
(914) 682-8518 (FAX)
Putnam Independent Living Services
1441 Route 22, Suite 204
(Tompkins Mahopac Bank building)
Brewster, New York 10509
845-228-7457 (Voice)
914.259.8036 (VP)
845-228-7460 (Fax)