Westchester Independent Living Center

Putnam Independent Living Services

February 2023

We have a lot of news to share this month, from tax preparations and diabetes prevention, to a myriad of upcoming webinars...we are striving to help our community in as many ways as possible and hope you all feel supported!

Call for Board Members

The Westchester Independent Living Center is a peer-driven, community-based organization that empowers people with disabilities to lead self-directed lives in the community through advocacy, training and referral, to resources that promote independent living. We are currently seeking new board members whose passions align with our mission and who share a vision to promote full community inclusion for people with disabilities by breaking down barriers.


If you are interested, please email us a short bio, including your personal and professional experiences, and why you want to join our board. Questions and applications can be sent to [email protected].

Diabetes Prevention Program at WILC

Empower yourself and take back your health and wellness! Are you ready to take charge of your health and wellness in the new year? Have you been told by a healthcare provider you have Prediabetes? If so, many people with prediabetes who don’t change their lifestyle may develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years after being diagnosed. 


Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health issues such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure
  • Loss of toes, feet, or leg

Do you have risk factors?

  • You are overweight
  • You are 45 years of age or older
  • Your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes
  • You are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
  • You ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
  • You ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)

WILC is excited to announce we will be offering new workshops for our Diabetes Prevention Program in the coming months. In this CDC recognized program you will learn valuable skills and information to address lifestyle changes that can help you take back control of your health and wellness in the new year!  


If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the DPP Program, please contact Aimee Parks at 845-228-7457 ext. 1106 or by email [email protected]

Free Tax Prep for Working Families and Individuals

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free help for people who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from February 1st thru April 18th 2023.

Do you qualify? Earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:

  • $53,057 ($59,187 if Married Filing Jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $49,399 ($55,529 if Married Filing Jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $43,492 ($49,622 if Married Filing Jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $16,480 ($22,610 if Married Filing Jointly) with no qualifying child

The maximum Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for 2022 is:

  • $6,935 with three or more qualifying children
  • $6,164 with two qualifying children
  • $3,733 with one qualifying child
  • $560 with no qualifying child

Please click here for additional information, or call to make an appointment with the United Way 211 helpline or 1-800-899-1479. 

Did You Know?

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people aged 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications. To find out more information about this program, eligibility requirements, apply, click here: https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/


  • NY Connects assists individuals with linkage to long term services and supports in their community.  NY Connects can work with anyone who needs information on long term services and supports. Please connect with a local specialist by calling 1-866-715-4700 or email [email protected] if you, a family member, or friend need information or support linking to the following:

         *Personal Care Services 

         *Education and counseling services

         *Behavioral health/developmental supports and services

         *Health and wellness services

Upcoming Webinars

WILC invites you to join our Let’s Get social skills Group 

Come take advantage of this interactive virtual social skills group. The group will focus on how to connect with peers and how to create meaningful relationships. Each session is tailored to include a discussion and hands-on activities to assure participants receive immediate knowledge and skills. Join our group where we can grow our social skills together.


Denise DelliSanti Peer Specialist and Christine Stevens

DATES: January 25th, February 1, 8,15, and 22 

TIME: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

For more information or to register for this group please contact Denise DelliSanti, at [email protected] or 845-535-1561.

Come Ask the Advocate 


Please join us via Zoom and learn what care options are available and

what you need to do before your child turns 18.

Webinar featuring: 

Jennifer O’Neill from Taconic Resources for Independence 

Fiona Rattray from the PILS Parent Training & Information Center 

Sponsored by ACSD SEPTA 

DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2023 

TIME: 7:00pm - 8:30pm 

Click HERE to register. 

If you have difficulty registering, please email [email protected]  

Or call (845) 228-7457 

A Crash Course for Parents and Daycare Providers 


Cultivating a harmonious team consisting of parents, daycare & preschool providers  

and support staff to encourage a positive approach to managing negative behaviors in the home, community, preschool or day care settings  


Presented by Wanda Crowley, Family Peer Support Advocate, CoveCare Center 


In-Person Workshop

DATE: February 15, 2023

TIME: 6:30pm


TOPS Building, Carmel, NY 


For more information, please call Robin Llaque @ PILS (845) 228-7457



Getting Back to Basics: 

Guidance and support to infant and toddler caregivers 


Presented by Tiffinie Helwig, Infant Toddler Specialist, Child Care Council of

Dutchess & Putnam, Inc. 


DATE: May 10, 2023

TIME: 6:30pm


TOPS Building, Carmel, NY 


Attentional Teaching: Sensory versus Behavior 

Navigating the difference between Sensory seeking behaviors and negative behaviors  


DATE: September 20, 2023

TIME: 6:30pm


TOPS Building, Carmel, NY 


Community Resources: 

Learning about instrumental organizations in your community that support

resources for our youth   


Panel presentation by community agencies 


DATE: November 15, 2023

TIME: 6:30pm

TOPS Building, Carmel, NY 

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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)

[email protected]

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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)

[email protected]