Westchester Independent Living Center

Putnam Independent Living Services

January 2023

Happy New Year from all of us at WILC and PILS! We wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2023 and look forward to supporting you this year in the best ways we can. Please see below our many upcoming updates and offerings… and, as always, reach out to us if you have any questions!

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 leatonwhite@wilc.org.

Get Treatment Right Away if You Test Positive for COVID-19

The sooner you act on your COVID-19 symptoms, the better. If you test positive — and are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 — treatments are available to reduce your chances of severe illness.

Here's what you need to know, says The Medicare Team at Medicare.gov:

  • Don't delay — get tested as soon as possible after your symptoms start. Treatment must be started within days after you first develop symptoms to be effective.
  • If you test positive, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider right away to find out if treatment is right for you, even if your symptoms are mild. There are multiple options for treating COVID-19 at home or in an outpatient setting.

If you're symptomatic, you may also want to consider using the Test to Treat program. With thousands of locations nationwide, it can provide faster, easier access to lifesaving COVID-19 treatments. If you test positive, you can see a healthcare provider, and if eligible, get a prescription for an oral COVID-19 treatment and have that prescription filled — all at one location.

Did You Know?

  • February 1st is World Read Aloud Day! For 13 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! The global effort, created by the non-profit LitWorld and sponsored by Scholastic, is celebrated annually in over 173 countries and is all about bringing people together through the shared connection of reading aloud in all of our communities.
  • AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon.com that lets customers enjoy the same shopping features as on Amazon.com and the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Click here to shop with our Amazon Smile account and support WILC & PILS!

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 ddelliSanti@wilc.org or 845-535-1561.

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)


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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)