Westchester Independent Living Center

Putnam Independent Living Services

June 2022

June marks the beginning of summer and is a month filled with many, many celebrations… graduations, Pride Month, Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and Summer Solstice to name a few. With so much going on, we invite you to take time for self-care, and have a safe and happy summer!

How to Get Help from the

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Nearly two months ago, on April 7, 2022, the Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed in-person service for people with and without an appointment. As they help more people in person, we want to highlight the best ways and times for clients to access their services.

Although online services are encouraged, if you can’t complete your business online, you can call SSA toll-free at 1‑800‑772‑1213. Phone lines are usually less busy before 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time, and later in the week, or later in the month.

While appointments are strongly recommended, they continue to help people without one. An appointment reduces the wait time and ensures that clients know what documents to bring and be helped in one single visit. You will still be assisted if you need to visit your local Social Security office without an appointment.

To learn more about the SSA safety measures and restrictions before visiting their offices, visit How to Get Help from Social Security.

Did You Know?

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Early diagnosis gives people with Alzheimer’s disease the chance to make key decisions about treatment and care. To learn more about the risk factors, warning signs, diagnostic process and resources to combat Alzheimer’s, we recommend reaching out to our Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) representative for the lower Hudson Valley (Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster): Bianca Prevosto, at BPrevosto@wilc.org or call 8-45-228-7457 ext. 1130 (voice), or 914-259-8036 (VP).

Qualified staff from NY Connects can also help by providing an initial assessment, counseling and assisting with exploring options. They can be reached at 716-373-8032. 

Participants Needed: 2022 National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD)

The University of Kansas Institute for Health & Disability Policy Studies (KU-IHDPS) is looking for adults with disabilities to complete the National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD). The NSHD is an annual, online survey about your health, quality of life, access to health care services, and the COVID-19 pandemic, as a person with a disability or health condition.


  • Adults aged 18-64 with any type of disability, chronic illness/disease, mental or physical health condition are encouraged to complete the survey
  • The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete
  • Responses are anonymous
  • Survey opened May 2, 2022


Go to: https://rockcha.lk/2022NSHD to complete the survey. 


Whether or not you complete the survey, you can choose to enter a drawing to win one of ten $100 gift cards. If you prefer to take the survey over the phone or have any questions about participating, please call toll-free 1-855-556-6328 (Voice/TTY) or email healthsurvey@ku.edu.

Upcoming Webinars


Please join us for a three-day Zoom/In-Person event to learn more about

information, tools, and support for work readiness.

DATE: June 20, 21 & 22, 2022 

TIME: 10:00am – 12:00pm each day

To register, please email ebussian@wilc.org

or call (914) 682-3926, ext. 2131.



Please join us for a Zoom event to learn more about

PTSD: What are the signs and symptoms? Treatment options? Support Groups? How are we mentally affected by our past /present? We aim to help you better understand PTSD and assist you with coping strategies.

Facilitator: Nimsi Gonzalez —WILC MH Advocate

DATE: Thursday June 23, 2022

TIME: 2:30 pm—3:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 819 3271 3201 Passcode: 469075



Please join us for a Zoom/In-Person event to learn more about

information, tools, and support for work readiness.

DATE: June 29, 2022 

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

For more information, please email scusack@wilc.org.

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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)