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Westchester Independent Living Center

Putnam Independent Living Services

October 2022

October is a beautiful time of year, full of change not only in the leaves but in life itself. Although we are sad to see summer go, fall has a beauty of its own and we at WILC and PILS are excited for this upcoming season of transition and reflection. Since our last newsletter, we have some important and helpful information to share… from housing to voting, shopping and more… please read along to find out more! 

WILC Initiates Rapid Transition Housing Program (RTHP)

The Rapid Transition Housing Program (RTHP) provides a rental subsidy and supportive housing services for high-need Medicaid beneficiaries. RTHP, previously known as Nursing Home to Independent Living (NHIL), is a Medicaid Redesign Team initiative funded by the Department of Health and administered by the New York Association on Independent Living. The program will be available in four areas of the state: Long Island, Syracuse, New York City and Rochester.


Eligible participants of the program are those individuals who are either currently enrolled in the program or are individuals with one or more documented chronic physical disabilities and have two or more chronic conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes, substance abuse disorder (SUD)). Participants in the program must be on Medicaid and referred as homeless high utilizers by a hospital, Managed Care Organization (MCO), medical respite, Performing Provider System (PPS), or skilled nursing facility (SNF).


The RTHP subsidy will be modeled after the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) and Olmstead Housing Subsidy program in that the lease will be in the individual’s name and he/she will be required to pay 30% of their monthly income, less allowances. There will also be funding available for “community transition services” which includes security deposits, moving expenses, utility payments, and household establishment purchases.


NYAIL is partnering with member ILCs to staff Housing Specialists and Independent Living Specialists in the areas being served to provide outreach and assist eligible individuals with RTHP enrollment, unit selection, service planning and linkage to providers as needed.


WILC began this Program 8/1/22. Please contact Michelle Bianchi at mbianchi@wilc.org 914-682-3926 for additional information.

Polling Place Accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Help America Vote Act say it's your right to vote privately and independently, no matter what your disability. It's the LAW!

 

All polling places are required to be accessible under ADA. Keep in mind that you can request assistance from an inspector at the polling place. You can always bring someone with you, but that person will be asked to take an oath not to influence your vote.

 

If you experience any difficulties, please ask for the poll site coordinator.

 

In Westchester County, the Board of Elections (BOE) phone number is 914-995-5700. Should you confront an accessibility problem, contact your respective County BOE and ask to speak with someone about disability accessibility problems at polling sites. Register your complaint with that office; then consult Michael Hellmann, WILC's ADA Specialist at Ext. 2119.


There are also multiple voter hotlines available that voters with disabilities can call for more information and assistance with casting their ballots on Election Day:


Disability Rights New York (800) 993-8982

Election Protection Hotline (866) 687-8683

National Association of the Deaf ASL Voter Hotline (301) 818-8683

Did You Know?

  • An easy way to donate to and support WILC & PILS is by signing up for the Amazon Smile program. By simply shopping at www.smile.amazon.com, and choosing “Westchester Independent Living” as your charity, Amazon will donate to WILC & PILS at no extra cost to you. 
  • WILC & PILS are gearing up to celebrate national World Kindness Day on November 13th. Please stay tuned for more info, and join us in performing random acts of kindness now, and every day… It’s time to make kindness the norm!

Upcoming Webinars

Educational Records Binder 


Please join us for a Zoom Webinar featuring: 

Denise Green & Fiona Rattray - from WILC’s Parent Training & Information Center 

Sponsored by Autism FLOS and the Yonkers Riverfront Library 


DATE: Thursday, October 20, 2022 

TIME: 7:00pm – 8:30pm 


Are you drowning in paperwork?  

Do you want to develop a filing system for all the evaluations, progress reports,

IEPS, etc. 

 Do you want to have a system to make locating the information needed easier?  

If you answered yes to the above, join us and we will put the binder together during this webinar. 


Click HERE to register. 


If you have difficulty registering, please email dgreen@putnamils.org  

or call (845) 228-7457.

Disability Rights and Employment Awareness Month (DREAM) Virtual Career Fair


Please join the New York Department of Labor for the First Annual Disability Rights and Employment Awareness Month Virtual Career Fair. During the preview day, you can enter the platform, upload your resume and visit the different exhibitor booths to see job openings, videos, and other information. This is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the tool and get ready for the live event!


During the live event, you can view all of the same content and also chat one-on-one with recruiters at their booth!


PREVIEW DATE: Monday, October 24, 2022

TIME: 9:00 am


LIVE EVENT DATE: Tuesday, October 25, 2022

TIME: 10:00am - 2:00 pm


Click HERE to register. 

Intro to Dyscalculia 


Please join us for a webinar featuring: 

Fiona Rattray from WILC’s Parent Training & Information Center 

Sponsored by Starbridge Inc. 

 

DATE: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:00pm 


Learn about Dyscalculia (math disability): prevalence, identification and intervention.

 

Click HERE to register. 


If you have difficulty registering, please email frattray@putnamils.org 

or call (845) 228-7457. 


A View from the Inside: Special Education Attorneys with Disabilities 


Please join us for a Zoom Webinar featuring: 

Fiona Rattray from WILC’s Parent Training & Information Center 

Sponsored by ACSD SEPTA 

 

DATE: Wednesday, October 27, 2022 

TIME: 7:00pm – 8:30pm 


In this webinar, three attorneys (Michael Gilberg, Robert Tudisco & Pthara Jeppe) who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Dyslexia will discuss their own experiences and how the disabilities affected their lives, how they feel it affects students in Special Education, and how it has changed since they were students. 


Click HERE to register. 


If you have difficulty registering, please email frattray@putnamils.org 

or call (845) 228-7457.

IEP Basics 


Please join us for a Zoom Webinar featuring: 

Denise Green & Fiona Rattray from WILC’s Parent Training & Information Center 

Sponsored by Autism FLOS and the Yonkers Riverfront Library 


DATE: Monday, November 7th 2022 

TIME: 1:00pm – 2:30pm 


Learn about what should be included in the IEP and questions you need to ask. 


Click HERE to register. 


If you have difficulty registering, please email dgreen@putnamils.org  

Or call (845) 228-7457 

IEP Basics 


Please join us for a Zoom Webinar featuring: 

Denise Green from WILC’s Parent Training & Information Center 

Sponsored by Autism FLOS and the Yonkers Riverfront Library 


DATE: Thursday, November 10, 2022 

TIME: 7:00pm – 8:30pm 


Learn about what should be included in the IEP and questions you need to ask. 

Click HERE to register. 


If you have difficulty registering, please email dgreen@putnamils.org  

Or call (845) 228-7457 

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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)

contact@wilc.org

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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)

contact@putnamils.org