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Independent Living Centers

Independent Living Centers (ILCs) are community-based, independent nonprofit organizations that are run by and for individuals with disabilities. They provide services that help those with disabilities lead independent, productive, and meaningful lives. 

What Services do ILCs Provide? 

All ILCs provide a core set of services geared toward promoting equal access, self-advocacy, personal growth, peer role modeling, and empowerment. These core services include: 

  • Peer counseling and support 
  • Independent living skills training: 
    • Budgeting 
    • Meal preparation 
    • Transportation arrangement 
    • Job search 
    • Self-advocacy 
  • Information and referral services 
  • Individual and systems advocacy
     

Other Services Provided

  • Housing assistance
  • Assistance with benefits and entitlements
  • Help overcoming communication barriers
  • Non-clinical personal counseling
  • Help obtaining, using, repairing, and maintaining assistive equipment
  • Voter registration assistance
  • Disability awareness training
  • Training and workshops on disability issues and laws
  • Development of Plans to Achieve Self Support (PASS) for SSI/SSDI public assistance
  • Community-specific training and services

Call your local ILC to find out what services they provide:

MANHATTAN
Harlem Independent Living Center
4289 St. Nicholas Avenue, Suite 21
New York, NY 10027
Toll Free (800) 673-2371
(212) 222-7122
TTY (212) 222-7198

Videophone (646) 755-3092
BRONX
Bronx Independent Living Services, Inc.
4419 Third Avenue, Suite 2C
Bronx, NY 10457
(718) 515-2800
TTY (718) 515-2803

Videophone (866) 426-8059
www.bils.org
BROOKLYN
Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled
27 Smith Street
Suite 200

Brookyn, NY 11201
(718) 998-3000
TTY (718) 998-7406

www.bcid.org
Manhattan Center
for Independence of the Disabled
841 Broadway, Suite 301
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-2300; TTY (212) 674-5619
Videophone (646) 350-2681
www.cidny.org

 

QUEENS
Queens Center for Independence of the Disabled
80-20 Kew Gardens Road,
Suite 107

Kew Gardens, NY 11415
(646) 442-1520
TTY (718) 866-0428

Videophone: (347) 905-5088
www.cidny.org
STATEN ISLAND
Staten Island Center for Independent Living
470 Castelton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 720-9016
TTY (718) 720-9870

www.siciliving.org
CATEGORY
Working and Adult Life, Housing and access, Support for independent living
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