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Western New York Independent Living, Inc.

WNY Independent Living Inc. is a catalyst for systems and individual change, enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities, while respecting diversity, and promoting choices and alternatives for independent living in our societies. Mission WNY Independent Living Inc (WNYIL) is a multi-cultural, grassroots, peer directed, civil rights organization that provides a full range of assistance, programs and services to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with disabilities. The WNYIL Board of Directors, Independent Living of Niagara County Council, Native American Independent Living Services Council, Mental Health Peer Connection Council, staff and volunteers, comprised of a majority of persons with disabilities, operate a professional and efficient organization creating opportunities for choice, independence and community participation. This is accomplished by eliminating physical and attitudinal barriers and facilitating transportation and communication access in our community. The WNYIL assists persons with disabilities to realize their life choices through information and referral, independent living skills, individual and systems advocacy, peer counseling, advocacy empowerment programs, self-help, leadership development, support to families and community education and partnerships. Description The WNYIL works to fill the gaps that have long existed between medical rehabilitation service agencies and the needs of people with disabilities through systems advocacy, coordination with other agencies and a comprehensive program of services. Individual Direct Services: Advocacy Service, Braille Transcription, Emergency Preparedness Plan, Equipment Loan, Financial Benefits Consultation, Home and Building Modification Consultation, Housing Consultation, Independent Living Skills Evaluation, Independent Living Skills Instruction, Individual Support Services (ISS), Information and Referral, Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC), Peer Counseling, Recreational Peer Support Groups, Rehabilitation Teaching, Student Transition, Volunteer Reader Service Community Services: Braille Transcription, Community and Systems Advocacy, Community Education, Information and Referral. Other Services Offered: Transportation Services, Client Assistance Program (CAP) and ?Taking Control? (A Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program).
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