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WILC incorporates the Independent Living
philosophy of choice, societal inclusion, and empowerment for people with disabilities.
WILC staff members provide information, counseling, guidance,
and understanding when working with WILC's consumers, but it is the consumers
themselves who make their own choices toward the pursuit of their personal
WILC provides information on and referrals to services
available for individuals with varying disabilities. The aim is to provide
individuals with resources and options that can assist them in making informed
choices about living, learning, and working independently. WILC's staff is
available to both consumers and agencies to research individual requests for
information and potential referral resources. The following are examples of
issues/areas on which we provide information:
- Mental health/health care supports and services
- Senior services
- Assistive Technology
- Legal services
- Systems Advocacy
- ADA Consultation
WILC"s Benefits and Entitlements services are
provided by Advocates and Peer Advocates who are certified Benefits and Work
Incentives Practitioners. This service is designed to help consumers understand
what resources are available to them and to assist them in making informed
choices. We provide assistance in understanding and accessing available
resources, such as:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Social Security Work Incentive Program
- Medicaid benefits for the working disabled (Medicaid Buy-In)
- Public assistance
- Food stamps
- Emergency food sources
- Immigration services
WILC's staff can also provide the
- Assistance in completing applications;
- Assistance in locating resources to help in the development
of a PASS PLAN (SSI's Plans for Achieving Self-Support)
- Assistance in preparing for hearings, administrative reviews
- Assistance with Section 8 housing applications and
On an individual
and/or group basis, peer advisors offer emotional support and practical advice
on disability-related issues and concerns. Peer advisors can meet with
individuals in WILC's main office in White Plains, satellite office (PILS) in
Carmel, and/or outreach office in Yonkers. Peer advisors are also available to
visit newly disabled individuals at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and
mental health facilities to help facilitate their transition back to the
community. Peer advisors can serve as role models. The approach is - We've been
there, we can talk about how we've coped.
WILC and its
satellite office, PILS, have Cyber Cafés available for use by consumers
who do not have access to computers and/or internet access. This allows
consumers to access the internet for information, correspond with their VR
counselors, up-date their resumes, and/or work on job search functions. Staff
is available to provide assistance.
Do any of
these questions apply to you?
If yes, we can help.
- I went to the pharmacy and couldn't get my medication. They
told me my Medicaid was inactive. What do I do now?
- I was denied SSI/SSDI benefits. Can I appeal?
- How much SSDI or SSI am I entitled to receive?
- My Food Stamps were reduced or cut off. What do I do