What is Putnam Independent Living Services?
Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS) is a
satellite office of the Westchester Independent Living Center, Inc. (WILC),
which is located in White Plains, New York.
Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS) incorporates
in its daily activities the Independent Living philosophy of choice, societal
inclusion, and empowerment. The Programs and Services at PILS reflect the
requirements of PILS' consumers and the demands of our evolving society. The
scope of the services is directed by individual and community needs. As people
and needs change, so do PILS' Programs and Services in order to fulfill it's
mission of supporting self-sufficiency and self-determination.
WILC's/PILS' Programs and Services are designed by,
directed by and, in most cases, delivered by qualified individuals with a wide
range of disabilities. PILS staff members provide information, counseling,
guidance, and understanding when working with PILS consumers, but it is the
consumers themselves who make their own choices toward the pursuit of their
Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS) not only
provides services to Putnam County, but it also facilitates WILC in servicing
the northern part of WILC's catchment area, i.e., northern Westchester,
Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties.
PILS' Services are provided Free of Charge to
individuals with disabilities and/or their family members, regardless of age,
sex, disability, ethnic or racial background, or religious affiliation. PILS'
materials can be made available in alternate formats. Spanish speaking staff
are available at PILS, as are Sign Language interpreters.
What can Putnam Independent
Living Services do for YOU?
- Provide information on and referrals to services
available for individuals with varying disabilities and/or their families
- Provide assistance in understanding and accessing
resources, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental
Security Income (SSI), Social Security Work Incentive Program, Medicare,
Medicaid, public assistance, food stamps, emergency food sources, etc.
- On an individual and/or group basis, offer
emotional support and practical advice on disability-related issues and
- Provide training in everyday life skills, such as
personal assistance services, managing an attendant, accessing technology,
utilizing adaptive equipment, arranging transportation, wellness, etc
- Provide presentations to schools, businesses, civic
groups, etc. to heighten community awareness and understanding of
disability-related issues. Programs can be tailored to specific needs upon
- Educate local businesses and professionals about
how they can/should make their places of business accessible to persons with
disabilities. Address physical and attitudinal barriers faced by persons with
disabilities. Assist the community toward compliance with the law.
PILS' fully accessible 2,300 square foot
state-of-the-art Conference Facility can accommodate up to 50 people for
classroom style trainings - more if set up differently. Heights of work tables
can be adjusted to accommodate various types of wheelchairs. Powerpoint/Webcast
technology available. Features an eating area, breakout rooms, accessible
bathroom, and ample Free parking (also accessible by Paratransit). Contact PILS
for more details and/or to reserve/book the space for your function.
For detailed information on specific
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