Access & Equipment
We can help you find the cheapest and easiest way to make your home barrier-free. For some eligible people, we can also find funding for modifications for homes or vehicles.
Our TRAID (Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities) Center shows how technology--from simple homemade gadgets to computer systems--can make you more independent. We have items on display and can tell you how to get what you need.
Need to borrow a wheelchair, TTY, telecaptioner, walker, etc. for a short time? We have all kinds of equipment available for loan.
Advice & Information
Americans with Disabilities Act Services
We train and consult on all areas of ADA access and employment provisions for businesses, agencies, and government, for a fee.
Information and help in applying for and receiving benefits from Social Security--including the Medicaid Buy-In, Social Services, medical programs, utilities, etc.
Info and help on finding suitable, affordable housing.
Information & Referral
We have lots of information on disability issues. If we don't have it, we'll try to find it.
We loan books (print/braille), tapes (audio/video), magazines, etc. on disability issues.
Working with you to make sure that your rights are protected: your right to a sign language interpreter at public meetings; your right to a barrier-free community; your right to attendant care with dignity; your child's right to a free appropriate education, and much more.
Want to get involved in making the world a better place for people with disabilities? Join STIC's SAIL (System Advocates for Independent Living) group! Have fun while you work with others for systems change!
If you are on or eligible for Medicaid, and want to live independently at home with your disability, CDPA can help you.
We'll show you how to hire, train and supervise your own attendants to assist with bathing, dressing, eating and other daily tasks.
Call or email us for more information - Ask for CDPA program.
If you're looking to get out of a nursing home, group home, hospital, or other institutional setting and move into your own home in the community, STIC can help! Our Community Integration Advocates (CIAs) offer a full range of services including peer counseling, advocacy, housing and benefits advice and assistance, and assistance with loan or give-away household items--everything you need to find an accessible place to live and set up housekeeping.
A chance to talk to somebody with a similar disability or to be part of a support group.
Centered around you and/or your family, working with you to find the best ways to cope with stress, family, emotional, disability and other personal concerns.
All of the services listed here are available to people with hearing loss, including those who are culturally Deaf. Our Deaf Services Coordinator is a native American Sign Language (ASL) user, and most of our staffs know some basic sign language.
STIC is home to the Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) for the Mid-South Region (serving Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties).
The ECDC offers a regional clearinghouse of comprehensive information, makes referrals to other resources, and offers training and support for families, professionals, and community agencies concerned with young children with disabilities from birth through age five.
The ECDC's goals include:
- Gathering and disseminating accurate and reliable information
- Developing resource networks for families, educators and other professionals
- Supporting the inclusion of young children in community based programs
- Arranging training opportunities for families, educators and other professionals
Early Intervention Services
STIC provides service coordination under the NYS Department of Health (DOH) Early Intervention Program for children up to age 3.
Advice on writing resumes and interviewing for jobs, and information on job openings.
If you're eligible, our Job Connections program can help you find a job and provide a "coach" to assist you to learn your duties and be a part of the workplace.
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
There are as many different ways of doing household chores, budgeting, shopping, etc., as there are disabilities. Exploring together, we can find the best ways for you.
Arranging for qualified sign language interpreters, or readers or scribes, for a fee.
NURSING HOME TRANSITION AND DIVERSION MEDICAID WAIVER (NHTD)
STIC operates the Binghamton - Southern Tier Region and Syracuse Region NHTD Regional Resource Development Center (RRDC). The RRDC does not provide ongoing direct services; rather, it works to increase the quantity and quality of integrated individualized services for people with disabilities and/or seniors, and helps these people and their families hook up with those services.
Contact STIC page:
Binghamton/Southern Tier e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Syracuse e-mail: email@example.com
Assisting you to hook up with a variety of service providers to meet the needs you specify. We are approved to provide this service under the:
- OMRDD Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver
- DOH Early Intervention program
Currently, STIC support groups include:
"Parents Empowering Parents (PEP)" - for parents of children with disabilities.
For this group, contact Jo Anne Novicky at (607) 724-2111 (voice/TTY).
A range of services to assist high school students with disabilities to plan for and achieve the changeover from school to living and working in the real world, in integrated settings and real jobs that they choose. Services are available to students in Broome-Tioga BOCES, and in the Binghamton, Johnson City, and Union-Endicott school districts.
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI) SERVICES
STIC operates the Binghamton - Southern Tier Region TBI Regional Resource Development Center (RRDC). The RRDC does not provide ongoing direct services; rather, it works to increase the quantity and quality of integrated individualized services for people with TBI, and helps people with TBI and their families hook up with those services.
For more information, visit: Binghamton - Southern Tier TBI RRDC.
Because we're controlled by people with disabilities, we're the only local agency with a true disability perspective on issues such as law, services and education. Our expertise can aid your professional growth and help you understand legal issues regarding disability. Our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Disabilities Awareness (for children, teachers and others) training programs are available for a fee. We also design customized training on deafness, medical services and other issues.