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***Important Upcoming Event on May 20th***

May 20 – Emergency Preparedness

STIC – 135 E Frederick St. Binghamton

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May 23 – CHEC Letter Writing – 5pm to 7pm 

STIC – 135 E Frederick St. Binghamton

May 25 – CHEC In-Person / Zoom Meeting – 12pm 

STIC – 135 E Frederick St. Binghamton

May 29 – Closed for Memorial Day

May 30Doug’s Fish Fry To Go @ STIC – 11am – 6:30pm

135 East Frederick St. Binghamton, NY 13904

June 19 – Closed for Juneteenth

July 4 – Closed for the 4th of July

Sept 4 – Closed for Labor Day

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Imagine a world that is accessible to everyone–where no barriers to independence exist; where you’re allowed to be yourself and free to let your disability be just one more part of you. Together we can shape this world. Join the Independent Living (R)evolution! Our unity can be a potent force for change.

In addition to providing services, the Southern Tier Independence Center is a gathering place for people and information. Our joint efforts in understanding the issues and concerns of people with disabilities can pave the way to this more accessible world.

The Center believes that people have the right to be responsible for making their own choices. By working with you rather than for you, we respect your ability to know what’s best for you.

If any of our services seem like a good option for you, we’d like to meet you! All services are free unless otherwise indicated.

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STIC has formed a Community Habilitation Equity Coalition (CHEC).

CHEC’s mission is to advocate for equity in Community Habilitation (CH) billing and rates, in order to achieve a living wage for Direct Support Professionals.
As you may know, Community Habilitation is a critical service that provides supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to foster independence.

CHEC will be comprised of families, community service provider agencies, Care Coord Organizations, Direct Support Professionals and most importantly, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

CHEC meets in person (and via Zoom) on the last Thursday of each month at 12p. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 5/25, at noon; lunch will be provided.

Additionally, STIC is hosting a letter writing campaign on Tuesday, 5/23, 5p-7p at STIC’s office. A virtual option may be available, if needed.
If planning to attend this event in person, please park in our back lot on Ely St. and enter from the back of our building into our Helen Keller Rooms.
Refreshments and childcare will be provided so you can stay focused on supporting our advocacy efforts to boost CH rates and increase DSP wages.

Writing materials and support will be provided, as needed, by STIC staff.
We hope you will join us for this important campaign and take part in the efforts to increase DSP wages.
Together, we can make a difference.
We look forward to see you there!

Please RSVP for each event by emailing

4/24/23 – Support Fair Pay for Home Care!

STICsters have been fighting hard to get fair wages for homecare workers and end the worker shortage. We need your help!

Come to Albany on Monday April 24 at 11 am to join our rally!

Call Governor Hochul (518-474-8390), Assembly Speaker Heastie (518-455-3791), and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins (518-455-2585) and tell them to pass the Fair Pay for Home Care bill and stop letting insurance companies keep our wages in their pockets.

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3/8/23 – Slam the Scam

The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) has designated March 9, 2023, as National “Slam the Scam” Day – an outreach campaign to raise public awareness of Social Security scams and other government imposter scams.  This is part of National Consumer Protection Week , March 5 – 11, 2023.  Click here for more information.

3/4/23 – Activist Judy Heumann led a reimagining of what it means to be disabled

Judy Heumann was the first person I called when, in 1987, I reported my first story on disability rights. Judy, who contracted polio when she was 18 months old, gave me the quote that perfectly summed up that little-known civil rights movement. Click here for more information.

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Cost is per player – minimum is 4 players to book a room and can have up to 8 players maximum players. Whether you have 2 players or 3 players, you must pay for at least 4 spots to reserve a room. Other players can join you unless you click to purchase a private room. We suggest everyone start with VALLEY of the KINGS first. 

Cost per player is 25.00 for Valley of the Kings and Exit Protocol

Cost per player is 30.00 for Twilight Zone or Wizard and Dragon


Call (607) 760-3322 for possible last minute bookings if available