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 May 27 – Closed for Memorial Day

 June 1STIC’s Trivia Night 7-9pm

 June 14Day of Action @ STIC

 June 15Big Zues BBQ / STIC Fundraiser

 Location: LOWE’S Upper Front St. – 11am until gone

 June 19 – Closed for Juneteenth 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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Thursday, May 23, 4-5:30 pm EDT

DISABILITY ORGANIZERS FORUM: OLMSTEAD & HOUSING Thursday, May 23, 1-2:30 pm PDT / 4-5:30 pm EDT Olmstead is 25 years old this year! But disabled people, especially BIPOC, get stuck in nursing homes as well as prisons and mental health facilities -- partly because it is so hard to get housing! Join us for the second in a series of zoom discussions on Olmstead and community organizing today. Allie Cannington, Director of Advocacy, The Kelsey Felix Jordan, Community Organizer Domonique Howell, Disability & Family Advocate, Liberty Resources Allen Hines, Housing Access Director, Community Vision Greg Robinson, Deputy Director of Public Policy, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network Register at Call includes ASL & live captioning Email for more info

STIC’s MERCH STORE is open – please share with family and friends 🙂

STIC Announces Trivia Night June 1 – REGISTER HERE

Trivia night poster for 6/1/24 at 7pm

May 11ACA All Nations Celebration




4/17/24 – Fighting the good fight “to ensure disability advocates have a seat at the table, to ensure Independent Living Centers are truly protected, and to ensure the essential function of Independent Living Centers as Fiscal Intermediaries is protected.”

Thank you so much to our dedicated and brave staff members who have spent days in Albany tirelessly trying to preserve the CDPA Program and the vital role of STIC as an FI! And special thanks to Sue Lang Hoyt for the fantastic photos!

2/27/24 We talk about the governor’s proposed changes to the embattled Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, with Blaise Bryant, communications specialist with the New York Association on Independent Living, and Bryan O’Malley, executive director of the Consumer Directed Action of New York.    


2/12/24 – Lobby Day in Albany 

Consumers are very welcome to come – worker should add their names to the attending list if you are bringing them.

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Xscapes are interactive adventure based escape room scenarios. Escape rooms are a rapidly growing popular entertainment adventure. You are part of a team of players who are placed in a room filled with puzzles and the clues that you need to solve the adventure. You have one hour to escape the scenario successfully. Can your team do it? Are you and your companions observant, logical, problem solvers with the inherent talentand knowledge to win in record time? Can you collaborate performing as a team, each member applying their particular talents and insights to the challenge at hand, keeping sight of the overall goal? This isn’t a board room meeting on “team building”, This is the test: Time to Function. Get yourselves some bragging rights. Think yourselves out of the big box. Simon Says: Assemble your team, and have some hands-on fun.

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 purchase all spots. We suggest everyone start with VALLEY of the KINGS or LAST PHARAOH STANDING first. 

Cost per player is 25.00 for Valley of the Kings, Last Pharaoh Standing, 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