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Sept 5th – Closed for Labor Day 

Oct 10th – Closed for Columbus Day 

Nov 11th – Closed for Veterans Day 

Nov 24th – Closed for Thanksgiving 

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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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5/25/22 – 10 Ways Community Schools Help All Students and Families Thrive from 6 PM – 7 PM  click here to view event info PDF

5/25/22 In order to better understand patient perspectives on telehealth, the New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP) has partnered with the Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS), Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to conduct the Telehealth Consumer Survey. All NYS residents, whether they have used telehealth services or not, are encouraged to complete the survey. Survey results will be used to inform future telehealth policy development within NYS.

To access the survey, visit the NYS DOH Telehealth Consumer Survey web page, located at: The survey is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Haitian-Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish, and takes approximately five minutes to complete. Providers are encouraged to share the survey with their patients, consumers, and networks. The survey will close on July 1, 2022.

All questions regarding the Telehealth Consumer Survey should be sent to the NYS DOH at

NYSILC Consumer Needs Survey

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is a statewide organization that develops a plan for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to serve people with disabilities in New York State. STIC’s Systems Advocacy Network is funded by NYSILC. We invite you to participate in this year’s consumer needs survey. Your answers will help us make sure that your needs are included in the statewide plan for services. Our goal is to make sure that all people with disabilities can fully be part of their communities and receive the services they need. Your opinions matter!
To further encourage you to reply, we will enter you in a drawing for one of FIVE $50 Amazon gift cards (only if you “opt-in”).  Otherwise, you won’t need to enter any identifying information at the end of the survey.

Please complete our survey by clicking on the link below or using a linked Word document version and following the return instructions at the end of the document.  All responses will be kept completely confidential and only the aggregated data will be reported.

To participate online:

Link to Word version of survey in English: Perhaps you have difficulty navigating Survey Monkey or prefer to take the survey in this format.


Ссылка на версию опроса в Word на русском языке:

If you have filled out a Word version of the survey, please send the completed survey to Amy Wink at NYSILC by June 25, 2022 to: or mail it to her attention at NYSILC, 111 Washington Ave., Suite 101, Albany, NY 12210.

Please complete the survey by our June 25, 2022 deadline.  Feel free to forward the email to your peers and send the link via social media. Thank you in advance for your support and participation!

5/10/22 and 5/17/22 – DEC, State Parks, and Adirondack Park Agency Announce Virtual Public Forums on Inclusivity, Accessibility, and Sustainability in the Outdoors

Lunchtime Sessions Feature Introduction by Kimberly T. Hill, Chief Disability Officer for Governor Kathy Hochul

Tuesday May 10th and May 17 –  click here to view event info PDF

5/1/22 – Ann’s 5K for HD

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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.