Education, Empowerment, and Equality for People with Disabilities

OAHIIO is a nonprofit Independent Living Center (ILC) that is staffed and governed by Native Americans with disabilities.

It is a part of the WNY Independent Living, Inc. (WNYIL), a family of agencies and is a catalyst for systems and individual change, enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities, while respecting diversity and promoting choices and alternative for independent living in our societies.



  • Independent Living Specialist

    The Native American Independent Living Specialist provides assistance and instruction to Native Americans wishing to learn or relearn daily living skills. These could consist of matters such as managing family activities, household chores, work tasks and education assignments through the use of tools, techniques and assistive technology for greater independence.

  • Native American Student Educational
    Supports Specialist

    Native American Student Educational Supports Specialist provides consultation and advocacy services to Native American Indian students with disabilities, and their families, throughout WNY. This program was created to assist the Native Indian student in ensuring their rights while navigating the educational system.

  • Family Reimbursement Program

    The New York State Office of People with Developmental (OPWDD), offers Family Support Services (FSS) providing families of developmentally disabled consumers to utilize services through the OAHIIO Family Reimbursement Program. This program, upon approval, allows goods and/or services, not funded through other sources, to be purchased by the family, provision of a receipt is needed for reimbursements. Preference is given to Native American Indians during the first half of the calendar.

  • Benefits Advisement

    A program designed to assist people in obtaining/ maintaining government benefits in order to manage their disability. Benefits advisements provide information & referral, advocacy, and peer counseling in obtaining SSI, SSDI, Social Services (Health Insurance, Food Stamps, Cash Assistance) benefits and maintaining them.

  • Advocacy

    Staff uses foundational knowledge of area agencies and community entities to aid consumers in obtaining their rights.

  • Independent Living Skills Instructions

    Staff coach consumers to improve daily living skills, financial management and information about availability of relevant assistive technologies.

  • Information and Referral

    Staff provides guidance to consumers to by identifying available resources, providing answers to their concerns and linking them to culturally sensitive service providers.

  • Native American Peer Support

    Native American Indians with disabilities, peers, assist other Native Americans with disabilities by sharing practical experiences.

Special Thanks to United Way of Greater Niagara for their 2015-2016 contribution to services and programs offered through OAHIIO!! Go to their webpage to see all of the great things that the United Way of Niagara contributes does to impact the lives of those living in Niagara County!



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473 Third Street, Niagara Falls, New York 14301  Phone: (716) 284-4204  Fax: (716) 834-5647  Toll-free: 1-800-348-8399

Toll-free: 1-800-348-8399

Special Thanks to the United Way of Greater Niagara for their contribution to OAHIIO's Programs and Services in 2015-2016!