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Education, Empowerment, and Equality for People with Disabilities

  • Programs and Services Offered at WNYIL

    Overall Programs and Services Offered at WNY Independent Living, Inc - WNY Independent Living, Inc. is a family of agencies which provides services and programs which assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and remain independently living, working and thriving in the communities of their choice. An overview will provide informational presentation about what an independent living center is how to obtain services, where each center is located, what independent living skills are, how to obtain transportation and housing information, and how to contact the Independent Living Center.

  • ADA Compliance

    How to comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Understanding the American with Disabilities Act, as a business or non-profit organization, will assist in meeting the needs of staff, clients and volunteers who have a disability.

  • Independent Living Philosophy

    Independent Living Philosophy Training offers an opportunity to teach and train individuals with disabilities or those who are working with them, how to achieve the maximum quality of life to achieve empowerment and equality as he or she chooses, as an individual with a disability.

  • Resources for People with
    Developmental Disabilities

    Services are available through the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

  • Educational Advocacy

    Educational Advocacy offers parents, caregivers and school districts the understanding regarding special education plans (ex. 504 or Individualized Educational Plan - IEP) and how a youth/young adult can utilize their plan to assist in succeeding while attending P-12 Education.

  • Youth Transition Programs

    Transition Programs to assist Youth (age 14-24) - Transition programs offer youth/young adults and his or her parent/caregiver, information regarding diagnosis, programs, and support in the community and understanding the needs of youth/young adults who are transitioning out of high school and into college or work environment.

  • Nursing Home or Hospital Transition

    Transition from a Nursing home or Hospital assists in  providing information to individuals about “transitioning” or diversion from costly institutions, such as hospitals, nursing homes and/or psychiatric hospitals, through community based and independent living programs and skills.

  • Disability Movement, History and
    Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

    The Independent Living Center assists and provides a training on the historical and present day application of Disability Rights and the movement.  This training will offer a business, organization or community information about equal access, the Disability Movement, and the benefits of hiring someone with a disability.

  • Money Follows the Person (MFP)

    This program is designed to provide any nursing home resident with a disability and/or their family about the opportunity to understand the rights of residents in long-term care facilities and the options available to him or her to return to the community and housing of his or her choice.


     Money Follows the Person is a community based service that is available to assist with transition from Long Term Care, Nursing Home, Psychiatric Center, or any long term facility, back to home or residence of the individual's choice. This program assists in increasing each person's quality of life.

  • Working with a Disability

    Individuals with disabilities apply and obtain work opportunities each and every day. This training will offer employers, students (college and high school) staff, volunteers, the community and individuals with disabilities information about finding employment while living with a disability. This training will also offer more information for employers regarding benefits to hiring individuals with a disability.

  • Making Your Organization Accessible

    Each day businesses, organizations and communities interact with individuals with disabilities. WNY Independent Living advocates and trains businesses how to become accessible with ADA Compliance measures that each establishment can plan to ensure that any patron has the option to access stores, restaurants or any public venue.


    Without accessibility options many businesses, colleges, educational facilities, and community venues remain inaccessible for potential patrons, customers, students, or potential employees who have a disability. This training will ensure understanding and application of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to any public building, educational location or community event/space to ensure compliance is met and people of any disability can enter, spend money or become engaged with a program or service, if he or she so chooses.

  • Tour of an Independent Living Center

    This tour will offer any individual residing in Erie, Niagara or Orleans County to “walk-through” his or her local Independent Living Center and receive information about all of the programs and services being offered to the disabled community in the county/region being toured. At present, tours are offered in Batavia, Buffalo and Niagara Falls New York by appointment.

  • Medicaid Service Coordination

    Medicaid Service Coordination assists any individual with a disability, who is Medicaid eligible or living with a developmental disability to achieve goals and programs needed. The person who assists the consumer is called a Medicaid Service Coordinator.


     At WNY Independent Living, we provide this service/program, to individuals with disabilities. Our goal of  is to offer  Medicaid Service Coordination and assistance in connecting people with disabilities the ability to receive the services that he or she needs, through navigation and coordination of the large and sometimes confusing, Medicaid system.

  • Diabetes Self Management Program

    This educational training will provide individuals diagnosed with Diabetes or Chronic Illness, family members, caregivers and/or health care providers information about who are diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 or Chronic Illness an informational session regarding a program which encourages the individual to create and attend important medical appointments, develop a personalized plan for their own wellness and,  monitoring of health and long term care coordination.

  • Employment, Housing and Intake/Assessments for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (BIP)

    Recently, WNY Independent Living, Inc. has increased our programming to include the Balance Incentive Program which works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to obtain housing, employment and life goals, alongside any assessments to reassessments for rehabilitation, occupational therapy or neuropsychology assessment that he or she may need to qualify for the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Front Door process.

  •  Medicaid Application Assistance Program (MAAP)

    This program provides assistance in applying to Medicaid and Medicaid Programs to individuals who are Aging, Certified Blind and/or Disabled (ABD). The program is funded through the NYS Department of Health. Learn More.

  • Health Home Coordination

    Health and Care Navigation - Individuals with disabilities are more likely to have chronic illnesses which can cause death to occur at a younger age of up to 25 years younger. WNY Independent Living offers a program which assists individuals with disabilities to attend important doctor’s appointments, provide support through independent living skills and obtaining health insurance an integrated approach to health, information about the medical systems and learning how to navigate them with ease, and a customized plan which will provide ongoing support from a Health Care Navigator. Our Agency offers three Health Homes Programs which assists with care management service, which assists with an individual's health providers to communicate with one another so that all of all of his or her needs are addressed in a comprehensive manner. WNYIL’s "Care Coordinator" oversees and provides access to all of the services an individual needs to assure that they receive everything necessary to stay healthy, and out of costly emergency room visits and long-term stays in the hospital.

  • Addict 2 Addict: Peer & Family Support

    Addict 2 Addict: Peer & Family Support program is a MHPC Peer lead team serving people with substance abuse disorders and families and loved ones with substance use disorders. The Addict 2 Addict team is available to those adults in Erie County who decide they are “Ready” for a new life and recovery. The team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will respond to a call within 24 hours. The Peers, in addiction recovery themselves and who have family members with addiction, share their recovery experience to those deciding they are “Ready”. The addicted Peers help the addicted and their families and loved ones, navigate the many avenues to take once deciding they are “Ready” to give it up. The recovering addicted peer informs, advocates, and provides Peer Counseling in an effort to guide the individuals in need to take the first steps in their recovery path. Call 716-836-2726 when you are “Ready” to choose a path of recovery.

  • Independent Consumer Advocacy Network (ICAN)

    Independent Consumer Advocacy Network (ICAN) provides free, confidential help to consumers who are eligible for or enrolled in Health and Recovery Plans (HARPs). They can help you decide whether HARP is right for you, answer your questions about your benefits, provide advice and information, and advocate for you in the appeals process. Call ICAN at 1-844-614-8800 or email ican@cssny.org. ICAN is the ombudsprogram for people with Medicaid who need long term care services or behavioral health services.

WNY Independent Living, as a family of agencies, has a number of programs and services which are offered throughout the entire region of Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming and Genesee Counties. To review the programs and services currently offered, click the buttons, or for a list of services in an accessible format, click the button at the bottom right.

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3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214  (716) 836-0822 (Voice/TDD)  (716) 835-3967 (Fax)