Our Core Services
Our Core Services include independent living skills, individual and systems advocacy, information and referral, and peer supports.
ILNC provides Transition Services, Developmental Disability Programs, Independent Living Services, Benefits Advisement, Mental Health and Wellness Coaching. Services are available through Office of Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
Taking Control: Member Directed
Personal Assistant Services (CDPAS)
Your member may be eligible for our fiscal intermediary in-home personal assistant services. The member controls hiring, training, and evaluating their personal care provided by the assistant. To Take Control and use this service, your member must be eligible for personal assistant services; have a working telephone in their home; and be a self-directing person who can understand the decisions about medical needs and implement them. For more information on contracting or questions or concerns, please call: 716-836-0822.
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
This program offers individual and family support, Telecommunication Technology information, deaf support groups, education, referrals, deaf community outreach and on and off site sign language classes.
This program assists individuals with applying for benefits such as SSI and SSD related to his or her disability or diagnosis.
Independent Living of Niagara County
Our agency provides a variety of ways to financially support our mission. Individual contributions through our annual appeal letter, volunteering at events, and serving through the ILNC Council (see below). To get involved, please call our main number at 716-284-4131.
ILNC has a regional board of directors who monitor, direct, recommend, oversee the budget and assist the Director in achieving the agencies overall goals which includes equality, education and empowerment for people with disabilities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ICAN is the ombudsprogram for people with Medicaid who need long term care services or behavioral health services.
Addict 2 Addict Niagara
Independent Living of Niagara County (ILNC) is pleased to announce the opening of ADDICT 2 ADDICT Niagara (A2A Niagara). It is based at the ILNC offices in the Haeberle Plaza, 746 Portage Road, north of Pine Avenue, in Niagara Falls, NY.
This effort differs from other opioid crisis outreaches you see advertised that are clinic-based, and do not share the history or empathy with the addicts of our staff. A2A Niagara has recruited recovering addicts to offer help to still-struggling addicts who have decided they want to work towards their own recovery.
ILNC has established an A2A Niagara hotline for Niagara County, (716) 398-4333; calls for assistance will be answered in 24 hours or less. For more information on the Addict 2 Addict program contact Desiree Wlodarek at (716) 284-4131, extension 233.
Independent Living of Niagara County is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.
Aged, Blind & Disabled
Medicaid Application Assistance Program
Funded by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), the Medicaid Application Assistance Program (MAAP) helps individuals who are over 65, certified blind and/or disabled regardless of age, to apply for programs through Department of Social Services, including, Community Medicaid programs, Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities, Medicaid Spend-Down, Managed Long Term Care (MLTC), and Nursing Home/Chronic Care Coverage. This program was created to ensure the Aged, Blind and Disabled have access to comprehensive, affordable health insurance. We have a team of experienced enrollment staff throughout Western New York who are ready to assist you with the application process for Medicaid. Learn more.