Native American Independent Living Demonstration (NAILD) Project
OAHIIO is the proud recipient of the Native American Independent Living Demonstration Project NAILD. There were only 3 of these grants awarded in the entire country and Western New York Independent Living is proud to be one of them! This grant is intended to develop capacity building within existing centers for Independent Living to increase service to individuals with disabilities in Indian Country. We seek to gain understanding of service needs of Native Americans living with disabilities living on and off reservations in Western New York. We realize that our native populations differ greatly from urban to rural, as well as throughout each of the different nations that reside within New York State and the surrounding area. We embrace the diversity among Native Americans and wish to help them improve the quality of life.
As part of the demonstration project we seek to improve cultural competence regarding the needs of specific tribal organizations. Meaning, we are willing to work with Nation Leaders to collaborate our efforts with the Independent Living philosophy, in a way that promotes diversity, cultural understanding and sensitivity and helps to capture lessons and best practices for other independent living centers to utilize for service delivery. If you know someone who could benefit from OAHIIO’s program please feel free to refer them to our program.
Lois Jircitano, Engagement and Referral Program Leader, (716) 284-4131 ext. 220