OAHIIO

"The Good Path"

Serving People with Disabilities Throughout Western New York

OAHIIO Services

Our 5 core services

• Information and Referral
• Independent Living Skills
• Advocacy
• Peer Counseling
• Transitional Services

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Disabilities could include, but not limited to:

  • Deaf/Blind or Low Vision
  • Cognitive: Learning Disabilities, Children with special needs such as Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Dyslexia, ADHD, etc.
  • Mental/Emotional: Aggression, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Alcohol/Substance Abuse, Bipolar, Eating Disorders, etc.
  • Physical: Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Back Injury, Amputation, MS, HIV/AIDS and others

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How do we help our Consumers?

  • SSI and SSDI Benefits Advisement
  • Assisting in filling out any necessary paperwork, explaining contents, and help to organize
  • Assist in finding Housing, Mental Health Counseling, Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation
  • Teaching Job Skills: Resume building, job searching, interviewing skills
  • Assisting with ACCES-VR services
  • Assistance in reading and organizing paperwork to avoid frustration
  • Assistance in cooking a meal
  • How to use/get transportation
  • Volunteer/Work Training/GED/ Educational Advocacy
  • Attending appointments for peer support
  • Offering peer advocacy in any way we can!

No discrimination based on income, race, religion or gender.  We promote independence and embrace our differences! You decide how we can help, and we provide services based on your unique needs.

Independent Living Centers are 501(c)3, non-profit organizations.

OAHIIO Mission

The OAHIIO Advisory Council, staff, and volunteers are comprised mainly of Native Americans, the majority of which are individuals with disabilities. We operate a consumer focused, person centered, culturally based organization, creating opportunities for choice, independence and community participation by advocating for the elimination of physical, cultural and attitudinal barriers that restrict individual access to entitlements and support services.

473 Third Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14301
Phone: (716) 836-0822 ext. 175
Fax: (716) 253-6740
Toll-free: 1-800-348-8399

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


It is a part of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. (WNYIL), 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.

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