Education, Empowerment, and Equality for People with Disabilities

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.


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









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!