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Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS) incorporates in its daily activities the Independent Living philosophy of choice, societal inclusion, and empowerment.

PILS staff members provide information, counseling, guidance, and understanding when working with PILS consumers, but it is the consumers themselves who make their own choices toward the pursuit of their personal objectives.

PILS' Services are provided Free of Charge to individuals with disabilities and/or their family members, regardless of age, sex, disability, ethnic or racial background, or religious affiliation. PILS' materials can be made available in alternate formats. Spanish speaking staff are available at PILS, as are Sign Language interpreters by appointment.

Core Services

Benefits and Entitlements Advisement

Assistance in understanding and accessing available resources, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Work Incentive Program, Medicare, Medicaid, public assistance, food stamps, emergency food sources, etc.

Information and Referral

Provides information on and referrals to services available for individuals with varying disabilities.

Community Outreach

Presentations to schools, businesses, civic groups, etc. heighten community awareness and understanding of disability-related issues. Programs can be tailored to specific needs upon request.

Peer Advisement

On an individual and/or group basis, peer advisors offer emotional support and practical advice on disability-related issues and concerns.

Independent Living Skills

Provides training in everyday life skills, such as personal assistance services, managing an attendant, accessing technology, arranging transportation, utilizing adaptive equipment, wellness, etc.

Individual and Systems Advocacy

Works with individuals, community organizations, and state/national networks to promote full inclusion of people with disabilities into their communities.

Equal Access Consultation

Educates local businesses and professionals about how they can/should make their places of business accessible to persons with disabilities. Addresses physical and attitudinal barriers and assists the community toward compliance with the law.

Specialized Programs at PILS

Educational Advocacy Program

Assists parents of children with special needs make informed decisions about educational rights, choices, responsibilities, and long-term outcomes; provides on-going support navigating the special education system; identifies and links parents with appropriate community resources; participates in CPSE, CSE and Section 504 meetings; and provides workshops for parents and professionals on a variety of topics.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Regional Resource Development Center (RRDC)

This Medicaid Waiver Program is a cost-effective, community-based alternative to nursing facility placement. Provides individuals with TBI home and community-based services. WILC is the TBI RRDC for the Lower Hudson Valley Region.

Nursing Home and Transition Diversion (NHTD) Waiver RRDC

This Waiver Program assesses, plans, and supports the transition of nursing home residents, who are eager to and capable of returning to community living, back to integrated community living settings of their own choosing. It also assists in the diversion of persons at risk of being placed in a skilled nursing facility. WILC is the Lower Hudson Valley Region NHTD RRDC.

Parent Training and Information Program (PTIP)

Informs parents of children with special needs about their rights in the education system. Provides training, advocacy, technical assistance, and information and referral services in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties.

Open Doors

WILC is the regional lead agency for this program and our goal is to assist people living in nursing homes and OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) intermediate care facilities in the lower Hudson Valley Region to transition to and/or remain in the community. We work with auxiliary outreach agencies based at local independent living centers. The lower Hudson Valley Region includes Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess, and Ulster Counties.


WILC is the lead agency for the New York State Ombudsman Program in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties. The program is an effective advocate and resource for older adults and persons with disabilities who live in nursing homes, assisted living and other licensed adult care homes.

This Website - www.PutnamILS.org

Provides detailed information about PILS, WILC, Independent Living, ADA, legislation and issues that concern persons with disabilities, plus hundreds of links to disability related organizations, publications, webzines, state and federal government sites, etc. This Website is accessible to persons with disabilities. This Website translates into Spanish.


Provides workshops/trainings on numerous topics, i.e., Special Education, ADA, Entitlements, etc. Contact PILS for current schedule.

Regional Programs

These WILC/PILS programs serve 7 counties of the Lower Hudson Valley Region - Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster.

Traumatic Brain Injury RRDC

Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver RRDC

Open Doors Transition Center Program


Parent Training & Information Center




Site Map


General Information

The following links provide information on topics of concern for persons with disabilities.

Independent Living

Americans with Disabilities Act

Personal Prepardeness


WILC Main Office
10 County Center Road 2nd floor
White Plains, NY 10607
(914) 682-3926 (Voice)
866-933-5390 (VP/TTY)
(914) 682-8518 (FAX)
Directions to WILC

Satellite Office PILS
1441 Rt 22 ste 204
Brewster, New York 10509
845-228-7457 (Voice)
866-933-5390 (VP/TTY)
845-228-7460 (Fax)
Directions to PILS

Yonkers Outreach Office
Pathways to Success
75 Riverdale Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10701
914-376-8600 (Voice)

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