The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990, yet , to date, numerous businesses have still made no effort to remove access barriers. Michael Hellmann, the ADA specialist at Westchester Independent Living Center (WILC), will discuss compliance guidelines under the ADA and what you can do if you are denied access to […]
Joe Bravo, the long term executive director of Westchester Independent Living Center (WILC) and Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS), will discuss the growth of the Independent Living Movement, and talk about his personal experience living life as a wheelchair user.
David C. Johnson will discuss his personal experience living with Autism and how it is perceived by the general public and by individuals at different intersections of marginalized identity. Autism filicide, intersectionality, institutionalization, and the movement to “cure” autism will also be discussed.
Fran Wishnick has written a profoundly moving book about her son Craig, who at the age of 27 ended his own life after a lifetime struggle with Asperger’s Syndrome and mental illness. Not only is this book beautifully written, but it is deeply honest and provides a tremendous insight into Craig’s day to day perseverance. […]
Most people wouldn’t consider the ability to live independently in their own home and in their community, a civil right, but an option they can exercise freely. Geri Mariano will discuss some of the current challenges she is facing while trying to maintain her independence – in her own home and on her own terms […]