Call for Deaf-Blind PARENT Advisors for 2016-2017!!!

NYDBC is currently seeking motivated and experienced parents to join a statewide network on behalf of children with hearing & vision loss. Overview As you may know, NYDBC is responsible for outreach and identification of children and young adults with combined hearing and vision loss all throughout the state of New York. With a small

Disability Pride Parade and Celebration

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law and discrimination against people with disabilities became illegal. In 1980, The Western New York Independent Living Project, Inc. opened its doors at 3108 Main Street and began providing programs and services for all people with disabilities throughout all eight counties of

Adaptive Paddling Workshop

Interested in making paddlesport accessible to those with physical disabilities? Adaptive Paddling Workshops (APWs) provide the information necessary to seamlessly integrate individuals with physical disabilities into outdoor recreation programs in the context of paddlesports.   APW involve hands-on learning in both a classroom and in an accessible pool. These workshops are designed to provide instructors, outfitters,

Support Parent Training for Families of Children with Hearing Loss

Parent to Parent of NYS Support Parent Training for Families of Children with Hearing Loss.  A Support Parent is a parent or primary caregiver of an individual with special needs who resides in New York State and wants to help other families in situations similar to those they have faced.  This free training is open

Communcation Cafe: Brewing your Potential

This summer program, offered in collaboration with Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, focuses on developing social language skills in teens (15 – 19) who struggle to communicate effectively. The Café is envisioned as a supportive and dynamic social environment that will encourage appropriate and mature communication skills and provide transitions support using a blend of


If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like for someone who’s blind or visually impaired here is an opportunity to find out.  “Lunch in the Dark” is a disability simulation being hosted by NYS School for the Blind and Independent Living.  This is the chance to learn first-hand about some of the challenges people face. The