Westchester Independent Living Center (WILC) has been providing trainings in Westchester County and the lower Hudson Valley region for over 30 years. WILC provides trainings to persons with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, school personnel, local government agencies, human service organizations, civic organizations, the medical community, police departments, nursing home personnel, and business and industry.
All of WILC’s trainings are geared towards 1) assisting individuals with disabilities to become as independent as they can be and 2) removing barriers (attitudinal and/or physical) that limit a person with a disability’s full participation in their community.
Many of WILC’s trainings/workshops are held at WILC in either WILC’s classroom space or in WILC’s conference Facility. If a WILC sponsored training/workshop is held outside of WILC’s office, the site is fully researched to ensure that the location has comparable access features to WILC’s offices. All of WILC’s sponsored trainings/workshops offer participants the opportunity to request reasonable accommodations in advance, i.e., Sign Language Interpreter. WILC also provides trainings/workshops in Spanish.
PARTNERS FOR SUCCESS WORKSHOPS
WILC’s Partners for Success Program provides information and supports that assist individuals with disabilities to better understand themselves, to successfully engage and participate in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) process, to obtain/retain employment, and to define and pursue a desired future, i.e., education, work, wellness, housing, etc. Initially developed to provide training that would enable individuals with disabilities to engage their ACCES-VR counselors more successfully, the Program has been expanded/adapted to include other populations of persons with disabilities, i.e., students, at-risk youth, adults receiving public assistance, veterans, and individuals who have a history with the Criminal Justice System. Every model of the Partners for Success Program consists of 24 hours of classroom training.
Also in Spanish
SPECIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
WILC’s Educational Advocacy Program provides workshops for parents and professionals on a variety of topics relating to education.
- Special Education Law
- NYS Rules and Regulations
- Developing the IEP
- Special Needs Planning
- Special Needs Trusts & Guardianship
- Verbal Behavior Assessment
- Understanding Evaluations
- Understanding Due Process
- Communicating and Negotiating with Your School District
PARENT TRAINING AND INFORMATION CENTER TRAININGS
WILC’s Parent Training and Information Center offers workshops and ongoing support for parents of children with disabilities to help them gain the knowledge and skills they need to be advocates for their own children.
- Free Appropriate Public Education – FAPE
- Appropriate Evaluation
- Individualized Education Program – IEP
- Least Restrictive Environment
- Parent and Student Participation in Decision Making
- Procedural Safeguards
- Introduction to Lay Advocacy
- Successful Methods of Approaching CSE/CPSE Meetings
- Accessing and Interpreting School Records
TRAINING POLICE TRAININGS
Disability Awareness Training for Police – WILC, in collaboration with the New Rochelle Police Department, developed a Disability Awareness Training for Police Program in an effort to avoid/avert some common problems that people with disabilities may have with law enforcement personnel and vice versa. The Training incorporates elements of the ADA and discusses the different categories/types of disabilities. The Training illustrates problem areas, i.e., communication barriers, suspicious behaviors, preconceived attitudes/assumptions, etc. that can adversely affect encounters between people with disabilities and law enforcement personnel. Materials developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, are utilized in the Training.
DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING
DEAF SENSITIVITY AND AWARENESS
HOUSING EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP
WORK INCENTIVES TRAINING
WAIVER PROVIDER TRAININGS