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Queens Independent Living Center



Address:140-40 Queens Boulevard Jamaica NY 11435
Telephone(s):(718) 658-2526
Fax:(718) 658-5295
E-mail:gardella@qilc.org
World Wide Web: http://www.perceptions4people.org/component/content/article/60-general/163-queens-independent-living-center-.html
TTY/TDD:(718) 658-4720


Description:

The Queens Independent Living Center, Inc. (QILC) is an organization directed by and for people with disabilities, dedicated to advocacy, empowerment, and universal access through education and activism. QILC objectives are: (1) To maximize opportunities for self-direction and independence; (2) To effect systems change and impact public policy; (3) To encourage and provide opportunities that bring people together to empower one another through networking and participation; (4) To provide education and to promote events that raise awareness of issues pertinent to people with disabilities; (5) To address quality of life issues; (6) To promote self-sufficiency and economic independence; and (7) To develop financial resources for organizational maintenance and future growth.

QILC offers a wide variety of services that support people with disabilities to live independently in the community. Services include: advocacy, benefits advisement, independent living skills advisement, information and referral, independent housing program, and peer counseling.


Funded by New York State and donations.




Hours:

Mon - Fri, 9 am - 5 pm


Eligibility Requirements:

QILC encourages people with any type of disability and any age to contact them for services, advocacy, and information. No referral is needed -just call them. They focus on residents of Queens, but residency is not required. They work with adults and children with disabilities and their families. They provide technical assistance on access and employment, accommodations to businesses and organizations.QILC is supported by Federal and State funding and by private contributions.
 


Fees/Methods of Payment:Free.
Access for People with Disabilities:Wheelchair access; sign-language interpreted.


Services Offered:Benefits AssistanceCommunity Action / Social Advocacy GroupsComputer ClassesFamily Counseling AgenciesIndividual CounselingMutual Support GroupsOutreach ProgramsSpecialized Information and ReferralVocational EducationVolunteer Opportunities
Target Groups(By Need):Disabilities, People with