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Remote learning can pose additional challenges for students with disabilities. CARES ACT IL Funds are available to help ensure that students with disabilities are able to get caught up before the new school year and obtain the supplies they need to prepare and succeed in school this year! Call 1-800-672-2981 to learn more or apply


 

CARES ACT, Independent Living (IL) Fund provides pandemic related financial assistance for independent living services/supplies/equipment, when no other funding can be found.

Living Independently is For Everyone at RCIL (LIFE at RCIL) is committed to assuring you have the services and support you need to live independently. Disruptions caused by the Pandemic pose additional and sometimes more significant challenges for individuals with disabilities who rely on home and community-based services to maintain that independence. If you are an individual with a disability or the parent of a child with a disability experiencing Pandemic-related disruptions due to school closures or loss of employment, you may be eligible to apply for CARES Act IL Funds. This assistance is intended to provide help, where no other source of funding for the needed service, supply, or equipment can be identified. Image of a family outdoors wearing masks. Mom has hands on dad and daughter, dad is in wheelchair and looking at his daughter

If you are already working with an RCIL/LIFE staff person, let them know you are interested in hearing more about the CARES Act Fund and to complete an application if eligible. If you are not yet benefitting from services offered through our agency, including the CARES Act Fund, call one of our locations nearest you for more information and assistance.

  • Utica – Gene Hughes   (315) 368-5625
  • Herkimer – Donna Gillette   (315) 866-7245  Ext. 5800
  • Amsterdam – Lisa Mastracco (518) 770-7636

 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO:

The recent racially motivated killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others are the latest incidents of racist attacks against Black people in America.

RCIL is a civil rights organization fighting for the rights of individuals with disabilities to live, work and participate in the community.

Racism and discrimination of any form must not be tolerated, and significant change is long overdue. Dehumanizing people makes us all weak.

We stand with the Black community against racism and the inequalities in America, that disproportionally affect communities of color and disabled individuals.

We encourage everyone to vote in every upcoming election to support candidates that will force change.

Signature of Zvia McCormick


 

COVID-19 Information for Employees

Under legislation signed by Governor Cuomo, New York workers are guaranteed job protection and financial compensation while they are on a mandatory or precautionary quarantine order due to COVID-19.  Please click on the button below for more information.

COVID Sick Leave for Employees 

 

Please click on the button below for instructions on obtaining an order For Mandatory or Precautionary Quarantine Under Governor Cuomo’s New COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law.

Obtaining an Order of Quarantine

 


 

Independence is our mission.RCIL Logo

Your life. Your decisions.

At the Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL), we believe that to live independently you don't need permission, you need resources.

At RCIL, we provide real solutions to the personal, social or governmental barriers that may prevent your decisions from being respected and realized. We have three decades of experience in providing individually tailored advocacy, information, and training services.

RCIL believes that the widespread poverty, segregation, and isolation of people with disabilities is unacceptable, should not be tolerated, and requires change.

 


 

RCIL Ribbon-Cutting For Downtown Utica Headquarters 11/12/19

RCIL CEO, Board Members, Chamber Members and Local Dignitaries Standing with Ribbon in front of a wall that reads Living our Values - Customer Focus


 

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This document was developed under grant CFDA 93.778 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.