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Thursday, July 26th – Disability Awareness Day

Thursday, July 26th marked the 28th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In recognizing this important event, Rockland County, the Rockland County Legislature and the Town of Clarkstown issued proclamations making that day Disability Awareness Day.  Thank you to County Executive Ed Day, Chairman of the Legislature Toney L. Earl, and Town Supervisor George Hoehmann for their continued support.

Click on the links below to view the proclamations:

Rockland County proclamation
Rockland County Legislature proclamation
Town of Clarkstown proclamation

NYSILC 2018 Consumer Statewide Needs Assessment Survey

NYSILC 2018 Consumer Statewide Needs Assessment Survey

The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) is conducting a statewide survey for people with disabilities in New York State. Survey results will help prioritize services supporting continued or expanded Independent Living locally, regionally, and statewide. They need your input!

Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below. All responses will be kept completely confidential and only the aggregated data will be reported.

Click here to take the NYSILC survey…

To further encourage you to reply, they will enter you in a drawing for a $50 gift card (only if you “opt-in”). Otherwise, you won’t need to enter any identifying information.

Please complete the survey by our June 25, 2018 deadline.  If you have difficulty navigating in Survey Monkey, click on the Word version of the survey, mark up and save your responses, and email them back to You can also contact the council at (518) 427-1060 if you need someone to assist you in the facilitation of the survey over the phone.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation!

Legal Consultation Days Schedule for 2018

The Rockland Office for New Americans Has Legal Consultation Days Schedule for 2018.

Legal Consultation Days:

June 13, 2018 –New City Library, New City NY
July 11, 2018 63 New Main Street, Haverstraw, NY
August 8, 2018 – Suffern Library—Suffern, NY
Septmber 12, 2018 –Haverstraw King’s Daughters Library –Garnerville NY
October 10, 2018–Haverstraw Center –Haverstraw, NY
November 14,2018  — To Be Determined

By Appointment Only – For more information call: 845 826-5022

Summer Cooling Assistance Through HEAP


Individuals with Heat-Related Health Issues Can Apply to Receive Air Conditioners – Apply Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3 million is available to help New Yorkers suffering from serious health issues that are aggravated by extreme heat purchase an air conditioner. Individuals can apply now for cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program at their local department of social services.

“When the heat and humidity of summer arrives, it’s important that vulnerable New Yorkers are able to stay safe and comfortable in their homes,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage anyone with a medical condition that is worsened by high temperatures to apply now, so an air conditioner can be installed before the first heat wave hits.”

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which oversees the program, has set aside $3 million in federal funding to provide an air conditioning unit or fan, to eligible households. Last year, 4,000 households received cooling assistance.

To qualify, applicants must meet existing HEAP eligibility criteria and income guidelines, which vary by household size, and have at least one member of the household that suffers from a documented medical condition exacerbated by extreme heat. For example, a household of four can earn up to $53,482 a year or $4,457 a month, and still qualify for assistance.

Cooling assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Local Departments of Social Services will accept applications through August 31, or until funding runs out.