Parent Training and Information Center -  For parents of children with disabilities. To help them gain the knowledge and skills they need to be advocates for their children.



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The Parent Training
and Information Center (PTIC) is a Program of theWestchester Independent Living Center (WILC) and its satellite office, Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS).
PTIC informs parents of children with special needs about their rights in the education system.
It provides training, advocacy, technical assistance, and information and referral services in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties.
Separate trainings and workshops are offered for professionals who work with children with disabilities and their families.

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PTIC is funded by the Advocacy Center in Rochester, NY through their Parent Training and Information Center grant.

What is Putnam Independent Living Services?

Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS) is a satellite office of the Westchester Independent Living Center, Inc. (WILC), which is located in White Plains, New York.

Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS) incorporates in its daily activities the Independent Living philosophy of choice, societal inclusion, and empowerment. The Programs and Services at PILS reflect the requirements of PILS' consumers and the demands of our evolving society. The scope of the services is directed by individual and community needs. As people and needs change, so do PILS' Programs and Services in order to fulfill it's mission of supporting self-sufficiency and self-determination.

WILC's/PILS' Programs and Services are designed by, directed by and, in most cases, delivered by qualified individuals with a wide range of disabilities. PILS staff members provide information, counseling, guidance, and understanding when working with PILS consumers, but it is the consumers themselves who make their own choices toward the pursuit of their personal objectives.

Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS) not only provides services to Putnam County, but it also facilitates WILC in servicing the northern part of WILC's catchment area, i.e., northern Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties.

PILS' Services are provided Free of Charge to individuals with disabilities and/or their family members, regardless of age, sex, disability, ethnic or racial background, or religious affiliation. PILS' materials can be made available in alternate formats. Spanish speaking staff are available at PILS, as are Sign Language interpreters.

What can Putnam Independent Living Services do for YOU?

  • Provide information on and referrals to services available for individuals with varying disabilities and/or their families
  • Provide assistance in understanding and accessing resources, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Work Incentive Program, Medicare, Medicaid, public assistance, food stamps, emergency food sources, etc.
  • On an individual and/or group basis, offer emotional support and practical advice on disability-related issues and concerns.
  • Provide training in everyday life skills, such as personal assistance services, managing an attendant, accessing technology, utilizing adaptive equipment, arranging transportation, wellness, etc
  • Provide presentations to schools, businesses, civic groups, etc. to heighten community awareness and understanding of disability-related issues. Programs can be tailored to specific needs upon request.
  • Educate local businesses and professionals about how they can/should make their places of business accessible to persons with disabilities. Address physical and attitudinal barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Assist the community toward compliance with the law.

Conference Facility

PILS' fully accessible 2,300 square foot state-of-the-art Conference Facility can accommodate up to 50 people for classroom style trainings - more if set up differently. Heights of work tables can be adjusted to accommodate various types of wheelchairs. Powerpoint/Webcast technology available. Features an eating area, breakout rooms, accessible bathroom, and ample Free parking (also accessible by Paratransit). Contact PILS for more details and/or to reserve/book the space for your function.

For detailed information on specific Services and Programs, check out PILS' Website


WILC Main Office
200 Hamilton Avenue, 2nd Floor
White Plains, New York 10601
(914) 682-3926 (Voice)
866-933-5390 (VP/TTY)
(914) 682-8518 (FAX)
Directions to WILC

Satellite Office PILS
1961 Route 6, 2nd Floor
Carmel, New York 10512
845-228-7457 (Voice)
866-933-5390 (VP/TTY)
845-228-7460 (Fax)
Directions to PILS

Yonkers Outreach Office
Pathways to Success
75 Riverdale Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10701
914-376-8600 (Voice)