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NOTICE:  March 8, 2017:

Be advised that LICIL Art Class for this Saturday, March 11th has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


LICIL Art Exhibit                     

Join us from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Thursday, May 19, 2016

at the Long Island Center for Independent Living, Inc.

3601 Hempstead Turnpike., Suite 500

Levittown, NY 11756

Featuring Paintings by LICIL Consumers

This exhibit is made possible by a grant from

The Betty E. & Chester C. Thompson Foundation.

 During the exhibit there will be a dedication in honor

of Robert Mauro, Founder of the Art Studio.

Please RSVP 516-796-0144 ext 232

by May 10, 2016.

Refreshments will be served.

For reasonable accommodations, please call us as soon as possible!




Sponsored by Nassau County Legislator James Kennedy

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Massapequa Park Public Library 40 Harbor Ln., Massapequa Park, NY 11762

6:00 – 9:00 PM

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact: Michael Raab | | 516-572-1395

Presentation Topics: Each topic will be presented in approximately 10 minute intervals in the order listed below: Mental Health & Stress Reduction | Legal Rights during Recovery FEMA Revisit on Flood Policies | Buying Flood Insurance Challenging your Real Estate Taxes | Contractor & Design Professional Fraud THERELATIONSHIP: the Homeowner, Design Professional, Contractor, Building Dept., & NY Rising Home Elevation & Accessibility | Budget Management of YOUR Recovery Home/Project Financing Options | SBA Loan Opportunities Resilience, Preparedness and Pro-covery (Future Disaster Planning).

LI Council of the Blind (LICB) invites you to join them for

Stepping Forward:

Understanding Modern Intersections

Mark your calendars for May 16, 2016 — 8 am to 4:30 pm!

As the result of a groundbreaking settlement with the County of Nassau, the Long Island Council of the Blind (LICB) is proudly hosting a symposium Stepping Forward: Understanding Modern Intersections. What this Symposium promises to do is to educate and inform those who purchase, design and build modern intersections with those who use and teach others to use them safely and independently.

Symposium Registration fee – $40 by March 31 – OR – $60 after April 1 UpSky Long Island Hotel 110 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy. Hauppauge, NY 11788 631.231.1100

Who should attend: State and Local Legislators, Community Representatives, Engineers, Managers of those firms who design intersections, State and Local Department of Transportation representatives, Code Enforcement, Orientation and Mobility Instructors, COMs, Guide Dog Instructors, Blind, Deaf Blind and people who work with those who are disabled and senior citizens and pedestrians.

Where: UpSky Long Island Hotel

110 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy.

Hauppauge, NY 11788


NOTE: overnight reservations are on your own: please call the Hotel directly.

When: Monday May 16, 2016

8:00 am until 4:30 pm

Learning Objectives:

Defining accessible pedestrian signals (APS)

 Understanding how the blind and deaf blind travel

 Understanding the complexities of modern intersection design and the impact on people with disabilities.

 Incorporating accessible design from the drawing stage to construction

 Retrofitting existing infrastructure with accessible pedestrian signals (APS)

Symposium guest speakers:

Dona Sauerburger: M.A., COMS, has been providing orientation and mobility service to people who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf-blind in their communities for more than 40 years.

Janet Barlow: in her work with Accessible Design for the Blind has been involved with standards development as members of the Signals Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the American National Standards Institute Committee A117 on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, the Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee of the U.S. Access Board, and The International Organization For Standards (ISO) Technical Committee on Assistive Products for Persons with Disability.

Dr. Eugene Bourquin: DHA, has served at the Helen Keller National Center deafblindness, in New York as a senior instructor, supervisor, coordinator, and director of programs providing services to individuals who are deafblind. He has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to drivers’ yielding, interpreting, and O&M with people who are deafblind

Dr. Robert Shawn Well Emerson: Ph.D, is a professor in the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University. He is a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, has worked as a teacher of children who are blind, and has been conducting research into aspects of blind travel for over 25 years.

Symposium Agenda

Stepping Forward: Understanding Modern Intersections

8 to 9 am: Continental Break Registration

9 to 10:45: Session One Rob Emerson Dona Sauerburger

10:45 to 11: Break

11 to 12:30: Session Two Janet Barlow

12:30 to 1:45: Buffet Lunch

2 to 3:15: Session Three Eugene Bourquin

3:15 to 3:30: Break

3:30 to 4:30: Session Four Lori Scharff Rob Briglio

4:30 pm: End of Symposium

If you have any questions please feel free to call or email Mike Godino at 516.612.3368 –

To register for the symposium, please fill out the following form:

 Name:

 Organization (if applicable):

 Address:

 City, State, Zip Code:

 Phone:

Send this form along with your registration fee of $40 before March 31 -or- $60 after April 1 payable to LICB to:


C/O Mike Godino, Treasurer

104 Tilrose Avenue

Malverne, NY, 11565


Accessible Sculpture Garden at Peconic Landing of Greenport

Peconic Landing invites you to experience Art Without Barriers, a sculpture garden tour complete with narrative audio and tactile elements. The tour is free to all Monday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. through October.

The area’s first permanent outdoor sculpture exhibition is located on the grounds of Brecknock Hall. The sculpture garden showcases high-quality works by local and international sculptors that best complement and enhance this unique building and surrounding landscape. This year’s exhibition, “Art Without Barriers: What You Hear is What You See,” harnesses the power of assistive technology to enhance access to art – not just for those with visual impairments, but for the sighted as well. (

The sculptures can be seen in the show catalog by clicking here Art Without Barriers Sculpture Catalog 2015. Podcasts describing some of the sculptures can be downloaded from iTunes at

Peconic Landing is located at 1500 Brecknock Rd, Greenport, NY.

Please contact Dominic Antignano, cultural arts curator at 631-477-3800 ext. 229 to schedule a personal guided tour.

LICIL’s July art classes with Diane Puchta have been rescheduled to one date — Saturday, July 18th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  See you on the 18th!

Art Class at LICIL resumes this Saturday, June 6th! 
Diane Puchta, the HR Manager and Turnpike Players Director at Long Island Center, will be taking over facilitation.  Diane says, “On Saturday, June 6th, come with ideas of the artistic things you would like to do in the coming weeks. I will have what I hope is a fun project planned as well. Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!”  Thanks Diane!

Please note that LICIL’s Art Class scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd has been cancelled.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note that LICIL’s Art Class scheduled for Saturday, April 25th has been cancelled.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause and hope you’ll join us for future sessions.  Check out our calendar for the full schedule.

National Disability Institute Seeks Survey Participants in support of a developing program to help people with disabilities pay for Assistive Technology (AT).  Take the survey here.

Autism Family Support Series
Free support groups for caregivers of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Click here for events.

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Help promote safety on public transit

There have been increasing numbers of reports of cell phone usage by NICE para-transit and fixed route operators while behind the wheel.  If you witness this, please immediately report the incident — including exact time, date, route and destination — to NICE Bus.

For para-transit, contact the reservationist at Able-Ride —  516-228-4000.

For  fixed route, call  516.336.6600 or e-mail

NICE Bus upholds a policy prohibiting driver use of handheld or wireless devices during vehicle operation.  Help them to enforce this important mandate by reporting what you see.  Your call could mean the difference between a safe trip and a disaster for yourself or someone you know.






My name is Lynette Perez and I am the new President of LICILs Board of Directors. I’m also the chairperson of the fundraising committee and I’m writing to ask for your help. Many of us have used the programs and services of LICIL. But rising costs are making it harder to operate. It’s   time for us to “step up” to lend a hand. LICIL is an important part of the community . So if you either want to join the committee or have a fund-raising idea. E-mail me at



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