The Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO) has been a staple of the disability community in Suffolk County since 1985. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, consumer controlled, non-residential, civil rights, mentorship and educational organization, SILO is philosophically tied to the nationwide Independent Living Movement which asserts that people with disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities, needs and desires, as their non-disabled peers.
SILO is Suffolk County’s only independent living center and has long had the reputation of providing the most comprehensive cross-disability related services to the disabled community. SILO empowers people with disabilities to take an active role in the community in which they live, work and play.
An Advocacy, Information and Referral agency, SILO has worked with individuals, businesses, and agencies to promote equal access for people with all disabilities. SILO is not a "case management" agency; rather, our focus is on empowerment, mentorship, knowledge, and advocacy. Most of our service staff are people with disabilities themselves, and this peer model facilitates a better relationship between the Independent Living Skills Specialist and the individual being served. SILO's services are person-centered so individuals determine their individual goals, not other people.
We need your support. If you are a person with a disability, living in Suffolk County, SILO urges you to become more involved in making our community more accessible. Whether it is attending a peer support group, advocacy training, or volunteer work, your skills and personal experiences can assist SILO in achieving its goal of full integration of people with disabilities throughout Suffolk County. We need you to become involved!