Suffolk Independent Living Organization
Education - Empowerment - Advocacy
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!