Question: How does the RCIL help the Deaf and Deaf-blind communities?

Answer: RCIL is one of many Independent Living Centers in the State of New York and works with individuals with all types of disabilities in advocating for their rights, locating needed services in the community, strengthening independent living skills, and maintaining community involvement. RCIL also assists families, caregivers and service providers identifying community resources, providing technical assistance, and coordinating outreach programs. Please call or email for more information.

Question: I’m confused about the SSI/SSD rules. Can I go to RCIL?

Answer: Yes. RCIL has the ability to provide benefits advisement and advocacy on SSI /SSD issues. Services include, but are not limited to, assisting with the applications, work incentives, and the appeal process.

Question: I need health insurance for my family. Can I apply for Medicaid for my children and myself with assistance of RCIL?

Answer: Yes. RCIL staff will explain the qualifications and guide you through the application process. Many low-income individuals are eligible for Medicaid. If you are not actually qualified for Medicaid, RCIL can give you some suggestions on other possible alternatives.

Question: Where is RCIL located?

Answer: RCIL shares office space with the Center for Disability Rights, 497 State Street, Rochester, NY, at the NW corner of State and Jay Streets.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call (585) 442-6470 (V/TTY).

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