To promote the independence, equality and dignity of people with disabilities in all aspects of personal and community life. For people with disabilities and their families, Independent Living means knowing what services and supports are available, having the ability to choose the services that are right for each person, family and lifestyle, and taking responsibility for personal choices and actions.
Services provided through SAIL enable people with disabilities of any age to gain control over their lives through information and referral; assistive technology assessment and loan; peer counseling; individual and systems advocacy; independent living skills; computer and job readiness training; architectural barrier consultation; benefit and entitlement counseling; disability awareness training; errand support; and voter registration. As a non-profit corporation, we welcome you as a partner in independence and thank you for your support.
How Did SAIL Come To Be? A Brief History
1972—The Center for Independent Living in Berkeley CA was the first ILC that sparked the worldwide Independent Living movement.
1988—Glens Falls Independent Living Center is founded.
1990—The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. It prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life—to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local programs and services.
1990—Glens Falls Independent Living Center relocates! From a few people helping people with disabilities in a small room over a bank on the corner of Bay and Quaker Roads, to 25 Sherman Ave. in Glens Falls, NY offering the 4 independent living core services: (1) Information and Referral Services, (2) Peer Counseling/Mentoring, (3)Individual & Systems Advocacy, and (4) Independent Living Skills.
1994—The Saratoga satellite office is established in a room donated by The Saratoga City Hall.
1998—Glens Falls Independent Living Center moves to Queensbury Building at 71 Glenwood Ave.
1999—The United States Supreme Court held in Olmstead v. L.C. that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in Violation of title II of The Americans with Disabilities Act.
2004—Saratoga County Office of Independent Living (SCOIL), the GFILC satellite office, relocates to its own building in the city of Saratoga Springs.
2007—The Glens Falls Independent Living Center is renamed The Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center (SAIL) to reflect the larger constituency that we serve.
2008—SAIL Satellite Office moves to Geyser Road in Ballston Spa, which is a more centralized location within Saratoga County.
2015—Where we are today: SAIL now offers the following services: Our 4 core services, as well as NHTD and TBI waiver services, Money Follows the Person program, TRAID/EI equipment loan program, NY State of Health Insurance Navigators, Architectural Barrier Consultation, Community Health Advocacy, Computer Classes and Evaluations. We served over 689 new consumers last year alone and provided a total of 22,212 individual services. We have expanded to help more people in the community get the valuable services they need. SAIL also offers community outreach and education services to community businesses and agencies.