2021 Spotlight On Business – Joan Lynch

Lynch is Executive Director of The Long Island Center for Independent Living, Inc., (LICIL) a not-for-profit agency that provides services to assist people with disabilities to live as independently as possible in their communities.

Lynch has been with LICIL for 37 years interacting with consumers and learning something new every day and has been serving people with disabilities since her first day at this agency. She has a strong belief in helping people with disabilities and seniors, thus her long tenure with The Long Island Center for Independent Living, Inc. 

In her free time, Ms. Lynch loves to spend time with her children, grandchildren and dogs and she loves to catch up on watching her favorite shows. She also volunteers at St. Bernard’s.

LICIL offers the following services:

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services: this program allows consumers to live in their home with aid provided by a personal assistant. The personal assistant can be a family member, neighbor, friend or anyone that the consumer wishes to hire. This service is available to Medicaid eligible individuals. 

Benefits advisement: SSI, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and other benefits.

Peer Counseling: Communicate with someone who has been through the same or similar situations.

Advocacy: Help consumers strengthen their advocacy skills

Housing Guidance: Provide information on low cost housing listings & section 8 program housing search techniques.

Hispanic Outreach Service: all of LICIL’s services are provided by culturally sensitive, bilingual staff.

LICIL’s staff consists of experienced professionals of all abilities who are dedicated in assisting consumers in getting the services they need.

The center also has a Readers Theater Group and an Art Class that is always open for new members. The Center has many workshops and events throughout the year. 

All Services are FREE!….For information on any of Licil’s services, workshops, events, theater group and art classes, please call 516-796-0144 or email [email protected] or visit them on the web at licil.net