The Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York's (CIDNY) goal is to ensure full integration, independence and equal opportunity for all people with disabilities by removing barriers to the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the community.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Each day, New Yorkers with disabilities face barriers. CIDNY has been working to make sure that we all have an equal opportunity in our city to thrive and succeed. We help people get the benefits they need; we’ve trained poll workers, service providers and others; we work in the schools to make sure kids with disabilities and their families understand their rights and get the help they need; we work to make sure we’re not left out of planning for emergencies, and we work to make sure that New York’s buildings are accessible to everyone. And, in 2013, we helped over 14,000 people with disabilities, their families develop a roadmap to meet their goals—health coverage and care, enough to eat, work, an education, a chance to go home from an institution, housing, transportation, a stable income.
We can only do this with your support. Please give generously. For every dollar we
receive, 88 cents goes directly into programs that make a difference and help
us level the playing field.
WE CAN HELP
The U.S. Court said that NYC violated federal civil rights law by not protecting people with disabilities during emergencies and disasters – read Executive Director Susan Dooha’s statement (doc), the Decision (doc) and testimony (doc).
DID YOU KNOW?
$80 million Class Action Settlement Gives Extra Food Stamps to Some Low Income Households
Eighty-eight thousand low-income households in New York City who were improperly cut off or denied Food Stamps are now being issued retroactive benefits. This is a result of a federal class action lawsuit filed against the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). People who were denied or cut off SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) because of an employment sanction imposed between August 3, 2009 and December 14, 2012 had an average amount of $529 deposited onto their electronic benefit card to help them buy food. These payments will help to temporarily offset the November 1st cut in SNAP benefits for 8 percent of food stamp households. The retroactive benefits can be used for up to one year. If you were sanctioned during this time for a work-related reason (not any other reason) extra benefits will show up on your card. A letter will be sent to your last known address explaining this. If you have questions about this, you can contact Michael Fuller at 646.4442.4155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Poll Site Accessibility Surveys
The results of our 2013 Election Day Poll Site Accessibility Survey are in. At the 80 sites we surveyed, we saw some improvements, as well as some of the same barriers we continue to document. Of the 80 sites, 66.3% surveyed had barriers. On the plus side, poll workers seem more aware of the need to provide accessibility to voters with disabilities and were willing to change the things they could. On the minus side, too many sites still have poor ramps, narrow entryways, lack of privacy for voters using the Ballot Marking Devices and more.
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH
The Access Project
NEWS FROM CIDNY
NY State of Health, The Official Plan Marketplace is where New Yorkers will shop for, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage.
NY Daily News: Mediator Name in Suit Over City's Plans to Make Arrangements for People with Disabilities During Disasters
NY Daily News: New Yorkers Brace to Lose $36 in Food Stamps Each Month
The Boston Globe: Judge Flunks NYC in Disaster Plan for Disabled
Public News Service: Ruling NYC Failed in Sandy Planning for 900,000 with Disabilities
Public News Service: NY Ready to Help Consumers Find Best Deal Under Obamacare
NY Daily News: Bronx Disabled Voters Mixed on Polling Machines