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. 


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.  In 2013, we helped over 20,000 people with disabilities and their families develop a roadmap to meet their goals.  The need is still there and 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.



CIvil rights advocates CHALLENGE NEW YORK CITY’S Failure to make its sidewalks safe for wheelchair users and PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND  

On behalf of CIDNY, Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, filed a landmark civil rights lawsuit in federal court alleging that New York City violates Federal disability civil rights laws by failing to make its sidewalks and pedestrian routes accessible to people who use wheelchairs or are blind.   

Read Related Curb Cut Documents Here. 


CIDNY Walk-in Hours for New Consumers 

Manhattan office: Every Monday and Tuesday from 10:00am-1:30am and on Thursday from 10:00am-3:00am. 

Queens office: Every Monday from 10:00am-3:00pm.

Walk-in days are on a first come, first served basis. We will try to see everyone as soon as possible, but timing depends on the numbers of people who come in that day.

If you are already working with a CIDNY counselor, we encourage you to make an appointment with your counselor, since you are not guaranteed being able to see a specific counselor during walk-in hours.

For more information contact the intake line – Manhattan: 646-442-4186; Queens: 646-442-1520.



A SNAP “robo call” is an automated call to remind the potential participant that they have a telephone interview scheduled. If you are a SNAP recipient, you may receive one of the following robo calls:

·         You will be reminded of your appointment between 9AM and 8PM on the day before the scheduled interview.

·         If you miss an appointment, you will get a call between 9AM and 8PM on the day after you missed the appointment.

Another type of “roll out” has begun. This one has to do with using your EBT (CBIC) to check your balance.  When a participant calls the number on the back of their card (888-328-6399) for their balance, in addition to the balance information, they will now be notified of any upcoming appointment (it is not known yet how far in advance the notification will be).  Due to the many complaints from consumers who say they don’t receive the notifications of appointments in the mail, HRA is discontinuing mailings.


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Upcoming Event: 

Parent Workshop: Employment Rights - Queens

Wednesday, September 3 
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Learn about your child's rights as they move into the workforce.

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Associated Press: NY Lawsuit Seeks Safe Sidewalk for People with Disabilities

Public News Service: Civil Rights Case Says New York City Fails to Make Sidewalks Accessible

Long Island Exchange: Fed Civil Rights Case: New York City Fails to Make Sidewalks Accessible

New York Times: Suit Seeks to Make Sidewalks More Accessible for Disabled New Yorkers

Daily News: Advocates for the Disabled Sue City Over 'Dangerous' Sidewalks

New York Post: 'Dangerous' sidewalks ignoring NYC's Disabled: Lawsuit

WNYC: Disabled New Yorkers Sue for Safer Streets

Media dis & dat: Civil rights advocates challenge New York City’s failure to make its sidewalks safe for wheelchair users, blind people

Press Release: Sen. Savino, AM Kavanagh, CM Rosenthal Announce Enactment of Legislation To Make 1,000 Additional New Yorkers With Disabilites Eligible for Rent Freeze

The Bronx Chronicle: Public Advocate Letitia James Announces Report on Improving Voting Access for the Disabled

NY Daily News: Letitia James: Poll Sites Plagued by Problems for Disabled Voter

WNYC: Disability Access Lagging at Polling Places

Press Release on Public Advocate and CIDNY Report on Improving Access to Voting

Executive Director, Susan Dooha's, City Council Testimony on DRIE Expansion
CIDNY Joins Disability Coalition in Supporting Community First Choice

Public Advocate and CIDNY Release New Report on Access to Voting

June 4, 2014 Curb Cut Survey Report

Disability Rights Advocates: Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action in NYC Taxi Case (doc)

Disability Community Wins Against City’s Appeal in Voting Rights Case, Click here to read the Court’s Opinion Order

The U.S. Court said that NYC Violated federal civil rights law by not protecting people with disabilities during emergencies and disasters. Read Related Emergency Preparedness Lawsuit Case Stories Here. 

CIDNY Emergency Preparedness Presentation (doc)

Kavanagh, Savino, and Advocates Call for Passage of Bill Making More Tenants with Disabilities Eligible for Rent Increase Exemption Before Legislature Adjourns June 19th