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. 

CIDNY Celebrates 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act with 25 Stories

In 1990, gas was $1.34 per gallon, the first web browser was written, Ghost was the highest grossing film, and the U.S. Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibited discrimination based on disability. 

In 2015, CIDNY marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark civil rights law. Over 25 years, we've seen people with disabilities strive and succeed in education and in the workplace, live independently in the community, and access and benefit from services provided by schools, hospitals, and public transportation. However, removing barriers for people with disabilities has not been an easy process. It has been a series of continued efforts by people in our community, activists, and organizations. We've worked in courtrooms, through collective action, and by changing societal attitudes. 

In celebration of how far we've come, where we are now, and what we can look forward to, we speak to advocates, pioneers, consumers, and stakeholders. 

See more conversations here.  

what's happening

NEW! Section Q and People with Disabilities (Report) (Appendices) (Presentation)

NEW! An agreement requiring the Department of Homeless Services to comply with the ADA by ensuring communications with people with disabilities applying to or participating in the City’s homeless shelter system.

NEW! D-SNAP PD offers people with disabilities affected by Sandy one-time benefit payment to those eligible.  Click here for information.
NEW Report: Disability Status: ADA 25 (Report) (Slides) (Screenreader)
NEW ADA at 25: Many Bridges to Cross (PDF) (Word)

CIDNY Emergency Preparedness Presentation 2015

March 2015 "Friend of the court" brief from Hearing Loss Association of America, AARP, and Veteran of Foreign Wars USA opposing NYPD's blanket policy banning the use of hearing aids by police officers (Click here)

November 2014 Poll site survey summary (Click here)

October 2014 Notice of settlement in emergency prep case (Click here)
October 2014
Full settlement document (Click here) 

Safe sidewalks for wheelchair users and people who are blind
Read related curb cut documents here


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

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

Walk-in days are on a first come, first served basis. 
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, call 212-674-2300 or 646-442-1520.

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As a reminder, CIDNY is closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27

Click for November Newsletter (PDF) 
Click for November Calendar (PDF)

Writer’s Workshop
Every Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm, except November 26

CAN Meeting-Wednesday, November 18, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Hear what happened at the Queens Town Hall Meeting with New York State ILC Representatives.

About 20 CIDNY consumers joined us last month for a town hall meeting run by New York State’s Independent Living Center.  The State organization wanted to hear what our thoughts were on who is underserved and what are the most challenging issues consumers face day-to-day. If you were at the meeting, join us to update your peers.  If you didn’t get a chance to go to that meeting, we’d like to share some of the issues raised and hear from you.

Movie Night—Jurassic World
Friday, November 20, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

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If you believe you've been discriminated against as a person with a disability, the Department of Justice has a new way for you to file a complaint. This online form is here: As of May 15, 2015, the Department will no longer accept email complaints. You can still file a complaint by U. S. mail. Contact the Department's ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 (V) or 1-800-514-0383 (TTY) to receive a paper complaint form by mail. 




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