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

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

Walk-in Hours for Consumers 

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 information, call 646-442-4186 (Manhattan) or 646-442-1520 (Queens).


This Month...

Click for June Newsletter (PDF) 
Click for June Calendar (PDF)

Take Action! Tired of Bad Curb Cuts?
Monday, June 1, 9:30 am
Hearing at Federal Court, 500 Pearl Street—Room 11A
*Please note the location.

Wednesday, June 17 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Join us to learn about the new complaint forms to file a discrimination case with the Department of Justice.  You will also learn about cases they have handled, and how complaints are handled at the Department of Justice. We will also do a recap on our trip to Albany: the legislators we met with, the issues we presented to them and their responses.

Get Your Finances in Order!
Wednesday, June 3 – Budgeting and goal setting
Wednesday, June 10 – Credit repair & debt management
Wednesday, June 24 – Taxes

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
CIDNY is excited to offer THREE workshops on budgeting and goal setting, credit repair and debt management, and taxes from Financial Planning Association of NY. Bring your questions; we’ll have answers! It still counts if you tick off your New Years’ resolutions in June! (Or, if it wasn’t a 2015 resolution, it’s always a good idea to take a look at your short-term and long-term money situation.)
Movie Night—WILD
Friday, June 19, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Reminder: We will be closed Friday, July 3.

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Filing an ADA Complaint

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. 




We've helped over 15,000 people with roadmaps to meet their own goals, offering one-on-one help and self-help and self-advocacy tools, education, and advocacy. 

There's more to do! Join us and please give generously: 89 cents of every dollar goes directly to programs and helps us level the playing field for people with disabilities.

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News from CIDNY

Public News Service: Decision Means Mobility for Thousands of NYers
Yale Law Journal: 
The Right To Be Rescued
AP: Advocates want more wheelchair-accessible taxi services

Rockland World Radio: Interview with Susan Dooha 

Public News Service: New law protects NYers from surprise medical bills

Transcript of Final Hearing on E-prep Case
(word) (pdf)

NYCityLens: A NYC Winter on Wheels

NY Post: Airbnb Spots Dupe the Disabled on Accessibility - Advocates

Letter to Airbnb

WNYC Brian Lehrer Show: 
Interview with Susan Dooha

Media on emergency preparedness here 

Media on curb cuts here

The Access Project
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