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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.
2015 Poll Site Survey (Report) (Pictures) (Barriers Chart)
Section Q & People w/Disabilities (Report) (Appendices) (Presentation)
Report: Disability Status: ADA 25 (Report) (Slides) (Screen reader)
ADA at 25: Many Bridges to Cross (PDF) (Word)
CONSUMER WALK-IN HOURS
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're 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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Every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in Manhattan
Union Square, , starts at Lasts about one hour and 15 minutes
Meet at the GrowNYC information booth, which is usually around 16th
Street and Union Square West. Look for their booth and sign!
AAR drop-off: 29 Union Square West, cross street 16th Street
Poe Park, , starts at , lasts about one
hour and 15 minutes, 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Meet at the GrowNYC information booth.
AAR drop-off: 2580 Grand Concourse, between East 192 St and E Fordham Rd
Movie Night - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Consumer Action Network Meeting - Queens
- to What is important to you about the quality of health care services
that you receive? How would you make a system that makes sure your
doctors and health care professionals do the best job for you? CIDNY's Health Policy Director, Heidi Siegfried, will tell you about some of the quality measures that are used to evaluate health service providers
and we will discuss what we think of them.
Housing Workshop - Queens
, starts at Affordable housing is a priority for many New Yorkers. In response,
CIDNY Queens will host a 2-hour housing workshop in September at our
Queens offices. The presentation will cover: the housing options out
there; NYCHA, HPD, HUD listings; NYC Housing Connect and different
housing programs; what you qualify for; income and family size; and
how to get and go over your credit report.
Please call 646-442-1520 to reserve your spot. Space is limited so
you must let us know if you're coming; also, let us know if you need
THE ACCESS PROJECT
Join today! Eat, drink, and make a difference.
WE CAN HELP
WNYC News: Nursing home owner in de Blasio investigation flouted state rules that protect patients
WNYC News: NYS Board of Elections and DMV Sued for Discrimination
Public News Service: Deadline Approaches for Insurance Increases
NY Times: From Nursing Home to Own Home
WSJ: MTA's Access-A-Ride Program Fails Disabled Passengers, Audit Says
Crain's New York Business: State launches $2 billion coordinated care plan for people with disabilities
El Diario: Discussing proposal to send texts to 911 [in Spanish]
NY1: Coalition of Riders and Drivers, "Taxis for All" Slams Uber Over a Lack of Accessibility for the Disabled
Wall Street Journal: Readers Sound Off on NYC's Graduation Rates
NY Times: Finding Solutions Beyond Homeless Shelters
Business Insider: Uber accused of failing a huge number of New Yorkers
Huffington Post: 25 Years After the ADA, Navigating New York City is Still Daunting for the Disabled
CNN: America Still Leaves the Disabled Behind
NPR: In Helping Those with Disabilities, ADA Improves Access for All
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: http://www.ada.gov/complaint.
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.
YOUR GIFT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
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.