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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.  


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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Writer's Workshop
Every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in Manhattan

Greenmarket Tours
Union Square, Wednesday, Sept 7, starts at 10:30 a.m.
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, Tuesday, Sept 13, starts at 11:00 a.m., 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
Friday, September 16, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Consumer Action Network Meeting - Queens 
Wednesday, September 21 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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
Wednesday, September 28, starts at 10 a.m.

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
an accommodation.


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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: 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. 


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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