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. 


recent NEWS

Report and Recommendations of the Special Master in the Curb Cut Case (Report) (Press Release)

Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action Concerning Access to Shelter for Individuals with Disabilities in the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Shelter System (English) (Espanol)

Our Maps on Accessible Subways in NYC: 

CIDNY Subway Accessibility and Disabled Population in Poverty

CIDNY Subway Accessibility and Populations with Disability

NYC Taxi Passengers Shortchanged (NBC)

Local Democrats Rally Against GOP Healthcare Bill (WNYC) 

Frustrated Access-A-Ride riders call on MTA to fix horrendous conditions, reform service; CIDNY coalition members speak out (release)

CIDNY Joins Others in Lawsuits Against MTA, NYC Transit and NYC filed by Disability Rights Advocates (release)  (Federal C
omplaint) (State Complaint)

CIDNY Budget & Legislative Agenda FY 2018 (word)

Complaint against NY Board of Elections website inaccessibility (Press release)


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 (Manhattan) or 
646-442-1520 (Queens).




٠If you are being treated any differently from other tenants or applicants because someone "thinks" you have a disability, your rights are being violated.  That's a Fair Housing Fact.

٠You can request an accommodation/modification at any point, even after the lease has been signed and you have moved into your home. That’s a Fair Housing Fact.

*You cannot be denied housing or be treated differently from other      tenants because you have a disability.  That's a Fair Housing Fact.

*A landlord CANNOT ask you about your disability, unless: you are applying for housing only open to persons with certain disabilities, or you are asking for a reasonable accommodation. That's a Fair Housing Fact.

For more information on the Fair Housing Act, go to the Fair Housing tab at the top of this page or call us at 212-674-2300 and ask to speak to someone about your housing rights.


Writer's Workshop

Every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in Manhattan (please see the calendar for new site).

Housing Workshop—Queens 

The next workshop is on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 10 am

Affordable housing is a priority for many New Yorkers.  CIDNY Queens hosts a 2-hour housing workshop that covers: housing options; NYCHA, HPD, HUD listings; NYC Housing Connect and different housing programs; what you may 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. If you need an accommodation like American Sign Language or large print let us know at least a week ahead of the event.



We've helped over 22,800 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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August 2017 newsletter & calendar


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.