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.
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.
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 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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CIDNY is closed on Monday, February 15th
Every Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm
Mark your calendars!
Lobby Day 2016 is Monday, February 8th.
Let us prepare to go to Albany to meet with our
legislators to discuss our issues and share our stories.
Training will be held from at 1:00 pm -3:00 pm on February 4, 2016 at the Manhattan Office.
If you did not attend a training this year, you must attend this training to go to Albany.
Wednesday, February 17, 1:00-3:00 pm
Come join us to hear about: Our trip to Albany; the legislators we met; and the issues we presented to them. Let us discuss our next steps and how to prepare for our next legislative day.
Friday, February 19, 3:00-5:00 pm
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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: 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 CAN HELP
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
The Brooklyn Ink: Disabilities in NYC: an Unnecessary Struggle Just to Get Around
Business Insider: Uber accused of failing a huge number of New Yorkers
WMBC-TV News: NY Uber Accessibility
Midtown Gazette: City makes slow progress on subway improvement for the visually impaired
Huffington Post: 25 Years After the ADA, Navigating New York City is Still Daunting for the Disabled
CNN: America Still Leaves the Disabled Behind
Manhattan Borough President Releases Curb Cut Report
Media on curb cuts here
NPR: In Helping Those with Disabilities, ADA Improves Access for All
WNYC Brian Lehrer Show: ADA Turns 25
Public News Service: Decision Means Mobility for Thousands of NYers
Yale Law Journal: The Right to Be Rescued: Disability Justice in an Age of Disaster
NYCityLens: A NYC Winter on Wheels
THE ACCESS PROJECT
Join today! Eat, drink, and make a difference.
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.
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