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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 Budget & Legislative Agenda FY 2018 (word)
NYFAHC Budget & Policy Agenda 2017
November 2016 Poll Site Survey - Still No Access Report: ADA at 26 (PDF)
Complaint against NY Board of Elections website inaccessibility (Press release) (Deadlines for local and state races)
Highlights of NY Primary 2016 Poll Sites Survey (Barriers)
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 (Manhattan) or
DID YOU KNOW?
HOUSING ACT FACTS:
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.
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Every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in Manhattan
Housing Workshop—Queens: Last Wednesday of the Month
The next workshop is on March 29, 2017 at 10 am
Affordable housing is a priority for many New Yorkers. In response, CIDNY Queens will host a 2-hour housing workshop. 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. Please let us know if you need an accommodation like American Sign Language or large print at least a week ahead of the event.
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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.
CIDNY IN THE NEWS
amNY: NYC criticized over sidewalk accessibility
NY Daily News: MTA nixes plans for $3 bus/subway base fare...
Village Voice: Access-a-Ride Costs Exploding
Brick Underground: What it's like to navigate NYC when you have a disability.
NY Times: Steven Banks was hired to stem NY's homeless crisis. It didn't happen.
CBS NY: Advocates for People with Disabilities Sue City Over Defective Curb Cuts
NY Times: As shelter population surges, housing for disabled comes up short
The Hechinger Report: Eligible but got nothing: Hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities blocked from college aid
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
For archived articles please go to Publications tab- Media Coverage
THE ACCESS PROJECT
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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.