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 by clicking here.  

What's happening

March 2015 "Friend of the court" brief from Hearing Loss Association of America, AARP, and Veteran of Foreign Wars USA opposing NYPD's blanket policy banning the use of hearing aids by police officers (Click here)

November 2014 Poll site survey summary (Click here)

October 2014 Notice of settlement in emergency prep case (Click here)
October 2014
Full settlement document (Click here) 

Safe sidewalks for wheelchair users and people who are blind
Read related curb cut documents here

Walk-in Hours for Consumers 

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 information, call 646-442-4186 (Manhattan) or 646-442-1520 (Queens).


This Month...

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Click for April Calendar (PDF)

Movie Night - Selma
Friday, April 24, 2:30 to 5:00 pm 

Take Action! Tired of Bad Curb Cuts?
Tuesday, May 5, 9:30 am
Hearing at Federal Court, 500 Pearl Street - Room 11A
*Please note the location

Take Action! Disability Awareness Day Training—Queens
Wednesday, April 29, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Prepare to go with CIDNY to Albany for Disability Awareness Day on May 11, when we will meet with legislators to discuss our issues and share our stories. You must attend this training OR a training
at CIDNY-Manhattan on May 6th to go to Albany.

Take Action! Disability Awareness Day Training—Manhattan
Wednesday, May 6, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Prepare to go with CIDNY to Albany for Disability Awareness Day on May 11, when we will meet with legislators to discuss our issues and share our stories. You must have attended the April 29 training OR this one to go to Albany.

Consumer Action Network (CAN) Meeting–Manhattan
Next Steps in Our Legislative Advocacy
Wednesday, May 20, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Join us at the next CAN meeting for updates on: A recap on our trip to Albany, including the legislators we met with, the issues we presented to them, and their responses. Our next step is local! We will plan for our meetings with our City Council members, define issues we want to present, and identify Council members to target.

Movie Night: The Imitation Game
Friday, May 22, 3:00 to 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: 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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