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. 


Each day, New Yorkers with disabilities face barriers.  CIDNY has been working to make sure that we all have an equal opportunity in our city to thrive and succeed.  In 2013, we helped over 20,000 people with disabilities and their families develop a roadmap to meet their goals.  The need is still there and we can only do this with your support.  Please give generously. For every dollar we receive, 88 cents goes directly into programs that make a difference and help us level the playing field.



Upcoming Changes to Social Security Administration 

The Social Security Administration will be issuing changes this fall. In an effort to create more cost effective and secure options, the Social Security Administration has developed data exchanges so that federal, state, and local agencies will be able to access electronic information for necessary verifications. As of August 1, 2014, Social Security offices will no longer offer Social Security Number printouts. As of October 1, 2014, Social Security offices will no longer issue benefit verification letters. 

It is important to note these changes since they can directly affect your application and recertifications for benefits. If you need a hard copy of your social security number or your benefit verification letters, you will need to allow up to 10 business days from the time you order these documents to receive them in the mail. You can access proof of your Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits verification letters online at or by mail by calling this toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). 

If you have questions about these changes or to get help, please call CIDNY Manhattan at 212-674-2300 or CIDNY Queens at 646-442-1520.


Poetry Reading: Share Your Favorite Poem!
Friday, April 11, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
At CIDNY Manhattan Office

To celebrate National Poetry Month, share you favorite poem with your peer at CIDNY. To make sure we have time to hear everyone's favorite poe, please keep your reading to three minutes or less. Can't make it? Don't worry - send us a tweet with a line of your favorite poem or share your favorite poem with us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter (@CID_NY) and Facebook (Center for Independent of the Disabled, NY) throughout April as we share information about free and low-cost poetry events throughout the city. 

Click here to see the events CIDNY is hosting this month. 

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