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.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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.
WE CAN HELP
CIvil rights advocates CHALLENGE NEW YORK CITY’S Failure to make its sidewalks safe for wheelchair users and PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND
On behalf of CIDNY, Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, filed a landmark civil rights lawsuit in federal court alleging that New York City violates Federal disability civil rights laws by failing to make its sidewalks and pedestrian routes accessible to people who use wheelchairs or are blind.
DID YOU VOTE SEPTEMBER 9th?
If you did, tell us how it went with CIDNY’s Voter Survey - click here. Your voting experience – the good and not so good – can help us as we work with policy makers to improve our election process. If you’d like to get involved in our voting rights project or would like more information, contact Monica Bartley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTICE OF SCHEDULE CHANGE:
CIDNY Walk-in Hours for New Consumers
Manhattan office: Every Monday and Tuesday from 10:00am-1:30am and on Thursday from 10:00am-3:00am.
Queens office: Every Monday from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Walk-in days are on a first come, first served basis. We will try to see everyone as soon as possible, but timing depends on the numbers of people who come in that day.
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 contact the intake line – Manhattan: 646-442-4186; Queens: 646-442-1520.
DID YOU KNOW?
SNAP RECIPIENTS RECEIVE ROBO CALLS TO REMIND THEM ABOUT APPOINTMENTS
A SNAP “robo call” is an automated call to remind the potential participant that they have a telephone interview scheduled. If you are a SNAP recipient, you may receive one of the following robo calls:
· You will be reminded of your appointment between 9AM and 8PM on the day before the scheduled interview.
· If you miss an appointment, you will get a call between 9AM and 8PM on the day after you missed the appointment.
Another type of “roll out” has begun. This one has to do with using your EBT (CBIC) to check your balance. When a participant calls the number on the back of their card (888-328-6399) for their balance, in addition to the balance information, they will now be notified of any upcoming appointment (it is not known yet how far in advance the notification will be). Due to the many complaints from consumers who say they don’t receive the notifications of appointments in the mail, HRA is discontinuing mailings.
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH
Parent Workshop: Employment Rights - Queens
Wednesday, September 3
NY State of Health, The Official Plan Marketplace is where New Yorkers will shop for, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage.
NEWS FROM CIDNY
BIG WIN - JUDGE AFFIRMS TAXI DEAL FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Associated Press: NY Lawsuit Seeks Safe Sidewalk for People with Disabilities
Public News Service: Civil Rights Case Says New York City Fails to Make Sidewalks Accessible
Long Island Exchange: Fed Civil Rights Case: New York City Fails to Make Sidewalks Accessible
New York Post: 'Dangerous' sidewalks ignoring NYC's Disabled: Lawsuit
Media dis & dat: Civil rights advocates challenge New York City’s failure to make its sidewalks safe for wheelchair users, blind people
Disability Rights Advocates: Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action in NYC Taxi Case (doc)
Disability Community Wins Against City’s Appeal in Voting Rights Case, Click here to read the Court’s Opinion Order
The U.S. Court said that NYC Violated federal civil rights law by not protecting people with disabilities during emergencies and disasters. Read Related Emergency Preparedness Lawsuit Case Stories Here.