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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 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.
2015 Poll Site Survey (Report) (Pictures) (Barriers Chart)
Section Q & People w/Disabilities (Report) (Appendices) (Presentation)
Report: Disability Status: ADA 25 (Report) (Slides) (Screen reader)
ADA at 25: Many Bridges to Cross (PDF) (Word)
CIDNY Annual Report, 2013-2014 (PDF)
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 or 646-442-1520.
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Every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in Manhattan
There is no writer's workshop on July 21 and August 4
Friday, July 22 - Movie Night
Wednesday, July 27, 2:00-4:00 pm
Workshop in Manhattan: Domestic Violence for the Deaf Community
What is Domestic Violence and how to recognize it? What to do if you find yourself in this situation? Where do you go to get services? Presenter Salar Rivani, Esq., is an attorney with the Domestic Violence Project of the Urban Justice Center. He represents domestic violence survivors with family law issues and is especially focused on advocating for people with disabilities. Mr. Rivani works primarily in Queens but also provides legal advice to or consults with domestic violence survivors citywide.
Please RSVP by calling: 646-442-4143 by Monday, July 25.
American Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. If you need an additional accommodation, please let us know one week before the event.
Friday, August 26 - Movie Night
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
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
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
WSJ: MTA's Access-A-Ride Program Fails Disabled Passengers, Audit Says
Crain's New York Business: State launches $2 billion coordinated care plan for people with disabilities
El Diario: Discussing proposal to send texts to 911 [in Spanish]
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
Business Insider: Uber accused of failing a huge number of New Yorkers
Huffington Post: 25 Years After the ADA, Navigating New York City is Still Daunting for the Disabled
CNN: America Still Leaves the Disabled Behind
NPR: In Helping Those with Disabilities, ADA Improves Access for All
WNYC Brian Lehrer Show: ADA Turns 25
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.