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.



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.


Notice of IRS Scam

Several consumers have notified CIDNY that they are receiving calls from people who say they are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). They demand personal financial information. The IRS has released a warning about this.  This is a scam.  The IRS thinks scams will continue and that they are targeting recent immigrants. People who get these calls are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked. Callers try to intimidate people through insults and hostile tones. These scam callers have been using the following ways to get people to give them financial information:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badges. 
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four numbers of your Social Security number.  
  • Scammers show the IRS toll-free number on their caller ID so it looks like the IRS is calling. 
  • Scammers sometimes send fake IRS emails to some people to support their calls.  Victims hear background noise of other calls so it sounds like acall site. 
  • After threatening people with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, using fake caller ID numbers.

The IRS only contacts taxpayers with written notification of any taxes due via the U.S. mail. The IRS does not demand credit card, debit card, or prepaid card information over the telephone, by email, text messages or social media channels. The IRS will not ask for PINs, passwords or confidential access information, bank or other financial accounts. You should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in email, text messages, or social media supposedly from the IRS.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

  • If you owe taxes or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you with payment issues, if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some fake threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. 
  • If you have been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.
If you have questions regarding this scam, please visit 

Please call CIDNY at 212-674-2300 if you need further help.


How to Budget and Pay Off Debt

Friday, July 11, 3:30pm to 5:00pm At CIDNY Manhattan Office

Want to be more money-wise? Come learn how to set a budget for yourself and how to plan to pay off debt. Join financial planners, Anthea Perkins and Bruce Katz, as they share budgeting and debt repayment tips.

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Research on Evacuating Persons with Mobility Impairments:

We’re doing a study on the use of elevators for evacuation in high-rise workplaces … and we need your help!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. With support from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), NIST is interested in understanding the views and experiences of people with mobility difficulties during fire evacuations from workplaces in high-rise buildings.  NIST will use this information to develop guidance for designers and building managers.

We are asking any individuals with mobility impairments, even short term impairments, to participate in the study. We will be asking you about your experiences during evacuations, any training you have received, and your thoughts and concerns about using elevators during fire emergencies. Interviews will last about 1-2 hours and take place in person at your work place in a convenient location for you that allows for a private conversation. We will ask your employer to agree to your participation in the study as part of your normal work day. 

To be eligible you must be at least 18 years of age and have experience with either a permanent or temporary mobility difficulty (for example, walking or moving with or without assistive devices) during evacuations using stairs.

If you would like to participate, or if you have any additional questions about participation in the study, please contact Eva Eason at 646-442-1788. We will be interviewing in New York City in August 2014. Exact dates have not yet been determined.

We look forward to hearing from you about your interest in participating in the study.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping to improve life safety in high-rise buildings!


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