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.  


NEW! CIDNY Annual Report, 2013-2014 (PDF)

2015 Poll Site Survey (Report) (Pictures) (Barriers Chart)

Section Q & People w/Disabilities
(Report) (Appendices) (Presentation)

An agreement requiring the Department of Homeless Services to comply with the ADA by ensuring communications with people with disabilities applying to or participating in the City’s homeless shelter system.

Report: Disability Status: ADA 25 (Report) (Slides) (Screen reader)
ADA at 25: Many Bridges to Cross (PDF) (Word)

CIDNY Emergency Preparedness Presentation 2015


Attention: We will not have walk-ins on Tuesday, April 19.

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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Writer’s Workshop
Every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in Manhattan.
The writ'ers workshop will not meet on Thursday, May 5

Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day-Albany
Monday, May 16
We will go to Albany to meet lawmakers. 

This is important: You MUST attend one of the training sessions above to go to Albany. Please RSVP.

Training will be held from 1:00pm -3:00 pm on May 4—Queens Office - 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 107, NY 11415  and May 11—Manhattan Office - 841 Broadway, Suite 301, NY 10003

Consumer Action Network Meeting-Manhattan
Wednesday, May 18  — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Legislative Disability Awareness Day is Monday, May 16, 2016. Let us prepare to go to Albany to meet with our legislators to discuss our issues and share our stories.

Benefits Workshop-Queens
Wednesday, May 25 — Begins at 10 a.m.

This workshop covers information on SNAP, Medicaid, MSP, Part D, and MTA half-fare cards. Are you a new applicant or looking to recertify? Have questions? CIDNY counselors will be there to help after the workshop.

Please call 646-442-1520 to RSVP. Space is limited so you need to RSVP, and please let us know if you need an accommodation.

Movie Night-Spotlight
Friday, May 27  3:00 pm to 5:00 pm


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. 




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