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.  


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.
Except Thursday, June 23
The writer's workshop will not meet in July

Will NYC Have to Fix Its Curbs and Sidewalks? 
Hearing - 500 Pearl Street, Room 11A
Tuesday, May 31 - Begins at 12 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 31, CIDNY will testify in federal court that a proposed settlement of our curb cut case does not meet the needs of people with disabilities. Federal Judge Daniels will hear comments on the agreement between the City of New York and United Spinal. Join us to say NO to this settlement!

Make sure you bring a picture ID – you will need that to go through security. The accessible entrance is on 158 Worth Street.

Consumer Action Network (CAN) Meeting—Queens
Wednesday, June 15 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Come join us to hear about: Our trip to Albany; the legislators we met; and the issues we presented to them. 
Also let us discuss our issues and concerns with the City and prepare for our visits to City officials.

Movie Night-Deadpool
Friday, June 24 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Housing Workshop—Queens
Wednesday, June 29 - Starts at 10 a.m.

Affordable housing is a priority for many New Yorkers. The presentation will cover: the housing options out there; NYCHA, HPD, HUD listings; NYC Housing Connect and different housing programs; what you qualify for; income and family size; and how to get and go over your credit report.

Please call 646-442-1520 to reserve your spot. Space is limited so you must let us know if you’re coming; also, let us know if you need an accommodation.


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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