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.  

what's happening

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

ADA Compliance by MLTC/FIDA Plans Project

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

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 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, call 212-674-2300 or 646-442-1520.

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THIS MONTH
CIDNY is closed on Monday, February 15th

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Writer’s Workshop
Every Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm

Mark your calendars! 
Lobby Day 2016 is Monday, February 8th.

Let us prepare to go to Albany to meet with our legislators to discuss our issues and share our stories. 

Training will be held from at 1:00 pm -3:00 pm on February 4, 2016 at the Manhattan Office. 

If you did not attend a training this year, you must attend this training to go to Albany.

CAN Meeting-Queens
Wednesday, February 17, 1:00-3:00 pm

Come join us to hear about: Our trip to Albany; the legislators we met; and the issues we presented to them. Let us discuss our next steps and how to prepare for our next legislative day.

Movie Night-Trainwreck

Friday, February 19, 3:00-5:00 pm

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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. 

 

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THE ACCESS PROJECT

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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.

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