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! ADA at 25: Many Bridges to Cross (PDF) (Word)

 CIDNY Emergency Preparedness Presentation 2015

New! Report: Section Q & People with Disabilities (Click here for report) (Click here for appendices)

March 2015 "Friend of the court" brief from Hearing Loss Association of America, AARP, and Veteran of Foreign Wars USA opposing NYPD's blanket policy banning the use of hearing aids by police officers (Click here)

November 2014 Poll site survey summary (Click here)

October 2014 Notice of settlement in emergency prep case (Click here)
October 2014
Full settlement document (Click here) 

Safe sidewalks for wheelchair users and people who are blind
Read related curb cut documents here


As a reminder, we are closed on Monday, September 7

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 646-674-4148 or 646-442-1520.



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Writer’s Workshop
Resumes on Thursday, September 17, from 3:30-5:30 pm.

CAN Meeting
Wednesday, September 23
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Join us at the next meeting to complete our CAN issue survey. We’ll hear the survey results to date and help develop our  policy agenda for the coming year. If you know other people with disabilities, friends or family members of people with disabilities, bring them along to  participate in the survey and share their ideas for our future policy agenda. Help us make sure we’re covering the issues affecting you most.

Movie Night, A Most Violent Year 
Friday, September 25 - 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Set during the winter of 1981 -- statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City's history -- A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a drama following the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. 

Union Square Green Market Visit
Wednesday, September 30 - 9:45 to 11:30 am
You must RSVP for this tour!
Along with Grow NYC, we will go on a visit to the Union Square Green Market. Learn about nutrition, the seasonality of foods, get cooking tips! Please meet at CIDNY by 9:45 am, and we will all walk together.
Upon completion of the tour, visitors will receive a roundtrip MetroCard or reimbursement for their Access a Ride.

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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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