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. 


In 2014:

People with disabilities will be safer thanks to our landmark civil rights decision. The federal court agreed with us that New York City violated the civil rights of people with disabilities during emergencies and disasters, leading to one of the most comprehensive emergency planning and recovery agreements in the nation. 

Employment of people with disabilities will get a boost because of our consumers’ voices and our advocacy.  A New York City agency announced that it will provide and negotiate job accommodations for people with disabilities on public assistance who are looking for work through a new jobs program.

Making complicated health coverage decisions will be easier. People who receive both Medicaid and Medicare will have an independent consumer advocacy program on their side when 100,000 letters go out this holiday season talking about how their health coverage will change.

Voting will be easier. Voters with disabilities can now find out online or by calling 311 whether their polling sites are accessible.

We have helped nearly 15,000 people with roadmaps to meet their own goals, offering one-on-one help, self-help and self-advocacy tools and 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.

 Click here to donate


What's happening

November 4, 2014 Poll site survey summary (Click here)

October 17, 2014 Notice of settlement in emergency prep case (Click here)
October 17, 2014
Full settlement document (Click here) 

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

CIDNY Walk-in Hours for Consumers 

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 contact the intake line:
Manhattan: 646-442-4186 or Queens: 646-442-1520.

This Month...

Click here for the March Newsletter (Word) (PDF) 
Click here for the March Calendar (Word) (PDF)

Upcoming Events: 

Access-A-Ride: Information Workshops
March 4
from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (CIDNY-Queens)
March 18 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (CIDNY-Manhattan)
Get information on Access-a-Ride (AAR) from an AAR representative: what is it, how to use it, and quick tips to have your best trip.

CAN Meeting—Manhattan
Wednesday, March 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Hear about our February trip to Albany: consumers and staff met with legislators and presented our issues to them. We’ll share our experiences, and we would like you to join us in writing thank you letters to the people we visited.

Vsit to the Union Square Greenmarket — PLEASE RSVP!
Meet at CIDNY-Manhattan by 9:45 am
Wednesday, March 25, 9:4
5 am to 11:30 am
Welcome spring with a guided tour of the Union Square greenmarket! Located in one of New York City's great public spaces, the atmosphere at Union Square on a market day is electric. Shop and chat with farmers, learn about seasonality, and how to use your SNAP benefit there.

e Night—Friday, March 27
p Five, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

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Do You Need Legal Help?

We want to hear from you about your legal needs. Your answers are confidential.  Please fill out the survey below to let us know if you think you need legal help for a variety of concerns.  If you would like someone to help you fill out the form, please call 212-674-2300 and tell them you want help with the legal needs survey.

Click to fill in CIDNY's Survey on Legal Needs.

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NY State of Health: What Does it Mean for You? 

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