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! D-SNAP PD offers people with disabilities affected by Sandy one-time benefit payment to those eligible.  Click here for information.
New! Report: Disability Status: ADA 25 (Report) (Slides) (Screenreader)
New! ADA at 25: Many Bridges to Cross (PDF) (Word)

CIDNY Emergency Preparedness Presentation 2015

Report: Section Q & People with Disabilities (Report) (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, October 12

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
Every Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm.

CAN Special Meeting—Queens
Town Hall with NYSILC
Wednesday, October 14, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
New York State Independent living Council (NYSLIC) is coming from Albany to ask New Yorkers with disabilities, “What is needed?” They’ll be covering issues including: Housing, Income, Employment, Education, Coordination of Health Care. They want to know what role Independent Living Centers can play to meet your needs. Your thoughts and ideas will be part of the mix that helps NYSLIC decide on priorities for the coming year. Please come and share your ideas. 

Movie Night—Age of Adaline
Friday, October 23, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Green Market Visits
You must RSVP to join ANY of our green market tours! On the dates and times listed below, we will meet for a tour of the green market. Learn about nutrition, the seasonality of foods, get cooking tips! Upon completion of the tour, you will receive a roundtrip Metrocard or reimbursement for your Access a Ride.

Tuesday, October 13, 9:45 am to 11:30 pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall,
Plaza at Court and Montague St
By the Christopher Columbus Statue in front of Kings County Supreme Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, off Cadman Plaza West
AAR Drop-off: TD Bank, 211 Montague Street, intersection of Cadman Plaza West/Court Street

Tuesday, October 27, 9:45 am to 12 pm
Bronx Borough Hall,
161st and Grand Concourse
Meet: In front of Bronx Supreme Court, 851 Grand Concourse
AAR Drop-off: Bronx Supreme Court, 851 Grand Concourse, cross street is E 161 St

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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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