CIDNY is a non-profit organization founded in 1978. We are part of the Independent Living Centers movement: a national network of grassroots and community-based organizations that enhance opportunities for all people with disabilities to direct their own lives.

CIDNY is Your Voice

CIDNY is the voice of people with disabilities in New York City. Our staff and Board include social workers, lawyers and other highly qualified professionals, most of whom are people with disabilities. Along with their professional credentials, the staff all have a strong belief in self-determination and bring valuable life experiences and insights to their work. CIDNY's staff is also ethnically diverse, with language capacity to assist consumers in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Toysanese, Tagalog, and American Sign Language. 

CIDNY speaks for everyone who lives with a disability, whether it came at birth, by injury, disease, or during the process of aging. Together, we educate the public. We advocate for our civil rights and a strong safety net of benefits and services. CIDNY makes sure that our voices are heard where and when issues affecting our lives are decided. 

CIDNY Advocacy/Policy

Throughout our history, CIDNY has advised government officials on ways to make public services like transportation, health insurance, education, and entitlements work better. We monitor public and private initiatives that affect people with disabilities and offer constructive solutions to problems we see. CIDNY conducts an array of training and technical assistance activities to pubic officials, health care workers, and other service providers on disability awareness and disability-related issues. CIDNY also provides information and workshops for its consumers on everyday skills, such as searching for housing, budgeting, transportation, housekeeping, self-advocacy, and goals planning.

CIDNY's Consumer Services

CIDNY's offices in Manhattan and Queens provide benefits counseling, independent living skills development; direct services (e.g. housing assistance, employment-related assistance, healthcare access, peer counseling, nursing home transition and diversion, and youth transition), information and referrals, and recreational activities. All our services are free. 

CIDNY Manhattan 

Telephone: 212-674-2300
Fax: 212-254-5953
VP: 646-350-2681 
For email inquiries, please email

Address: 841 Broadway, Suite 301 
              New York, NY 10003

  CIDNY Queens

  Telephone: 646-442-1520
  Fax: 347-561-4883
  VP: 347-905-5088
  For email inquiries, please email

  Address: 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd, Suite 107 
               Kew Gardens, NY 11415

CIDNY's Manhattan office is located between 13th and 14th street. 
This office is in an elevator building and is wheelchair accessible. 

Subways: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W to 14th St/Union Square.  

CIDNY's Queens office is located on the ground floor. 
This office is wheelchair accessible. 

Subways: E or F to Kew Gardens Rd/Union Turnpike