Disabilities Awareness Trainings

Staff and participants at an Access-A-Ride listening session.


CIDNY offers a variety of monthly workshops and events to give people opportunities to learn new skills, to increase social connections, and to understand their rights as people with disabilities. We also assist other ILCs with storytelling and social media workshops.

Workshops have included topics such as Repairing your Credit, Getting Ready for Tax Season, and Keeping your Financial Records; Your Rights Under the Fair Housing Act; New York City’s Green Markets – including Recipes for Cooking with Seasonal Produce; Tools for Your Housing Search; Changes in Health Insurance; How to Use Access-A-Ride; and the weekly Writers Workshop. Social events include Movie Night, seasonal holiday parties and trips to museums, parks, and other free events. All CIDNY workshops are free. To see a full list of upcoming events, check out the CIDNY calendar. You can also see past workshops and materials in our online library.

Disability Awareness Training — the 7th Sense

CIDNY offers a series of disability awareness trainings tailored for corporations, service providers, government agencies, and other organizations that work with or provide services to people with disabilities. 7th Sense has also been part of settlement agreements between litigants in disability rights cases. Each training will provide participants with an overview of the various definitions and laws regarding disability; dispel common myths about people with disabilities; teach communication, interpersonal, and other skills; answer questions and problem solve issues specific to each organization. The training includes real life vignettes, group exercises, and questions and answers to help participants examine and recognize their attitudes about people with disabilities in a safe, supportive environment. The goal is to promote understanding of the rights of people with disabilities and strategies for interacting with people with disabilities in a respectful and effective way. Organizations who have used CIDNY’s 7th Sense training to increase their knowledge and effectiveness and comply with federal and local laws include: Signature Theatres staff; New York State Housing City Judges; NY State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Staff; Bellevue Hospital; Medicare Rights Center; New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; New York State Department of Health Local Services staff; Medicaid Managed Care Plans; Fully Integrated Duals Advantage health plans; New York City Department of Youth and Community Development management staff; Community Emergency Response Teams of New York City Emergency Management; J.P. Morgan Chase; Roundabout Theater staff; New York City Board of Elections; New York Lawyers in the Public Interest; New York State Literacy Zones; CAMBA Housing Staff; Barrier Free shelter staff; Independent Consumer Advocacy Network; Emblem Health Insurance; Americhoice, among others. For a brochure on the training, please click here; if you need this documents in an alternate format, please email info@cidny.org. 


CIDNY conducts research and produces reports on issues impacting people with disabilities in NYC. These publications help to educate the public and lawmakers about the issues. To view these and other media, please click here.