NYC Programs & Organizations

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  • NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities: Operating since 1973, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is the liaison between New York City government and the disability community. In partnership with all City offices and agencies, MOPD consistently ensures that the rights and concerns of the disability community are included in all City initiatives and that City programs and policies address the needs of people with disabilities.
  • AccessibleNYC: New York City’s comprehensive plan to improve quality of life for New Yorkers with disabilities in the areas of: technology, transportation, employment, financial empowerment, housing, health, access (to City services) and education. Visit their website for latest annual report.
  • EmpoweredNYC: EmpoweredNYC focuses on enabling New Yorkers with disabilities across the five boroughs to improve their financial stability. Using a three-tier approach, the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection and EmpoweredNYC partners advances financial capability through broad engagement and education, tailored one-on-one financial counseling enhanced with new expertise, outreach and tools, and specialized benefits support services.
  • The DSF Program: Disability Service Facilitators (DSF) are appointed to city agencies as liaisons to New Yorkers with disabilities, connecting people with disabilities to city government. Visit their website for list of DSF’s.
  • Project Open House: Project Open House (POH), administered by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), removes architectural barriers in the homes of people with permanent disabilities. This program is designed to increase independence in the activities of daily living, thus helping people with disabilities remain a part of their communities. POH provides an opportunity for many individuals to modify their living environments.
  • United Spinal Association of NYC: New York City United Spinal chapter that serves the community by sharing knowledge, promoting SCI awareness and injury prevention, advocating for disability rights and providing financial assistance and emotional support to survivors of spinal cord injury and their families.
  • Wheeling Forward: Wheeling Forward is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with disabilities by providing guidance and resources to disabled individuals for the purpose of achieving goals today rather than tomorrow, with a focus on educational attainment, employment procurement, health and wellness, community integration, housing acquisition, and personal fulfillment.
  • Axis Project: The Axis Project is a multidisciplinary center committed to providing high quality services for those with physical disabilities. This unique center empowers people with physical disabilities to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle. The center is completely wheelchair accessible and includes all accessible workout equipment. The Axis Project offers programs, activities, and classes specifically designed for people with physical disabilities. They have are located in NYC. Visit their Facebook page for latest information.
  • Independence Care System: Independence Care System is dedicated to supporting senior adults and adults with physical disabilities and chronic conditions to live at home and participate fully in community life.
  • Center for Independence of the Disabled NY: CILs support community living and independence for people with disabilities of all types. Although specific services and programs vary from center to center based on the needs of the people they serve, all offer programs that can assist people living with limb loss, paralysis and TBI. These services may include: access to psychological counseling, assistance in securing housing or shelter, personal assistance services, transportation referral and assistance, physical therapy, mobility training, rehabilitation technology, recreation, and other services necessary to improve the ability of individuals with disabilities to function independently in the family or community and/or to continue in employment.
  • Harlem Independent Living Center: The Harlem Independent Living Center (HILC) is a community-based agency providing services free of charge to individuals with disabilities who live or work in Harlem. The center provides peer counseling, assistance with applications for food stamps, Public Assistance, SSI and SSDI, Medicaid and Medicare, housing assistance, assistive device training, van transportation for the disabled, architectural barrier removal assistance, and referral to other programs.
  • Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS): Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to empower all people with disabilities to understand and exercise their civil and human rights in order to live fully integrated lives in mainstream society. BILS assists individuals by providing them the necessary tools to make informed decisions about their own lives through access to education, skills development, and access to the appropriate resources.
  • Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID): Their mission has been to empower persons with disabilities by improving the quality of their lives and fostering their integration into the mainstream. Their programs include Comprehensive Information & Referral Resources, Counseling, Advocacy, Support Groups, Outreach among others.
  • Empower Spinal Cord Injury: Empower SCI is a non-profit corporation established to enable individuals with spinal cord injuries to lead happier, more meaningful and more independent lives. Empower SCI seeks to fill the gap in the rehabilitation industry that has been created by a decrease in length of stays at rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient services during the recovery from a spinal cord injury.

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