A City Of Class – And Inclusivity
New York City offers world-class culture, food, theatre and shopping. It’s also a leader in civil rights movements. The city’s human rights legislation was expanded to outlaw discrimination against people with disabilities back in 1968. That’s also when the first mayor’s disability advisory committee was established. Fast forward to the 21st century, and New York City is still at the forefront of improving access! Almost a million people with disabilities now live in New York City. Whether they’re working, socializing, travelling or marching in the annual Disability Pride Parade, they’re an important part of the rich diversity of this city. That’s why the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is collaborating with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to provide an even higher level of service to its citizens and visitors with disabilities.
Access In The city
New York City is constantly striving to open more accessible doors. Inspired initiatives are making a difference – such as the Restaurant Access Program, which distributes “Wheelchair Friendly” decals to make it easier to identify inclusive restaurants. The One Step Campaign encourages public places with single steps in front to comply with the law by installing ramps. If you do encounter obstacles, there’s even a procedure in place to report inadequate disability access.
Using public transit to get around? The MTA’s online Trip Planner allows you to search for an accessible way to make your trip. Hailing a cab instead? Over a thousand taxis in the city have induction loop systems for people with hearing disabilities. Hundreds more are wheelchair accessible. That number will reach the thousands by 2020, when half of the yellow and green fleets are scheduled to be accessible.
Search For Supports
The City of New York wants to ensure that its residents with disabilities have access to the services and assistance they need. It’s doing this by requiring all city agencies to appoint a disability service facilitator, by providing fully accessible recreation opportunities, and by establishing a rent freeze for eligible people with disabilities, among other programs. The free ACCESS NYC service will match you to any city, state and federal benefit programs you might qualify for.