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  • Build a Workforce Pipeline for New Yorkers with Disabilities

    Mayor Adams visits the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (photo: @NYCDisabilities)

    New York City has an historic opportunity to engage people with disabilities more fully in the workforce. With nearly1 million New Yorkers living with a disability, seizing the opportunity should be a top priority. It’s time to build a pipeline to address the needs of employers and New Yorkers with disabilities.


  • As New York’s Economy Recovers, There's a Crucial Role for Internships for People with Disabilities

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    Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the U.S. unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 2.5 times higher than for those without. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the employment and job prospects for people with disabilities, but New York’s business and nonprofit communities can play a vital role in the economic

  • COVID-19 Sheds New Light on Innovations Long Championed by People with Disabilities

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    A pre-pandemic conference (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography)

    One of the great ironies of the new remote-working economy is that it is built on employment innovations that people with disabilities have long advocated. A second great irony is the speed with which those innovations – opposed by businesses for years – were adopted. These developments underscore, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this year, the importance of addressing the needs of people with disabilities and the potential for the broader public to

  • City Launches Pilot Voter Guide for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing New Yorkers

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    the CFB models its new voter guide (photo: Gotham Gazette)

    New York City is home to more than 200,000 residents who are deaf and hard of hearing, and they almost never vote. It’s not for a lack of will, but rather because of inadequate access to information on voter registration and candidates, according to city officials. To address that gap, the city is launching its first-ever voter guide in American Sign Language, a long overdue measure to ensure that deaf and hard-of-hearing voters are able to participate in the city’s democratic

  • The City’s Bogus Compromise with Uber Would Hurt Riders with Disabilities

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    The hustle and bustle of New York is a part of its identity: we New Yorkers are always on the move. Our officials must fight for equal access to transportation, but as those of us with disabilities know, accessible methods of travel are shamefully limited. This is why the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has apparently been negotiating with private for-hire car companies like Uber and Lyft on the issue of wheelchair accessible taxis for several months.

    This could have been an encouraging sign, but last week, it became clear