As a New Yorker, there are a number of ways that you can get involved with your community. Part of this involvement comes from understanding what’s happening locally with your community board, your City Council district as well as pending legislation that if passed will impact the community.
City Council Legislation
MOPD has placed a list of some bills in development that pertain to the disability community below. For the latest information on pending legislation visit council.nyc.gov
This bill would create an Office of Accessibility Compliance within the Department of Buildings, tasked with ensuring all submitted plans for building construction or renovation comply with Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements in the Building Code, staffed with at least one registered design professional with knowledge of those requirements. This bill would also establish an annual reporting requirement on how many plans are examined and approved or rejected by the Office of Accessibility Compliance.
Learn more about Int. 1831-2019 (Accessibility Office in DOB)
This bill would require closed captioning to be enabled on televisions in public areas in places of public accommodation during posted hours of operation, eliminating the need for an individual to request that closed captioning be enabled. The bill would amend the New York City Human Rights Law to designate failing to so enable closed captioning on televisions in places of public accommodation a discriminatory practice under that law.
Learn more about Int 1889-2020 (Closed Captioning)
This bill would require that each agency designate at least one employee as a digital inclusion officer who would be responsible for coordinating efforts to ensure accessibility of websites and other digital content made publicly available by such agency. Each digital inclusion officer would receive training from the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities at least annually. In addition, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities would be required to have at least one employee with expertise in digital accessibility who would be responsible for coordinating with the digital inclusion officers to monitor and improve the accessibility of city websites and other digital content.
Learn more about Int 1861-2020 (Digital Inclusion Officer)
This bill would require the City of New York to establish a fund providing loans, grants, in-kind services, in-kind materials or some combination, to make small business storefronts accessible to people with disabilities. Small businesses of 100 employees or fewer and three locations or fewer would be eligible for the fund. The fund would award up to $250,000 in total value per storefront, and loans issued through the program would have an interest rate of no more than three percent. The City would be responsible for establishing a timeline of 90 days or less for the review of applications, issuing an approval or rejection of the application, and a disbursement of the fund, as applicable. Small business tenants or property owners who would bear the cost of the construction project would receive the fund award, but both parties must agree to receive it, unless a prior agreement states otherwise. As a condition of receiving the fund, the City may require that the storefront’s tenant be given a reduction in rent that equals a total of half the value of money, services and materials received through the fund.
Learn more about Int 2097-2020 (Small Business Accessibility Grants)