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About City Access New York

City Access New York (CANY) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with young adults of all abilities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We identify barriers to participation, in schools and in the community, and adapt the content and delivery of programs to the diverse needs of people with disabilities.

  • Our Day Habilitation and Respite programs are Without Walls which promotes community involvement and provides a multitude of opportunities for youth development. We encourage our participants to obtain and maintain daily living skills through activities that enhance socialization, communication, and develop their vocational skills. We offer different programs which are person centered. Our trained staff is enthusiastic and always looking to build upon the already strong foundation of our programs.
  • Our Career Development Project (CDP) provides opportunities for young adults with sensory disabilities to intern at cultural institutions in New York City. Our partners range from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Staten Island Children’s Museum.
  • Museum Access Consortium (MAC) consists of representatives from various museums throughout the New York Metropolitan area and members and representatives of the disability community. Members of MAC exchange information, ideas and resources and create a network of mutual support. MAC has developed a replicable training series for the staff of cultural institutions to improve access for people with disabilities.

Mission Statement

CANY promotes lifelong access to information, programs and services for New Yorkers of all abilities. We assist individuals with Developmental and Sensory Disabilities to reach a maximum level of independence and integration into their communities and society at large through prevocational training, internships, supported and competitive employment, and social/recreational activities.