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Commissioner's Message



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To All New Yorkers,

New York City is the most dynamic city in the world, with one of the most diverse populations. As a lifelong New Yorker, it gives me great pleasure to see our city moving toward a more equitable society. I understand from experience the complex challenges that people with disabilities face on a daily basis, from navigating our streets to obtaining needed services.

As Commissioner, it is my job to help the nearly one million people who self-identify as living with one or more disabilities participate fully in everything our city has to offer, including safe streets, playgrounds, affordable housing, educational opportunities, employment, and transportation. We must ensure that appropriate accommodations are made so people with disabilities can enjoy the opportunities and services available to other New Yorkers. This is what the staff at the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and I strive for every day: equity.

In 2015, we celebrated 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) throughout the city. With the ADA, our nation made a strong commitment to providing Americans with disabilities the same rights and opportunities as those without disabilities. Enormous progress has been made in the past quarter century, nationally and within the city. In 2016, we proudly announced AccessibleNYC, an annual report on the state of persons with disabilities and interagency plans to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities across the five boroughs.

I would like to thank the staff at the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, the staff of the various City offices and agencies we work with, and the disability advocates who are coming together in this effort. AccessibleNYC is truly an unprecedented undertaking; never in the history of NYC government have so many City agencies worked together on a comprehensive report to advance the interests of New Yorkers with disabilities. I am confident that the progress we make will be unprecedented as well.

Thank you,

Victor Calise,
Commissioner, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

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