Message from the Director

Photo of Catherine Paradiso - Executive Director of MOPD

Catherine Paradiso
Executive Director

MOPD functions as a liaison between the community and City government. We work with allCity agencies to make sure that the rights and needs of people with disabilities are included in all of New York City's activities, programs and services.

As an advocacy office our mission is to help people with disabilities access services in both the public and private sectors. The information on this web site includes information about disability rights, benefits, laws, and community resources.

As part of our mission as an advocacy agency, MOPD is active in establishing community outreach events. Last year the Office worked with City agencies and the not-for-profit community to organize several seminars and events. In June 2000 MOPD hosted a seminar for the hospitality industry on increasing the accessibility of their businesses and services. In September Mayor Giuliani invited the community to Gracie Mansion for a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In November, the Office hosted an employment seminar for people with disabilities, providing information about employment rights and laws, job training, and job searches. This event was co-sponsored with the Building Owners and Management Association and We Media. The Office also co-hosted with NYPD a personal safety seminar designed to address the concerns of the disability community.

At MOPD, we take great pride in Project Open House (POH), a home barrier removal program that assists individuals who meet HUD income guidelines. In the year 2000, MOPD renovated the homes of 55 individuals, allowing them to live more comfortably. The waiting period from application to service for POH is two to four weeks.

Another responsibility of the Office is to review Local Law 58 waiver applications. While MOPD does not grant Local Law 58 waivers, we do assess architectural plans, and advise builders and the Department of Buildings on how buildings could be made accessible in accordance with Local Law 58.

This site contains a text only version and complies with WC3 standards. MOPD and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) have provided training in WC3 compliance, which will be continued during the next year. The information that is found on this site is available in hard copy in our community resource directory, in Braille and large print. To obtain a copy of our directory, or to receive an application for Project Open House, call the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities at (212) 788-2830 or (TTY) (212) 788-2858.

Thank-you for visiting our web site, we hope that you will find it a useful means of accessing information and resources. If you need any more information or assistance please feel free to contact the Office.

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