There are almost 1 million New Yorkers who have disclosed living with a disability, or roughly 11.2% of the city’s population.
In addition, by applying the 11.2 % to the 60.7 million people who visited New York City in 2016, we estimate that approximately 6.8 million visitors to our city each year have a disability.
In July 2016, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) issued the inaugural edition of AccessibleNYC an annual report on the lives of people with disabilities in the city. This is the second edition of the report. The 2017 edition of AccessibleNYC is organized into six sections: Transportation, Employment, Access, Education, Housing and Health. Many City agencies have contributed to the report including, the Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Emergency Management,
and the Human Resources Administration.
As a result of the City’s work throughout the past year, more New Yorkers have traveled on accessible modes of transportation, hired people with disabilities, received disability awareness training, used accessible technology, participated in programs that are accessible, and frequented businesses and cultural entities that are accessible.
During the past year, we have made great strides toward our goal of making New York City the most accessible city in the world.