New York Times: “My Co-op Won’t Accommodate My Hearing Disability. How Do I Force the Issue?” NYLPI’s Maureen Belluscio Has an Answer

May 28, 2024

Disability Justice, Health Justice, Media Coverage, News

The red brick facade of a New York City building, with many fire escape stairs visible. The angle is looking up at the building, as if from the street.

Maureen Belluscio, Managing Attorney for Disability Justice at NYLPI, was included in the print and digital issue of the New York Times on May 26, 2024; the “Ask Real Estate” column highlighted a question from a tenant looking for expert opinions about building accommodations.

“City law requires the co-op to pay for reasonable accommodations. You can make a request in writing to the building’s management for an intercom that will accommodate your deafness. State what you are asking for, and why you require a different intercom – though you are not required to go into great detail about your disability,” said Maureen Belluscio, managing attorney in the Disability Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. “Just explain how different equipment will allow you to use the building’s services, and . include information about any previous intercom requests you’ve made.”

Read the full column via New York Times.

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