Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth. ~ William Faulkner


The Bronx Developmental Disabilities Council is an association of parents, advocates, consumers and professionals concerned with the needs of people with developmental disabilities who reside in the Bronx. Through our Executive Board, Standing Committees and Special Events, we provide a forum for the discussion of issues, provide information and support to families, and advocate for the social and economic issues that affect the quality of life of the people we serve.

The council acts in an advisory capacity to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, identifying unmet needs and reviewing service proposals. We provide representation to the InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies and work in cooperation with New York City's other four Borough Councils as well as other advocacy and planning groups.


Please Register here for our 12th Annual Health Care Conference:


Urgent! We need your help, please click here to sign the PETITION


We the undersigned, Voices For Persons With Developmental Disabilities, hereby declare a state of crisis in New York State regarding the lack of availability and development of residential living opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities living at home with their families. We strongly urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo and all our elected officials to address this neglectful situation by:

1: Increasing funding for residential development for those living with their families in the community and in need of a 24 hr supervised setting,

2: Providing equal access to OPWDD certified residential opportunities for those living at home with their families.

3: Mandating that all new development should provide/include 50% from OPWDD priority lists and 50% from those living at home with their family

As families with a member with developmental disabilities we have survived no services and no funding, but we cannot survive with no hope.

As reported in The Wall Street Journal, NYS Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg says there is a waiting list of 12,000 individuals with developmental disabilities who need services or housing and the list is growing.

Advocacy does make a difference.

Be a voice for people with developmental disabilities. Please sign the petition urging Governor Cuomo and our elected officials to address the issue of long term residential planning and choice for people with Developmental Disabilities living with their families in the community.

One minute of your time can make a positive change in the lives of our children.
Protect the rights of people with developmental disabilities and sign.

Thank You

IMPORTANT: Professionals working in the disability field who wish to support our cause can sign the petition but only as private citizens. Please do not sign using your agency.



Just wanted to take the opportunity to thank the 2 Co-Chairs of the Family Support Committee, Mary Bonsignore and Nellie Velez along with all the Committee members and anyone who had a part in making the day a huge success. With over 70 vendors available for family members and other providers to network with, and the very heartfelt presentation by the parents, it was nothing short of amazing and a true picture of advocacy. If you missed the conference this year, you missed a treat. If anyone is interested in joining the council, please visit our website at for meeting times, dates and place.

Thank you all for a magnificent job! Well Done!

Cheryelle Cruickshank,
President Bronx DD Council

Check out the Gallery page for pictures/highlights  from the conference.

Check out our featured video: LADIES IN RED

Please find our new Family Support Guide 2015 under "Resources"


Please check out OPWDD's NEW FRONT DOOR Policy Manual here:


Find your elected officials here: on the link below

Step #2: Put in your zip code or the zip code of where your program is located

Step 3: Hit enter...the site will generate a list of all your elected officials.


UCP  of NYC Family Connect Calendar for September  2015


Medicaid Procedures for Transportation to Medical related appointments::

Welcome to the Logisticare website for New York City Medicaid enrollees, medical practitioners and non-emergency medical transportation providers. The New York State Department of Health has contracted with Logisticare to manage Medicaid non-emergency medical transportation services (NEMT) in New York City.

For Details on scheduling your trip, please click on Enrollees, then click on FAQ's

Call 1-877-564-5922 

PS: Always have your Medicaid Card ready when calling & always ask for your confirmation number!!