Who we are

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.

People we represent

We are concerned about the quality of life of people with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neurological impairments and learning disabilities. Whether people have mild, moderate or severe impairments, these are lifelong disabilities that affect people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and income levels.

Some individuals with developmental disabilities only require modest support and training while others require intensive clinical services and daily care and supervision for their personal needs and safety.

What you can do

We ask that you take the time to become familiar with the needs of persons with developmental disabilities who are served in your community .

We ask that you review and support the Bronx Developmental Disabilities Council’s positions on budgetary issues. Do not balance the budget at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens!

We invite you to become an active member of the Bronx DD Council by attending our special events (Legislative Breakfast, Family Support Fair, educational forums) or by joining one of our standing committees. For information on how to get involved call (718) 231-7711.

We ask that you become an advocate for the disabled. They are counting on you!

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Register Here for our 29th Annual Family Support Conference: 
VERY IMPORTANT: The site cannot accommodate children under the age of 18 years.

***Bernard Carabello, a living piece of history, humanizes the civil rights movement in New York State and nationally for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please click here>> Petition to read more and sign this very important petition.

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 Message from Joanne Siegel,  President

Dear Council Members,

I want to thank all the Bronx DD Council Members for their support in the Legislative Breakfast. Everyone really did an outstanding job of making the morning's event run smoothly and being so successful. Thank you to Omayra Andino for the great videos (SEE YOU-TUBE VIDEO BELOW THIS MESSAGE), and hours of work. Peter Dolan and SDC for its help. Edie Weber and AHRC for its support. Many thanks to all the volunteers who came in so early and helped to set up the registration table.  Many thanks to Yvonne Patrick and her YAI team, and Phyllis Angelico for handling the unpaid registrants. Doris Lopez, Carmen Lopez and her SUS team.  Thank you also to SUS staff who helped out this morning and also did the badges and the SUS self-advocates who gave the pledge of allegiance. Many thanks to Daniel's Music Foundation.

Also apologies for leaving out Yvonne Patrick and  Mary St. Mark and the residential committee for leaving out the committee, my kudos. Thank you, both of you as co-chairs for all your hard work. Your membership is increasing and we need strong advocates to fight for residential and housing options.

Thank you to the presenters and to the DD Council officers and committee chairs! 

Thank you, Phyllis, we could not have done this without your support.

My apologies to anyone who I may have left out!!

Everyone, please enjoy the weekend. I do believe we are making some in-roads in our struggle to maintain services.

Remember Family Support Conference on May 18, 2017!

Most sincerely

Joanne

Joanne F. Siegel, LCSW

President, Bronx DD Council

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YOU-TUBE VIDEO PRODUCED BY OMAYRA ANDINO.....