Brooklyn Center of Independence for the Disabled, Inc.

General Information

Brooklyn Center of Independence for the Disabled, Inc.
27 Smith Street, Suite 200
Brooklyn New York 1 11201
(718) 998 3000
http://www.bcid.org

Brief Description

BCID is a non-profit, grass roots organization operated by a majority of people with disabilities since 1956. We are dedicated to guaranteeing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

We exist to improve the quality of life of Brooklyn residents with disabilities through programs that empower them to gain greater control of their lives and achieve full and equal integration into society. We accomplish this through our services, our advocacy for systems change to remove physical, attitudinal and communication barriers to people with disabilities, and through our education and awareness programs.

Based on a self-help model, our primary services include: disability rights advocacy; peer support; resource information; and referral; housing advocacy; independent living skills consultation; government benefits information and advocacy; as well as information on the civil rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities. Many of our staff members, board members and volunteers have disabilities themselves and, so, are viable role models for other people with disabilities.

As a member of the National Council on Independent Living and the Association of Independent Living Centers in New York, BCID is in a position to advocate on many levels for people with disabilities. Our position in the disability community combined with our programs and services designed to educate and empower people with disabilities. Our position in the disability community combined with our programs and services designed to educate and empower people with disabilities, places BCID in a unique position to enable people with disabilities to achieve and affirm their independence.

Staff

Sandrina Kingston , Program Director, skingston@bcid.org

Joan Peters, Executive Director, jpeters@bcid.org

Services Offered

  • Advocacy
    • BCID's staff can advise you of your civil and economic rights and if you have been unfairly deprived of those rights, BCID will work with you to secure them.

  • Counseling
    • Peer counseling offers you the opportunity to share experiences, expertise, and encouragement.

  • Financial Assistance
    • BCID can assist you in understanding your financial status and, if you are eligible, help you apply for and maintain benefits including SSDI, SSI, Work Incentive programs, Medicaid, Food Stamps and Personal Assistance Services. You can get a better understanding about the application as well as appeals procedures for each benefit program