Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled
The Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, Inc. (BCID) is a non-profit, grassroots organization operated by a majority of people with disabilities for people with all types of disabilities for more than fifty years. We are dedicated to improving 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 and our advocacy for systems change to remove physical, attitudinal, and communication barriers to people with disabilities.
Based on a self-help model, our primary services include: disability rights advocacy; peer support; resource information and referral; housing advocacy; independent living skills, transition of youth from school to training and employment; consultation; and government benefits information and advocacy.
A majority our staff members, board members, and volunteers have disabilities themselves and, so, are viable role models for other people with disabilities.
Our staff is knowledgeable about the provisions of ADA and assists consumers if their rights are violated.