BCID is Rolling Out
BCID is offering local establishments the opportunity to “invite us in” as part of our Opening Doors campaign. The purpose of the program is to increase the ability of people with disabilities to "get in the door" of Brooklyn businesses and other establishments.
BCID will be encouraging businesses to become more disability friendly, and recognizing those that do.
We are looking for volunteers with any type of disability who wish to go out in their communities to talk to businesses about the program and how they can increase their customer base. We are also looking for suggestions for businesses that are already reaching out to people with disabilities. You can email us at email@example.com.
We will be offering free training to people who wish to volunteer with Opening Doors on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 1-3pm at the Independence Care System (ICS) conference room at 25 Elm Place, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY. You must register in advance to attend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or call BCID at 718-998-3000 for more information.
BCID is hosting a new support group.
On Wednesdays, through Goodwill Industries, there is a job readiness support group from 10am-noon for consumers with mental illness.. For more information about the group, and to confirm meeting dates and times, call BCID at 718-998-3000.
Court in BCID v. Bloomberg Finds City Discriminated Against
People with Disabilities in Its Emergency Preparations
Last November, a Federal court ruled that New York City discriminated against people with disabilities by failing to provide them with meaningful access to its emergency preparedness program in several ways. Among the areas specifically mentioned were evacuation from high rise buildings and transportation for people with disabilities, as well as issues within the shelter system.
The court's ruling established the city's liability. The parties will have the opportunity to propose and negotiate remedies. If the parties cannot agree, the court will impose remedies.
BCID v. Bloomberg was filed a year before Superstorm Sandy hit New York. However, Sandy highlighted the issues that advocates had been raising for years. BCID thanks our attorneys, Disability Rights Advocates, for their tremendous work on behalf of people with disabilities!
BCID v. Bloomberg has received extensive media coverage across the country. Some links:
But the real impact of the case can be seen in educational workshops like "Is Your Plan Good Enough? BCID v Bloomberg and the Future of Emergency Planning," which is being held at the 2014 National Hurricane Conference for emergency planners in April.
Hurricane Sandy: For disaster-related resources and updates click on this link
BCID now offers Free Financial Coaching provided by the Financial Coaching Corps of the
Community Service Society of New York
Are financial problems causing you stress?
A Financial Coach can assist you in developing the skills needed to manage money and gain financial stability in the following areas:
- Reviewing and Understanding Your Credit Report
- Addressing Debt–Related Legal Problems
- Dealing with Debt Collectors
- Setting Financial Goals
- Budgeting and Saving
- Opening a Bank Account
- Exploring Public Benefit/Tax Credit Eligibility
And get your free credit report!
For more information or to make an appointment please contact BCID at 718-998-3000.
For more than 55 years, BCID has empowered people with disabilities in Brooklyn to lead independent lives. We also work to break down barriers that keep people with disabilities from accessing the same opportunities as other people.
We have a lot going on at BCID. Besides providing services to individuals, BCID offers many opportunities for people with disabilities to learn skills, get support from others and help make the community more accessible for all people with disabilities.
* Our Barrier Busters program trains volunteers to go out in the community and work with business owners to make their businesses more accessible
* Through the Brooklyn Systems Change Network, people with disabilities can learn advocacy skills and take action on issues that affect our community.
* We have a weekly group where deaf individuals can learn basic computer skills
* Our weekly Support Group offers people with disabilities the opportunity to share their experiences with each other
To find out more, check our calendar page, or contact us. We look forward to hearing from you soon!