To our community,
For over 50 years The Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council has been committed to the planning, promotion, and development of supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their fight for social justice and equitable opportunities. Our commitment remains strong as we advocate for acceptance, peace, equality, equity and justice in our society.
At this time, as we are confronted with a world-wide pandemic and an economic crisis we are painfully reminded of the racial injustice and systemic racism which continues to exist throughout the fabric of our society. We know the black community is hurting and we stand strong and in solidarity with the black community and disabled people of color.
The council recognizes this is a challenging time for our members, their families and our community. In these past few months, our community has experienced challenges unlike those we have seen in most of our lifetimes. Together, we will continue to do our part to help heal communities, unite communities and build communities of acceptance. We are committed to having conversations to promote justice and to do better to support communities of color.
Celebrating 50 years, the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council (SIDDC) was established in 1969 to assist in the planning, promotion, and development of supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families throughout their lifespan.
The SIDDC works in an effort to ensure the best possible quality of life for Staten Islanders with special needs through advocacy and providing individuals with relevant information. Members include self-advocates, their parents/family, friends, and service providers.