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Susan M. Dooha, J.D., is Executive Director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY). CIDNY is a respected disability civil rights organization in New York City. It is led by people with disabilities and staffed by people with disabilities. It helps people with disabilities achieve goals that will improve their lives, develop their knowledge and self-advocacy skills. Together, we remove barriers to independence and equality. In 2020, CIDNY worked one-to-one with nearly 42,000 individuals.
CIDNY seeks to mirror the communities that it serves. We serve people across all disabilities living in the community. Most of the people we serve are people of color and are living in poverty on a long-term basis. We protect the rights of people with disabilities who are in nursing facilities, adult homes, group homes and homeless shelters as well as other congregate facilities.
Dooha obtained her law degree at Yeshiva University, Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law in 1990 where she was twice awarded the Belkin Scholars Award. She is herself a person with a disability.