It is with a heavy heart that we have to share the news that Mary Bonsignore, a true Bronx Pioneer Mother and Advocate, passed away this morning. "Mary B" as we know her was part of the "Bronx Mom's Squad" who continually pushed back on proposed cuts to services for children and adults with IDD. She fought for 55 years on behalf of her son Michael, and others like Michael so that they could live full, decent, and respectable lives in the community.
“Mary B” was involved in numerous Bronx DD Council activities since 1975 and was on its Executive Board. She was Co-Chair of our Family Support Committee that for 31 years would bring together 600 families and agencies for a day of networking and sharing of resources and information.
“Mary B” also currently participated on the advisory boards of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, and the Board of Directors for the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics (IAHD ) and Services for the Developmentally Challenged (SDC).
She was the co-founder of the Bronx agency "Services for the Developmentally Challenged" in 2000 with the aim of providing an alternative person-centered approach for families and individuals to receive a personalized care program.
In the 1980's “Mary B” was the co-founder of a parent group called UTOPIA United Together Parents in Action. In addition, she along with another parent and social worker developed a program for new parents at North Central Bronx Hospital called the Newborn Network which connected and supported new mothers with children with special needs babies. It was during this time that she volunteered her services to the Bronx Community Board District 8 and its Health and Hospitals Subcommittee. She was instrumental in supporting the development of group homes in her community and the entire Bronx when community resistance was at its highest level.
"Mary B" will be greatly missed by all.
Written by: Joanne F. Siegel, President Bronx DD Council & Primary Associate, Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine & the Bronx DD Council for sharing the information and video with us
Special Tribute Video
The family is not having any services at this time due to the COVID 19 restrictions.
We will send out information as soon as it becomes available.
Donations can be sent to:
Services for the Developmentally Challenged
Attn: Peter Dolan
5475 Fieldston Road Bronx
Mary Bonsignore's family has also indicated that condolence cards can be sent to:
210 west 251 Street
Bronx, New York 10471