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Board Vice Chairperson, Suzanne Prigoda, LMSW

DDI Board Member Suzanne Prigoda
Suzanne Prigoda, LMSW, joined the DDI Board in August 2022, bringing with her extensive experience in the private sector as well as clinical experience in the health and human services field.  She began her professional career in marketing and advertising and progressed through fifteen years working with Fortune 500 companies in leadership roles responsible for strategy, market research, and brand development. When Suzanne’s second child was diagnosed with autism, she shifted from a corporate career into that of advocacy for her son.

During this time, she started a private special needs advocacy practice, volunteered for numerous community projects, raised her two children and earned her Master of Social Work degree at New York University.  As a licensed social worker, Suzanne’s practice focuses on providing advocacy, training, assessment, consultation and support for individuals, families, and teachers faced with the challenges that autism, I/DD, and learning difficulties bring. Suzanne has expertise working with children with autism and learning delays using evidence-based therapies, including behavioral approaches and trauma-informed care. 

Additionally, Suzanne actively collaborates with legislators, agencies and other leaders in New York and nationally to effectuate change to improve the lives of those with autism, I/DD, and for those who support them. Suzanne is driven to provide a voice for those whose voices are often ignored or not fully understood so they, too, can lead full and engaging lives.