Ronald T. Schneider
Social Work Team Leader, Brooklyn Adolescent Representation Team
Ronald Schneider joined BDS in 2013. He is a licensed master social worker with twenty years experience in the field. Prior to BDS, he was a forensic social worker at The Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn where he advocated for alternatives to incarceration for adolescents and people living with disabilities. He also trained social work staff and supervised social work interns.
Prior to The Legal Aid Society, Ronald was a case manager and group worker for visually- and developmentally-impaired individuals at The Jewish Guild for the Blind, an emergency room social worker at NYU Medical Center, and a job developer and activities coordinator for developmentally-challenged young adults at AHRC on Long Island.
Ronald received his MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at CUNY- Hunter College, an MS in School Counseling at Long Island University – CW Post Campus, and a BS from The University of Rhode Island. He has testified to the city council on various child welfare and disability rights issues. He has presented at national conferences including the National Organization of Forensic Social Workers and the National Commission of Correctional Health Care. Ronald has also participated in various panels discussing justice-involved youth and people living with disabilities at The Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Columbia University School of Social Work, and The Brooklyn Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities Counsel. He has also supervised social work interns and conducted staff trainings at The Legal Aid Society, The Jewish Guild for the Blind and at AHRC.
Ronald is currently developing a course for social work students focused on forensic social work, including advocacy for adolescents and foster care children. He also mentors young men who have expressed an interest in the social work profession, particularly those who are formerly justice involved, to continue their education in the field. He is a member of the Jail Advocacy Coalition, Police Reform Organizing Project, and The National Organization of Social Workers.
Ronald is a proud foster parent. He is committed to volunteering in his community, including at The Foundling Hospital, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and The Long Island Crisis Center. He is also a born and bred New Yorker, devoted fan of the New York Mets, and marathon runner.