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Disability Awareness Month Activities and Events

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TLT Cooperative Webinars

Offered through SUNY Center for Professional Development, these Webinars are designed to help you think strategically about teaching and learning with technology.

Presenters: Meghan Pereira, Senior Instructional Designer, Buffalo State
Ginger Bidell, Instructional Designer, Buffalo State
Sumana Silverheels, Technology Accommodations Coordinator for Disability Services, Buffalo State

Webinar: Making Course Content Accessible in Microsoft PowerPoint

Monday April 2, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Hunter College, Room 205 Thomas Hunter Hall

Webinar: Making Course Content Accessible: Audio and Video

Tuesday April 15, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Hunter College, Room 205 Thomas Hunter Hall

A Spectrum of Celebration: CUNY Project REACH

Thursday April 10th, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Borough of Manhattan Community College, Richard Harris Terrace

Guest Speaker: Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D.
Author and Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist

Keynote Address: Dr. Christopher Rosa

Autism Identity & Culture Across the Arts: A Panel Discussion

Featuring Professors Susan Longtin, Julia Rodas, Joseph Straus and CUNY Students


CUNY 5th Annual Accessibility Conference

Friday April 25, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street
(New building, main entrance between 10th and 11th Avenues)

The Accessibility Conference will bring together CUNY professionals and others in the fields of higher education and disability They will share information, network, and receive training that will enhance their knowledge and skills to help provide access to higher education by students with disabilities.
For registration and information please go to:

Conference Keynote Speaker:
Mr. Brian Cohen, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Technology and Chief Information Officer of CUNY.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
Mr. Eric Stoller, a nationally renowned higher education thought-leader, consultant, writer, and speaker.

The Role of Faculty in the Accommodation Process (Webinar)

Salome Heyward & Associates: Disability Management Consultant

Wednesday April 30, 12:30 - 3:30 pm
HW 417 (Sylvia Fishman Student Center)
For RSVP please call 212-772-4857

Refreshments will be served!

Dr. Heyward is frequently sought out by media personnel to provide legal background for their productions concerning disability issues, e.g., NBC, CNN, ESPN, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is a well-known and respected speaker and trainer in the area of disability discrimination law and disability management. She has been a featured presenter for national associations and organizations such as the American Association for Affirmative Action, the Association of Higher Education and Disability, the Council of State Governments, the National Association of State Personnel and the International Learning Disabilities Association.


Accommodation in the academic setting

  • The goal of accommodation
  • Meaningful access is not about lowering academic standards
  • The need to strike the proper balance
  • Five key faculty responsibilities
  • Legitimate faculty concerns
  • The obligation of students to exercise due diligence

Deciding if a student with a disability is qualified to participate in a program

  • Who gets to participate?
  • What are legitimate factors to consider?
  • What are essential requirements?
  • Why declaring that something is a fundamental alteration does not resolve the matter?
  • What must the decision-making process look like?

Clinical Placements, Licensure requirements, and more

  • Academic knowledge to workplace performance
  • Enforcing Technical/Professional Standards
  • Addressing Unsafe or Inappropriate Student Behavior
  • Avoiding Discriminatory Treatment

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Social Security information Session

Wednesday, April 2, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Thomas Hunter Room 205

An overview of Social Security employment support available to students with disabilities, including Ticket to Work, benefits planning and Medicare/Medicaid benefits. A question and answer period follow.

Guest Speaker: Erick Jackier, Enable Network


Reading Strategies for STEM Students

Thursday, April 3, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 205, Thomas Hunter

Learn strategies for reading textbooks, research articles, and lab reports. Material will be provided, but you can also bring your own work.

$25 to for the first 25 people who RSVP!

Presenter: Karen Perlman, Academic Coach, Office of AccessABILITY


Think Different Diplomats present

Thinking Differently: My LD/ADHD Journey

Wednesday, April 9, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 205, Thomas Hunter

College-age public speakers share their own LD/ADHD success stories and inspire audiences across the country. Learn about both the challenges and attributes of LD and ADHD and what Eye to Eye can offer. you

Speaker: August Hunt, Think Different Diplomat, The Cooper Union (NYC). Challenged by dyslexia from an early age, August Hunt founded the Kildonan School chapter of Eye to Eye.  He is currently a fine arts major at The Cooper Union in New York City.

Speaker: Micah Goldfus, National Program Director, Eye to Eye, A Mentoring Movement for Different Thinkers.


Managing Test Anxiety in STEM Disciplines

Thursday , April 10, 12:30am - 3:30 pm
Room 205, Thomas Hunter

Get tips on how to reduce stress, build confidence, and improve your overall test-taking abilities for classes in the science and math disciplines.

$25 to for the first 25 people who RSVP

Presenter: Karen Perlman, Academic Coach, Office of AccessABILITY


Integrating Into the Job Market

Thursday, April 10, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Room 205, Thomas Hunter

Learn imperative skills for attaining a position with both Deaf and hearing employers. This job-readiness training will focus on effective résumé and cover letter writing. Also covered: dressing for success, networking, interview skills and the soft skills needed to break into careers.

Presenters: Renae Noveck and James Poyerd, Counselors, Office of AccessABILITY


ACCESSing Your STEM Careers

Wednesday, April 23, 1:00pm - 2:30 pm
Room 205, Thomas Hunter

The Occupational Information Network is a free online database  wiht information about a wide array of careers, the skills that you need, earning potential, and the growth of jobs in that field. Find out what you can do with your science degree!

$25 to for the first 25 people who RSVP

Presenter: Karen Perlman, Academic Coach, Office of AccessABILITY

Refreshments will be served!


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