9th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference

The logo for the CUNY Accessibility Conference.

9th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference
Transitions: Supporting Students with Disabilities from High School through Higher Education

April 6th, 2018
8:00am to 4:00pm

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
2nd Floor Dining Hall

Keynote Speaker

Portrait of Corinne Rello-Anselmi.

Corinne Rello-Anselmi,
Deputy Chancellor for the Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support (DSISS), New York City Department of Education

Join us at the 9th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference! Our annual Conference creates an essential pathway to sharing information and cutting edge ideas throughout CUNY.

For more information and updates, visit cats.cuny.edu/cac

Although the event is free, registration is required.

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Verbally Speech App for iPad

Verbally Augmentative and Alternative Communication logo

Verbally is a top-selling Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app that has comprehensive assisted speech solutions for the iPad. Unlike many other AAC solutions, Verbally has a unique and simple design that allows users to communicate quickly and effectively in any setting. Verbally creative communication, self-expression and most importantly conversation.

Verbally core Words Grid offers over 50 essential words, which saves you over 50% of the time it takes to input a sentence. The core-phrases Grid offers a dozen common phrases to make communicating easier and faster. Verbally also features word prediction that learns words and names to help make your typing significantly faster. Verbally also has three keyboard layouts with a choice of male or female voices.

Verbally is a free app that requires no WiFi or 3G connection. This app can be used to aid anyone with apraxia, ALS, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, or muscular dystrophy. Verbally is only for the iPad running on iOS version 3.2 or higher. Download Verbally from the App Store.

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ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York

Baruch Student Disability Services and BPAC (Baruch Performing Arts Center)

Student Disability Services is delighted to be collaborating with BPAC (Baruch Performing Arts Center) to bring ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York screenings to Baruch in March.

I hope you will join us in our efforts to promote disability culture at CUNY by attending one, or both, of these screenings.  We really need your support, and we are certain you will enjoy the screenings!

Please right click and select “Open Hyperlink” to obtain tickets to the Screenings.  Students are free but you need to get a ticket.

Here is a link to Defiant Lives

Here is a link to Deej


March 8, at 1:00 PM (club hours)

Defiant Lives (72-minute film)

Weaving together never-before-seen archival footage with reflective interviews and the personal stories of men and women with disabilities as they fought for independence and control over their lives, Defiant Lives details the rise of the disability rights movement in Austraia, the U.K, and the US.

Following the film,   Director Sarah Barton along with Professor Debbie Kaminer of the Zicklin School of Business will be on hand to discuss.


March 12, at 6:00 PM

Design-Ability : 33 minutes

The design studio La Casa de Carlota in Barcelona harnesses the unique skills of a creative team

that includes members with Down syndrome and autism.


Deej – 72 minutes

DJ Savarese (“Deej”) finds comfort in words, as expressed by his poetry belying his high school

senior standing. Yet he only “speaks” through a text-to-voice synthesizer. Adopted by a loving

and supportive family, Deej navigates the college admissions process as a young adult on the

autistic spectrum, while confronting obstacles to inclusion.

Following the Film, Deej along with an ASD Clinician from Einstein College will be on hand to discuss.


Thank you to everyone for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the events!

Student Disability Services/Baruch College


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