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

April 6th, 2018
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
2nd floor Dining Hall

Welcome and Announcements

We are pleased to invite you to the 9th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference! Our Annual Conference brings together over 300 attendees that include professionals and other important figures in higher education. This Conference is an essential pathway to sharing information and cutting edge ideas throughout CUNY.

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Conference Journal & Survey

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

Portrait of Corinne Rello-Anselmi.Corinne Rello-Anselmi serves as the Deputy Chancellor for the Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support (DSISS) at the New York City Department of Education. Ms. Rello-Anselmi began her career in her home borough of the Bronx more than 40 years ago at P.S. 108 where she served as a special educator, resource room teacher, assistant principal, and principal. As principal, she led inclusion efforts and ensured all educators were teachers of reading which resulted in significant improvements in student learning outcomes.  After 28 years at PS 108, Ms. Rello-Anselmi became the Deputy Regional Superintendent for Special Education of Region Two and then as Cluster Leader for Cluster One. In 2012, she was appointed Deputy Chancellor of DSISS where she has spearheaded the special education reform initiative, A Shared Path to Success. This movement has prioritized access, quality individualized education programs, transition planning and supports, and behavioral supports for NYC’s students. As a result of these collective efforts and partnerships with families, achievement and graduation rates for students with disabilities have increased with a decrease in the dropout rate. Ms. Rello-Anselmi’s belief in the power of the student-teacher relationship and its impact on students’ academic and socioemotional growth are at the core of her work in advancing the Shared Path to Success as a part of the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence for All charge.

Ms. Rello-Anselmi holds a master’s degree in special education and reading from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Lehman College. 



7:30am to 9:00amSign in and breakfast

9:15am to 10:15am Session 1

  • IA – Digital Accessibility in City Government
  • IB – Invisible Disabilities, Stigma, and Student Veterans: Contextualizing the Transition to Higher Education
  • IC – Making Accessibility a Priority in Your Organization
  • ID – College and Beyond: Helping Students on the Autism Spectrum Transition

10:30am to 12:00pmWelcoming and Key Note speech

12:15pm to 1:15pm Session 2

  • IIA – Facilitating Successful Transitions to Online Teaching and Learning
  • IIB – Using Universal Design for Learning to Promote Success among Transitioning and Current College Students with Disabilities: Project REACH and CUNY Unlimited
  • IIC – Technology Workshops for Students with Disabilities
  • IID – University-wide Licensing of Assistive Technology – A National Model

1:30pm to 2:30pmLunch and vendors

2:45pm to 3:45pmSession 3

  • IIIA – Neurodiversity Among Students of Color: Supporting African American and Latino Students with Learning Disabilities
  • IIIB – Changes and Challenges: Designing for All at LaGuardia and Beyond
  • IIIC – Millenials in Transition: Bridging the Employment Gap of Young Adults with Disabilities

4:00pm Conference adjourned


Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the Conference as a sponsor or attendee, contact:

Shivan Mahabir
(718) 281-5014

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