Why We Do What We Do

Please take a moment to read a thank you note that CATS team members Shivan Mahabir and Reggie Coupet received today. The power of assistive technology to give independence and access is illustrated in this wonderful note that shines a bright light on how what we do benefits our students. Great job Shivan, Reggie and the rest of the CATS team.


Dear Shivan:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for introducing my daughter to Kurzweil 3000. The program is wonderful for all auditory learners. It gives her the independence she has been seeking. It allows her to hear all of her papers, books, articles and the web. She can also hear all of her own work read back to her. I have seen a tremendous growth in both comprehension and editing skills. The program also gives her the freedom of working from anywhere alone using earphones. Independence has been a goal of ours for many years. College level material is complicated and being able to hear and read at the same time has saved time and energy. It has made her life much easier. Also the speed in which she works has greatly increased.

I would also like to thank Shivan and Reginald for all of their technical support. They have always been available to answer all questions.   They have helped with all programming issues. They insured that the method she is most comfortable with at home is available at the college. I also appreciate the scanner and digital recorder that Shivan recommended.  In the past we have purchased items that did not work so well.  He has tried out the technology and the products and they actually help and work.

I recommend that all students look into the current technology that is available.  I find that with the right tools, not only is she learning better but she is also retaining what she has learned.


Thank you!!



Best regards

AccessText Network Exchange Webinar

AccessText will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday December 10th from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. This webinar will talk about how AccessText Network publishers have authorized Accesstext to allow schools who have student-ready alternate media of complete textbooks in PDF, Word, DAISY, KESI, braille (embossed or electronic), and MP3 formats to exchange those files with other member schools.

You can register on their training page using the link below:

AccessText Network Exchange Webinar Registration

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Educause IT Accessibility Webinar

Please make time to view this archived webinar on how to promote I.T. accessibility at your institution. It may be viewed at anytime and is full of very useful information from leading educators from around the country. This is less a “tech talk” and more a discussion of how to build alliances and support from key players at your school for student accessibility.

 Accessibility CIOS and Campus Leaders


Social Media Meeting with Eric Stoller

twitter image On Tuesday October 22nd, the Central Office of Student Affairs at CUNY arranged a meeting between a group of the University’s assistive technology professionals and social media consultant Eric Stoller. The meeting was full of insights and a great venue to share ideas and tips to better leverage social media tools such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook. Incorporating these tools from the initial planning stages will enable CATS to better disseminate information relevant to the assistive technology staff providing access for students with disabilities.

For more information on Eric Stoller visit the links below:

http://ericstoller.com/blog/ and http://www.insidehighered.com/users/eric-stoller