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Photo: Frank D. Sanchez, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, CUNY.
Frank D. Sanchez,
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, CUNY

Students with disabilities have turned to The City University of New York (CUNY) in unprecedented numbers for the promise of a remarkable education. In response, CUNY is empowered and affirmed by the guarantees of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. Indeed, during the past two decades, the enrollment of CUNY students with disabilities has more than tripled. Providing equal access and opportunities to students with disabilities is one of CUNY’s highest priorities.

CUNY has been a pioneer in the development of leading-edge, high- quality programs, which provide access and ensure students with disabilities have the same opportunities as all other CUNY students. Many of these programs have been recognized regionally and nationally as model programs in postsecondary disability services. CUNY’s Assistive Technology Services (CATS) Project provides students with disabilities with innovative technology access solutions. CUNY’s Project REACH works closely with faculty and staff to improve the University’s readiness to meet the needs of its burgeoning population of students on the autism spectrum. CUNY LEADS provides intensive career readiness services to assist students with disabilities in making successful transitions to the world of work following graduation.

The hallmark of CUNY’s commitment to equal access is its campus Offices of Disability Resources & Services, and the dedicated, highly skilled professionals who lead them.

CUNY’s world-class faculty is the University’s most critical resource in our efforts to accommodate students with disabilities. Our student-centered faculty are crucial to CUNY’s efforts to “level the playing field” for students with disabilities, while maintaining the rigor of its academic standards and intended learning outcomes.

The University is proud of our faculty’s enduring commitment to facilitating equal access for students with disabilities and we are confident that these efforts will continue as the University proudly issues this update of Reasonable Accommodations: A Faculty Guide to Teaching College Students with Disabilities.

Frank D. Sanchez Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs City University of New York