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University-Wide Accessibility Projects

CUNY Learning Disability Project

The CUNY Learning Disability (LD) Project, housed at Hostos Community College, is prepared to help CUNY faculty and staff address the needs of students with learning disabilities. The LD Project offers a variety of services, including but not limited to such centralized expertise and continued innovative services as:

  • Faculty and staff training
  • Centralized professional development on LD issues for student disability services staff
  • Faculty workshops via webinar on teaching students with learning disabilities
  • Individual case consultation
  • Review and explanation of diagnostic documentation
  • Assistance with determining appropriate accommodations and support services
  • Assistance with appropriate academic appeal processes
  • A library of books and audio and video recordings available to assist instructors, staff, and students to understand LD issues and different learning strategies designed to help students with learning disabilities
  • ► To contact the Learning Disabilities Project, please call 718.518.4304

    CUNY Office of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

    The Office of Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HOH) services is charged with partnering with CUNY campuses to help provide services to all students with a moderate to severe hearing loss by:

  • Serving in an advisory capacity to all CUNY offices of disability services to ensure optimal services are maintained and to allow for accommodating each student’s unique needs in the most cost effective manner
  • Recruiting, screening, and referring qualified Sign Language Interpreters to facilitate communication on campuses
  • Researching and recommending innovative technologies for use by Deaf/HOH students
  • Developing opportunities to engage Deaf/HOH students in campus activities to increase their visibility, and to better acclimate them to life/work experiences
  • Collaborating with faculty, staff, and administrators to promote successful integration of Deaf/HOH students into the college experience
  • ► To contact The CUNY Office of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services, please call 646.344.7261

    CUNY Assistive Technology (CATS)

    The CUNY Assistive Technology (CATS) Project is funded through the auspices of the Council on Student Disability Issues (COSDI) and is based at Queensborough Community College. The CATS team of assistive technology specialists provides a wide range of support services and tools to CUNY campuses ensuring consistent and state of the art assistive technology throughout the University, such as:

  • Assistive Technology (AT) installation and maintenance support, budgeting and purchasing guidance, faculty and staff training, and ongoing telephone and on-site technical support
  • Research on developments and trends in assistive technology and shared information through “Train the Trainers” workshops
  • Hosting an annual Accessibility Conference
  • An online collection of assistive technology information through CATSweb
  • Recommendations for the design and maintenance of adaptive computer labs
  • Accessibility training for online and hybrid courses
  • ► To contact the CATS Project, please call 718.281.5014 or visit http://cats.cuny.edu/.

    Project REACH

    REACH (Resources and Education on Autism as CUNY’s Hallmark) is a university-wide project (begun December 2011) that is funded in part by the FAR Fund and coordinated by the Central Office Division of Student Affairs of The City University of New York (CUNY) in association with the Office of the University Dean for Health and Human Services.

    The purpose of Project REACH is to enhance CUNY’s capacity to support its growing population of college students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and to educate faculty and staff through workshops and training about students with ASD.

    ► To find out more about Project REACH, please visit http://www.cuny.edu/projectREACH. Questions can be sent to Lisa Pollich at Lisa.Pollich@mail.cuny.edu.

    The Media Accessibility Project

    This project’s mission is to help make audio/visual content accessible to all students. While students with disabilities are the primary beneficiaries of these accommodations, the design and use of accessible course content and materials will benefit all students.

  • Provide captioning and transcription of inaccessible audio/visual course materials for use by students with disabilities
  • Conduct direct training to the assistive technology staff at CUNY campuses so they may in turn provide captioning services and heighten awareness of the benefits of captioning
  • Act as liaison and collaborate with CUNY’s instructional designers to raise awareness and provide technical assistance for captioning/transcription
  • Increase awareness and application of universal design principles when designing video and audio course content and other services across CUNY
  • Establish collaborations across the University to ensure fully accessible audio/visual content
  • ► To contact the Media Accessibility Project, please call 718.281.5014 or visit http://cats.cuny.edu/