The University Faculty Senate Committee on Disabilities Issues
The City University of New York

Enabling Access to Excellence

Disability Awareness Celebration - Baruch College
April 22, 2004 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP),  the CUNY Office of University Relations and the University Faculty Senate invite you to a Disability Awareness Celebration at Baruch College's  William and Anita Newman Conference Center, 151 East 25th Street, Room 750 on April 22, 2004 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  (The Newman Conference Center is in the Baruch Library Building directly across the street from the Vertical Campus.) 

CCVIP is announcing a new accessibility partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. As part of this celebration, we are highlighting exemplary programs, faculty and staff research initiatives with a disability focus. 

Come join us and learn about the scope and breadth of disability-related initiatives within the University community. 

Refreshments will be served. 

RSVP via email by April 20th: .

Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson UFS Chair Susan O'Malley
CCVIP's Dr. Karen Gourgey and MTA's Doug Sussman Some of the attendees Pratik Patel, CATS
Dr. Esther Wilder, Lehman CollegeClick to see the new MTA Poster
John Jay College's Dr. Ruth O'Brien

Program Information

Opening Remarks:
CUNY Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson, Vice Chancellor for University Relations

Dr. Susan O'Malley, Chair of the CUNY University Faculty Senate; Professor, English Department, Kingsborough CC

Dr. Karen Gourgey, Director, Baruch College's Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP)

Mr. Douglas Sussman, Deputy Director for Government and Community Relations, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Short Presentations:
Dr. Ruth O'Brien, John Jay College and the Graduate Center; author of Crippled Justice: The History of Modern Disability Policy in the Workplace. She is the Executive Officer of the Ph.D./M.A. Program in Political Science, and a Professor of Government at John Jay College.

Dr. Esther Wilder, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Work, Lehman College; Dr. Wilder conducted a disability needs assessment study for the state of Oklahoma; her 2002 report is on the web at .

Mr. Pratik Patel, Managing Director, CUNY Assistive Technology Services (CATS) at Queens College

Informal Networking at the Information Tables - some of the highlights:
University Faculty Senate Committee on Disabilities Issues: The Committee's Focus Group Report for the 2004 Regents Master Plan, and other material from their web site at  More information at .
Metropolitan Transportation Authority: Information about their accessibility services.
Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP): Examples of assistive technology, and materials on CCVIP's classes and other services.
Faculty Research Table: Dr.'s O'Brien and Wilder will have examples of their work, and will be there to answer questions.
CUNY Assistive Technology Services (CATS): Examples of assistive technology, and materials describing their services

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