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


Enabling Access to Excellence


Conferences,
Research, Publications, Grants and Other Work

[Conferences] [Faculty Work] [Grants Received]

1) Conferences and Other Major Programs

The following major conferences and conference programs have been sponsored by the University Faculty Senate Committee on Disabilities Issues and the UFS. All have utilized cross-campus groups of faculty and staff as presenters.

A Disability Awareness Celebration, at Baruch College April 22, 2004 - Invitation at http://access.cuny.edu/april04/invite.html
As part of CUNY's Disability Awareness Month - April 2004, The University Faculty Senate is a cosponsor of this Disability Awareness Celebration  with Baruch's Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) and the CUNY Office of University Relations, at Baruch College.  "...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..."

Ramping the "Digital Divide": Accessible IT for People with Disabilities - November 2002 - Full program at http://access.cuny.edu/conf1102/
This 45 minute Concurrent Session was part of the CUNY Information and Instructional Technology Conference - November 15, 2002.  The session was sponsored by the UFS.  The post-conference materials and listing of the day's events are on the web at http://www.centerdigitaled.com/events/conference.phtml?confid=82 .

Enabling Access to Excellence: The Disability Challenge - May 2001 - Full program at http://access.cuny.edu/conf0501/
This May 2001 CUNY Conference was a full day program devoted to technology accessibility.  It was co-sponsored by the University Faculty Senate (UFS) and CUNY/CIS,
with the strong support and participation of Vice Chancellor Sherry Brabham.

In addition, the Committee has been involved in a range of other projects and intiatives; a listing is on this site at http://access.cuny.edu/ufsdis.html .

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Other related conferences and conference sessions are listed below:

CUNY Instructional / Information Technology Conference at CUNY [4th Annual Conference]: How is Change for the Better? - December 2, 2005 - Full conference schedule - http://www.centerdigitaled.com/events/conference.php?confid=263&past=1

Accessibility and Useability in Online Learning
Web Standards and Accessibility -- Best Practices for the Web
Web standards for creating web sites are carefully designed with the goal of delivering content that is easily accessible to more people and more types of internet devices. Accessibility ensures that sites are usable, particularly to those with disabilities. This presentation will demonstrate specific standards and accessibility principles and how to implement them. It will also look at the advantages and challenges of web standards and the responsibility of faculty, staff and students to adhere to them.
Presenter: Jenna Spevack, Assistant Professor, Communication Design, New York City College of Technology
Technology to Meet the Needs of Students with Disabilities
The enactment of the New York State Regulation 219 legislation affords new opportunities to apply a variety of technologies for accessing a broad array of resources previously unavailable to students with print disabilities, notably voice-to-text realtime transcription and note-taking. The College of Staten Island offers cost effective solutions for compliance with the Federal Telecommunications Act of l996 requiring 100% captioning of all video and multimedia products. Hands-on demonstration followed by Q&A.
Presenters (all of the Office of Disability Services at the College of Staten Island):
Margaret Venditti, Director of Disability Services
Maryellen Smolka, Sign Language Interpreter/Captionist
David Vamadevan, Information Systems Assistant
Kristi Nielson, Applications Consultant
Joseph Nicolosii, Adaptive Technology Support Person
Sheryll Porter, Information Systems Assistant
Curricular Access: a Multimodal Approach to Teaching Students with Disabilities Through Assessment, Online Instruction, and Classroom Interaction
PeopleTech, a collaboration of CUNY Assistive Technology Services, the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students at the College of Staten Island, and the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People at Baruch College, has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education to pilot, refine, and implement a CUNY-wide resource that creates an effective working infrastructure that integrates faculty, students with disabilities, and assistive technology and related teaching strategies.
Presenters (all of PeopleTech):
Pratik Patel, Director, CUNY Assistive Technology Services
Sheryl Porter, Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Karen Luxton Gourgey, Director, Computer Center for Visually Impaired People
Christopher J. Rosa, Director, Student Affairs, The City University of New York
CUNY Disability Awareness Month Programs - April 2005 - for more information, contact CUNY Office of Student Affairs at 646-344-7277
Baruch College's Eighth Annual Teaching and Technology Conference - April 15th, 2005 - includes an Assistive Technology track. Conference registration and program are on-line at http://www.kognito.net/baruchTech/program.asp

Assistive Technology (Track 3)

a.  Tools and Strategies for Making Web-based Course Content Accessible 

          Patrick Ackerman, Web Site Administrator, Baruch College, CUNY

          Karen Gourgey, Director, Computer Center for Visually Impaired People, Baruch College, CUNY

b.  Using Audio/Tactile Methods to Teach Introductory Statistics

Annette Gourgey, Department of Computer Information Science, Baruch College,  CUNY and Department of Mathematics, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Richard Holborow, Research Associate, Touch Graphics Company and the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People, Baruch College, CUNY

 c.  The I Communicator

            Jeff Klare, CEO of Hire DisAbility Solutions

           Alison Lipman, Department of Psychology, Baruch College, CUNY

Baruch College's Seventh Annual Teaching and Technology Conference, March 26, 2004.  Detailed program info was at http://www.kognito.net/baruchTech/program.asp.  The conference offered an  Assistive Technology Track (Track 3):

New Media and Captioning
Jason Belland, Multimedia Instructional Designer, Baruch College

The Use of Real Time Speech-to-Text in the Classroom
Margaret Venditti, Director of Disability Services, College of Staten Island

Talking Tactile Tablet: 3 T's to Information Transformation
Karen Gourgey, Director, Richard Holborow, Instructor, Jean Chun, Research Associate, Computer Center for Visually Impaired People, Baruch College

Accessing the Printed Page with Technology used by Students with Disabilities
Andrew Luiz, Office of Services to Students with Disabilities, Baruch College and Pratik Patel, CUNY Assistive Technology Program
CUNY IT Forum - Instructional / Information Technology in CUNY: Issues, Innovations, Integration
John Jay College - November 14, 2003
http://www.centerdigitaled.com/events/conference.phtml?confid=147
Information from that web site about o
ne of the conference sessions, "...And Accessibility for All":
... AND ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL
The assumption that everyone has equal access to the Web is simply untrue. Students with disabilities, CUNY's most rapidly expanding community (representing one in every five enrolled), frequently cannot access CUNY's own Web sites or other information necessary for academic success. This presentation will focus on legal, academic, design and other issues inherent in the accessibility barrier.
Charles A. Riley, Professor of English, Baruch College
Faith Fogelman, Director of Student Support, New York City College of Technology
Charlotte Rubin, Technology Coordinator of Student Support,
New York City College of Technology

CUNY Instructional / Information Technology Conference at CUNY: Leveraging and Managing Change - November 19th, 2004
Full conference schedule - http://www.centerdigitaled.com/events/conference.php?confid=221  .
One of the concurrent sessions at the Conference was:  
Voice to Text Real time Transcription and Notetaking:
A Cost-Effective Interpretation System for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

With the advent of the cochlear implant, hard of hearing students who do not use American Sign Language are requesting CART (Computer Aided Real time Translation) services. The session will address the College of Staten Island's development of an in-house captioning service to meet this need, including required technology, training of captionists, troubleshooting and implementation in the classroom. A demonstration will be included with commentary by a student recipient of the service

Presenters (all of the Office of Disability Services at the College of Staten Island)
Margaret Venditti, Director of Disability Services
Maryellen Smolka, Sign Language Interpreter/Captionist
David Vamadevan, Information Systems Assistant
Kristi Nielson, Applications Consultant
Joseph Nicolosii, Adaptive Technology Support Person
Mayor Bloomberg at Queens College - Reception and Awards for Disabilities Awareness Month - April 2003
Press Release - http://www.qc.edu/nis/Releases/spring_summer%202003/disability.php

Center for the New American Workforce
[no longer in existence]
A Workforce Without Limits: An Employer's Toolbox for Empowering People with Disabilities in the Workplace

Queens College - March 30, 1999.
http://qcpages.qc.edu/cnaw/events.html



2) Faculty Work

Baruch:
Charles A. Riley

http://faculty.baruch.cuny.edu/journalism/b_undergrad/faculty.html


Baruch's website includes in its notes on Charles A. Riley (his information is toward the end of the page):  "Charles A. Riley II, associate professor, is the co-founder of WeMedia, the first multimedia company devoted to people with disabilities, and the former editor-in-chief of WE magazine, its national bimonthly magazine for which he has written two dozen cover stories."
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Hunter:
Simi Linton

Claiming Disability, NYU Press, 1998.

http://www.nyupress.org/product_info.php?cPath=32&products_id=1198
On the site listed above, the NYU Press calls Simi Linton's  Claiming Disability  " ...
The first comprehensive examination of Disability Studies as a field of inquiry."

My Body Politic,
University of Michigan Press, 2005
[We list this even though Simi Linton is no longer at CUNY at the time of publication.]
http://www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=164083

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John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education, at the City University of New York:
William Ebenstein


William Ebenstein's article Organizational Change and the Emerging Partnership Between Direct Support Workers and People With Disabilities is on the web at http://jfkjrinstitute.cuny.edu/PDF/emergingpartnerships.pdf.  According to the web site, this article was reprinted in Jaskulski and Ebenstein (Eds.), Opportunities for Excellence: Supporting the Frontline Workforce, The President’s Committee on Mental Retardation, 1996, pp100-119.

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John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center:
Ruth O'Brien

Ruth O'Brien wrote Crippled Justice: The History of Modern Disability Policy in the Workplace, which has been described as "the first comprehensive intellectual history of disability policy in the workplace from World War II to the present." A profile of Ruth O'Brien is on the CUNY Graduate Center Political Science web site at http://web.gc.cuny.edu/dept/POLIT/faculty/m-z.html .

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Kingsborough Community College
Susan O’Malley

Susan O’Malley, Chair of the CUNY University Faculty Senate (UFS), and Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, was an editor for Disabled, Female, and Proud! Stories of Ten Women With Disabilities.

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Lehman College:
Esther Wilder

Esther Wilder conducted a
disability needs assessment study for the state of Oklahoma; her report  is on the web at http://www.ohc.state.ok.us/disabilityreport.htm , in both pdf and html formats.  She wrote Voices from the Heartland: The Needs and Rights of Individuals with Disabilities with William H. Walters; we have posted here a copy of their table  "Principal Legislation Promoting the Educational Rights of Individuals with Disabilities" in both pdf and html formats [PDF format] [HTML format]. 

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New York City College of Technology:
Faith Fogelman, Sudi Shayesteh,  and Charlotte Rubin
- and students Jennifer Lusena, Helen Pero, Fitzgerald Stone

Identifying Options - Associate Degrees and Certificate Programs at CUNY

http://websupport2.citytech.cuny.edu/idoptions/idoptions.pdf

This booklet is available in its entirety on the web.  In the "Dear Student" letter at the front of this booklet is the following:

Although this manual is tailored to students with disabilities, the general material is relevant to all students. Students with disabilities will be more mindful of the current array of reasonable accommodations, including new technologies. Innovations have opened many new professional doors... We hope that “Identifying Options” will be your constant companion throughout the career selection process…. and beyond.
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Queens College:  

Arlene Kratt

The story of how speech therapist Arlene Kratt paid attention
(in the 1970s) in a very important way where others made catastrophic negative assumptions is told by the beneficiary of this attention in her book Look Up for Yes, by Julia Tavalaro and Richard Tayson.    Today some of her work is with students needing augmentative communications devices.  From a review of this book at Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1568361718/ref=lpr_g_1/103-0001922-4188607?v=glance&s=books:    
When Julia Tavalaro opened her eyes after spending seven months in a coma, she awoke to a nightmare. Nobody in the hospital ward to which she had been consigned even noticed that she was alert. Paralyzed and unable to speak, Tavalaro had no way of making them take notice. She spent the next six years languishing in her bed, and although able to hear everything around her, she was unable to communicate. Finally, a young speech therapist broke through Tavalaro's isolation by composing a method by which Tavalaro could spell out words with her eyes. After mastering the technique, Tavalaro went on to write poetry about her life both before and after the stroke that crippled her. Tavalaro is able to recall her past in minute detail and weaves her memoir from threads of the past, her present, and her poems that transcend the two. Look Up for Yes is the courageous story of a woman struggling to find her voice and make it heard.
Philip Schneider

Information about Philip Schneider's research on stuttering is available at http://www.qc.cuny.edu/nis/fyi/fyi_Apr05.pdf in an article in this QC newsletter (see page 5) describing his new film Transcending Stuttering - The Inside Story.  Information about the DVD is available at https://www.nsastutter.org/catalog/detail.php?id=88
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3) Grants Received


The following listings have all been found by using the CUNY Research Foundation's grant search feature on their website, using keyword searches to locate grants received.  The choice of additional keywords would have permitted location of additional grants. 

There is no indication on the Research Foundation site regarding the period of the award. 

Listings below are the grants we've located so far, divided by campus. 

Baruch:

LUXTON-GOURGEY, KAREN (BARUCH COLLEGE)
VARIOUS
VISUALLY IMPAIRED PROFESSIONAL (VIP) CAREER NETWORK PROGRAM

 
LUXTON-GOURGEY, KAREN (BARUCH COLLEGE)
METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY -MTA
TO REDESIGN AND RELOCATE THE TALKING DIRECTORY DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
 
LUXTON-GOURGEY, KAREN (BARUCH COLLEGE)
NTL EASTER SEAL
MAKING TRANSIT ACCESSIBLE FOR PERSONS WITH SENSORY IMPAIRMENTS 


Bronx CC:
NAPPER, JEAN (BRONX C. C.)
NYSED
VESID - ACCESS ASSESSMENT - PLACEMENT EXPRESS  


Brooklyn:  
GREENE, MICHELE (BROOKLYN COLLEGE)
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOC
PHYSICAN - PATIENT COMMUNICATION ABOUT COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT
 
GURA, TIMOTHY and SILMAN, SHLOMO (BROOKLYN COLLEGE)
ARISIL INSTRUMENTS, INC.
NON-SURGICAL MANAGEMENT OF OTITIS MEADIA
 
GURLAND, GAIL and PIERAS, GUILLERMO  (BROOKLYN COLLEGE)
NYC BOE
TRAINING PROGRAM FOR BILINGUAL SPECIAL EDUCATION PERSONNEL SPEECH PATHOLOGY
 
MIROTZNIK, JERROLD (BROOKLYN COLLEGE)
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOC
THE EFFECTS OF TWO TYPES OF INTRA-INSTITUTIONAL TRANSFERS ON COGNITIVELY IMPAIRED NURSING HOME RESIDENTS
 
RAPHAN, THEODORE (BROOKLYN COLLEGE)
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
ADVANCED TECHNIQUES FOR ASSESSMENT OF POSTURAL AND LOCOMOTOR ATAXIA, SPATIAL ORIENTATION, AND GAZE STABILITY
 
SILMAN, SHLOMO (BROOKLYN COLLEGE)
U.S. VETERANS ADMINISTRATION (VA)
ACCLIMATIZATION IN MONAURALLY FITTED ADULTS  


City:
CHON, KI (CITY COLLEGE)
WHITAKER FOUNDATION
NON-LINEAR ANALYSIS OF CARDIOVASCUL ARAUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM DETECTION AND COMPARISON OF SYMPATHOVAGAL BALANCE IN HEALTHY AND DISEASED CONDITIONS

TAMNY, MARTIN (CITY COLLEGE)
COLLEGE FUND (CUNY MISC.)
SPEECH DEPARTMENT SUPPORT


College of Staten Island:
GERSTLE, DONNA (COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND)
NYSED
STATEN ISLAND AIR POLLUTION AND RESPIRATORY DISEASE STUDY
 
GLYNN, AUDREY (COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND)
NYSED
PREP PROGRAM: CAREER ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
 
SONNENBLICK, CAROL
(COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND)
NYC DMH
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ADULTS
 
SONNENBLICK, CAROL
(COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND)
NYC DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT
EDWAA: ADULT TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR DISABLED WORKERS
 
TRENKNER, EKKHART (COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND)
NYS DMH
IMPROVEMENT OF PRE AND POST DOCTORAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES


CUNY Central:
EBENSTEIN, WILLIAM and MOGULESCU, JOHN (CUNY CENTRAL)
JP KENNEDY JR. FOUNDATION
CONSORTIUM FOR THE STUDY OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES STRENGTHENING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DIRECT CARE WORKERS AND PEOPLE WITH MENTAL RETARDATION PROJECT
 
EBENSTEIN, WILLIAM and MOGULESCU, JOHN (CUNY CENTRAL)
VARIOUS
CONSORTIUM FOR THE STUDY OF DISABILITIES
 
RA, MARSHA and BRABHAM, SHERRY  (CUNY CENTRAL)
VARIOUS
NEW YORK ON-LINE ACCESS HEALTH PROJECT, HEALTH INFORMATION NETWORK  


Graduate School:
HOCHBERG, IRVING
(GRADUATE SCHOOL)
NIDCD
TRAINEESHIPS IN SPEECH LANGUAGE AND HEARING SCIENCES

LEVITT, HARRY (GRADUATE SCHOOL)
NIDCD
REHABILITATION STRATEGIES FOR HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS

SCHWARTZ, RICHARD (GRADUATE SCHOOL)
ASHA FOUNDATION
JOURNAL OF SPEECH AND HEARING RESEARCH


Hunter:
GARNETT, KATHERINE (HUNTER COLLEGE)
DIVISION OF LEARNING DISABILITIES
LEARNING DISABILITIES NEWSLETTER
 
GOLDBERG, MARK
(HUNTER COLLEGE)
CENTER TO PROTECT WORKERS RIGHTS
ASSESSMENT OF INTERVENTIONS FOR THE REDUCTION OF LEAD EXPOSURE AMONG BRIDGE REHABILITATION WORKERS
 
O'NEILL, JOHN
(HUNTER COLLEGE)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR PERSONS WHO ARE HIV + AIDS
 
O'NEILL, JOHN
(HUNTER COLLEGE)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
REHAB LONG TERM TRAINING - REHAB COUNSELING
 
O'NEILL, JOHN (HUNTER COLLEGE)
MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL
TRAINING PERSONNEL FOR THE EDUCATION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
 
SILBERMAN, ROSANNE (HUNTER COLLEGE)
NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR SPECIAL ED.
TRAINING PROGRAM FOR VISION REHABILITATION - PROFESSIONALS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS
 
SILBERMAN, ROSANNE (HUNTER COLLEGE)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
PREPARATION OF TEACHERS FOR LEARNERS WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES INCLUDING DEAF-BLINDNESS FROM DIVERSE URBAN POPULATIONS
 
SILBERMAN, ROSANNE (HUNTER COLLEGE)
DEPT OF THE TREASURY, STATE OF NJ
ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY
 
SILBERMAN, ROSANNE
(HUNTER COLLEGE)
STATE UNIV OF NEW YORK-ALBANY
INTENSIVE TEACHER INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS OF THE BLIND/VISUAL IMPAIRED AND DEAF/HEARING IMPAIRED
 
SILBERMAN, ROSANNE (HUNTER COLLEGE)
NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST
A COLLABORATIVE MODEL: PROFESSIONAL AND PARAPROFESSIONAL TRAINING OF PERSONNEL TO SERVICE PEOPLE WITH IMPAIRED VISION
 
SILBERMAN, ROSANNE
(HUNTER COLLEGE)
NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR SPECIAL ED.
TRAINING PROGRAM FOR VISION REHABILITATION - PROFESSIONALS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS


LaGuardia CC:
BURLAND, CATHERINE (LAGUARDIA C. C.)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
MODEL DEMONSTRATION PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE DELIVERY AND OUTCOMES OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES  


Lehman:
BERNSTEIN, DEENA (LEHMAN COLLEGE)
NYC CDA
SPEECH AND HEARING CLINIC  


NYC College of Technology:
HINES, HOWARD (NYC TECHNICAL COLLEGE)
NYS EDUCATION DEPT
PROGRAM FOR THE DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED
THROUGH NYSED, OFFICE OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
 
HINES, HOWARD and FLORSHEIM, MARTIN  (NYC TECHNICAL COLLEGE)
VARIOUS
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE  


Queens:  
TRUESDELL, LEEANN (QUEENS COLLEGE)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
PREPARATION OF MINORITY SPECIAL EDUCATION
TEACHERS FOR INCLUSION AND MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION



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