Hunter College Provides Accessibility for All Students
A philosophy that promotes self-determination, self-advocacy and self-awareness exists for students with disabilities in New York City in a comprehensive accessible environment. The venue is Hunter College where the Office of AccessABILITY has been fulfilling its mission since 1988. Helping students with special needs to succeed in schools is the mantra of the center.
This office provides services to all students with different needs; it works in collaboration with all divisions and departments of the college in order to enhance the educational experience for those students. One of the partners in this project is VESID (Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities), which, in partnership with CUNY, created the Linking Employment, Academics & Disability Services (LEADS) project. The goal of VESID is to assist students in defining a career ambition. In addition, it provides funding for book vouchers, transportation assistance and tuition based on students’ financial status.
Students have to get appropriate medical and therapeutic assistance from qualified local practitioners and follow the right health regimens. They have to be able to function independently and seek assistance in a reasonable manner.
Other colleges in the city that have special programs for students with disabilities include Barnard College dating from 1978. Its ODS (Office of Disabilities Services) helps students with invisible needs, such as chronic medical conditions as well as visual and hearing problems. Moreover, it assists those who have problems in participating in college activities. At NYU the Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities provides students with a strong system of support including obtaining appropriate services and help.
Teachers College at Columbia University provides educational opportunities for those students and give them a chance for success. #