Useful Links and Resources for Faculty
CUNY Assistive Technology Services:cats.cuny.edu
Web/Online Content Accessibility
W3C: Quality Assurance Tips for Webmasters: http://www.w3.org/QA/Tips/altAttribute
W3C: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/ - gl-provide-equivalents
Teaching Online (University of Central Florida): http://teach.ucf.edu/resources/creating-accessible-course-content/
Creating Accessible Documents
Microsoft Office: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/create-accessible-pdfs-HA102478227.aspx
Creating Accessible Adobe PDF Files: https://www.adobe.com/enterprise/accessibility/pdfs/acro6_pg_ue.pdf
Alternate Format Materials Handbook for Postsecondary Disability Service Providers in New York State (NYSDCS): http://www.tc3.edu/bcl/altformhandbook/
Center for Universal Design in Instruction: http://www.washington.edu/doit/CUDE/
Applying Universal Design for Instruction to online and blended courses: http://www.cped.uconn.edu/udi-online.html
Access to post-secondary education through Universal Design learning (Colorado State University): http://accessproject.colostate.edu/udl/
Making Science Labs Accessible to Students with Disabilities: http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Academics/science_lab.html
Information related to Learning Disabilities
Pedagogical strategies for teachers of Learning Disabled students: http://www.users.drew.edu/~sjamieso/LDpedagogy.htm
National Center for Learning Disabilities: http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/teens/planning-college-success-for-students-with-learning-disabilities
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 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://catsweb.cuny.edu/.
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
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.
Project Reach is now headed by Barbara Bookman at Barbara.Bookman@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://catsweb.cuny.edu/