Disabilities Task Force
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This website contains the report of the Task Force on Postsecondary Education and Disabilities. It includes background information on the work of the Task Force, its membership and the charge it received from the Board of Regents, the Commissioner of Education, and the leadership of the four higher education sectors: the Chancellors from both the State University of New York and the City University of New York, and the Presidents of both the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and the Association of Proprietary Colleges. The Task Force's mission was to develop a set of strategies to enhance access to higher education for individuals with disabilities in New York State.
Also on this site is the summary report, which is a condensed version of the full report and contains the nine goals developed by the Task Force, and the outcomes for each goal by which to measure success over the course of the next five years. The full report contains suggested strategies that cover a broad range of themes, including improving the preparation of high school students with disabilities and their families; providing training and professional development for faculty; raising the level of disability awareness to top college administration levels; reflecting goals of universal design and access in college and university strategic plans; enhancing and developing new funding streams; and implementing regionalized approaches to assessment, career, education counseling and assistive technology evaluation services.
To obtain a hard copy of the summary and full report contact The Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), Postsecondary Education, One Commerce Plaza, Room 1609, Albany, NY 12234 or call (518) 474-3949.