Disabilities Task Force
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Definition of Terms
State University of New York (SUNY) A unified system of public higher education with 64 campuses enrolling close to 400,000 students. It is the nation's largest single, most diverse, multi-campus higher education system. SUNY comprises a unique system of community colleges, two-year colleges of technology, specialized and statutory colleges, traditional four-year colleges, research university campuses and academic health science centers.
Transition Services A coordinated set of activities for a student, designed within an outcome-oriented process, that promotes movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The coordinated set of activities shall be based upon the individual student's needs, taking into account the student's preferences and interests, and shall include instruction, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
Universal Design for Learning A concept under which the needs of the widest possible range of potential users of any product or entity (e.g., a curriculum or a course design) are considered and accommodated as the product or entity is being conceived and designed.
Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) A program division of the New York State Education Department that provides services for people with disabilities from birth through adulthood. Services include early childhood information and referral, preschool special education, school age special education, independent living and vocational rehabilitation.