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2005 CUNY IVE Competition, Presentation by Ms. Madeline G. Schwartz.

2005 CUNY IVE Competition, Presentation by Ms. Madeline G. Schwartz.

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  • 1. CUNY Coalition forCUNY Coalition for Students withStudents with DisabilitiesDisabilities Empowering CUNY’s more than 9,000 StudentsEmpowering CUNY’s more than 9,000 Students with Disabilitieswith Disabilities By Madeline Schwartz, ChairpersonBy Madeline Schwartz, Chairperson
  • 2. Disabilities CivilDisabilities Civil Rights…Rights… Education has been mandatory for American children since 1917, but it was not until after Ed Roberts in the 1960s that the Disability Rights movement drew national attention. When he was paralyzed from the neck down when he gained admission to the University of California at Berkeley.
  • 3. History…History…  In the early 1970s, onlyIn the early 1970s, only 20%20% of children with disabilities wereof children with disabilities were educated in U.S. schools.educated in U.S. schools.  In 1972, the Federal courts determined the right to a basicIn 1972, the Federal courts determined the right to a basic educationeducation EqualEqual ProtectionProtection Clause in the 14th AmendmentClause in the 14th Amendment and demanded that “states to provide disabled children withand demanded that “states to provide disabled children with an education, and financial assistance to create and maintainan education, and financial assistance to create and maintain this service within local communities.”this service within local communities.”  In 1973,In 1973, Federal Rehabilitation Act, Section 504Federal Rehabilitation Act, Section 504 established the legislative obligation for all colleges andestablished the legislative obligation for all colleges and universities receiving Federal dollars to increase physical anduniversities receiving Federal dollars to increase physical and programmatic access and to provide auxiliary aids andprogrammatic access and to provide auxiliary aids and prohibit discriminatory procedures.prohibit discriminatory procedures.
  • 4. History…History…  In 1975, Education most beIn 1975, Education most be guarantee freeguarantee free andand appropriateappropriate public education for children with disabilities.public education for children with disabilities.  In 1992, the Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act, atIn 1992, the Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act, at CUNYCUNY each campus for students with disabilities to requesteach campus for students with disabilities to request reasonable accommodations, and a budget is provided atreasonable accommodations, and a budget is provided at each campus to provide those accommodations for studentseach campus to provide those accommodations for students with documented disabilities.with documented disabilities.
  • 5. History…History…  In 1984, Don Passantino enrolled at Queens College in theIn 1984, Don Passantino enrolled at Queens College in the effort to acquire the skills necessary to change prevailingeffort to acquire the skills necessary to change prevailing disability policies. While at Queens College, he becamedisability policies. While at Queens College, he became involved at every level of student government, includinginvolved at every level of student government, including serving as the Chair of the College’s Committee for Disabledserving as the Chair of the College’s Committee for Disabled Students, as President of its Evening Student Association,Students, as President of its Evening Student Association, and as leading member of the College’s Academic Senate. and as leading member of the College’s Academic Senate.  As Vice Chair of CUNY’s University Student Senate, DonAs Vice Chair of CUNY’s University Student Senate, Don worked tirelessly to enhance access and opportunity for theworked tirelessly to enhance access and opportunity for the City University’s more than 9,000 students with disabilities…City University’s more than 9,000 students with disabilities… …The CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities
  • 6. Our FounderOur Founder Donald PassantinoDonald Passantino Advocate, Artist, EnvironmentalistAdvocate, Artist, Environmentalist 1950-20041950-2004
  • 7. Reestablishing…Reestablishing… In the summer of 2003, Passantino invited aIn the summer of 2003, Passantino invited a group of student leaders with disabilities to gathergroup of student leaders with disabilities to gather together in a leadership training held at Queenstogether in a leadership training held at Queens College followed by a barbecue to celebrate theCollege followed by a barbecue to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Actanniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At the event Donald Passantino reorganized(ADA). At the event Donald Passantino reorganized the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilitiesthe CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities once again. As a result of that event, the CCSDonce again. As a result of that event, the CCSD has been working very strongly with a commonhas been working very strongly with a common purpose, which is to reestablish and renew oldpurpose, which is to reestablish and renew old friendships with those who are involved infriendships with those who are involved in advocating for the disabled.advocating for the disabled.
  • 8. Represents a diverse, empoweredRepresents a diverse, empowered University-wide organization that isUniversity-wide organization that is actively and dramatically transformingactively and dramatically transforming the perception and experiences ofthe perception and experiences of people with disabilities at CUNY.people with disabilities at CUNY. The CUNY Coalition forThe CUNY Coalition for Students withStudents with DisabilitiesDisabilities
  • 9. Structure…Structure… Our Current Members areOur Current Members are Students and Alumnus:Students and Alumnus:  BMCCBMCC  QCCQCC  La GuardiaLa Guardia  City CollegeCity College  Baruch CollegeBaruch College  Hunter CollegeHunter College  Queens CollegeQueens College  Staten IslandStaten Island  KingsboroughKingsborough Community CollegeCommunity College  John JayJohn Jay The board of directors:  Chairperson  Vice chairperson  Treasurer  Secretary  Member at Large
  • 10. Identity…Identity… A Logo Contest !
  • 11. Logo Contest …Logo Contest …  IndependenceIndependence of CUNY studentsof CUNY students with disabilitieswith disabilities  LeadershipLeadership by CUNY studentsby CUNY students with disabilitieswith disabilities  AdvocacyAdvocacy by CUNY students withby CUNY students with disabilitiesdisabilities  Spirit of communitySpirit of community amongamong people with disabilities at CUNYpeople with disabilities at CUNY  EqualEqual accessaccess for people withfor people with disabilities at CUNYdisabilities at CUNY  EqualEqual opportunityopportunity for people withfor people with disabilities at CUNYdisabilities at CUNY  ExcellencyExcellency of CUNY students withof CUNY students with disabilitiesdisabilities  Students with disabilities as anStudents with disabilities as an integralintegral part of CUNYpart of CUNY  Students with disabilitiesStudents with disabilities contributions to CUNY’scontributions to CUNY’s diversitydiversity A Logo Design that reflects the essential spirit and values of the group:
  • 12. Webpage … Fliers…Webpage … Fliers… Arts Department Disabilities Service Offices Listserv About Us Photo Gallery Guidelines Application Join Us Event
  • 13. Sponsor…Sponsor… • Disability Awareness MonthDisability Awareness Month Kick Off ReceptionKick Off Reception • $1,000.00$1,000.00 • CUNY Coalition Logo DesignCUNY Coalition Logo Design Competition & ReceptionCompetition & Reception • $2,300.00$2,300.00
  • 14. Award Presentation…Award Presentation… April 19, 2005April 19, 2005 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Borough of Manhattan Community CollegeBorough of Manhattan Community College Richard Harris TerranceRichard Harris Terrance Guest Speakers:Guest Speakers: USS Chair Lauren FasanoUSS Chair Lauren Fasano Dean Harry FranklinDean Harry Franklin
  • 15. The Winner…The Winner… Cesar Rivera New York City College of Technology
  • 16. Current Projects…Current Projects… TheThe ToolTool KitKit isis another projectanother project designed by CCSD “todesigned by CCSD “to ensure there are aensure there are a student disabilitystudent disability organization and/ororganization and/or club on each of theclub on each of the CUNY collegeCUNY college campuses.”campuses.” TheThe TRIOTRIO ProgramProgram;; by August 2005, moreby August 2005, more than 2,000 CUNYthan 2,000 CUNY students in need ofstudents in need of support services,support services, including many withincluding many with disabilities aredisabilities are schedule to lose theirschedule to lose their funds in 12 institutionsfunds in 12 institutions in New York State andin New York State and nine are CUNYnine are CUNY colleges.colleges.
  • 17. What can I do to stop these cuts? Together, We Can Make a Difference! 1. Log on to www.supportcuny.org 2. Sign up with Support CUNY 3. Click on “To Do” 4. Click on the “Take Action” icon corresponding to the category that best describes you as a constituent (I.e. “Student-Federal Issues” , “Student with a Disability”, etc..). Modify the sample letter to write to your U.S. Senators and Representatives asking them to stop the cuts to CUNY’s Student Support Services (TRIO) Programs!
  • 18. Our Goal…Our Goal… It is ourIt is our long-term goallong-term goal isis to implement these plansto implement these plans and especially to removeand especially to remove the physical barriers tothe physical barriers to education and safety, to createeducation and safety, to create awareness within the community, andawareness within the community, and to fully establish and be a recognizedto fully establish and be a recognized organization on each and every CUNYorganization on each and every CUNY campus.campus.
  • 19. Our Future…Our Future… ExcellenceExcellence FairnessFairness InclusionInclusion Harmony