University-wide Accessibility: Supporting all Students and Faculty with Disabilities in Higher Education

Scheduled at 3:30pm in Lakehouse on Wednesday, November 15 (2017).



  • Carlos Herrera, Assistant Director, City University of New York
  • Shivan Mahabir, Assistive Technology Specialist, City University of New York

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


In this session, we will share how VFO Group and City University of New York(CUNY) partnered to provide accessible technologies and services to all students and faculty with disabilities on all twenty four CUNY campuses. This model provides key assistive technologies to anyone on campus with vision and learning disabilities.


As education becomes ever more necessary for economic mobility, CUNY continues to lead the way by embracing innovative strategies that increase access and opportunities for New Yorkers to succeed in college. Some initiatives include increased on line educational offerings, preparatory programs for high school graduates, and, in a ground breaking step with VFO Group, University wide licensing of key assistive technology software for all CUNY students and staff. Through the efforts of the University’s senior leadership and with funding from the IT Steering Committee’s Strategic Technology Initiative, all current and future CUNY students and staff will now have access to assistive technology that will allow them to participate in learning, do research and engage in activities on and off campus. We will discuss our progress over the years and any challenges and the many victories. We will also share how multiple departments worked together to provide the University wide license.


  1. Increased on line educational offerings
  2. University wide licensing of key assistive technology software
  3. Preparatory programs for high school graduates

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Other, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Administrative/Campus Policy, Assistive Technology, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Carlos Herrera

Services for Students with Disabilities

Shivan Mahabir