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Spring 2024 Conference


Day1: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - Wear Your School SWAG

8:00am - 9:00am Greeting, Registration (Ballroom Terrace) and Breakfast (Upper Atrium)

9:00am - 9:15am Welcome from NYSDSC President Portia Altman, Syracuse University (Henrietta Ballroom) 

9:15am - 10:00 am   Business Meeting- President Portia Altman, Syracuse University (Henrietta Ballroom) [PPT]

Executive Reports  AGENDA [pdf]

  • Membership and Marketing Report
  • AHEAD affiliate Report [word]
  • Treasurer Report
Committee Reports
  •  Conference Planning 
  • Access Technologies Committee [word]
  • Nominations Committee
  • Awards Committee [word]
  • Website Committee [word]
  • NYSED Advisory Council
  • Government Relations [word]

Sector Reports

  • CUNY - COSDI [word]
  • Independent Council [word]
  • SUNY Council [word]

10:15am -12:00pm   KEYNOTE – Scott Lissner - ADA Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer -Ohio State (Henrietta Ballroom) [PPT

12:00pm - 1:00pm  Lunch (Upper Atrium)

1:00pm - 1:50pm             Concurrent Session 1

1.1      Student panel - The importance of Student Voices on SUNY Campuses (Henrietta Ballroom) [PPT]

1.2      Creating an Inclusive Community for Students: Campus Collaborations and Connections (Ontario Ballroom) [PDF]

2:15pm - 4:45 pm     Accommodations Outside the classroom (Henrietta Ballroom) [PPT]

          Scott Lissner - ADA Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer -Ohio State  

Feel free to enjoy dinner tonight.   

Take this opportunity to gather some fellow NYSDSC members to share a meal and forge new connections.

Day 2: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 

VENDOR DAY! Information Available All Day (Ballroom Terrace) - An opportunity to visit the companies that produce assistive and adaptive technology for use by your students, and by your campus professionals.  [PDF]

8:00am - 9:00am   Greeting, Registration (Ballroom Terrace), and Breakfast (Upper Atrium)

9:00am - 9:50am   Concurrent Sessions #3

3.1 Don’t ask, don’t get? How to reach the 65% of students with disabilities who need your support but won’t ask for it.

(Henrietta Ballroom) Mais Wilsher, GLEAN -Higher Education Partnerships, He\Him

3.2   “Enhanced Funding” Enhancing Supports & Services for Students with Disabilities for Postsecondary Success (SWDPS) [PPT]

(Ontario BallroomPresenter Jamin Totino, Associate Dean of Student Affairs; Skidmore College 

10:00am - 11:20am    Concurrent Session #4   

4.1 The Current Collegiate Mental Health Landscape: Trends, Psychosocial Development, and Academic Impact (Henrietta Ballroom)

David R Reetz, PhD, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, He/They, Cornell University

4.2 Disability Leadership on Your Campus (Ontario Ballroom)

  • Amy Fisk, Director of Accessibility Services, she/her/hers, SUNY Geneseo
  • Nicole Mucica, Director of Accessibility Services, she/her/hers, SUNY Brockport
  • Tanya Hoistion, Coordinator of Student Accommodations and Testing Services, she/her/hers, Jefferson Community College

11:30am to 12:20pm    Concurrent Session #5   

5.1      Accessibility, Compliance and more: - practical solutions for creating accessible media (Henrietta Ballroom)

Dr. Lars Ballieu Christensen, Senior Accessibility Advisor, Sensus APS

Tanja Stevns, Special Education Teacher, Sensus APS         

5.2      Visit with the Vendors (Ballroom Terrace)

12:30pm -1:30 pm   Lunch & Awards Ceremony starting at 1:00pm (Henrietta Ballroom)

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Open Dialogue: “I have a student /faculty/parent who….” (Henrietta Ballroom)

Starr Wheeler - ADA Compliance Officer, SUNY Oswego

Don Pool - Coordinator of Accessibility Services, Jamestown Community College

2:30pm - 3:00pm  Coffee, Networking and Connecting with Vendors! (Ballroom Terrace)

3:00pm - 3:50pm   Sector Meetings

  • CUNY (Jefferson Room)
  • SUNY (Ontario Ball Room) 
  • Independents (Henrietta Ball Room)
  • Proprietary (Winton Room)

4:00pm - 05:30pm   Unwind with Wine & Cheese! (Ballroom Terrace)

Sip & Socialize: Join us for a relaxing get-together where all members of NYSDSC can mingle and enjoy delicious refreshments courtesy of our generous sponsors. Take this opportunity to unwind and engage in casual conversations with our vendors. Dinner is on your own!

Day 3: Thursday, June 27th (Henrietta Ballroom)

8:00am to 9:25am   Greetings & Breakfast (Henrietta Ball Room)– NYSDSC Committee Meetings WORKING BREAKFAST

Join the Conversation: Dive into the work of NYSDSC Committees! Take a seat with your chosen committee(s) and add to discussions about ongoing projects and exciting prospects for the future. If you're not already part of a committee, seize the chance to explore one that interests you and listen in on the engaging dialogue. Committees include Access Technologies, Awards Committee, Conference Planning Committee, Government Relations, Nominations Committee, and Website Committee.

9:30am - 10:20am   Passing the Torch:  A senior professional and a new professional share how they forged a dynamic collaborative process for disabled student programming and changing campus wide perspectives.  [PDF]

Sue Mann Dolce Ph.D., she/her, Associate Director University at Buffalo

Hannah Premo, they/them, Outreach Program Coordinator, University at Buffalo

10:30am - 11:50am  DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student

Theresa Johnson, M.Ed., Associate Director, DeafTEC, National Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology

11:50am - 12:00pm  Closing remarks

Tanya Hoistion, Jefferson Community College- President NYSDSC

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Thank you for joining us for our Spring 2024 Conference!

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