Bringing together decades of leadership into one collaborative center, the School of Education has announced the new Center on Disability and Inclusion (CDI). Formed to advance inclusive education and disability rights, and promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of school and society, the center is a strategic collaboration between the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, the Center on Human Policy, the Inclusion and Communication Initiatives (ICI) and the newly established Mid-State Partnership and Pre-Employment Transition Programs.
First-year students join the program’s largest group of participants ever as they begin their college experience.
Learn more about the work of the units under the new Center on Disability and Inclusion.
The program’s leadership staff worked with faculty and peer mentors to ensure students had a successful finish to the spring semester—and to continue building a culture of community.
“To my knowledge, this is the only program that integrates students from various disciplines with students with intellectual disability into collaborative teams to problem solve design solutions,” said Beth Myers.
Assistant professor Beth Myers spoke to NBC News about the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the progress made, and the work still to be done. The ADA was landmark civil rights legislation when passed in 1990, prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including education, employment, public facilities, government services, telecommunications, and more.
The new Syracuse University Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) hopes to improve these outcomes over the next five years through community partnerships and support services, specifically focusing on underserved youth with disabilities in Central New York.
Through InclusiveU, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be part of a strong community, taking advantage of opportunities across campus while learning to be independent.
The grant contracts will support the development of the Mid-State Regional Partnership Center and two Family and Community Engagement Centers, to support teachers, administrators, students and families in 51 school districts to improve graduation rates and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.