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  The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) Annual Conference

The Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference was held from June 14th to the 18th at Baruch College in Manhattan, and it was an astounding success. Over three hundred scholars, students, and advocates were in attendance, discussing disability in the urban landscape. Staff and students from the City University of New York, including a strong contingent from the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD), were out in full force to support the presenters and attendees, and to welcome them to the Big Apple.

The Accessible New York team, from the CUNY Institute on Virtual Enterprise and which included many members of CCSD, made a huge contribution to the project. The results of their semester-long investigation of Accessible Hospitality services in New York City were published in the conference program, along with the student's assessment of the sites' accessibility. These assessments were based on a rubric the students had created to determine the ease with which people with various disabilities could access a hospitality organization's services, as well as the willingness of the staff at the organization to accommodate people with disabilities

CCSD students and the Accessible New York team members were on-site at the conference in the Hospitality Room to provide customer service to conference attendees. Team member training, both on disability sensitivity and customer service, helped the Accessible New York team to meet the needs of conference attendees and provide them with a wonderful experience in New York. From evening meals at restaurants around Baruch College, to trips to the Statue of Liberty and New York Museums, conference attendees were able to explore New York City with freedom and confidence, thanks to the hard work of CUNY students

The Accessible New York project continues! In the coming months, team members will evaluate the project and determine next steps. These next steps will include evaluating more sites, refining the Accessibility Guide Criteria, and bringing in new project members and partners. To keep abreast of Accessible New York work, and to join the project, visit our website at: or contact Amalia Torrentes at: .


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