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Access To Higher Education: Students with Disabilities Speak Out

The Advocacy Board of the Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University in collaboration with the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC) and the Office of Disability Services presents “Access To Higher Education: Students with Disabilities Speak Out” from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, in the Schine Student Center, rooms 304 A and B, at Syracuse University. This forum is open to students with disabilities, their friends and allies, faculty and staff allies, and college or university administrators who want to learn from the stories and voices of students with disabilities.

The speaker, Michael Peluso, is a client advocate for the New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) and a Syracuse University graduate. He will speak about his experiences at Syracuse University at the time when he was a student and will share his thoughts on the status of students with disabilities on campuses and in communities today.

Since the early 1970s, Center on Human Policy staff have worked closely with a local advocacy board composed of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, and concerned citizens, to address issues of importance to people with disabilities in New York State. The Advocacy Board, in conjunction with Center staff, has addressed such statewide issues as school exclusion, institutional abuse, accessible public transportation, institutional closure, educational inclusion, integrated work, and access to communication interventions.

Forum organizers also are seeking undergraduate and graduate students who want to tell about their college or university experiences–the best, the worst, and the typical experiences with:
• Faculty/classroom experiences
• Student activities and campus involvement
• Residential life
• Friendships, dating, and peers
• Physical access
• Any important part of college experience and its interaction with the disability.

Send a typed story of up to four pages or a clear audio tape of up to six minutes. Selected stories will be shared at this forum. Send tapes or written stories by Nov. 1 to: Debbie Simms, Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, 805 South Crouse Avenue, Syracuse NY 13244-2280, 315-443-4355; fax: (315) 443-4338; e-mail: dasimms@syr.edu.