Past Features

December 11, 2006 (Vol. 4, No. 7)

'E-Access' Marks U.N. Observance on Campus

From left, Dr. Christopher Rosa, University Director of Disability and Veteran Services; Merrill D. Parra, Director of Student Disability Services; John M. Holloway, Associate Dean for Student Affairs; and Jose Magdaleno, Vice President for Student Affairs.
(from left) Dr. Christopher Rosa, University Director of Disability and Veteran Services; Merrill D. Parra, Director of Student Disability Services; John M. Holloway, Associate Dean for Student Affairs; and Jose Magdaleno, Vice President for Student Affairs.

"E-Accessibility" was the theme on December 6 as Lehman's Office of Disability Services celebrated the United Nations' International Day of Disabled Persons. The annual observance was marked with a rededication of the College's Access and Technology Center, now located in the Leonard Lief Library.

Students, faculty, and staff were able to try out new software on the center's computers, including Jaws, Zoomtext and CCTV, which is designed for students who are visually impaired; the Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional, which enables students to write or navigate the computer screen through dictation; and the Kurzweil 3000, aimed at students with learning disabilities. All computers in the lab have been upgraded and equipped with larger monitors. These enhancements will assist disabled persons with reading textbooks and also with accessing the computer and using the Internet independently.

Special guests included New York City Commissioner Matthew Sapolin from the Mayor's Office for Persons with Disabilities and Dr. Christopher Rosa, CUNY Director of Disability Services.