Across New York State, several consortia have been established to provide opportunities for campus disability service providers and other interested stakeholders to provide information and support to each other on a regional basis. Members of consortia can include disability service professionals from SUNY, CUNY, independent/private, and proprietary post-secondary institutions, high school counselors, psychologists, and relevant organizations, such as the Learning Disability Association and ACCESS-VR. Some groups are more formal in structure and meet on a regular basis, while others are less formal and/or meet only occasionally. The following information has been provided by members of the regional consortia.
Western New York
The WNY Collegiate Consortium of Disability Advocates (CCDA) serves Western NY from PA to Canada and east to Rochester. They meet monthly, usually the 2nd Thursday of the month. Contact: Debbie Dimitrovski at Hilbert College, firstname.lastname@example.org ; 716-926-8866
The Rochester Area College Consortium on Disability Advocates covers from Genesee Community College on the west (which overlaps slightly with the Western consortium) to Finger Lakes Community College on the east and from Lake Ontario down to the NY/Penn border. They meet the second Wednesday of every month from September through June at 9:00 AM at either one of the colleges/agencies involved or at the Bagel Bin cafe in Brighton (Rochester). Contact: Tabitha Buggie-Hunt email@example.com
Central New York
The Postsecondary Disability Consortium of Central New York meets four times a year at member sites. The PDCCNY covers from Watertown to Binghamton, Geneva to Schenectady. To be added to the consortium's electronic mailing list, contact Erin Sember-Chase firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hudson Mohawk Disability Specialists group, comprised of institutions in the capitol region, is in the process of reorganizing. For information, please contact Robert Bahny at Siena College, email@example.com ; 518-783-4239.
City University of New York
The CUNY Council on Student Disability Issues (COSDI) is a coalition of campus-based higher education disability professionals within the City University of New York, who meet on a monthly basis. This is not a part of NYSDSC, but is a great resource and connection for the New York City region. The contact person for the CUNY sector for NYSDSC Merrill Para at Lehman College, MERRILL.PARRA@LEHMAN.CUNY.EDU
The Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan and Orange County Disability Consortium is comprised of institutions in the Hudson Valley. They offer workshops, the last one was on Asperger's Syndrome. For more information, contact Portia Altman at Dutchess County Community College, firstname.lastname@example.org , 845-257-3020.
North Country Colleges are in the process of establishing a working group. Contact Roxanne McCarty, Paul Smith’s College at email@example.com, 518- 327-6414
Southern Tier Hudson Valley Consortium (STHVC)
The group is comprised of institutions from the Columbia, Greene, Delaware, Otsego and Allegany counties. It meets every other month at member sites to discuss current topics of concerns. For information, please contact Gabriella Vasta at SUNY Delhi, firstname.lastname@example.org 607-746-4593
Westchester County Colleges are not active at this time. Contact Gabriella Bird, Manhattanville College at Gabriella.Burd@mville.edu , 914-323-7127.