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.
The Capital District Consortium, comprised of institutions in the capitol region meets once or twice a semester. For information, please contact Robert Bahny at Siena College; 518-783-4239.
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. For more information please contact Nancy Carr at Onondaga Community College; 315-498-2834
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 Parra at Lehman College; 718-960-8441.
The Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan and Orange County Disability Consortium is comprised of institutions in the Hudson Valley. For more information, contact Jean Vizvary at SUNY New Paltz; 845-257-3020.
Long Island College Counselors for Students with Disabilities (LICCSD)
Long Island College Counselors for Students with Disabilities (LICCSD) is comprised of Private and Public Long Island colleges from Nassau and Suffolk counties. The group meets at least two times during each semester and has been in existence for over 20 years. Meetings are held at Farmingdale State College in the Disability Services Center. The contact person for the LICCSD is Malka Edelman, at Farmingdale State College, 631-420-2411.
Northern New York
Northern New York Colleges are in the process of establishing a working group. Contact Loren Nowak at Clarkson University; 315-268-7643.
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. This Consortium is currently inactive.
Southern Tier Hudson Valley Consortium (STHVC)
The group is comprised of institutions from the Columbia, Greene, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie 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; 607-746-4744.
Westchester County Colleges are not active at this time.
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. Please visit the WNYCCDA website for more information. There is an upcoming conference on March 9th, 2018 on transition to be held at Hilbert College. Please email CCDA contact for any information.