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Assistive Technology

CUNY Assistive Technology Services:

Web/Online Content Accessibility

W3C: Quality Assurance Tips for Webmasters:

W3C: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines:

Teaching Online (University of Central Florida):

Creating Accessible Documents

Microsoft Office:

Creating Accessible Adobe PDF Files:

Resource Guide for Post-Secondary Disability Services Offices (NYSDCS):

Universal Design

Center for Universal Design in Instruction:

Applying Universal Design for Instruction to online and blended courses:

Access to post-secondary education through Universal Design learning (Colorado State University):

Making Science Labs Accessible to Students with Disabilities:

Information related to Learning Disabilities

Pedagogical strategies for teachers of Learning Disabled students:

National Center for Learning Disabilities:

University-Wide Accessibility Projects

Universal Design Learning and Leadership Project (UDL²) at CUNY

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The Universal Design Learning and Leadership (UDL²) initiative is a project housed out of Hostos Community College’s Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) in partnership with the CUNY Central Office of Student Inclusion Initiatives. It is operated by a diverse group of paid ‘student-colleagues’ who are given the opportunity to elevate their leadership skills while promoting positive university-wide awareness around disability empowerment.

Students engaged in disability leadership throughout the institution are encouraged to reach out to UDL² team for hands-on support, advisement, promotion, and sponsorship for any project or initiative aimed at making gains for the disability community at CUNY.

For additional information or to get in touch with a staff member please visit the Contact Us page.

CUNY Assistive Technology SERVICES (CATS)

The CUNY Assistive Technology (CATS) Project is funded through the auspices of the Council on Student Disability Issues (COSDI) and is based at Queensborough Community College. The CATS team of assistive technology specialists provides a wide range of support services and tools to CUNY campuses ensuring consistent and state of the art assistive technology throughout the University, such as:

Assistive Technology (AT) installation and maintenance support, budgeting and purchasing guidance, faculty and staff training, and ongoing telephone and on-site technical support

Research on developments and trends in assistive technology and shared information through "Train the Trainers" workshops

Hosting an annual Accessibility Conference

An online collection of assistive technology information through CATSweb

Recommendations for the design and maintenance of adaptive computer labs

Accessibility training for online and hybrid courses

To contact the CATS Project, please call 718.281.5014 or visit


REACH (Resources and Education on Autism as CUNY's Hallmark) is a university-wide project (begun December 2011) that is funded in part by the FAR Fund and coordinated by the Central Office Division of Student Affairs of The City University of New York (CUNY) in association with the Office of the University Dean for Health and Human Services.

The purpose of Project REACH is to enhance CUNY's capacity to support its growing population of college students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and to educate faculty and staff through workshops and training about students with ASD.

To find out more about Project REACH, please visit

Project REACH is now headed by Dr. Carrie Shockley at


This project's mission is to help make audio/visual content accessible to all students. While students with disabilities are the primary beneficiaries of these accommodations, the design and use of accessible course content and materials will benefit all students.

Provide captioning and transcription of inaccessible audio/visual course materials for use by students with disabilities

Conduct direct training to the assistive technology staff at CUNY campuses so they may in turn provide captioning services and heighten awareness of the benefits of captioning

Act as liaison and collaborate with CUNY's instructional designers to raise awareness and provide technical assistance for captioning/transcription

Increase awareness and application of universal design principles when designing video and audio course content and other services across CUNY

Establish collaborations across the University to ensure fully accessible audio/visual content

To contact the Media Accessibility Project, please call 718.281.5014 or visit


For general inquiries please email or call 718-368-5175 or drop in to room D-205 in the West Academic Clusters