You are invited to the New York City Inclusive Higher Education (IHE) Capacity Building Summit. The Summit was developed to provide training and technical assistance to new and existing Inclusive Higher Education partnerships in the NYC Metro Area with an emphasis on increasing employment outcomes for college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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The event is FREE of charge, and is open to school professionals, agency providers, family members, and college faculty/staff who are affiliated with campus-based initiatives for students and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who might benefit from attending this event.
The New York City IHE Capacity Building Summit will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 9:00 a.m until 3:00 p.m, at the Graduate Center at City University of New York, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
A continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be served and coffee and water will be provided throughout the day.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute at The City University of New York (CUNY) supports workforce development initiatives in health, education and human services for incumbent workers and employment for people with disabilities through partnerships with colleges, public and private employers, organized labor, professional associations, advocacy groups, community organizations, foundations and government agencies. AHRC New York City, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and is one of the largest consumer-based nonprofit organizations in the city. AHRC and its college partners pioneered the opportunity for higher education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York City.
Please RSVP by April 15, 2014 by registering online at
We look forward to your participation. Space is limited to 80 participants, so please RSVP soon to ensure your spot. If you have specific questions about this event, or require special accommodations, please contact Bernadette Jackson at Bernadette_Jackson@urmc.rochester.edu or 585-276-5067.
This event is offered in partnership with the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education, City University of New York. Local support provided by AHRC New York City.
About the New York City IHE Capacity Building Summit
Amy Dwyer, Senior Associate at TransCen Inc., will be facilitating trainings on the topics of “Inclusive Higher Education as a Pathway to Employment” and “Customized Employment as a Strategy for Increasing Employment Outcomes”.
Lunch Panel—Success Stories:
Alex Aerni and Steven Morales, both college graduates, will share their experiences in their college programs.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions:
Representatives from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and NYS Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Special Education and ACCES-VR will engage in dialogue with Summit participants on ways to enhance connections with adult services and alignment to the NYSED Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential.
About the Keynote Speaker:
Ms. Dwyre provides training and technical assistance in the area of job development and customized employment for people with intellectual disabilities for a variety of national and local projects. She was the Project Coordinator on the Center for Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, funded by NIDRR and in partnership with the Institute on Community Inclusion at UMASS-Boston. She has a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus on Transition and Supported Employment from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Additional Project Partners:
The New York City IHE Capacity Building Summit was developed in partnership with Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and the Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Funding is provided by the NYS Partnerships in Employment Systems Change (NYS PIE) project and the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation.
The NYS PIE project, a Project of National Significance, is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The purpose of the NYS PIE project is to work with state systems to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This initiative is coordinated by Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, and operates in partnership with the OPWDD, NYSED’s Office of Special Education and ACCES-VR, and the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.