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The AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services (AAC/SDS)


CUNY LEADS (Linking Employment, Academics, and Disability Services) is a program established to facilitate successful academic and career outcomes for students with disabilities who are enrolled in CUNY programs.

This exciting program is free of charge for eligible candidates and available on all CUNY campuses.  Each campus has a LEADS counselor that collaborates with campus departments, agencies, and businesses to provide career guidance and support to students.

Students interested in participating in the CUNY LEADS Program do not need to register with The Accessability Center/Student Disability Services (AAC/SDS), but will need to provide documentation of a disability to the LEADS Advisor.  Please note that all information shared with LEADS Advisor is kept private and confidential.

The LEADS Advisor is a fully integrated staff member of the AAC/SDS, and thus also performs accessiblity intakes and assseses and determines academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and services.  The LEADS Advisor works collaboratively with NYSED ACCES-VR, Veteran Affairs,and Career and Professional Development Institute.  

If you have a NYS ACCES-VR case and receive a voucher for partial reimbursement for accommodations (e.g., interpreting, notetaking), please inform Caitlin McGuire, Policy & Access Coordinator, who is in charge of processing vouchers. She can be reached via email:, or by telephone (212) 650-7372, or in-person during the days and hours of Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Vouchers for tuition are handled by the Bursar and vouchers for books are handled by Akademos.  

Services provided:

  • Academic advisement
  • Career counseling
  • Resume preparation
  • Interview preparation
  • Internship assistance
  • Advocacy skills

Vocational Resources:
Lime Connect
JAN (Job Accommodation Network)
Viscardi Center 
Think Beyond the Label
CareerEco-Virtual career fair
Americans with Disabilities Technical Assistance Program
The Americans with Disablities Act Document Center 

Workshops and Events:
For more information about CUNY LEADS events please visit our events page.

Contact Information:
Patricia Bianchi, MSEd, CRC
Phone: 212.650.7573
Fax: 212.650.5772