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CUNY LEADS Program

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CUNY LEADS Program

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 who conducts accessibility registrations and assseses and determines academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and services. The LEADS Advisor works collaboratively with NYSED ACCES-VR, Veteran Affairs, Center for Worker Education, and Career and Professional Development Institute.  

Services provided: Academic advisement, career counseling, resume preparation, interview preparation, internship assistance, advocacy skills


NYS ACCES-VR Vouchers:

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: cmcguire2@ccny.cuny.edu, or by telephone (212) 650-7372, or in-person during the days and hours of Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. Vouchers for tuition are handled by the Bursar and vouchers for books are handled by Akademos.  


Beginning September 10, 2019 - December 12, 2019, CCNY LEADS activities will include:

CUNY LEADS Job Club
Tuesdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Open to seniors, recent graduates, and alumni who are actively seeking employment
*No Job Club on 11/1/19

Walk-in Wednesdays: Each session will feature a specific topic
9/25/19, 10/23/19, 11/20/19, 12/11/19
For 9/25/19: Preparing for the CCNY Job Fair

Drop-in Hours: For general questions regarding CUNY LEADS
Thursdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm (club hours)
*No drop-in on 9/19/19, 10/24/19, 11/28/19


Vocational Resources:

Lime Connect
JAN (Job Accommodation Network)
US EEOC
Viscardi Center 
Think Beyond the Label
Career Eco-Virtual Career Fair
Americans with Disabilities Technical Assistance Program
The Americans with Disablities Act Document Center 
ACCES-VR

 

Contact Information:
CUNY LEADS Advisor
Patricia Bianchi, MSEd, CRC
Phone: 212.650.7573
Fax: 212.650.5772
E-mail: pbianchi@ccny.cuny.edu