Resolution J2532-2013

Commending the Queens College Committee for Disabled Students and the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities upon the occasion of hosting their 10th Annual ADA BBQ

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  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 18, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending the Queens College Committee for Disa-
bled Students and the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities upon
the occasion of hosting their 10th Annual ADA BBQ, on July 25, 2013

WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New  York  State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions  and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the Queens College Committee for Disabled Students and the  CUNY  Coali-
tion  for  Students with Disabilities upon the occasion of hosting their
10th Annual ADA BBQ on Thursday, July 25, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, The Queens College Committee  for  Disabled  Students'  (CDS)
10th  Annual  ADA  BBQ  will bring together more than 200 members of the
Queens College community for a day of food, fun, and awareness  as  they
celebrate  the  23rd  birthday of the Americans with Disabilities Act of
1990, which guarantees equal access and opportunity  to  Americans  with
disabilities in all aspects of American life; and
  WHEREAS,  The  representative  organization of the college's more than
500 students with disabilities, CDS was established  in  1972  to  fully
integrate  students  with  disabilities  into  the academic, social, and
cultural life of Queens College and its larger community; and
  WHEREAS, Among its  many  offerings,  CDS  provides  a  peer  tutoring
program  which  funds  Queens  College  students to support the academic
success of students with disabilities, and organizes a host of  student-
centered  social  and  cultural events focused upon raising awareness of
issues of importance to students with disabilities; it is also the  home
of the Passantino Empowerment Center, through which students train to be
more effective self- and systems-advocates; and
  WHEREAS,  The  CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD) is
the representative organization of CUNY's more than 9,000 students  with
disabilities;  the  organization advocates for equal access and opportu-
nity for students with disabilities at CUNY and beyond; and
  WHEREAS, CCSD emerged out of the first cross-campus gathering of  CUNY
students  with  disabilities organized by Mary Ellen & Donald Passantino
in August 1989 at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan; and
  WHEREAS, CCSD's many achievements include: effectively advocating  for
increased  funding levels in the CUNY budget for students with disabili-
ties in 1993; championing changes that would make  the  state  financial
aid  program accessible to students with disabilities in 1997; and lead-
ing the effort to save the  CUNY  LEADS  program,  a  highly  successful
career readiness initiative for CUNY students with disabilities; and
  WHEREAS,  Before  the  Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into
law on July 26, 1990, more than 54 million Americans living  with  disa-
bilities  faced  overwhelming  barriers  to  employment, transportation,
public accommodations, public services and equal rights under  the  law;
and
  WHEREAS, Such obstacles to the freedom and full participation in soci-
ety  of  people with disabilities imposed staggering economic and social
costs on American society, and undermined not only this  great  Nation's
efforts  to educate, rehabilitate, and employ individuals with disabili-
ties, but also America's bedrock principles of fairness and justice; and
  WHEREAS, The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures that no  individ-
ual  may be discriminated against on the basis of disability with regard
to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities,  and

usage  of  any  place of public accommodation, including lodging, recre-
ation, transportation, education and dining establishments; and
  WHEREAS,  Dedicated organizations such as the Queens College Committee
for Disabled Students and the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabili-
ties serve an invaluable function in our society, giving  voice  to  the
needs  of  one  of  the  most vulnerable populations in this society and
ensuring that students with disabilities have full access  to  the  best
that public higher education in New York State has to offer; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown  a
long  and  sustained  commitment to excellence certainly have earned the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  the Queens College Committee for Disabled Students and the CUNY
Coalition for Students with Disabilities upon the  occasion  of  hosting
their 10th Annual ADA BBQ; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  the  Queens College Committee for Disabled Students and the
CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities.

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