5th Annual Employment and Visual Impairment Conference on Policy & Practice: “Ever Upward”

Keynote Address: “Ready, Aim, Fire: Getting Full Value from Your Access Technology” – Brian Charlson, Director, Computer Training Services, Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, Massachusetts

 

Friday, May 11, 2012, 8:15 am– 4:10 pm 

Location:  Baruch College Conference Center, 14th Floor, 55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street, New York City

Cost:  Free Admission including lunch and refreshments

Sponsored by:

Baruch College

Computer Center for Visually Impaired People

School of Public Affairs, Baruch College

New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH)

Hidden City Café

Opening Remarks from 9:15am – 9:25am

Karen Gourgey, Director, Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP), Baruch College; David Birdsell, Dean, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College; Ann Clarkson, Associate Dean, Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS), Baruch College; Mary Ann Van Alstyne, State Coordinator, Employment Partnerships, Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

Keynote Address: From 9:25am – 10:05am

 “Ready, Aim, Fire: Getting Full Value from Your Access Technology” – Brian Charlson, Director, Computer Training Services, Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, Massachusetts

Plenary Session: From 10:10am-10:50am                     

Policy and Practice: “On the Move in NY”      

Moderator: Karen Gourgey, Director, Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP), Baruch College

Presenters: Robert K. Steel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; Hon. James Vacca, Chair, Committee on Transportation, New York City Council; Hon. Gale A. Brewer, Chair, Committee on Government Operations, New York City Council; Ken Stewart, Member Pedestrians for Accessible and Safe Streets (PASS) Coalition

2012 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Morning Workshops from 11:05am – 12:05pm 

Employment Skills: “Two Elements of a Job Search You Can’t Avoid – a Resume and the Interview”

Moderator: Lynnette Tatum, Senior Instructor, CCVIP, Baruch College

Presenter: Julie Jansen, Freelance Corporate Consultant and Career Coach; Board of Advisors, CCVIP

Employment: “Best Practices in Employment for People with Vision Loss“

Moderator: Brett Eisenberg, Executive Director,

Bronx Independent Living Services

Presenters: Elizabeth Taub, Coordinator of Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI), Walgreens; Lois Cooper, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Inclusion, Adecco Group North America; William Strong, Vice President, Credit Services, Adecco; Simone Weems, Manager, External Programs & Vendors at National Grid, National Grid

Entrepreneurship: “Inclusive Entrepreneurship: An Overview of the Start-Up New York Model for Self Employment”

Moderator: Matthew Krieger, Readers Digest Partners for Sight; Board of Advisors, CCVIP

Presenters: Nicole LaCorte-Klein, Senior Program Development Associate, Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University; Jason Eckert, District Manager

Harlem District Office, Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

Technology: “Magic of Touch: Communication Accessibility for iPhone and iPad Users Who Are Deaf-Blind” (Accessible Tablets)

Moderator: Debbie Fiderer, Coordinator of Community Services Program, Helen Keller National Center for Deaf- Blind Youths and Adults

Presenters: Scott Davert and Maricar Marquez, Senior Instructors, Helen Keller National Center

Empowerment: “Enabling Your Vote”                                                

Moderator: Sandy Kupprat, Project Director at NYU Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS); Board of Advisors, CCVIP

Presenter: Dawn Sandow, Deputy Executive Director, NYC Board of Elections

 Lunch & Metropolitan Placement Consortium “Breaking Barriers” and “Visionary” Awards 12:20pm

Moderator: Karen Gourgey, Director, CCVIP, Baruch College

Employer Recipients:  Elizabeth Taub, Walgreens;

Derek Maddalena, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church;

Barbara Alafogiannis, Marshalls; Edouard De Broglie, Dans Le Noir?; Jessica Carpentieri, Burlington Coat Factory;

Christopher DiPierri, Premier Exhibitions, Dialog in the Dark; Caroline Heighter, Phoenix Janitorial Supplies; Stephanie Desire, Port Authority of NY and NJ

Individual Recipients: Visionary Award presented by Jason Michel, Acting Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, to Candra Sapolin on behalf of Matthew P. Sapolin

Recognition Certificates to Baruch Students: Sophia Ling and Yatwa Ken Ng

 Afternoon Vendor Exhibits (See Morning Workshop for Vendor Names)

Afternoon Workshops from 1:20pm - 2:30pm

Policy & Practice: “Emergency Readiness for People with Disabilities”           

Moderator: Iris Rosen, LCSW, Director, Social Work, SUNY College of Optometry, University Eye Center; Board of Advisors, CCVIP

Presenters: Susan Dooha, Executive Director, Center for Independence of the Disabled NY (CIDNY); James Flemming, Regional Disability Integration Specialist for Region II, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)

Employment: Employment Success Stories

Moderator: Mary Ann Van Alstyne, State Coordinator, Employment Partnerships, Commission for Blind and Visually Handicapped

Presenters: Vincent Carriero, Walgreens and Kim O’Connor, Helen Keller Services for the Blind; Andrew Ellzey, Port Authority of NY and NJ and Martha Jackson, Goodwill; Iking Little, GameStop and Stephanie Harrill, Catholic Guild for the Blind

Entrepreneurship:  “Starting One’s Business: Lessons Learned”                                                                                        

Moderator: Philip So, Board of Advisors, CCVIP

Presenters: Jeremiah Taylor, Owner, ProActive Sales, Inc. and Staffing and Recruiting Consultant; Vincent Cuccia, Planet Pepper; Maureen Young, Voice-Over Artist and Vocal Instructor

Technology:  "Guide with Dragon"                                  

Moderator: Jane Thompson, Board of Advisors, CCVIP

Presenter: Gus Chalkias, Coordinator, Demo Center, CCVIP, Baruch College

Empowerment: “Known and Unknown Resources and Benefits for People with Vision Loss”       

Moderator: Dawn Suvino, Director of Workforce Development & Training, VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Presenter: Ludmila Jurganova, Community Work Incentives Coordinator, Goodwill Industries

Next Steps                                                    3:50pm

Reception                                                     4:10pm

This Conference has been made possible by sponsorship from the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP), the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, National Grid, and Hidden City Café.

Thanks go out to VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired for help from Blindline with telephone registration.

Special appreciation goes to the Metropolitan Placement Consortium, which organized the Breaking Barriers Awards and the Agency Directory.

We acknowledge the following at Baruch College for providing volunteers for our annual Conference: Linda Maestro, Baruch College Undergraduate Honors Program, and Macaulay Honors College.

Conference Planning Committee: Brett Eisenberg, Debbie Fiderer, Barbara Fife, Cheryl Fleisher, Judith Gerber, Karen Gourgey, Nancy O’Connell, Bill Reed, Lisa Saunders, Louise Tropp, and Mary Ann Van Alstyne

This Conference has been made possible by sponsorship from the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP), the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, National Grid, and Hidden City Café.