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Baruch College Hosts 7th Annual Employment and Visual Impairment Conference on Policy and Practice


Deborah Dagit

NEW YORK, NY - March 19, 2014 -The Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) and The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College will host the 7th Annual Employment and Visual Impairment Conference on April 11. This year’s theme,“Your Future is Now” will focus on policy and practice and offer a series of workshops and panel discussions to assist blind and visually impaired participants with technology and other services.

Deborah Dagit, (9:40 a.m., Room 14-220) who recently retired as Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion at Merck and now runs her own consulting company, will be the keynote speaker.Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Assembly Member Dick Gottfried will also be in attendance. Brewer will present awards to CCVIP Advisory Board members (9:35 a.m., Room 14-220) and Gottfried will give a presentation on the Affordable Care Act in New York State (10:40 a.m., Room 285).

Attendees can choose from the following morning workshops: presentations on The Affordable Care Act (given by Gottfried); the business advantage for recruiting, hiring and training people with vision loss; the ways in which New York museums are making art more accessible to those with vision loss; and low vision evaluations from SUNY University Eye Center. A mid-day vendor exhibit will feature demonstrations of assistive technology products.

Attendees can also choose from afternoon workshops including: a presentation by members of the PASS Coalition, who will speak about advocating for safe and accessible streets in the city; a panel discussion on employment success stories featuring blind or visually impaired people; a technology session on Project RAY, the world’s first smartphone with advanced mobile technology for Intuitive Eye-free Operation; and a panel discussion on services from the NYS Commission for the Blind.


WHAT: 7th Annual Employment and Visual Impairment Conference on Policy & Practice:

“Your Future is Now”

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014

For complete timeline and workshop descriptions, click here

WHERE: Baruch College, Newman Vertical Campus Building, 55 Lexington Avenue (between 24th & 25th St), 14th Floor

REGISTER: Online or call (888) 625-1616 Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Admission is free.A brown bag lunch and refreshments are included.The event is co-sponsored by Hidden City Cafe, The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), and Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates P.C.


About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

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