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File #: Res 0148-2010    Version: * Name: Restore proposed cuts to CUNY LEADS.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Higher Education
On agenda: 4/14/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the State Legislature to restore proposed cuts to CUNY LEADS, an initiative designed to improve vocational readiness, academic success, career development and employment opportunities for CUNY students with disabilities.
Sponsors: Fernando Cabrera , Charles Barron, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm , Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Lewis A. Fidler, Letitia James, Annabel Palma, Diana Reyna, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Deborah L. Rose, Jumaane D. Williams, Michael C. Nelson, Peter A. Koo
Council Member Sponsors: 16
Res. No. 148
 
 
Resolution calling upon the State Legislature to restore proposed cuts to CUNY LEADS, an initiative designed to improve vocational readiness, academic success, career development and employment opportunities for CUNY students with disabilities.
 
 
By Council Members Cabrera, Barron, Chin, Comrie, Dickens, Dromm, Ferreras, Fidler, James, Palma, Reyna, Rodriguez, Rose, Williams, Nelson and Koo
 
Whereas, The Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities ("VESID") is the New York State agency that assists individuals with disabilities to obtain employment; and
Whereas, VESID helps such individuals to define a career goal and provides funding for tuition for those who qualify; and
Whereas, In an effort to reach out to students with disabilities at the university level, VESID partnered with CUNY to develop the CUNY LEADS (Linking Employment, Academics and Disability Services) program; and
Whereas, CUNY LEADS was designed to facilitate successful academic and career outcomes for students with disabilities who are enrolled in CUNY programs; and
Whereas, CUNY students with disabilities who are currently registered in degree or non-degree programs, Adult and Continuing Education programs and Allied programs may participate in CUNY LEADS; and
Whereas, CUNY LEADS provides eligible students with services including career counseling, job seeking skills, job placement assistance, free textbooks, internship assistance, and training regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act; and
Whereas, Each CUNY campus has a LEADS counselor assigned to partner with various agencies and businesses to provide the necessary assistance to students; and
Whereas, According to an article in the Queens Chronicle, the employment rate for CUNY LEADS participants is 72%, versus the 56% national employment rate for people with disabilities; and
Whereas, The Queens Chronicle also reports that the average starting hourly wage for CUNY LEADS participants is 35 percent higher than that of non-LEADS participants; and
Whereas, The State proposes to eliminate the annual $2 million funding to the program in July 2010, which would impact crucial services, especially job placement services, to 1,600 CUNY students with disabilities; and
Whereas, CUNY LEADS has proven to be successful and the elimination of funding to this vital program would be devastating to a vulnerable population faced with many challenges and limited academic and career opportunities; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the State Legislature to restore proposed cuts to CUNY LEADS, an initiative designed to improve vocational readiness, academic success, career development and employment opportunities for CUNY students with disabilities.
 
 
 
LS #760
3/18/10
11:58 a.m.
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