Disability Information Andrea Haenlin-Mott and Frank Popowitch outside a campus building

Andrea Haenlin-Mott and Frank Popowitch survey campus to document accessible routes and facilities


Cornell University ADA Coordinator Team

Kappy Fahey, Director, Student Disability Services
420 Computing and Communication Center

Andrea Haenlin-Mott, ADA Coordinator for Facilities
Humphreys Service Center

Alan Mittman, Director, Workforce Policy and Labor Relations
391 Pine Tree Road

Guides to Planning Accessible Events

Campus Resources

Commuter and Parking Services
Provides permits for accessible parking on campus. Permits for visitors are available at the Information Booths on campus. Students, faculty and staff should visit the Commuter and Parking services website or call 607-255-4600 for more information about options for transportation around campus.

Assistive Technology on Campus
Many computer labs and libraries are equipped with assistive technology, and many large lecture halls have FM systems that guests may use. A list of locations and the equipment available can be found at http://mapping.cit.cornell.edu/publiclabs/map

Please contact the planner of the event to learn how to check out an FM system for the room you will be visiting.

Access to Cornell Libraries
Bethany Silfer is the Disability Coordinator for the Libraries. She can be reached at bb29@cornell.edu and by phone at 607-255-3758. More information about access at Cornell Libraries can be found at http://www.library.cornell.edu/svcs/disability#technology

Employment and Disability Institute (EDI)
EDI conducts research and provides continuing education and technical assistance on many aspects of disability in the workplace. Since 1968, researchers and practitioners at the Cornell ILR School with expertise in disability have helped companies, labor organizations, government agencies, schools, and communities throughout the United States and abroad to accommodate and integrate individuals with disabilities. The EDI team consults with policy makers, disability advocates, and rehabilitation program professionals.

EDI contributes to developing inclusive workplace systems and communities in a variety of ways. The EDI team engages in research and produces scholarly articles, develops training materials, conducts training sessions domestically and internationally, and offers technical assistance on a wide array of disability-related matters. EDI expertise embraces legal mandates and operational issues, an all-encompassing perspective that enables us to help transform public policy into practice.

Medical Leaves Administration
The Medical Leaves Administration Office administers all employment-related requests for accommodation for individuals with disabilities, including short-term disability, long-term disability, and worker's compensation, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York State Human Rights Act.

Workplace accommodation policies and FAQ

HR policies
Contact Workforce Policy and Labor Relations at 607-254-7232 or equalopportunity@cornell.edu for consultation regarding employment-related accommodations for individuals with disabilities. WPLR can also assist job applicants with requests for disability accommodations for the employment selection process.

Teaching students with Disabilities: Resources for Faculty

Managers Toolkit: Leading in a Disability Inclusive Workforce

Disability Colleague Network Group
The Disability Colleague Network Group is a university sponsored employee resource group that serves a dual purpose of providing (1.) a safe space to address issues faced by the faculty and staff with a disability and (2.) a platform to raise awareness of the issues faced by the community on our campus. For more information, contact Cassandre P. Joseph, Director, Diversity Engagement and Metrics (AAP), Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, cpj25@cornell.edu.

Communication Access

Sign Language Interpreting

Sign Language Solutions
email: interpreter@signlanguage-solutions.com


Professional Reporting Services, Inc.
email: sally@professionalreporting.com

Verbatim Court Reporting Services, Inc.
(available to provide CART captioning services on weekends only)

Wheelchairs and Scooters

Medical Supply Depot
402 3rd St

1301 Trumansburg Rd.

Finger Lakes Independence Center
2115 Fifth St. Ithaca

Professional Home Care
Ithaca Shopping Plaza - Suite 4
222 Elmira Road

Wonderful Wheelchairs
Cayuga Ridge
1229 Trumansburg Road

Student Groups that Support Persons with Disabilities

Cornell Minds Matter (CMM)
A student organization that works to promote mental health and well-being, decrease the stigma associated with mental illness and seeking out mental health resources. Members of Cornell Minds Matter serve as a liaison between students, faculty, staff and administration at Cornell to guide policy and resources to serve the Cornell community. CMM holds workshops, training sessions, guest lectures and fun stress-reducing events, community services outing and other activities. An annual publication discusses various topics related to mental health through essays, poems and art.

Disability Services Team (DST)
Assists students with temporary and permanent disabilities living on campus. Volunteers will assist with tasks such as getting groceries from Max Market or other on-campus stores, pick up or return books to the library, or doing laundry. Other activities may be added as individual needs are addressed. Currently the DST is supported by Student Disability Services, CUDA (Cornell Union for Disabilities Awareness, the Public Service Center, Gannett Health Services, Cornell Tradition and the Student Assembly.

Cornell Union for Disabilities Awareness (CUDA)
A union of people with disabilities and allies in the Cornell community dedicated to education, awareness and activism in support of disabilities issues. CUDA is dedicated to encouraging constructive, issued-based conversation and debate and works to achieve this goal through a variety of avenues on campus and beyond. CUDA meets weekly to discuss issues impacting persons with disabilities.

Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service (EARS)
A student-run organization offering counseling, training and outreach programs. It is open to all members of the Cornell community. The drop-in and phone counseling room at 213 Willard Straight is open daily during the academic year. Counseling is free and confidential. Training in communication and counseling skills is offered at three levels each semester. Outreach programs are provided for campus groups.

Facts, Advocacy, and Control of Epileptic Seizures (FACES)
A student organization that assists individuals with seizure disorders with managing their epilepsy and developing positive self esteem in order to build a successful life. This is accomplished through education, services and research. FACES helps youth and their families deal with the psychological and social impacts involved with seizures to improve how they are perceived and accepted in society.

Regional, State and National Organizations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

American Association of the Deaf-Blind

Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (A.V.R.E.)
55 Washington Street, Binghamton, NY; 607-724-2428

The A.V.R.E. is a private, non-profit organization that serves people of all ages, from infants to elders, with vision disabilities. Serving the Southern Tier of NY and Northern Tier of PA.

Autism Research Institute (ARI)

Autism Society of America (ASA)

BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services)
1605 Davis Avenue, Endicott, NY; 607-786-8524

  • Early Childhood Direction Center—The Direction Center is an information and referral resource providing comprehensive educational and legal information regarding the Special Education Process for both families and professionals.
  • Special Education Training and Resource Center (SETRC)—SETRC provides resources, information, technical assistance, and training related to the education and integration of persons with disabilities.

Broome Developmental Disabilities Services Office
1257 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY; 607-273-0811

The Tompkins Regional Center is a unit of Broome Developmental Disabilities Services which serves individuals of all ages in Tompkins County with developmental disabilities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Disability.gov is your online connection to the federal government's disability-related information and resources. Provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits.

Empire State Speech and Hearing Clinic—Lions Camp Badger
1408 Lake Street, Elmira, NY; 607-732-7069

Lions Camp Badger offers a unique, overnight summer program for campers ages 5-21 with an intense or severe speech and language impairment or a special education designation of deaf, hearing impaired, speech impaired, LD, MR or multiply handicapped. Campers receive 5.5 hours of education daily and recreation during the six-week session. Students/campers may be eligible for state funding.

Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton Region
1650 South Avenue, Suite 300, Rochester, NY; 800-724-7930 or 1-800-332-1000 (National Epilepsy Foundation of America)

Family Center on Technology and Disability
The Family Center on Technology and Disability provides a wide range of resources on assistive and instructional technologies, from introductory fact sheets through CEU's for practitioners and educators.

Family and Children's Service of Ithaca
127 W. State St., Ithaca, NY; 607-273-7494

A primary treatment center resource for children ages 1-17 with diagnostic, treatment and consultation services, the program also provides individual, group and family therapy and psychiatric evaluation for medication and treatment planning.

Family Resource Network
46 Oneida Street, Oneonta, NY; 607-432-0001

The Family Resource Network provides information, support and advocacy services to families who have children with developmental, special health care and mental health needs.

Finger Lakes Independence Center
215 5th Street, Ithaca, NY; 607-272-2433

The Finger Lakes Independence Center educates individuals and organizations about their rights and responsibilities and helps solve problems of independent living. The Center provides information about benefits eligibility and procedures, independent living skills training, peer counseling, support groups, and training on disability issues. Taped reading of Ithaca Journal, sign language interpreter referrals, American Sign Language classes and architectural accessibility consultations are offered.

Franziska Racker Centers
3226 Wilkins Road, Ithaca, NY; 607-272-5891

Franziska Racker Centers, formerly Special Children's Center, helps individuals, primarily those with special needs, and their families achieve their goals for success and happiness. Services include education and day care for young children, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and audiology for all ages, mental health services in public schools, residential services, home and community supports, service coordination, and advocacy.

Health Department of Tompkins County
401 Dates Drive, Ithaca, NY; 607-274-6644

  • Early Intervention Program—Services provided include, but are not limited to evaluations, vision and hearing, speech, physical, and other therapies; child development groups and family counseling. For children ages birth to three years.
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Program—provides assistance to families of children with special health care needs birth through age 21 who need help in accessing various health care professionals and other community resources.
  • Physically Handicapped Children's Program—offers financial assistance to families with children birth to 21 years of age, who have or are suspected of having a chronic and/or disabling medical condition.

Hillside Children's Center Finger Lakes Campus
7432 County House Road, Auburn, NY; 315-258-2100

The Finger Lakes Campus is a residential treatment facility designed to meet the needs of severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents aged 10-18. Care includes 24 hour supervision, intensive clinical services for children and families, individualized special education, and highly structured group living experiences. Services include assessments, psychiatric and psychological services, medical treatment, recreation therapy, and special education.

Ithaca Youth Bureau
1 James Gibbs Drive, Ithaca, NY; 607-273-8364

  • Recreation Support Services—striving to help children and adults, primarily those with disabilities, achieve their goals for happiness and well-being by creating leisure opportunities for active participation, making friends, fostering independence and community inclusion.
  • The Iroquois Program—a summer community based program for youth ages 12-21 with developmental disabilities. Activities include trips to state parks, horseback riding, swimming at local public pools, visits to the Cayuga Nature Center, Sciencenter, etc.

JAN (Job Accommodation Network) Inclusion Resource Page
Tools for creating an inclusive and productive workplace

March of Dimes, Central New York Division
5 Adler Drive, East Syracuse, NY; 315-463-0700

The March of Dimes mission is preventing birth defects and infant mortality through research, community services, education, and advocacy.

Mental Health Association in Tompkins County
518 West State Street, Ithaca, NY; 607-273-9250

The Mental Health Association offers advocacy services for parents or legal guardians of children with a variety of mental health issues, such as learning disabilities, developmental, behavioral and/or emotional disturbances. The Parent Advocate Program facilitates parental support and training groups. The Parent Advocate, along with the Information and Referral Director, serve as referral sources offering information and referrals on diagnosis and treatment options for children, both community based and state wide.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
1249 Front Street, Binghamton, NY; 607-723-7431

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) provides comprehensive medical services to people with neuromuscular diseases at more than 200 hospital affiliated clinics across the United States. The MDA's worldwide research program annually funds about 400 individual scientific investigations to advance knowledge of and find clues and treatments for neuromuscular diseases.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

NICHCY serves the nation as a central source of information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities); and research-based information on effective educational practices.

National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC)

National Eye Institute

National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders

New York Relay Service
7-1-1; 800-421-1220 Voice; 800-662-1220 TTY/TeleBraille

The New York Relay Service helps people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or have a speech disability enrich their independent lives. Traditional phones are not for everybody. Teletypewriters (TTY) and telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDD) have proven themselves to be useful and easy to use. The relay services take advantage of TTY/TDD devices that allow the user to communicate with friends, loved ones, business associates, and service providers so they may participate in daily community life. New York Relay operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. All calls to the center are free and confidential.

New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
161 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054-1310; 518-549-0200, TTY: Dial 7-1-1 for the NYS Relay and give the operator 1-518-549-0200

The Justice Center is committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy of their civil rights, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken.

NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Parent to Parent of New York State
500 Balltown Rd., Schenectady, NY; 800-305-8817

A place where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information.

Siblings for Significant Change
350 Fifth Ave., New York, NY; 212-643-2663 or 800-841-8251

We are the brothers and sisters of America's disabled citizens united in order to effect change for the special siblings we love. Provides peer support, legal assistance, and psychological counseling to siblings of the handicapped. Trains siblings to be advocates for themselves and their families.

Special Olympics New York

To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, including mental retardation giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community.

Social Security Online, Disability Programs

Social Security Administration
127 West State Street, Ithaca, NY; 607-256-3651

Sir Alexander Ewing—Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic
233 Smiddy Hall 233, Ithaca, NY; 607-274-3714

The Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Department at Ithaca College offers speech, language, and hearing evaluations, as well as therapeutic services. Basic hearing evaluations, speech/language evaluations, and speech and hearing outpatient rehabilitation are available.

United States Department of Education
800-USA-LEARN (800-872-5327) or 800-437-0833 TTY