CUNY Project Reach Mini-Grants Competition Results

January 23, 2013

The Central Office of Student Affairs, Disability Resources and Services recently announced the results of the CUNY Project REACH (Resources and Education on Autism as CUNY’s Hallmark) competition for the development of best practices and model projects that build CUNY’s capacity to serve students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In response to a Request for Proposals (RFP), the CUNY REACH Proposal Review Committee reviewed fourteen strong proposals from across CUNY. Through this rigorous competition, four proposals distinguished themselves for their potential to impact access and opportunity for CUNY students on the autism spectrum.

Based upon the recommendations of the Proposal Review Committee, investment will commence for the following model projects: The College of Staten Island’s (CSI) program will increase the academic, social and professional success of students with ASD by building on existing service infrastructure and developing web-based supports. Kingsborough Community College’s (KBCC) program offers year-long, comprehensive assistance through individual and group support services, concrete academic help, education of the college community regarding ASD and peer mentoring. Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC) program will focus on granting students with ASD academic program access through innovative individualized supports and curriculum redevelopment. Brooklyn College’s (BC) program will identify and provide support services for students with ASD, provide training for faculty and administrators and further the development of a pilot mentoring component established last spring. In addition, the Proposal Review Committee acted to give honorable mention to the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD) for its cross-campus plan to empower CUNY student leaders with disabilities to engage their peers on the autism spectrum. Great appreciation is expressed to the CUNY Project REACH team, the Office of the University Dean for Health and Human Services, and the FAR Fund for their support.