The Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities exists to facilitate equal access for students with disabilities throughout the 14 schools and colleges of New York University. The mandate for equal inclusion comes primarily from the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Since the ADA was passed by Congress, there has been a heightened awareness of discriminatory practices against people with disabilities. Those with disabilities who participate in our institution’s programs and activities must be regarded as any other disadvantaged group.
The Role of the Moses Center The Moses Center has several functions:
- The staff advocates within New York University for students with disabilities, particularly by assisting them in their efforts to obtain reasonable accommodations for participation in University programs and activities.
- We also strive, through our programs, policies, and practices, to assist students in developing the skills and competencies necessary to achieve an independent lifestyle.
- Another major function is to provide a clearing-house for documentation of disability, as well as services, advisement, and resources for faculty and staff members to provide accommodations.
- Finally, the Moses Center offers programs and educational materials to the University community regarding issues and matters of concern relating to students with disabilities. It is important to note that the Moses Center is not soley responsible for making reasonable accommodations. Ultimately, that responsibility is a collaboration with a speciﬁc department, faculty member, school, and the student.