NYU Alumni & Friends Connect

October 15, 2021

This October we’re celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month by highlighting some of the many and varied NYU alumni disability-owned businesses. From multimedia art to commercial real estate, these NYU alumni entrepreneurs have a little something for all your wants and needs, plus some exclusive discounts for their fellow Violets!

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This is not an exhaustive list and only highlights a small number of NYU alumni businesses. Please visit the NYU Alumni-Owned Business Directory for a more comprehensive list or to submit your business. Please note inclusion does not indicate endorsement by NYU.

Nancy Adler Photography

Founded by Nancy Adler (STEINHARDT ’88), Nancy and her team offer headshots, portraits, and branding photography that sees and affirms your beauty, shows your confidence and creates approachability with your image. You also get a fun experience complete with wardrobe review and in-session coaching.

Discount: Email nancy@nancyadler.com and mention “NYU Alumni” for a discount on retouching.

Advocate of Choice

Advocate of Choice, founded by Hazel Adams-Shango (SPS ’86), is a non-attorney, affordable and confidential public education consultancy firm specializing in advocacy services for NYC public and charter school parents of children with diverse learning needs.  

Studio Dumont

Danielle Dumont (STEINHARDT ’15) is a multimedia artist, a board certified art therapist, and a certified dementia practitioner. Danielle specializes in handmade ornaments, home decor, and custom pet portraits.

Wawona Worldwide Capital, LLC

Wawona Worldwide Capital, LLC, founded by Michael Kondracki (GSAS ’91, STERN ’08), is a commercial real estate advisory and finance boutique for bespoke solutions.  

This month and beyond, NYU pays tribute to our diversely abled communities whose work has made countless contributions for the betterment of our society by offering services and a sense of community. In response to a request from NYU Provost Katherine E. Fleming, The Disabilities, Inclusion and Accessibility Working Group (DIA) was established in 2016 with the aim of coordinating initiatives to make New York University campuses inclusive and accessible for all people, regardless of physical, cognitive or sensory ability. Learn more about DIA’s initial charge, their numerous achievements to date [PDF], and how you can join! Plus, check out NYU’s resources for disabled folks on and off campus.