Disability Council to Begin Work of Community Outreach and Interdisciplinary Collaborations

"I started the disability group in November 2005 with a small group of faculty members from four schools and support from our school," says Ann Goerdt, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy. "The initial goal was to strengthen programs relevant to the health of people with disabilities, as well as to raise awareness of disability issues within NYU." In 2006, the group identified 265 courses, 88 research projects, and 14 other activities at NYU related to disability. In 2007, NYU Provost David McLaughlin proposed an all-University council, and the Steinhardt School, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the School of Social Work joined. Seed money from the Provost will support panel discussions, a lecture and a film series, community outreach, and collaborative research projects across schools within NYU.