Syracuse University School of Education faculty members Christine Ashby and Beth Myers discussed the initiatives of the Center on Disability and Inclusion (CDI) during a Zoom public forum attended by more than 35 Central New York leaders earlier this month, hosted by Syracuse University’s Thursday Morning Roundtable.
Aligned with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3, Ashby and Myers walked through the center’s priorities and projects’ impact on campus, in Central New York and globally.
“The CDI works to address systemic challenges and further the progress towards creating a more inclusive world for people with disabilities in all aspects of school and society, both locally and globally,” Ashby says. “Presenting at a forum like the Thursday Morning Roundtable really helps us move the mark forward by spreading awareness about the work we are doing, and engage more people in the conversation.”
Located in the School of Education, the CDI is a disability-related research center that also serves community engagement, technical assistance and advocacy functions through collaborations with related centers, including the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, the Center on Human Policy and the Inclusion and Communication Initiatives.
Ashby is a professor of inclusive special education and disability and director of the CDI. Myers is the Lawrence B. Taishoff Professor of Inclusive Education, executive director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education and assistant director of the CDI. Now in its 56th season, Thursday Morning Roundtable features speakers who discuss current topics in Central New York and beyond.