Office of Services for the Differently-Abled

The Office of Services for the Differently-Abled provides resources, services and accommodations to members of the differently-abled community which includes, students, faculty and staff here at Medgar Evers College. Our Office, affectionately known as “DA Services”, complies with both the letter and the spirit of disability law by providing services to members of the community with permanent or temporary disabilities to ensure that all Medgar programs and activities are accessible to all.

Program Overview

The mission of the Office of Services for the Differently-Abled is to work continuously and enthusiastically to provide reasonable accommodations to the differently-abled under the guidelines and regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with never-ending support, understanding, and sensitivity.  We will serve as the direct liaison between the differently-abled and the administration, faculty and staff while we strive for immediate resolution to any conflicts that may arise.  We will serve as the “voice” of the differently-abled; provide unconditional encouragement and leadership while also encouraging them to lead themselves when necessary.  The office will enforce the fact that differently-abled students are expected to live up to their responsibilities as students, and also fulfill our obligation to protect the academic integrity of the college at all times.  The Office of Services for the Differently-Abled will work unceasingly to dispel the myth that a disability must be visible in order to exist!

Message from the Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Office of Services for the Differently-Abled, better known as DA Services. If you are a student or a faculty or staff member with a permanent or temporary disability, then come to our Offices for resources, services and your lawful accommodations. Our Office strives to make certain that you have equal access to services and programming here at Medgar as do more mainstream members of our community. Our capable staff is here to serve you!

 

Respectfully,

Anthony Phifer, MSEd

Director
Office of Services for the Differently-Abled

Voter Registration Information

The Office of Services for the Differently-Abled is a New York State Agency-Based Voter Registration Site, where students with disabilities are offered information, voter registration application forms and the opportunity to register to vote.  We will be glad to help you fill out the form or provide assistance registering through CUNYFirst. There is no obligation to register to vote and the student's decision will have no effect on services offered by the Office of Services for the Differently-Abled.

Voter registration information and application forms are also available at the website for the State Board of Elections of the State of New York at http://www.elections.ny.gov

Meet the Staff

Paula Whitney Best, MA, JD
1650 Bedford Avenue, Suite 1024
Brooklyn, NY 11225
718.270.4804
pwbest@mec.cuny.edu

Ms. Best is a CUNY LEADS Advisor operating out of the Office of Services for the Differently-Abled.  As a LEADS advisor, Ms. Best assists students with disabilities in securing internships and gainful competitive employment. Ms. Best is the second in command in DA Services.  As a former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and corporation lawyer, Ms. Best holds a cum laude Juris Doctor degree from Yeshiva University as well as Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from New York University.

 

Nelson Carrillo, MSEd
1650 Bedford Avenue, Suite 1024
Brooklyn, NY 11225
718.270.5027
ncarrillo@mec.cuny.edu

Mr. Carrillo is the Academic Advisor/Early Intervention Specialist for students registered with the Office.

Contact Us

Anthony Phifer, Director
Office of Services for the Differently-Abled
1650 Bedford Avenue, Suite 1024
Brooklyn, NY 11225
718.270.5027
718.270.5003
aphifer@mec.cuny.edu

If you are interested in utilizing the services of the Office of Services for the Differently-Abled, feel free to contact Mr. Phifer, Ms. Best or Mr. Carrillo at the contact information set forth above. 

The Office of Services for the Differently-Abled provides resources, services and accommodations to members of the differently-abled community which includes, students, faculty and staff here at Medgar Evers College.  Our Office, affectionately known as “DA Services”, complies with both the letter and the spirit of disability law by providing services to members of the community with permanent or temporary disabilities to ensure that all Medgar programs and activities are accessible to all.

To apply for services in DA Services, prospective applicants must meet with a DA Services staff member, complete an intake form and provide documentation on their service provider’s letterhead.  The documentation must clearly specify the nature of the diagnosis/disability, how it affects them and any recommendations and/or suggestions necessary to ensure that they are served in the most appropriate and efficient manner.