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Andrew Cioffi

Andrew Cioffi, MEd

Director, Disability Services

Suffolk University

andrew.stephen.cioffi@gmail.com 

About Me.

My career in higher education began as an undergraduate student, studying the natural sciences. The opportunity to work as a peer educator and educational consultant drew me towards pursuing formal training in curriculum and instructional design.

I started my career in Disability Services by happenstance. My first professional role was in learning center administration. One of my roles was that of academic advisor for students with disabilities enrolled in a learning community. From there, I was drawn towards a more specialized role in providing disability-related access and accommodation support.

I currently serve as the Director of Disability Services at Suffolk University, my alma matter, and my areas of professional interest include promoting university-wide accessibility, assistive and emerging technology, and the intersection of disability and diversity.

Areas of Expertise.

Shadow on the Wall

1

College/University-wide Accessibility

  • Institutional policy and change management

  • Accessible course design and content remediation

  • Faculty development

  • Accessibility testing

  • Accessibility Specialist training

2

Disability Services in Higher Education

  • Accommodation best practices; policy and operations

  • Student, faculty, and staff rights and responsibilities

  • Student advocacy training

3

Assistive Technology

  • Evaluating technology as a means to provide access

  • Implementation of technology into accommodation protocol

  • Developing associated policy

  • UDL applications

  • Faculty, staff, and student training

Sample Presentations.

  • Accessibility 101: Principles, Policies, and Good Practices, 3-Day Strand, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn)
    June 2023, Boston, MA

  • Implementing an Accessibility Process, 3-Day Strand, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn) June 2019, Boston, MA

  • Technology Enhanced Accommodations and Beyond, 3-Day Strand, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn) June 2018, Baltimore, MD

  • Above the Baseline: Building Better Practices for Exceptional Accommodations, Pre-Institute, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn) June 2018, Baltimore, MD; June 2019, Boston, MA

  • Developing a Procurement Policy – From Soup to Nuts, Single Session, AHEAD National
    July 2017, Orlando, FL

  • Accessibility Testing as a Standard of Practice, 3-Day Strand, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn) June 2017, Boston, MA

  • Influencing a Culture of Universal Access, 3-Day Strand, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn) June 2016, Philadelphia, PA

  • Testing for Accessibility, Single Session, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn)
    June 2016, Philadelphia, PA

  • Accessible Course Content: How to Train your Faculty, Columbia University Assistive Technology Seminar (CATS) November 2015, New York, NY

  • Online Accessibility and Our Place of Public Accommodation, 3-Day Strand, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn) June 2015, Boston, MA

  • Keynote Address, ACCESSing Our Future – 6th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference
    May 2015, New York, NY

  • Keynote Address, Beyond the AT Lab – 1st Annual Columbia University Assistive Technology Seminar (CATS) November 2014, New York, NY

  • Assistive and Emerging Technology for Students with Sensory Disabilities, 3-Day Strand, Postsecondary Training Institute June 2014, Philadelphia, PA

  • Cost Saving Solutions for Assistive Technology, Single Session, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn) June 2014, Philadelphia, PA

  • Managing Alternative Format Text Accommodations, 3-Day Strand, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn) June 2013, Boston, MA

  • Reimagining Alternative Formats and Educational Technology, 2-Part Session, Postsecondary Training Institute (UConn) June 2012, Boston, MA

Publications.

  • Behling, K., Bellemore, E., Bibeau, L., Cioffi, A., McNamee, B. (June, 2023) Introduction to Disability Services in Higher Education – A Insider’s Guide. Temple University Press, Philadelphia,

  • [contributor]Tobin, T.J. & Behling, K.T. (2018). Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education. West Virginia Press, Morgantown, VW.

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