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January 25, 2013

UEC becomes even more accessible

As a result of a three-year effort from a collection of people within the SUNY community, the New York City government as well as the tireless work of long-time UEC patient and advocate Luda Demikhovskaya (pictured), the University Eye Center is now more accessible for its patients with mobility issues.

Three years ago a traffic light and crosswalk were installed on 42nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, between Bryant Park and the UEC. However, individuals in wheelchairs, or with mobility issues, often had difficulty gaining access to the UEC at this location due to the fact that there was no curb ramp on the north side of the street. Demikhovskaya, in her role as board member of Disability in Action, an organization that has worked on behalf of people with disabilities in New York City for more than four decades, went to work. After contacting a range of individuals from city government and SUNY, Demikhovskaya was able to draw attention to the issue and get it resolved.

“Many New York City residents and visitors with mobility and vision disabilities will now be able to cross the street safely,” said Demikhovskaya. “Without the help of the SUNY community, this project would not have gone so smoothly.”

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