CIS 102W Community Engagement Course - Spring 2014 - Tuesdays 12:15 PM - CRN 20774

AHRC New York City - Adult Day Services

Kristina Grimmer

Biography and Office Hours of Professor Jim Lawler

ePortfolio Professor Statement
- Biography of Professor Jim Lawler

Dr. Lawler is Professor of Information Technology and Service-Learning in the Information Technology Department of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at 163 William Street - 2nd Floor, New York City.
He is the organizer of diverse advocacy and inclusion programs for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, in partnership with students at the university, including the Disability Film Festival at the university.

He is a recipient of the national Jefferson Award for Community Service in 2010 and of recognition awards from AHRC New York City since 2008.
Office Hours of Professor

Professor Lawler is available at 609-865-3323 (Cell), 609-799-4837 and and at 212-346-1013 on Tuesdays 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM and Thursdays 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM at 163 William Street - 2nd Floor; and he lives in Plainsboro (Princeton), New Jersey.

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Background of CIS 102W - Tuesdays 12:15 PM


CIS 102W CRN 20774 Web-Design for Non-Profit Organizations began as a  community engagement course in 2002 for developing Web-based methodologies and technologies for Web sites of non-profit organizations in the city of New York. 

Students developed fundamental Web sites and Web systems for the Club Access / Community Access and the Children's Hope Foundation non-profit organizations that help drug addicts and AIDS-afflicted teenagers in the city. 

Since 2007 the course evolved in employing improved Web-based mobile computing and non-Web-based systems and technologies, along with but beyond Web sites, for AHRC New York City - Adult Day Services (ADS), that helps individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities (eg. cerebral palsy and down syndrome) in the city.  Since 2009 students have employed Web-based mobile computing and non-Web systems involving assistive communication device (i.e. iPads and iPhones), cartoon animation, film, movie, music production, photography (i.e Photoshop), smart board, tablet, Webcam, video and other tools, including eZine Web sites, immeasurably improving the projects of the course beyond mere Web sites.

Finally, students have enabled and implemented individualized presentation projects as course highlights involving these state-of-the-art Web-based mobile computing and non-Web-based tools, along with fundamental generic presentation tools, in one-on-one partnerships with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities of AHRC New York City.

"Technology gives a name and a face - a true identity - to those who were previously invisible, and it turns up the volume on voices that may have otherwise been too soft to hear." - Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, in Sharing to the Power of 2012, The World in 2012, The Economist, January, 2012.

Please note that this course fulfills Area of Knowledge (AOK) Community Engagement requirements and Writing Enhanced requirements of the university.

In short, this course is an experience of learning that will be unforgettable for you.

Professor Lawler


Course Learning Objectives


On completing the Course in May 2014, you will have the capability to do the below:

- Comfortably describe the concept of community service;

- Describe the facility functions of AHRC New York City in helping individuals with developmental   
  and intellectual disabilities;

- Explain interactions and issues encountered by the management of AHRC New York City - Adult
  Day Services (ADS) and of non-profit organizations in helping individuals with developmental and
  intellectual disabilities;

- Implement person-centered planning mobile computing programs and related projects of Web-based and non-Web based 
  technologies and tools in helping  partnered individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities of Adult Day Services  
  (ADS) in improving personal pride and self-advocacy through the power of Web-based and
  non-Web-based tools; and

- Initiate informed opinion of problems of service in society today.

You will have fulfilled your Area of Knowledge (AOK) in the Service-Learning Component and your Writing Enhanced Component of the Core Curriculum of Pace University.

"By engaging students in the world beyond the classroom, service-learning opens new doors and brings learning to life." -

This is our 15th semester with AHRC New York City!
Professor Lawler

Course Plan and Syllabus


The plan and syllabus of CIS 102W CRN 20774 Web Design for Non-Profit Organizations - Tuesdays 12:15 PM - and of our project during the spring 2014 semester is below:

Non-Profit Organization: AHRC New York City - Adult Day Services (ADS)

Tuesdays 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM @ Pace University


- Orientation to Course and Project (@163 William Street - 3rd Floor Conference Room)
- Project Questionnaire Completed in Class

- Critique (on Professor Questions) of 1/28/14 Due 2/4/14


- Orientation to ePortfolio System (@ Pace Plaza)

- Critique (on Professor Questions) of 1/28/14 Due

- Critique (on Professor Questions) of 2/4/14 Due


- Orientation to AHRC New York City - Adult Day Services (@ 156 William Street)
- Project Partnerships

- Blog (on Partner and Project) of 2/11/14 Due

- Critique (on Professor News Story) of 2/11/14 Due


- Project Partnerships

- Blog of 2/18/14 Due

- Critique of 2/18/14 Due


- Preliminary Analysis of Project

- Blog of 2/25/14 Due

- Critique of 2/25/14 Due


- Analysis of Project

- Blog of 3/4/14 Due

- Critique of 3/4/14 Due


- Design of Project

- Blog of 3/11/14 Due

- Mid-Term Reflection Journal (on Mattlin, Ben, 2012, Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity, Skyhorse Publishimng, ISBN 10-1-61608-731-5) Due - 3 Pages


- Design of Project

- Blog of 3/25/14 Due

- Critique of 3/25/14 Due


- Development of Project

- Blog of 4/1/14 Due

- Critique* of 4/1/14 Due

* Critique of Disability Film Festival on 3/31/14 6:00 PM (@Schimmel Center) may be substituted with Extra Credit in Final Grade for Critique of 4/1/14.


- Development of Project

- Blog of 4/8/14 Due

- Critique of 4/8/14 Due


- Development of Project

- Blog of 4/22/14 Due

- Critique of 4/22/14 Due


- Development of Project

- Blog of 4/29/14 Due

- Critique of 4/29/14 Due


- Final Implementation of Project

- Partner Presentation Project Preparation

- Quality Control: Videos

- Blog of 5/6/14 Due

- Critique of 5/6/14 Due


- Presentation of Project Due (@ 83 Maiden Lane)

- Project Samples Due

- Certificate of Recognition of Service-Learning Due

- Blog (on Presentations) of 5/13/14 Due

- Final Reflection Journal (on Semester) Due - 2 Pages

* Final Examination is on Tuesday, 5/13/14, 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Note: If you miss class, you will owe hours to be completed at the Adult Day Services (ADS) location in the city.

Professor Lawler

Course Requirements


Course Requirements are defined in the ePortfolio Rubrics area of your ePortfolio system and will be explained on Tuesday, 2/4/14, when you will learn the ePortfolio system.

You can also contact me at if you have questions.

Professor Lawler