The spring 2020 semester for the Creative Exchange & Life Skills programs are postponed until further notice. 
CSI has transitioned to telecommuting for staff. As a result, the staff supporting the Creative Exchange & Life Skills Program will be operating remotely during our regularly scheduled hours, which are Monday – Friday; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  We are constantly monitoring all communications received via email and voicemail. 
For general office needs, please call 718-982-2245, and email Michael.Green@csi.cun.edu and Angela.Ramos@csi.cuny.edu.
All calls & emails will receive a response within one business day. 
Thank you, and be wel

Established in 1975 exclusively at CSI, Creative Exchange serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a non-degree program with ongoing educational offerings through the College.  Creative Exchange also offers a more demanding non-degree program for Developmentally Disabled Adults called Life Skills.  Through social and academic initiatives, our students engage with instructors and one another to develop the interpersonal skills needed to excel in their community performance.  We foster a unique environment for personal growth through a sharing of ideas and opinions, regardless of ability.  Our goals are to: 

  • Enrich the quality of one’s life
  • Encourage freedom of expression
  • Assert human rights, and respect for each student
  • Foster independence, and life skills within an academic environment
  • Promote self-advocacy and self-esteem
  • Build problem solving skills

Contact Information

Michael S. Green
Coordinator
Building 2M, Room 208
Phone : 718.982.2723
Contact Via Email

Creative Exchange is a celebrated and deeply embedded program at CSI for social justice, innovation, and the advancement of our legacy of place.
 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years old, or older
  • Annual Medical Evaluation Form
  • Recent Psychological Evaluation
  • Recognized by NYSOPWDD as having a Developmental Disability
  • Motivated to participate independently
  • Student course selection preferred 

Schedule:   

  • CSI - Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • South Shore Classes – Monday and  Wednesday, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Tuition:

  • Free 

How to Apply: 

  • To complete the Registration process for Creative Exchange and Life Skills the following items are needed:
    • A Completed Registration Form 
    • Current Physical Exam within the past 12 months
    • Recent Psychological Evaluation
  • For Life Skills applicants ONLY, students must also include the following documents at time of Registration.
    • Current Level of Care Eligibility Determination Form (LCED) 
    • Copy of ISP either recommending continuing with the Life Skills Program or recommending entering the Life Skills Program.