Meet the Commissioner & come learn about New York City's comprehensive plan to improve quality of life for New Yorkers with disabilities in the areas of: transportation, employment, financial empowerment, housing, health, access (to City services) & education.------Presenter BioAs Commissioner of the New York City Mayors Office for People with Disabilities, Victor Calise tirelessly advocates for the disability community in all City decision-making.
Commissioner Calise chairs the Accessibility Committee of the City Building Code & leads efforts to integrate people with disabilities into the workforce through the NYC: ATWORK employment initiative. He also ensures that disability is at the forefront of technological developments including smart cities, autonomous vehicles, & digital accessibility.
Recognized as an expert on disability, the Commissioner frequently participates in national & international conferences. A dedicated public servant, Calise previously led efforts within the Department of Parks & Recreation to make the citys park systemone of the most complex in the worlduniversally accessible.
Calisean avid athletecompeted in the 1998 Paralympic Games as a member of the U.S. national sled hockey team. A native New Yorker, he is married with two daughters.