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Social Work Major Not Deterred by Disability (B.A., '10)

June 10, 2010

Daniel Aronoff (Photo Credit: Aracelis Diamantis)

Daniel Aronoff has never let his blindness stop him from achieving his goals. When he wanted to become a small business owner, he quit school and trained as a manager. After running his own business for a year, he realized he wanted something more.

"I decided to go back to school to get a degree in a field where I could help others," says the native New Yorker. "I discovered that my best option was social work and I have been pursing this new career ever since."

Aronoff, who just completed his bachelor's in social work, originally attended college in Manhattan but transferred to Lehman in 2007. He credits his professors and the staff at Lehman's Office of Student Disability Services with making his experience here so rewarding.

"All of my professors were knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful," he says. "The Office of Student Disability Services was a key element of my success; the great staff assisted me with taking tests and provided note takers throughout my time as an undergraduate. They went out of their way to accommodate me and encouraged me to be as independent as possible."

Despite the obvious challenges—Aronoff had to learn to navigate his way around campus—he made the most of his time here at Lehman. "I have enjoyed participating in Lehman's clubs and have been a part of events which emphasize not only socialization but which also focus on community service and charity," he says.

But Aronoff, who graduated summa cum laude and as a member of Golden Key Honor Society, isn't taking any time off; he began an advanced one-year Master of Social Work graduate program at Lehman during the current summer session. Ultimately, he plans on becoming a social worker. "I want to work in the field of social work where I can help people with disabilities," he says.