Breaking Boundaries

April 6-October 7, 2011
Rosenberg Library, 3rd Floor, City College of San Francisco

An Exhibition in Collaboration with
the Disabled Students Program

Photographer Richard Bermack visited the  two City College Disabled Students Classes, Arts and Crafts For The Disabled, taught by Carole Fitzgerald at the John Adams Campus and Drama For The Disabled, taught by Judy Goodman at the Mission Campus. He spoke with and photographed Judi Kaplan demonstrating how to read lips and captured images of some of the tools that CCSF students use in class: the viewer that enlarges text and the process for real-time captioning.

See more of Richard’s work at

The CCSF Disabled Students Services Department:

There are thousands of people with disabilities at City College of San Francisco. They are students, faculty, and staff. Their disabilities include impairments in mobility, vision, hearing, and speech; and less obvious problems such as learning disabilities, post traumatic stress syndrome, psychological disorders, and developmental disabilities. There are also individuals who experience other functional limitations as a result of an acquired brain impairment or other health problems such as arthritis, diabetes, seizure, cardiac disorders, and so on. DSPS  works with CCSF students to reach their educational goals.

Find Resources on Disabilities Through the CCSF Library:
Selected Resources on Disabilities

Contact the DSPS Department:

For Website, CLICK HERE
415) 452-5481 Voice – Ocean campus
(415) 452-5451 TDD (for persons who are deaf) – Ocean campus
(415) 561-1001 Voice – John Adams campus
(415) 561-1007 TDD – John Adams campus

Telephone appointments with counselors are available for those who are not able to come to campus.


  1. Thank you to everyone involved in this exhibit… To the students, the photographer, the curators, the Rosenberg Library! When we know people with disabilities we come to know disability as another example of the diverse experiences of human beings. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the images captured and presented!

  2. It was an honor and a pleasure participating in this project. Richard did a fantastic job capturing the people, their expressions, their joy and the moment. The installation is just beautiful, and showcases the beauty in the uniqueness of each individual’s expression.

    Judy Goodman

  3. Wonderful and meaningful art, both on the part of the photographer and art students who are captured in these photos.This exhibit shows what faculty sees on daily basis and the reason why we love doing what we do. They students joy, and gratification we get from observing it is immesurable. It is amazing to be able to share it with others via these photos.

  4. These photos give the viewer a glimpse into the joy of students expressing themselves in a supportive environment. Richard Bermack became invisible during the photo session enabling him to capture students fully focused on their work.

  5. Being fully human means expressing oneself in a social context. These photos capture the joy of individuals in that very human art of expression.

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