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Issue 10 | October 31, 2018



Remembrance Week, Commemorative Activities Will Honor the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103

The Graduate School and the GSO present Communicating Science to Non-Scientists - November 1st

Apply for Creating Change! - Deadline November 5th

Mid-Term Voting Information - November 6th

Embody - November 7th

Fusion - November 8th

OTS (On the Spectrum) Meeting - November 9th

Save the Date!: Interfaith Dialogue Dinner - November 27th



SU Group Hosts Events for Disability Awareness Month

November is Native American Heritage Month!

Resident Advisor Application Process OPENS TOMORROW

Registration for Spring 2019 Sorority Recruitment Opens TOMORROW - Deadline 1/19/19



Attend the Virtual Accessing Higher Ground Conference November 12th – 16th

CFP: Symposium – Disability Law: Past, Present and Future – Albany, NY; Deadline December 1st

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability - Deadline December 3rd

New York State Foundations of Education Association Call for Proposals




Remembrance Week, Commemorative Activities Will Honor the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988. Syracuse University and the University’s Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars have planned events and activities—from exhibitions to panel discussions to a candlelight vigil—to honor the 270 people, including 35 students studying abroad through Syracuse University, who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Remembrance Week, the annual weeklong series of events planned by the Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars, will be held Sunday, Oct. 28, through Saturday, Nov. 3. Remembrance Week events are meant to honor the victims and further education about terrorism. All activities are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit

Those who require accommodations to fully participate in these events should contact Kelly Rodoski at 315.443.5381 or

For more information on the activities included during this week, please visit:

The Graduate School and the GSO present Communicating Science to Non-Scientists - November 1st

with Jean-luc Doumont
Thursday, November 1
3:00-5:00 pm
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Bldg.
Nonscientists often see science as impenetrable and scientists as unsociable introverts hiding in labs. In turn, researchers wonder how they could possibly explain their work in a clear yet scientifically correct way to people outside their own field. This workshop explores the challenges of communicating science to nonscientists (and, to a point, to fellow scientists as well) and proposes strategies that help overcome these challenges. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop written, oral, and visual communication skills that will help you get your message across to any audience.
Dr. Jean-luc Doumont is renowned for his entertaining and thought-provoking presentations and interactive workshops on scientific communication. An internationally sought-after speaker, he is the author of Trees, Maps, and Theorems, a book on effective communication. 
Click here to register. This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Organization.

Apply for Creating Change! - Deadline November 5th

Creating Change is the largest LGBTQ conference in the nation. Participants have the opportunity to build their social justice knowledge, develop their leadership and advocacy skills, and grow their communities. This year’s Creating Change will take place in Detroit, MI from January 23-27. Travel, lodging, and registration will all be paid for by the LGBT RC.
All SU/ESF undergraduate students are invited to apply. Apply for Creating Change online today! Applications due at 12:00 pm (noon) on Monday, November 5.

Mid-Tem Voting Information – November 6th

Mid-Tem Voting Information – November 6th

  • Students on West Campus (BBB, Sadler, Lawrinson) will vote at Toomey Abbott Towers which is located on the backside of BBB
  • Students on Main Campus (Mount, Shaw, Ernie, DellPlain, Watson, etc.) vote in Huntington Hall
  • Students on South Campus vote at Drumlins Country Club
  • Students living in off campus housing around the Euclid area will vote at All Saints Church (on Lancaster Ave.)

Also, students may look up their polling and voting information here:

Or here:


Shuttle Schedule to Polling Locations:

Shuttles run from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.


*Runs every hour from College Place*

1 - College Place Bus Stop

2- Flint Hall Circle

3- Sadler Hall Circle

4 - BBB Hall Circle

5 - Toomey Abbott Circle at Toomey Abbott Apartments

6 - Huntington Hall



*Runs every 1/2 hour from Goldstein*

1- Goldstein Student Center

on South Campus

2- Drumlins Country Club





8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

For any questions, or to request accommodations, please contact by Friday, 11/2.

Embody - November 7th

A closed discussion group for people who identify as trans, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, & gender questioning

Wednesday, November 8th, 6 – 8 PM

228B Schine Student Center

For more information, please email Ellie Davis,, or Amery Sanders,, Embody co-facilitators.

Fusion - November 8th

A closed discussion group for LGBTQIA+ people of color

Thursday, November 9, 6 – 8 PM

Disability Cultural Center, 230 Schine Student Center

For more information, please email Jorge Castillo,, or Camerin Ortiz,, Fusion co-facilitators.

On The Spectrum (OTS) Meeting - November 9th

A group of graduate and undergraduate students who identify as Autistic / being on the Autism Spectrum have formed a support and advocacy organization by and for Autistic individuals, including alumni and other community members.  Being Autistic / on the Autism Spectrum can be an isolating experience, particularly on a college campus.  But, given Syracuse’s size and autism’s prevalence, we know there are quite a few of us out there!  If you identify as Autistic / on the Autism Spectrum, we will be holding our next meeting on Friday, November 9th at 5:00 pm in 230 Schine Student Center (the Disability Cultural Center).  This is a private and confidential group.  Interested people do not have to be formally diagnosed or at any specific “point” on the spectrum. If you need to request accommodations please contact Maris at

Save the Date! - Interfaith Dialogue Dinner - November 27th

Common and Diverse Ground: Raising Consciousnesses by Acknowledging the “Hidden” Things that Divide Us

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner

Fall 2018


This two-hour gathering will include a shared meal, facilitated dialogue, and two mindful meditations (at beginning and end). Session will be co-facilitated by chaplains, faculty, staff, and students.


Tues., 11/27/18:  7:00-9:00 p.m.

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.


Facts, Faith, Politics


Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

Room 114 Bird Library


This dinner is cosponsored by the Disability Cultural Center (DCC) and Hendricks Chapel.  American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and inclusive food will be provided. Requests for accommodations or food queries should be made by 11/20/18 by contacting


SU Group Hosts Events for Disability Awareness Month

November is Native American Heritage Month!

SU News story:


Office of Multicultural Affairs Native American Hertiage Month Calendar:

Resident Advisor Application Process OPENS TOMORROW

Please review the requirements, including attending the mandatory information sessions, before applying.

Registration for Spring 2019 Sorority Recruitment OPENS TOMORROW - Deadline 1/19/19


Attend the Virtual Accessing Higher Ground Conference - November 12th–16th

CFP: Symposium – Disability Law: Past, Present and Future – Albany, NY - Deadline December 1st

The Albany Government Law Review invites proposals for papers to be published in its Fall 2019 Volume.  The Volume will focus on disability law in the past, present, and future.  People who submit proposals may also have the opportunity to present their proposals at our annual Symposium, which is to be held February 27, 2019.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other state and federal legislation have been enacted long enough to benefit at least one generation, if not more.  The Symposium will provide an opportunity to reflect on how the generations born under IDEA, ADA, and related state and federal laws have benefitted from these laws, and how current laws might be changed to better serve the needs of people with disabilities.
The Albany Government Law Review seeks thoughtful and original papers or proposals that discuss IDEA, ADA or related state and federal laws which protect and benefit people with disabilities. Papers or proposals can focus on any topic connected with disability, such as: special education, mental health, family/matrimonial issues, estate planning and discrimination issues.
Disability law intersects with various other aspects of the law, including health, education, employment, and elder law; and disability discrimination intersects with discrimination on other grounds, including race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, class, etc.  We welcome proposals on any of these topics.
Other potential topics include:
        Disability law’s intersection with criminal justice issues, in areas like sex offender management;
        Disability law’s intersection with international human rights issues;
        Disability law’s intersection with Native American rights and law; and
        Privacy concerns about recording people with disabilities in schools or other institutional settings.
Interested authors should submit a short abstract and C.V. by December 1, 2018.  Completed papers chosen for submission will need to be submitted by May 1, 2019.  Please email submissions in Microsoft Word format to (Subject “AGLR 2019: Disability Law Symposium”).
Please direct any questions or inquiries to Elizabeth Klassner (

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability - Deadline December 3rd

The Journey from Noblesse Oblige to Social Justice
On The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus
April 8 & 9, 2019
Society For Disability Studies Preconference including an SDS Dance/DISCO Ball
April 7, 2019

Multiple Perspectives is an ongoing exploration of disability in context.  A conversation including many voices reflecting perspectives gained through lived experience and research; theory and practice, art and science.  This year’s theme, Continuing the Journey from Noblesse Oblige to Social Justice, marks the 40th anniversary of Southeastern Community College v. Davis.  Argued on April 23, 1979 before the U.S. Supreme Court this was a case of first impression that set the pattern for understanding disability rights under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and helped shape the American’s With Disabilities Act. In Davis, the Supreme Court recognized that the future would chart that journey in unpredictable ways:


“We do not suggest that the line between a lawful refusal to extend affirmative action and illegal discrimination against handicapped persons always will be clear. It is possible to envision situations where an insistence on continuing past requirements and practices might arbitrarily deprive genuinely qualified handicapped persons of the opportunity to participate in a covered program. … Thus, situations may arise where a refusal to modify an existing program might become unreasonable and discriminatory.”

Page 442 U. S. 412 "Southeastern Community College v. Davis." Oyez, 28 Oct. 2018,


Contribute to our wide-ranging discussion of where that journey has and will take us as we map out the intersections of disability with employment, technology, education, recreation, social and political life. (

Preference will be given to proposals that encourage discussions across the typical social, political, and disciplinary boundaries; connect individuals to local, national or international communities; or consider parallels, distinctions and intersections with race, gender and ethnicity. 


Past programs and conference updates as they become available can be found at:


To be on the mailing list for the conference, send e-mail to


The Multiple Perspectives Conference is hosted by Ohio State University’s ADA Coordinator’s Office is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong  Endowment Fund and ongoing support from The Ohio State University.  


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Early Decisions Deadline: International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3, 2018)

Proposal Deadline: Ed Roberts’ Birthday (January 23rd  2019)


Proposals should be submitted by e-mail with the body of the email or as an attachment (Word, TXT, or RTF formats)  with MP2019 and your name in the subject line

Proposals must include:

1.    Name of each presenter with titles, institutions, employers etc. as appropriate

2.    Contact information (phone, mailing address, and e-mail) if there is more than one presenter please indicate one individual as the contact and lead presenter.

3.    Title of Presentation (9 words or less)

4.  Short Description not more than 50 words.

5.     Full Description (700 words or less) describe the content, focus and desired outcomes for the presentation using these questions as a guide.

·         What is the format of the presentation (Lecture, Panel, Discussion, Performance, Other)?

·         Who is the intended audience (educators, employers, businesses, advocates, students, consumers, researchers, or other)?

·         How familiar should the audience be with the topic (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?

·         What are your three main goals for the presentation?


Please Note:  The full conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for presenters of accepted proposals. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging.


Questions contact L. Scott Lissner at

Email with MP Mailing List in the subject to be put on the conference mailing list.

New York State Foundations of Education Association Call for Proposals

Nazareth College
Rochester, New York
March 29-30, 2019
NYSFEA is pleased to announce the 2019 Annual Meeting of the New York State Foundations of Education Association. This 47th meeting of NYSFEA will provide an opportunity to dialogue with faculty, teachers, and education professionals on current research in foundations of education.
This year we are deliberately keeping the theme open so as to encourage a broad range of proposals addressing any one of a number of critical contemporary and historical issues, topics, problems, and developments in the sphere of education.
We encourage proposals that highlight current and novel work across a wide range of perspectives and disciplines within educational foundations. Our aim is to cultivate a space where we dialogue with each other about our research, rather than a more traditional panel/question format.
Proposals for individual papers, panels, and graduate and undergraduate student poster sessions should be submitted in .pdf, .docx, or .rtf format to our email at  by January 6, 2019. 
Your proposal should include an abstract of approximately 350 words, as well as a brief biographical statement for each participant. Notifications will go out no later than January 30, 2019.
Questions or inquiries can be directed to Timothy Glander ( ) or Dr. Shawgi Tell (


Act Today: Ask Congress to Make It Easier for People with Disabilities to Get to Work!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month ends today! Please take two minutes to bring attention to the challenges facing people with disabilities in their quest to secure meaningful employment - ask Congress to make it easier to access transportation that enables people with disabilities to find and maintain good jobs.

The Ask: Please email your U.S. Senators and ask them to support the AV START Act, which seeks to jumpstart the manufacture of self-driving vehicles.

The Details: ANCOR supports the AV START Act (S. 1885) because self-driving cars can facilitate the independence of people with disabilities through safe, customizable transportation. People with disabilities face significant obstacles in all types of transportation-existing options can be unreliable, inflexible and physically inaccessible. Having functional, consistent transportation will remove one of the most prominent challenges people with disabilities face when trying to find and keep employment. This makes self-driving vehicles an important solution to explore.

The AV START Act contains provisions to make sure people with disabilities can access safe transportation options by creating national standards for the testing and development of autonomous vehicle technology. Having only one set of federal rules, instead of 50 different state rules, would allow manufacturers to focus on innovation rather than bureaucracy. Especially important for the disability community, the AV START Act would (1) prevent licensing practices that exclude people with disabilities from using autonomous vehicles, and (2) create a working group dedicated to ensuring the accessibility of autonomous vehicles for individuals with disabilities.

Asking your Senators to support the AV START Act TODAY will keep disability employment on your lawmakers' agendas when Congress comes back to Washington the week of November 13!

Disabilities Issues Resource List

Thanks to Dr. khristian kemp-delisser, Director of Syracuse University’s LGBT Resource Center, for sharing this information.

Teaching Disabilities Issues in Student Affairs
Resource List
Books and book chapters:
Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act: Inclusive policy and practice for higher education (2014). Vance, M. L., Lipsitz, N. E., & Parks, K. (Eds.). Washington, DC: NASPA.
Curriculum Transformation and Disability: Implementing Universal Design in Higher Education (2003), edited by Jeanne L. Higbee
Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach (2017), Nancy J. Evans, Ellen M. Broido, Kirsten R. Brown, & Autumn K. Wilke. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 
Disability and the Politics of Education: An International Reader (2008), Susan Gavel and Scott Danforth, eds.  Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
More Than Listening: A Casebook for Using Counseling Skills in Student Affairs Work (chapter on working with a student on the Autism Spectrum) (2010), Ruth Harper & Nona Leigh Wilson, NASPA 
Making Good on the Promise: Student Affairs Professionals with Disabilities (2009), Higbee, J. L. and Mitchell, A. A.  (Eds.)  Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
International Perspectives on Teaching with Disabilities: Overcoming Obstacles and Enriching Lives (2018),  Michael Jeffress. Routledge.
Disability as Diversity in Higher Education (2017), Eunyoung Kim and Katherine C. Aquino. Routledge
“Students with Disabilities in Higher Education: A Review of the Literature and an Agenda for Future Research” Ezekiel W. Kimball , Ryan S. Wells , Benjamin J. Ostiguy , Catherine A. Manly, and Alexandra A. Lauterbach In Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, edited by Michael B. Paulsen, Springer International Publishing, 2016.
Jones, S. (1996). Toward inclusive theory: Disability as social construction. NASPA Journal, 33(4), 347-355.
Mutanga, O., & Walker, M. (2015).  Towards a disability-inclusive higher education policy through the capabilities approach.  Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 16(4), 501-517.
Myers, K., Lindburg, J., & Nied, D. (2013). Allies for inclusion: Students with disabilities. ASHE Higher Education Report, 39(5). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. (particularly the sections Disability of College Campuses: An Overview and  Understanding Campus Complexity: Problems, Challenges, and Marginalization)
Vance, M. L., Lipsitz, N. E., & Parks, K. (Eds.). (2014). Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act: Inclusive policy and practice for higher education. Washington, DC: NASPA.
Williams, Lee B. (2016). 440 Pearl Street: Autism on (and a Block Away from) Campus. About Campus, 21, 3 (July-August).
Webinars and Podcasts:
Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach
Coalition for (Dis)ability within ACPA titled: Queering Ability.  It is a podcast they have been coordinating, which can be found at:
People and Organizations:
The Ability Institute - including Allies for Inclusion Exhibit (which is available to bring to campus), the Ability Ally Initiative, and a short youTube video. 
College Autism Network
provides training and support to institutions wishing to improve their campus-wide support of students with autism.
Karen Myers, Professor, Higher Education Administration, Saint Louis University, Director, Higher Education Administration Graduate Program Director and Founder/Developer, The Ability Institute;
Edlyn Pena, California Lutheran University,Associate Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies in Higher Education Leadership at Cal Lutheran. She is an award-winning researcher who studies social justice issues for students with disabilities, particularly autism, in the preschool through higher education pipeline. 
Amanda Kraus serves on AHEAD and teaches the intro course for Arizona's masters program, she has embedded essential understandings of dis/ability into that course.
Director, Disability Resources, Assistant Professor of Practice, Higher Education
●        "Person First" handout Tips for Effective Communication - mobility and cognition
●        Tips for Effective Communication - visual and hearing
●        Disability & UID Articles & Chapters - Myers, Higbee, Goff, Linton, Bryan, etc. (short bibliography)

Ashley Taylor, Colgate University – Intellectual Disability and the Production of Knowledge

New podcast, with transcript, by CFE alum Ashley Taylor, “Intellectual Disability and the Production Of Knowledge.”
If anyone is interested in the article she mentions, please let us know:

On Being a Dirty Utopian by Professor Steve Kuusisto



Capitalism and Disability: Essays by Marta Russell

This book comprises a collection of groundbreaking writings by Marta Russell on the nature of disability and oppression under capitalism.

Spread out over many years and many different publications, the late author and activist Marta Russell wrote a number of groundbreaking and insightful essays on the nature of disability and oppression under capitalism. In this volume, Russell’s various essays are brought together in one place in order to provide a useful and expansive resource to those interested in better understanding the ways in which the modern phenomenon of disability is shaped by capitalist economic and social relations.

Get it here:

The articles, opportunities, and events described in the DCC Newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the Disability Cultural Center, the Syracuse University Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, or Syracuse University.  The objective of the DCC Newsletter is to provide a centralized and comprehensive resource, which describes current activity in disability and diversity scholarship, cultural activities, and general news. Please direct any concerns about content directly to the DCC and the specific posting organization.  Also, the DCC welcomes relevant submissions.  Please email by 9AM each Monday with your submission.


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