Syracuse University
Disability Cultural Center

Issue 11 | November 8, 2018



We’re extending the deadline for Creating Change applications! - Deadline November 9th

Student Veterans Organization to Present ‘A New Leash on Life’ Film Screening, K9s for Warriors Fundraiser - Saturday, November 10th

Future Professoriate Program: Certificate in University Teaching Seminar - Monday, November 12th

See It Feelingly:  Classic Novels, Autistic Readers, and the Schooling of a No Good English Professor - Thursday, November 15th

Consortium for Culture and Medicine Seminar - Monday, November 26th

Teaching Mentor Call - Be a part of next year's TA Orientation

Cultural Foundations of Education Colloquium Series Presents: Dr. Alan Foley - Friday, November 30th

New Graduate Seminar

Informal Student Focus Group


Leading Disability Studies Scholars to Join Burton Blatt Institute!


Call for Papers: IAMHIST Conference 2019 - Power and the Media - Deadline December 17th

Save the Date: Call For Presentations – Deadline January 23rd, 2019

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Student Poster Competition - Deadline March 15th

Save the Dates: April 6th-9th, 2019 


National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) Newsletter

Strengths and Weaknesses of a Cultural Model of Dis/ability

Live Virtual Conference 2018: “Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web, and Technology Conference”, November 12th-16th

Announcement of Professional Vacancy: Senior Staff Assistant-SUNY ESF

Drexel University Research Opportunity

University of Maryland: Disability Inclusion Brunch - Bedework Events Calendar

2019 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium - Workshop Proposals

Managed Care: The Future of Supports - Public Forums by OPWDD

University institute plans nation’s first municipal disability cultural center | SF State News

Capitalism and Disability: New from Haymarket Books

Disability Art Event: DESCENT - November 15th & 16th

Take Spring Online Disability Studies Courses at University of Hawaii


We’re extending the deadline for Creating Change applications! - Deadline November 9th

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 are due at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 9.



Student Veterans Organization to Present ‘A New Leash on Life’ Film Screening, K9s for Warriors Fundraiser - Saturday, November 10th

Watch for more details. The film is captioned.


Syracuse University’s Student Veterans Organization (SVO) will present a documentary film screening on Saturday, Nov. 10, to raise awareness of and destigmatize mental health issues as well as to raise funds toward the sponsorship and naming of a K9s for Warriors service dog for a post-9/11 veteran suffering from the invisible injuries of military service.


A panel discussion and question-and-answer session will be held at 2:30 p.m., followed by a screening of the documentary film “A New Leash on Life: the K9s for Warriors Story” at 3:30 p.m. Both the panel discussion and screening will be held in Grant Auditorium in Falk College’s White Hall.


Directed by Emmy Award-winner Nick Nanton, “A New Leash on Life” has been nominated for four Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards, which will be announced in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 1.


Founded in 2011, K9s for Warriors is the United States’ largest provider of service dogs to military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. The program is free to veterans, and shelter dogs are recruited for training. As of this month, 489 warriors and 940 dogs have been rescued.


The panel will feature three veterans and service dogs who are featured in the film: Louis Belluomini and Star (U.S. Army), SVO President Adam LeGrand ’18 G’19 and Molly (U.S. Air Force) and Shilo Schluterman and Javelin (U.S. Air Force). Other panelists include Carrie Bennett, associate director of development for K9s for Warriors, and Stephen Kuusisto, professor in the School of Education and director of interdisciplinary programming at the Burton Blatt Institute.


The event is free and open to the public, but online donations toward sponsorship of a K9s for Warriors service dog will be accepted. Donations may be made on the Syracuse University screening’s K9s for Warriors event page. Suggested donations are students, $5; veterans, faculty and staff, $15; and community members, $20. A $50 donation includes priority seating and a brief meeting with the cast after the screening. A total of $20,000 is needed to sponsor a K9s for Warriors service dog.


Anyone who donates online while at the screening can cast a vote for the service dog’s name: Otto, Shemin and Tolley are the nominees. Voting will be held during the event at the SVO’s table outside Grant Auditorium. Additional informational tables will be hosted by Syracuse University’s Disability Cultural Center and Disability Student Union, as well as the Syracuse VA Medical Center’s volunteer service organization.


Parking is available in the Irving Garage at a rate of $5.50. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided. For other accommodations requests, or if you have any questions, contact LeGrand at or 757-268-1569 one week prior to the event.


The event is presented with the support of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Future Professoriate Program: Certificate in University Teaching Seminar - Monday, November 12th

Active Learning: Making the Most of “Lecture” Time

with Prof. Jason Wiles, Biology

Monday, November 12

3:45-5:15 pm

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Bldg.


At universities everywhere, the academic teaching day is divided into blocks typically labeled as laboratory sessions, recitations, and lecture time, with lectures being the most common mode of instruction. However, education research has clearly shown that didactic lecture is probably the worst way for students to learn. So why is it so ubiquitous? Perhaps it is because teachers tend to teach the way they were taught. If this is true, it’s up to us to break the chain of passing down ineffective lecture modalities and move to more student-centered methods. In this workshop, we will explore a few ideas about how to use “lecture” time in more engaging ways.



See It Feelingly: Classic Novels, Autistic Readers, and the Schooling of a No Good English Professor - Thursday, November 15th

A Reading by Professor Ralph Savarese with Jamie Burke


Thursday, November 15, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

Room 114 Bird Library


Professor Savarese will read from his new book, See It Feelingly: Classic Novels, Autistic Readers, and the Schooling of a No Good English Professor. Joining him is Syracuse University graduate Jamie Burke, who will discuss his participation in the book project, which paired Autistic readers with Prof. Savarese, who teaches American Literature at Grinnell College.


Since the 1940s, researchers have been repeating claims about Autistic people’s limited ability to understand language, to partake in imaginative play, and to generate the complex theory of mind necessary to appreciate literature. In See It Feelingly, Ralph James Savarese, whose son is one of the first nonspeaking autistics to graduate from college, challenges this view. Discussing fictional works over a period of years with readers from across the autism spectrum, Savarese was stunned by the readers’ ability to expand his understanding of texts he knew intimately. Their startling insights emerged not only from the way their different bodies and brains lined up with a story but also from their experiences of stigma and exclusion.


American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided during the presentation.


For other accommodation requests, or if you have any questions, please contact


Parking is available for a fee in the University Area Garage.


A Campus Parking Map is available online at:


This event is sponsored by the Burton Blatt Institute, the SU Disability Cultural Center, the Disability Studies Program, SU Libraries, and the Disability Law & Policy Program.

Consortium for Culture and Medicine Seminar - Monday, November 26th

Kellan E. Baker, MPH, MA

Centennial Scholar, Department of Health Policy and Management

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Challenges and Opportunities in Transgender Health Policy


Monday, November 26, 2018

4:30-5:30 pm

4414A New Academic Building

766 Irving Ave.

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Open to the public


There has never been a more dynamic time in transgender health policy: suddenly it seems like policymakers, clinicians, the media, and people across the country can’t stop talking about transgender issues. This new focus on issues affecting transgender people is a welcome change after decades of invisibility, and it has helped drive efforts to close health gaps and improve access to healthcare for transgender communities. At the same time, some state and federal policymakers are responding to the growing awareness of the existence of transgender people with new proposals to restrict access to public facilities, eliminate protections in federal nondiscrimination laws, or bar transgender people from serving in the military.


Join us for an exploration of the current state of transgender health policy and a discussion of ways that clinicians and researchers can help advance local and national policy agendas that promote the health and well-being of transgender people.


  • Free and open to the public
  • ASL interpreters provided upon request
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please refrain from using scented products


For access arrangements and more information, contact Consortium Coordinator Kathleen Szczech at or 315.464.5404 or CCM Executive Director Rebecca Garden, PhD,  or 315.464.8451.


Kellan Baker is the Centennial Scholar and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is pursuing a doctorate in health services research with a focus on transgender health and economic evaluation. Previously he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he worked on LGBT health and data collection policy at the federal and state levels and served as a founding Steering Committee Member of Out2Enroll, a nationwide campaign in partnership with the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to connect low-income LGBT populations with coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Kellan has also consulted on LGBT and health equity issues with the Joint Commission, the Open Society Foundations, and the National Institutes of Health, among others. He holds a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College and an MPH and MA from George Washington University.

Teaching Mentor Call - Be a part of next year's TA Orientation

TAs and Graduate Students,


Recruitment efforts for the position of Teaching Mentor with the August TA Orientation Program are now underway. As many of you may recall, Teaching Mentors lead small groups and deliver much of the TA Orientation programming. A description of the position and application process is attached.


If you are an experienced TA (current or former at SU), I urge you to consider applying. In addition to the pay (eligible Teaching Mentors will have work opportunities during the academic year as well), service as a Teaching Mentor very effectively demonstrates your investment in the teaching role to prospective employers. It also has social rewards in the form of a network of like-minded graduate students from around campus.


In order to apply, you must attend one of the Teaching Mentor info sessions that will be held in Lyman Hall on the following schedule:


Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., 114 Lyman Hall

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., 228 Lyman Hall

Friday, January 18, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., 229 Lyman Hall

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m., 228 Lyman Hall

Monday, January 28, 2019, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 227 Lyman Hall


Current and former Teaching Mentors will be on hand to discuss the position and answer your questions. *Application forms will only be available at these info sessions.* This year the Graduate School is especially interested in attracting applicants with TA experience in underrepresented fields such as: STEM fields, the Arts, and Architecture. Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 8, 2019.


I hope to see you at one of the info sessions. 


Thank you and take care,



Shawn C. Loner

TA Program Coordinator

Graduate School Programs

T 315.443.3431

304 Lyman Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244

Syracuse University

Cultural Foundations of Education Colloquium Series Presents: Dr. Alan Foley - Friday, November 30th

Alan Foley

Friday, November 30

“Responding to Dysconscious Ableism

and Performative Accessibility: Disability Activism in [Neoliberal] Higher Education”

Noon – 1:30pm, Tom Green Room

Light Lunch Provided – please RSVP to

American Sign Language (ASL) is available. To request accommodations, please contact

New Graduate Seminar

Spring 2019

Arts of Social Research

SOC 800 (M002)

Wed. 5:15 – 8pm


What are the boundaries between imagination and analysis? How can research practices also be creative practices?

This seminar will explore how to approach social science research as a creative project, offering an experimental, intellectually engaged site for students to design their own arts-based research. We will examine several creative formats (digital art, visual culture, collage writing, performance) that scholars and artists are using to invent new methods. Selected readings and artifacts from a range of fields will form our interdisciplinary syllabus, including contemporary theory, Afro-surrealism, the Situationists, queer of color critique, digital studies, sociology of the body, and decolonial studies. Students can work on an existing research project in the course, or develop a new project during the semester.

Graduate students from all social science and humanities programs are welcome.

Informal Student Focus Group

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Programs is seeking input and feedback from a diverse group of undergraduate students about our services. As we strive to improve how we serve students, we are creating an informal focus group with the hopes of gleaning insights as to how we could provide better service to students and their families. Interested students are not required to have financial aid, but some knowledge of our offered services is recommended. Space is limited, so if you are interested please apply here. If selected you will receive an email confirming your interest and availability.


This first group will be meeting in the early part of December for roughly 90 minutes.


For more information contact Max Flint-Morgan, Associate Director of Communications in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs.


Leading Disability Studies Scholars to Join Burton Blatt Institute!

Congratulations to DCC Director Diane Wiener and Professor Steve Kuusisto!


Call for Papers: IAMHIST Conference 2019 - Power and the Media - Deadline December 17th



(Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, 16-19 July 2019)


Confirmed keynote speakers include:

James Curran (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Jennifer Smyth (University of Warwick)


Papers and panels are invited for the 2019 conference of the International Association for Media and History. The conference theme this year is POWER AND THE MEDIA.Scholars of media history have not just been concerned with analysis of the individuals, institutions and elites exerting control, but also with how the media has represented, perpetuated or challenged power structures. Taking place in the immediate aftermath of Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, the conference invites scholars and practitioners from all relevant disciplines to take part in a timely conversation about the relationship between power and the media, from the film and broadcasting industries and the press, to new media, social media and advertising. In addition to keynote presentations, the conference will include film screenings, events geared towards PhD and early career scholars, social events, and a roundtable on the subject of academic power relationships.


Proposals are welcome on, but not limited to, the following topics:


  • Histories and evaluations of media power elites and institutions, and the exercise of control.


  • Media representations and responses to power relationships and inequalities of, for example: gender, ethnicity, class, region, nationality and disability.


  • Blacklists and exclusionary policies in Hollywood and beyond.


  • The role of alternative or oppositional media and the challenging of power.


  • Freedom and Democracy: Globalisation, neoliberalism and resistance.


  • Censorship, regulation and offence.


  • The media and soft power: public diplomacy and international relations.


*The deadline for proposals is 17 December 2018*, to be sent to Individual paper proposals should consist of a title, an abstract of 250 words, and a short biography.Panel proposals (of three papers) require the same detail for individual papers plus a general outline of up to 200 words. We also welcome proposals for artistic or multimedia projects; you are welcome to discuss their suitability with the conference organisers in advance of the deadline.


Notifications of decisions will be sent by early February 2019.

Registration will be open by February 2019. Conference attendees are expected to be members of IAMHIST, and there will be an opportunity to join at the time of registration.


For further information, please visit:

Save the Date: Call For Presentations – Deadline January 23rd, 2019

The Nineteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability: 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.  

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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. 



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.

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Student Poster Competition - Deadline March 15th

At the Nineteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability:

April 8, 2019

Held on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus

Poster Submissions are due no later than March 15, 2019


The Multiple Perspectives Conference encourages students to network with professionals, the community, and scholars who share their interests in disability at its annual student poster reception.  A generous gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation will fund awards (Graduate Research - $500; Undergraduate Research $200, Art & Performance $200,  and Class Projects $200 at this year’s competition.


Submissions may focus on any aspect of disability and may be based on:

  1. Independent & Supervised Student Research
  2. Art & Performance
  3. Class Projects & Papers (Award goes to department to support future projects)
  4. Community Service & Applied Problem Solving from Service Learning Classes or student organizations (Award goes to organization/department to support future projects)


Posters can take a variety of forms including print material mounted on poster board or display panels or arranged on a table; PowerPoint presentations, web pages or video presentations from your laptop…  

  • Presentation materials must fit on a 3’x6’ table or along 6’ or less of wall space
  • Presentation materials should present the information in 10 minutes or less
  • Presenters or their designee must be present to interact with the audience
  • Presenters must provide their own equipment


Visit these sites for tips on developing a poster presentation:


Students and teams of students who wish to present a poster must send the following information to no later than March 15, 2018

  1. Title – 9 word maximum
  2. Poster Format (Print, Model, PowerPoint, Video, …)
  3. Description of their proposed poster topic –  500 word maximum
  4. E-mail address, phone number, and surface mail address of coordinating presenter
  5. As appropriate, university, department, grant, course or student organization affiliation
  6. A letter of support from a faculty member or organization advisor associated with the project
  7. Name of individual, Department or Organization to receive cash award should the project win.


Early submissions are encouraged.  Submissions will be reviewed as they arrive. Conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for all accepted presenters.

News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond

News, events, alerts, and announcements for the disability

and rehabilitation community

Save the Dates: April 6th-9th, 2019

SDS Pre-Conference and Strand: At the 19th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio


The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to join with The Ohio State University’s Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference for a second year in organizing an SDS Strand!


This time, we are excited to announce that we will host an all-day SDS Pre-Conference on Sunday, April 7, 2019, with multiple concurrent sessions that will offer expanded opportunities for presentations and discussions.


The SDS Strand of Sessions will take place on Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9, 2019, as part of the OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference.


Keynote, Dinner, & Dance, 7-11 pm, Sunday, April 7th:


The SDS Dance/DISCO Ball is back once again! The event will include a collaborative keynote from Dr. Jina Kim and Dr. Sami Schalk; dinner; mingling; and of course DANCING! Co-sponsored by the OSU Disability Studies Graduate Student Association and OSU Disability Studies Program.


Schedule for SDS@OSU:


o   Saturday, April 6, 2019: SDS Evening Reception.

o   Sunday, April 7, 2019: All-day SDS Pre-Conference; Evening Keynote, Dinner, and SDS Dance/DISCO Ball.

o   Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9, 2019: SDS Strand at the Multiple Perspectives Conference, ending at 5pm Tuesday.


The SDS Pre-Conference and Strand events will be open to all to attend but will be arranged, proposed, peer-reviewed, and presented only by SDS Members. The CFP will be available in mid-October.


Visit the SDS website for more information, updates, and Membership portal:


Strengths and Weaknesses of a Cultural Model of Dis/ability

Live Virtual Conference 2018: “Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web, and Technology Conference” - November 12th-16th

All University faculty, staff, and students are invited to the Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference, a live, web-based conference focused on accessible media, web, and technology, presented by the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD). The 21st annual conference will be held Monday – Friday, November 12 – 16, 2018 and the virtual conference will be hosted in two locations in the Center for Science and Technology. Registration for local presentation of the conference is free; please register online by Thursday, November 8, 2018, for the sessions you plan to attend.


Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) focuses on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in university, business, and public settings. There is a strong focus on Universal Design, curriculum accessibility, incorporating accessibility into the procurement process, accessibility evaluations, and ADA and Section 508 compliance. Other topic areas cover legal and policy issues, video captioning, and expanded sessions for creating accessible math content. One of the pre-conference sessions is a lab related to Accessible InDesign layouts for producing accessible PDFs and EPUBs. And, on Friday a main conference session focuses on making accessible content visually compelling, which will be of particular interest to graphic designers.


Presentation of the virtual AHEAD annual conference on the University campus is sponsored by the Office of Disability Services and Information Technology Services (ITS).


Who should attend?

If you create or manage content that must comply with the University’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Policy this conference will be very helpful. The conference is intended for individuals who need to design or provide accessible Web, media, information resources and technology in the academic and business environment, including faculty and administrators interested in ADA & Section 508 compliance and faculty and other professionals who wish to ensure that their curriculum is accessible. In the past, audiences have included web designers, assistive technologists, ADA coordinators, human resource personnel, persons with disabilities, disability specialists, faculty, media specialists and programmers interested in accessibility and incorporating Universal Design into curriculum and information and communications technology.


About the virtual conference

AHG will stream sessions live from two tracks, all five days of the conference, including the pre-conference sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Main conference sessions start on Wednesday. For complete information, including session abstracts and schedule (Mountain time zone), visit the virtual conference website.


NOTE: ITS has arranged for group tickets which cover the presentation here on the University campus of all virtual pre- and main conference sessions. DO NOT register for the virtual conference on the AHG website, unless you want to participate as an individual, or from another location. Also, note that the times shown on the virtual conference website are Mountain Time. Events will be presented here on campus two hours later than shown on the conference website.


Please register here by Thursday, November 8, 2018!

Questions? Send an email to ITS at, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Please include your name and phone number in your email.


Announcement of Professional Vacancy: Senior Staff Assistant-SUNY ESF

The following is the result of a backfill of a previous position at ESF:

State University of New York

College of Environmental Science and Forestry

1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, New York 13210-2778


November 6, 2018


TITLE: Senior Staff Assistant




UNIT: Adirondack Ecological Center




POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position is based at SUNY-ESF’s Newcomb Campus (Huntington Wildlife Forest) in Newcomb, NY.  To learn more about the Newcomb Campus visit


The Business Manager supports all aspects of the business administration of ESF’s Newcomb campus and associated facilities.  ESF’s Newcomb Campus is an applied sciences field station supporting year-round research and education activities.  This position will monitor and manage all Newcomb Campus accounts, invoicing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, quarterly and annual reporting, budgeting, fiscal and strategic planning, and maintenance and management of the Newcomb Campus reservation and administration database.  The Business Manager is also responsible for assisting in the coordination of communication relating to business administration between Newcomb Campus users, campus staff, and appropriate offices on ESF’s main campus in Syracuse, NY.  This position will require exemplary communication skills (both written and verbal), a high degree of organization, and attention to detail.




  • Bachelor’s degree and two years full-time work in business management, public administration, or administrative services experience OR
  • Associates’ degree and four years full-time work in business management, public administration, or administrative services experience
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Quick Books





  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, financial analysis, or other business management-related fields (e.g. auditing, budget analysis, financial examiner, financial analyst, etc.) and two years full-time work experience in the accounting and business management industry  OR
  • Associates’ degree in in accounting, financial analysis, or other business management-related fields (e.g. auditing, budget analysis, financial examiner, financial analyst, etc.) and four years full-time work experience in the accounting and business management industry
  • Knowledge of standard administrative and business management principles, practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to administrative/business management activities
  • Knowledge of NYS standard government fiscal policies, practices and procedures


DATE TO BE FILLED: As soon as possible.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Although the college will accept applications until the position is filled, interested candidates should submit their materials by December 5, 2018 to ensure optimal consideration.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application Procedure: Application materials are required to be submitted on-line at  Please provide cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses for at least three employment references, including a current or previous supervisor (we will not contact references without prior permission).


In accordance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” institutions of higher education are required to prepare an annual report containing information on campus security policies and campus statistics. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SUNY-ESF; and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a printed copy of this report by contacting SUNY-ESF University Police at 315-470-6667 or by accessing the following web site:


Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Drexel University Research Opportunity

Dear HBCU Disability Consortium Staff,


We are writing to share a research opportunity with your network. We are researchers at Drexel University conducting a NSF funded project examining the ethics of community engagement in autism research. For more information about the project, here is a link to our project abstract:


We are hoping you might be able to help us recruit students with autism diagnoses.


Thank you for any assistance you can provide and thank you for your time. If you have any questions or would like any further information, please let us know.




Michael Yudell and Chloe Silverman

Co-Principal Investigators

Cultivating Ethical Autism Research Cultures study

Drexel University

University of Maryland: Disability Inclusion Brunch - Bedework Events Calendar;jsessionid=C99407A067F444356C088BDF697DB649

2019 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium - Workshop Proposals



FOR WHAT?      

The Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, "The Impact of Public Attitudes and Stigma on Our Right to Live in the World,” at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute on March 28–29, 2019.



All workshop proposals are due by Friday, November 2, 2018.



Email to Stacie Dubnow a one-page workshop proposal for a one-hour workshop that includes the following information:

  • Name of presenter(s) and organization(s)
  • Contact telephone number and email address
  • Workshop title
  • Description of the workshop, including its main goals, the relevancy and timeliness of the topic/issues to be addressed, and whether you have presented the workshop before
  • A current CV for each presenter



The broad plenary session topics for the 2019 symposium will be:

  • Discrimination against Homeless People with Disabilities
  • The Impacts of Disparate Treatment under the Law of Mental and Physical Disabilities
  • Disability Rights and Immigrants
  • Framing the Image of Disability in Advocacy
  • Valuation of the Disabled Life
  • Bullying, Harassment, and the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities


Workshop topics may fit within the broad theme of a plenary session, or may be something entirely different.

Managed Care: The Future of Supports - Public Forums by OPWDD

The system of supports for people with developmental disabilities has evolved over the years from an institution-based system to a community-based support system based on meeting the needs of each person. This evolution was brought about by the people that we support, their family members, providers and our staff all working together.


Managed care is the next step in this important evolution, strengthening the coordination of each person’s supports, ensuring quality and challenging providers to deliver outcomes by helping people achieve their goals.


The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is holding the first of many public forums that will be hosted by our Regional Directors for people we support and their families across New York State to provide information and answer questions regarding our evolution to managed care. This is also an opportunity for you to tell us what matters most to you when it comes to your services.


In order to accommodate the greatest number of individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members, we ask that you attend no more than one public forum. The same information will be presented at all regional forums, regardless of location and date. These forums are intended for individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members. Separate forums will be made available to provider agencies and OPWDD staff.


You are cordially invited to attend the forum most convenient to your location:


Western NY

Tuesday, November 13th

6 to 8 PM

People Inc./Southeast Works

181 Lincoln Avenue


Registration Contact: Donna Koblich

(716) 517-2010


Finger Lakes

Wednesday, November 14th

4 to 6 PM

Al Sigl Center (Mary Cariola Children’s Center)

1000 Elmwood Avenue


Registration Contact: Amy Hoffower

(585) 241-5760


Southern Tier

Wednesday, November 14th

5 to 7 PM

Southern Tier Independence Center

135 East Frederick Street


Registration Contact: Dayna Saraceno 

(607) 771-7784 ext. 0


Central NY

Thursday, November 15th

5 to 7 PM

NYS Fairgrounds

Women’s Building, Martha Eddy Room

581 State Fair Boulevard


Registration Contact: Sandy Smith   

(315) 473-6901


North Country

Friday, November 16th 2018

3:30 to 5:30 PM

Clinton County Mental Health

130 Arizona Avenue  #1500


Registration Contact: Melissa Lapierre  

(518) 359-7731


Hudson Valley

Monday, November 26th

5 to 7 PM

OPWDD Region 3 – Tarrytown Office

220 White Plains Road


Registration Contact: Suzanne Toscano   

(845) 947-6390


Thursday, November 29th

5 to 7 PM

OPWDD Region 3 – Poughkeepsie Office

38 Fireman’s Way


Registration Contact: Julia Piwinski 

(845) 877-6821 X4708


Capital Region

Thursday, November 29th    

12 to 2 PM

Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center

500 Balltown Road, Building 3, Room 2   


Registration Contact:  Karen Francisco 

(518) 388-0431


Metro NY

Thursday, November 15th

5 to 7 PM


177 Livingston Street


Registration Contact: Nikia Baker 

(646) 766-3662


Tuesday, November 27th

5 to 7 PM

Interagency Council on Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IACDDA)

15th Floor

150 West 30th Street


Registration Contact: Nikia Baker 

(646) 766-3662


Long Island

Wednesday, November 28th

6 to 8 PM

OPWDD Region 5 – Long Island Office

Multi-purpose Room

415A Oser Avenue


Registration Contacts:

Michelle Giuliano: 

(631) 416-3838

Stephanie Ginsberg:

(631) 416-3903


Each forum will be hosted by OPWDD’s Regional Office Directors. Regional Directors will ask people from the audience to share what matters most to them when it comes to their services. Comments can also be submitted in writing. 


To register for the forum nearest to you, please call or e-mail the regional office staff listed above by three business days before the event.  Along with your reservation, please indicate if you need special accommodations, including language translation.


Find out what you need to know and get your questions answered at the OPWDD Regional Managed Care Forum nearest you – we hope to see you there.

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Disability Art Event: DESCENT - November 15th & 16th

After our sold-out run in New York City, DESCENT by Kinetic Light is coming to the Albany, NY region for two performances on November 15th and 16th.


Hosted by the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center [EMPAC] on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, this is certain to be another epic gathering of our DESCENT community. Together, we will create a cutting-edge cultural experience through dance, design and technology.


If you can't join us in person, we will be livestreaming DESCENT for the first time. Add us to your calendar!

Take Spring Online Disability Studies Courses at University of Hawaii

Apply Now for Spring Disability Studies Courses!


All courses are offered through distance education. Current students, residents and non-residents (international and out of state students) may apply for DDS courses through Outreach College and pay in-state tuition rates. Courses also offered through UH Day School. We offer a 15 credit graduate certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies as well as electives. Check out our website s or contact Megan Conway  for more information.


Undergraduate Online Courses


DIS 380 Foundations Disability and Diversity

Gain a greater awareness of diverse populations and the different ways people learn, identify themselves, and how they see and make sense of the world. By understanding that difference is 'normal,' students will ... more at  or contact Lauren Ho -


DIS 382 Accessible Learning Technology

Explore U.S. Federal Laws and guidelines, accessible technology, creating accessible instructional media, developing long-term resources, advancing accessible social interactions between students and ... more at  or contact Tom Conway


Graduate Online Courses


DIS 675D Supporting Multilingual Learners: Math

Learn strategies for identifying & adopting best practices that support all students in inclusive learning environments... more at  or contact Caryl Hitchcock


DIS 680 Disability History Across the Ages

This course provides a historical overview of disability that visits diverse perspectives, attitudes, and treatment toward individuals with disabilities.. more at  or contact Steven Brown -


DIS 684 Interdisciplinary Team Development

This course provides opportunities for students to develop theortical and applied family-centered and culturally sensitive approaches to building effective.... more at  or contact Kiriko Takahashi -


DIS 687 Advanced Seminar on Disability Issues

 | WED 2:00-3:30pm |  This seminar offers in-depth explorations of compelling topics related to the social, political, & economic integration of individuals with disabilities of all ages... more at  or contact Megan Conway-    

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