Syracuse University
Disability Cultural Center

Issue 4 | February 7, 2019



Frisky February

Black Supernovas: The Legacies of Black Gay Fashion Designers - Wednesday, February 13th



2020 Senior Class Marshal Application Now Open

Third Annual Sexual Health Awareness Month Begins Today



Job Posting: Coordinator, Access and Meetings, American Anthropological Association



California’s  Black Disability History: Yo! Disabled and Proud Blog

Looking to Improve Student’s Mental Health? Ask What They Need

Civil and Human Rights Community Joint Comment on Title IX NPRM

Anger at Phoenix facility where incapacitated woman gave birth 

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Frisky February

This month-long initiative will be raising awareness and knowledge about different aspects of sexual health. As defined by the World Health Organization, "Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence." Educational and awareness events will take place in February in partnership with student organizations, Syracuse University offices and departments, community partners and The Office of Health Promotion Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships & Sexuality (PEEHRS).

Frisky February Events Calendar: 


For access questions, please contact CART will be available at the Emily Nagoski keynote speaker event.

Black Supernovas: The Legacies of Black Gay Fashion Designers, February 13th

Wednesday, February 13

Commemorative Lecture with Dr. Eric D. Pritchard

Black Supernovas: The Legacies of Black Gay Fashion Designers

Place: Syracuse University, Schine Student Center, 304 ABC

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs

For more info, contact Cedric T. Bolton at


Black History Month Calendar:


2020 Senior Class Marshal Application Now Open

Third Annual Sexual Health Awareness Month Begins Today


Job Posting: Coordinator, Access and Meetings, American Anthropological Association

Overall Responsibility: Set a tone for an ethos of disability access informed by disability culture. Ensure delivery of a broad spectrum of accessibility accommodations for AAA members and meeting attendees with disabilities (mobility, speech, vision, deafness/hearing impairments, environmental disabilities, multiple disabilities, etc.), and support implementation of programming to build a culture of access among the broader AAA membership, staff, and organizational leadership. Develop communication plans, delivery processes, and evaluation and success tracking for accessibility programs across the association. Liaise with external service providers for delivery of accommodations. Support section and annual meetings through work within the abstract management system to assist the meetings department with call for papers, registration, and program production. Deliver exceptional member and attendee customer service both from the office headquarters and onsite at events as the lead on accessibility.

Scope of Organization/Functional Responsibilities: Develop and oversee association-wide accessibility accommodation services for an association of 9,000+ members; monitor and evaluate the success of accessibility programs; coordinate with external service providers; assist with call for papers, registration processes, and facility/logistics planning for 6-10 section meetings per year; assist with annual meeting call for papers; provide member and attendee customer support for members and attendees; support assistant director on development of programming as assigned.

Scope of Budget Responsibility:  N/A

Number of Volunteers Supported: Varies, includes Disability Research Interest Group, Section Program Chairs

Number of Employees Managed/Supervised:  N/A; coordinates 30-50 Annual Meeting student volunteers

Specific Responsibilities:


  1. Serve as the primary staff face and voice of accessibility services for the organization.
  2. Liaise initially with the Society for Medical Anthropology Disability Research Interest Group to refine accessibility programs.
  3. Contribute to developing, and act as a point of contact for, an organization-wide group of AAA members with expertise related to disability access to review future educational programs and conference policies.
  4. Ensure successful delivery of accessibility accommodations to all members, users, and attendees of AAA events and communications.
  5. Work with AAA staff to ensure access on web and print platforms. Work with AAA staff, DRIG, and other section leadership to proactively develop and execute new programs, trainings, and communication campaigns related to access and disability in the AAA and the practice of anthropology more generally.
  6. Assist with development of membership wide communications to increase awareness of accessibility programs and offerings.
  7. Monitor, evaluate, and report the success of accessibility programs, recommending adjustments and improvements as warranted.

Section Meetings

  1. Support Section Meetings’ Calls for Papers in abstract management system to include accessibility, setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  2. Support Section Meetings’ Registration processes in membership database to include accessibility, setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  3. Prepare weekly registration reporting updates and tracking.
  4. Support Assistant Director on Section Meeting logistics and facility planning.

Other Duties

  1. Provide excellent external facing customer service to all members and attendees by serving as lead on accessibility and meetings email inboxes.
  2. Coordinate the Annual Meeting Volunteer Program.
  3. Assist the Meetings Director and Assistant Director with programmatic elements of the annual meeting.
  4. Assist with committee and other volunteer meeting logistics onsite and at AAA offices.
  5. Regularly update meetings webpages on the AAA website.
  6. Other duties as assigned.


Experience: 2-4 years of experience with developing and delivering accessibility services, meeting planning, and association programs. Proven commitment to and/or experience with disability inclusion in a disability rights framework.

Skills and Abilities: Strong customer service focus, excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience with data entry, able to handle several projects simultaneously, ability to evaluate programs based on qualitative and quantitative indicators. Familiarity with disability rights and disability justice issues and ability to address these issues in communications with membership and on behalf of the Association.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and interest in the field of anthropology
  • American Sign Language Proficiency and experience with Computer Aided Real-Time Transcription (CART) or other real-time text accessibility
  • Experience with abstract management systems, preferably Cadmium


California’s Black Disability History: Yo! Disabled and Proud Blog

Looking to Improve Student’s Mental Health? Ask What They Need

Civil and Human Rights Community Joint Comment on Title IX NPRM

Anger at Phoenix facility where incapacitated woman gave birth

Friend of the DCC Nora Baladerian quoted in this article:

Latest issue of Social Inclusion

All articles are free for everyone to read (open access), and as our Editorial Board member, we kindly ask you to spread the announcement of the publication as widely as possible (newsletters, social media, and among your colleagues and peers).


People with Disabilities: The Overlooked Consumers (2019, Volume 7, Issue 1) Edited by Anita Borch and Kirsi Laitala Complete issue:


Table of Contents:


People with Disabilities: The Overlooked Consumers

By Kirsi Laitala and Anita Borch


Disabled Mothering? Outlawed, Overlooked and Severely Prohibited:

Interrogating Ableism in Motherhood

By Julia N. Daniels


Dressing a Demanding Body to Fit In: Clean and Decent with Ostomy or Chronic Skin Disease

By Kirsi Laitala and Ingun Grimstad Klepp


User Involvement of People with Mild Disabilities in Technology

Innovations: Does It Make a Difference?

By Anita Borch and Pål Strandbakken


The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland: Providing Access to Music Technology for Individuals with Unique Abilities

By Koichi Samuels


Publicly-Researchable Accessibility Information: Problems, Prospects and Recommendations for Inclusion 1

By Carol Kaufman-Scarborough


Equal Access to Make Emergency Calls: A Case for Equal Rights for Deaf Citizens in Norway and Sweden

By Camilla Warnicke

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. Additionally, the DCC welcomes relevant submissions. Please by 9:00 AM each Monday with your submission.


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