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March, 08 2018

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2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil


Stop Bias Initiative

Updated Time for Spring 2014 Course Disability and Health


Call for Abstracts Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Undergraduate Nominations for Society for Disability Studies 2014 conference.

CALL FOR PAPERS The Fourteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability:

Peace Studies Journal Vol. 6, Issue 4 (November, 2013)


New Edition: "Biopolitics"

Blog "UN Disability Convention"

Blog "Planet of the Blind"

Winter Break at a Zen Monastery

Recent Articles about Disability

Appeal for Support for Typhoon Haiyan

HELP Internship Opportunity

SU Happenings

2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil

Wednesday, November 20th, 6pm, City Hall (233 East Washington St)
Transgender and cisgender (non-transgender) people alike are invited to join us at this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance in Syracuse, NY. A candle-lit vigil will honor and memorialize those who lost their lives this year, murdered because of the way they expressed their gender. There will also be several transgender speakers and allies from our local community. 

Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice (transgenderdor.org). These are only those deaths that are reported. The majority of those murdered are transgender women of color. In 2008, our community lost LaTeisha Green, a 22 year-old woman, shot for being transgender. 

It is often said that those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. The message of this vigil is NO MORE HATE, OPPRESSION, OR DEATH. Not in Syracuse and not anywhere. While this dream may take many more years of struggle, we want to empower you to help us in the fight. There are actions we all can take to lower the annual DEATH toll and fight to improve the quality of LIFE for transgender people. 

Please join us on the steps of City Hall, under the transgender flag, to show your solidarity and support! 

Facebook Event: 

SU News

Stop Bias Initiative

Students Invited to Answer the Question: Who Are You?

The STOP Bias initiative out of the Division of Student Affairs is hosting the second annual “Who Are You?” Postcard Project. The program invites students to submit anonymous statements that answer the question, “Who are you?” A display of these student expressions will be made available for public viewing in the Panasci Lounge of the Schine Student Center in April 2014.

The Postcard Project allows for students to define for themselves who they are as a way to bring to life the University’s community of diverse scholars, as well as emphasize the beauty of an inclusive campus.

Students and staff involved with the STOP Bias initiative will be tabling in the Schine and Goldstein Student Centers on the following days, so students can participate in the project by filling out a postcard.

§  Goldstein Student Center on South Campus: Nov. 17 from 5-9 p.m.

§  Schine Student Center: Nov. 19-21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Students can also fill out a form through the orgsync online at https://orgsync.com/10755/forms/62457 or email stopbias@syr.edu to ask about alternative methods to submit statements.

The STOP Bias initiative was created to provide the SU community with resources to help those who have been impacted by bias incidents on and around campus. The website, StopBias.syr.edu, includes information on how to identify bias, and ways in which community members can get involved with others and create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

The "STOP" in "STOP Bias" reflects the important steps in eliminating acts of bias in the community: "Spot it. Talk about it. Open your mind. Prevent it.”

A key feature of the STOP Bias website is an anonymous web-based reporting tool that can be used by SU students, faculty and staff who have experienced or witnessed an act of bias. The tool collects information from the incident and offers the reporting person an opportunity to be contacted for further support, if they wish. To access the reporting tool, go to: https://publicdocs.maxient.com/incidentreport.php?SyracuseUnivBRI.

For more information on the “Who Are You” Postcard Project, contact Radell Roberts at stopbias@syr.edu.



Updated time for Spring 2014 Class

Just a note to alert interested students to a time change for HTW 669: Disability and Health. The class will meet from 12:45 – 3:30 pm on Mondays.
Interested in the Health and Well-Being of People with Disabilities?
Take HTW 669: Disability and Health!!!
Through active discussions and hands-on opportunities to develop skills, students will learn about factors influencing the health and well-being of persons with disabilities including models of disability, disability history, law and services, healthcare and health disparities, health promotion, ethics, violence, and emergency and disaster preparedness.
People with disabilities are a large and diverse population experiencing significant health disparities. This course meets objectives of Healthy People 2020 related to increasing the well-being and health of people with disabilities, and will better prepare students to take disability into account in their work.
Spring, 2014
Mondays 12:45 – 3:30 pm
321 Crouse-Hinds Hall
Katherine McDonald, PhD
Falk College: Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition
Burton Blatt Institute
Katherine McDonald, PhD, FAAIDD | Associate Professor | Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition
                                                               | Faculty Fellow           |
Burton Blatt Institute

Call for Papers, Conferences, Participants, Scholarships

Call for Abstracts: 30th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Topic Area: Disability Studies and Culture
Disability Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
“If disability studies is to survive and grow, it needs to open up to new perspectives, rethink orthodoxies, engage with critiques, and generate new and better accounts of disabled people's lives and the social exclusion they face. Otherwise it will become ghettoised and irrelevant, forfeiting power and influence in the wider world.
Tom Shakespeare*, “Disability Studies Today and Tomorrow”
This year, the topic leaders want to engage conference attendees in a fluid and rich discussion on the evolution and future potential of disability studies and culture. We will have three distinct threads of inquiry – change through time; Impact and Future Potentials.  Part self-reflective, part analysis and part ‘talk story’ as we say in Hawaii, we invite you to submit a proposal in one of the following areas of inquiry.
Change Through Time
•How has culture, including disability culture, shaped theory and practice in Disability Studies?
•Is Disability Studies growing up? How has the expansion and integration of Disability Studies curriculum into traditional disciplines altered Disability Studies in both theory and practice?
•How have theoretical perspectives about disability evolved, and what shifts in perspectives to advance the field?
•How have research methodologies in the field changed over time? What are some innovative research methodologies,  which can advance inquiry?
•How has Disability Studies changed from its inception, including in the 21st Century?
•How has Disability Studies impacted life experience as it relates to economic security, popular culture, inclusion and self-determination?
•In what ways has bio-ethics affected new directions in Disability Studies?
•How has Disability Studies influenced interdisciplinary fields of inquiry?
Future Potentials
•How and in what ways will distance education change how Disability Studies in presented and taught?
•Best practices for the dissemination and sharing of knowledge as it relates to Disability Studies;
•What are and might be the future trends and focus of Disability Studies?
•What are the burning issues that Disability Studies as a field should collaborate across sectors and borders on?
•What are best practices for developing a new generation of Disability Scholars?
If you have a proposal that may not fit in to the above targets, we will welcome them as part of our discussion. We welcome proposals in any presentation format. We also welcome presentations in innovative formats including readings, performance art, graphics and roundtables.
 Please see presentation formats on our webpage at http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/presenters/formats Please check the criteria for each format and ensure that you have the appropriate number of presenters for your chosen format. You may submit proposals online at: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissionsor send your proposals via email to prcall@hawaii.edu.
For more information about this topic area, contact:  Steve Brown, sebrown@hawaii.edu, 808-956-0996, , 808-956-9218, Norma Jean Stodden, nstodden@hawaii.edu, 808-956­4454, or Megan Conway, mconway@hawaii.edu, 808-956-6166.
For general information on the conference, please contact Charmaine Crockett at cccrocke@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-7539.
For registration questions please contact the registration desk at  
*Shakespeare, T. (2005), Disability studies today and tomorrow. Sociology of Health & Illness, 27: 138–148. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2005.00435.x
Calls for proposals now open: Pac Rim 2014: www.pacrim.hawaii.edu
Steven E. Brown, Ph.D. 
1776 University Ave., UA4-6
Center on Disability Studies
University of Hawai‘i
Honolulu, HI 96822-2313
Skype:  stevenebrown
Twitter:  @disculture
Co-Founder: Institute on Disability Culture
Website: www.instituteondisabilityculture.org

Undergraduate Nominations for Society for Disability Studies 2014 conference. 

Please direct questions to Jordan Johnson (jordon.johnson@emory.edu).  Thank you.

Building on the success of last year’s efforts, the Society for Disability Studies Student Interest Group
is hoping to put together another panel showcasing undergraduate student research. As conferences
are often quite foreign to undergraduates, rather than a CFP for this panel, we are seeking faculty
nominations of student research projects. Thus, if you know of any undergraduates doing exciting
research in Disability Studies or work that relates to this year's theme of disability (and)
sustainability, please have them write up a 300-word abstract for their project and forward it to us
along with your “official” nomination of them and their contact info. Please also explain to them the
financial expense of attending a conference and given the limited scholarships SDS has to give out,
perhaps direct them towards possible funds for conference support at your institution.

As the final deadline for SDS submissions is December 13, 2013, we ask that you forward these
nominations and abstracts by December 8 and we will notify students (and nominators) of
acceptances by December 11.

We apologize for the short notice, but would heartily appreciate your participation, seeing as the
inclusion of undergraduates at SDS is a particularly important undertaking for expanding the DS

Thank you,
Jordan Johnson
Doctoral Student
Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Emory University
Amber N. Johnson
Doctoral Student
Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education
Michigan State University


The Fourteenth Annual

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability:

"More Important Things"?
April 16 - 17, 2014
The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus
We recently marked the fortieth anniversary of passing of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the disabilty community is beginning to plan for the  25th anniversary of the ADA in 2015.  Both past and future seemed present when reviewing thirteen years of Multiple Perspective’s programs to prepare this year’s call for presentations.  A quote from Earl C. Kelly inspired this year’s theme, More Important Things.
“We have not succeeded in answering all our problems - indeed we sometimes feel we have not completely answered any of them. The answers we have found have only served to raise a whole set of new questions. In some ways we feel that we are as confused as ever, but we think we are confused on a higher level and about more important things.” 
The quote and the theme speak to the progress we have made and the journey still ahead.  What have we learned?  Where are we going? What are the important questions for the next 25 years?
Multiple Perspectives is an ongoing exploration of disability as a reflection of the human condition seen through multiple lenses (theory, discipline, social constructs, personal experience, shared experience…).  Preference will be given to presentations that encourage conversations across the typical divisions (medical and social, education and employment, research and practice, business and government, rights and charity …) Proposers are encouraged to consider parallels, distinctions and intersections with race, gender and ethnicity.  
Past programs and conference updates as they become available can be found at:  http://ada.osu.edu/conferences.htm.
To be on the mailing list for the conference, send e-mail to ADA-OSU@osu.edu
The Multiple Perspectives Conference is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment Fund and ongoing support from The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Proposals are due January 6th, 2014
Proposals should be submitted by e-mail as an attachment (Word, Word Perfect, TXT, or RTF formats)  to ADA-OSU@osu.edu  with Multiple Perspectives 2014 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   (12 words or less)
4.      Description  (700 words or less)   Please 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.

Peace Studies Journal Vol. 6, Issue 4 (November, 2013)

From Peace Studies to Disability Studies



Request for Writing Group Participants

Dear colleagues,
I am writing today to gauge interest in the formation of a graduate student writing group on LGBT studies, broadly conceived.  It has been my experience here on the SU campus that I often meet individuals who are interested in LGBT studies, but that much of the organized presence on campus directed toward LGBT communities and allies is often focused on undergraduate experiences or socializing.  With this in mind, I would like to propose the beginning of a writing group for those of us engaged in research touching on LGBT studies from a variety of disciplines.  The goal would be to meet monthly or bi-monthly, where individuals could share works in various stages of progression and receive constructive feedback in a supportive and inclusive environment.  I have participated in such groups in the past and have found them invaluable, especially when individuals transcending boundary disciplines come together to consider scholarly work.
If you are interested in participating in such a group, please send me an e-mail with your name and your departmental home.  As it is late in the semester, I don’t think we’ll be able to get this off the ground this term, but I would ideally like to have an initial meeting at the beginning of the Spring Semester. 
I look forward to hearing from you, and hearing more about the great work being done on campus.
Eric van der Vort
Eric van der Vort
PhD Student, Political Science
The Maxwell School
Syracuse University
"If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold." - Justice Louis Brandeis

“Interruptions: Sciences, Feminisms, Knowledges”

18-19 April 2014, UC Berkeley
Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS)

Conference organization

Harlan Weaver

Veronica Sanz
Feminist Theorists have intervened, interfered, and interrupted the sciences in many ways over the past several decades. On the one hand, new areas and approaches in science have emerged out of these interruptions; for example, in the fields of molecular biology and neuroscience new approaches in the genetics of sex and the understanding of brain activity have come out of introducing sex and gender analysis into scientific research. On the other hand, the sciences have also disrupted, shifted, and changed feminist theories; for example, the nascent field of "feminist materialisms" partially arised out of a re-reading of quantum mechanics. This conference seeks to explore a broad range of these interruptions in order to think through the kinds of knowledge they produce.
“Interruptions: Sciences, Feminisms, Knowledges” is organized jointly by the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies under the Li Ka Shing Program in Gender and Science. The conference engages feminist and STS perspectives in the questions raised by the encounters between, among, in, through, and of sciences and feminisms. We invite papers from all disciplines addressing a wide range of issues, including but not limited to the following topics: 
·       New Feminist Materialisms
·       New Media and Digital Technologies
·       Politics of Touch/Encounters
·       Involutionary Readings
·       Onto-politics /Onto-Epistemologies /Worldings
·       Queer and Trans Ecologies
·       Human-Animal Studies
·       Science Fictions/ Speculative Fabulations
·       Religion, Feminisms, and Science
·       Critical Race Studies and the Sciences
·       Sexualities and Sciences
·       Feminist Science Studies and Nationalisms
·       Feminist Science and Technology Studies
·       Feminist Epistemologies
·       Queer Technoscience Studies
·       Gendered Innovations in Science
·       Dis/Ability and Feminist Science Studies
·       Anthropology of Science
·       De-colonial and Anti-colonial Technoscience
·       Indigenous Knowledges and Sciences
·       Folk Sciences /Prosaic and Mundane Sciences
·       Participatory /Community-based Research
·       Affective Ecologies
·       Afrofuturisms
·       Science(s) Multiple
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words for 20-minute presentations to harlanweaver@berkeley.edu or veronica.sanz@berkeley.edu before January 15, 2014. We encourage submissions of different formats, from traditional paper presentations to video, performances, conversations, interviews, or other alternative formats. If your submission is a non-paper format, please specify your media needs. We also highly encourage submissions from graduate students and early-career scholars.

Conference: Global Rights and Local Challenges: Disability, Inclusive Education, and Rural Environments

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School is pleased to present “Global Rights and Local Challenges,” a comparative symposium on disability rights.  A component of the Leitner Center’s Crowley Program in International Human Rights, which this year focused on disability rights in Rwanda, Global Rights and Local Challenges will highlight the backdrops of rural poverty and educational underdevelopment as barriers to inclusion and to education for persons with disabilities.
Global Rights and Local Challenges aims to connect scholars, stakeholders, and advocates in the field of disability rights and to create fruitful discussion about the unique obstacles that confront persons with disabilities in Rwanda and worldwide.  By connecting academic and advocacy communities—and by attracting an audience that is new to the area of disability rights—we hope to inspire unique solutions and engaging debate about the next steps in addressing the social and economic barriers at focus in this event.
Two interdisciplinary panels will serve as cornerstones of this symposium; both will explore the disability and poverty nexus, wherein disability and poverty lead to and accentuate each other in a pernicious cycle.  Panelists will use case studies from the United States and around the world to describe how rural environments and the need for overall educational development can hinder inclusive education for persons with disabilities.  In addition, a student photography exhibit will illustrate the social and economic obstacles that define disability in Rwanda and internationally.  Finally, the award-winning documentary In The Shadow of the Sun will further illuminate the social stigma that persons with disabilities face.  Taking the perspective of two individuals with albinism, it will demonstrate the role of social and economic barriers in separating them from education and their communities in Tanzania. 
This symposium is open to scholars, practitioners and the public.  
Participants will include, among others:
Shantha Rau Barriga, Disability Rights Program Director, Human Rights Watch
Madame Jeanne d'Arc Byaje, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Government of Rwanda to the United Nations
Vladimir Cuk, Acting Executive Director, International Disability Alliance
Musola Catherine Kaseketi, Disability Rights Advocate/Filmmaker, Vilole Images Productions (Zambia)
Anne Kelsey, Fellowship Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates (USA)
Dr. Sophie Mitra, Fordham University Department of Economics
Richard Mukaga, Program Manager, Cheshire Services Uganda
3 CLE credits will be available free of charge to lawyers working in the non-profit and public interest sectors. All other lawyers will be required to pay $200 to receive CLE credit.  Fordham Law School alumni may pay a discounted rate of $100.  Please contact organizers for details and to arrange payment.
RSVP required | Please fill out this form

News and Announcements

Biopolitics Edition

Hi all,

Posted below is an announcement for the latest edition of Biopolitics.  The topic is "mental illness and leadership."  It's a great conversation, featuring commentary by Howard I. Kushner, S. Nassir Ghaemi, Richard Noll, Emily Martin, and critical disability studies scholar Margaret Price.

A transcript is available of the video dialogue (scroll down to the section "download") and Margaret Price's video commentary is captioned.

Please also check out, if you have not done so, our previous module, "Past and Present of Eugenics," featuring Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Ruth Cowan, Rachel Adams, Paul Lombardo, Marisa Miranda and Gustavo Vallejo, and Nikolas Rose.

We welcome suggestions and ideas for contributions--and are particularly interested in critical disability studies perspectives.  Let us know what you think!

Thank you,

Harold Braswell


A conversation between:

S. Nassir Ghaemi (Tufts Medical Center)


Howard I. Kushner (Emory University)

With commentary by:

Richard Noll (DeSales University)

Margaret Price (Spelman College)


Emily Martin (New York University)

Biopolitics is an educational website dedicated to the discussion of the interaction of medicine and politics. Our instructional modules feature video dialogues and "annotations" by leading scholars about timely topics with complicated histories.

In this module, prominent scholars from a range of fields debate how mental illness may have influenced the decisions of past historical leaders and the potential benefits of mental illness and mental disability for professionals today.

Also, please check out our previous module: "Past and Present of Eugenics," featuring Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Ruth Cowan, Rachel Adams, Paul Lombardo, Marisa Miranda and Gustavo Vallejo, and Nikolas Rose.

If you use Biopolitics in the classroom, have commentary on the issue, or want to get involved:

Follow us on Twitter at @bio_politics<https://twitter.com/bio_politics>.

Email us at contactbiopolitics@gmail.com<mailto:contactbiopolitics@gmail.com>.


Blog Post

Blog post of interest: "Mis- (and Dis-) Information about UN Disability Convention"
(Mad in America: Science, Psychiatry and Community -- Tina Minkowitz, November 8, 2013)


Online Blog Post of Interest

Planet of the Blind (Prof. Steve Kuusisto)

November 10, 2013: Disability Studies and the Flaming Pie



Winter Break at a Zen Monastery

Invitation re: Dai Bosatsu Zendo (from DCC Advisory Board Member and Buddhist Chaplain, Jikyo Bonnie Shoultz)

The monastery is flexible about the number of days or weeks a person would  attend...two weeks or more is preferred, but inquire with the monastery to work out the details with them.  Last year we had a young man who came between graduation and graduate school, December-February, for example.  Others come for shorter periods.  People of all and no faith traditions, and of all ages, come to the monastery to deepen their meditation practice and participate in the schedule.  You could be one of them...



Planning your winter break? Interested in deepening your meditation practice? Join us at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a beautiful and traditional Zen monastery deep in the heart of the Catskill Mountains of New York State. 

Our daily schedule is:

5:30 a.m. Wake-up
6:00 Chanting; zazen (meditation)
7:00 Formal Breakfast
7:30 Morning meeting
8:15 Temple cleaning
9:15 Work projects
12:30 p.m. Formal Lunch; cleanup
1:30 Personal time
3:00 Individual movement meditation (Yoga/Tai Chi/Qigong, etc.)
4:00 Work projects
5:00 Unstructured supper and personal time
6:00 Chanting; zazen; walking meditation; zazen
7:30 Personal time
9:00 Retire

Work projects at the monastery are varied, ranging from cooking to snow-clearing; from translation and publication work to painting and renovation; from record-keeping and sewing to carrying wood and maintaining our wood-burning furnaces. There is no fee required. All we ask is that you engage in the daily practice and activities of a harmonious Zen community, cultivating a daring spirit and a compassionate heart. Please visit us online at www.daibosatsu.org. To receive an application, email office@daibosatsu.org or call (845) 439-4566.



The following are recent news stories of interest to people with disabilities and those supporting and working with and for people with disabilities.

Dr. Nora's Top Articles: (11 out of 88)
1.   “When Caregivers Are Abusers: Calif. Complaints Go Unanswered” --- Nurse assistants and home health aides provide intimate care, bathing, feeding and dressing the elderly, disabled or ill. So what happens when an abusive caregiver hurts a patient? --- November 9, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/GS4ajf  
2.   “Student in Wheel Chair Left Alone During Fire Drill: 'I Was Very Angry' ” --- A Boise State student who is in a wheelchair would like to see changes to how the school deals with disabled students. This comes after ... --- KBOI-TV --- November 6, 2013  (IDAHO)  http://is.gd/6WGm8k  
3.   “Bond Set for Teacher Accused of Assaulting Wheelchair-bound Student” --- A teacher caught on camera slapping a handicapped student remains behind bars on a $10,000 bond. --- The Republic --- November 5, 2013  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/3ArpZM  
4.   “Some Charges Against Md. Deaf School Aide Dropped” --- Prosecutors are dropping solicitation of child pornography charges against a former Maryland School for the Deaf dormitory aide ... --- San Francisco Chronicle --- November 8, 2013  (MARYLAND)   http://is.gd/AdLNZv  
5.   “Jones Gets 12-35 Years for Rape” --- Joseph Jones will spend 12-35 years in prison for raping a mentally challenged woman in Warwood. Ohio County Circuit Judge David Sims followed a ... --- Wheeling Intelligencer --- November 8, 2013  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/20eOAf  
6.   “Hundreds of Ohio Service Providers for Disabled Repeatedly Ignore Health, Safety Regulations” --- Hundreds of service providers for Ohio's developmentally disabled routinely ignore basic health and safety regulations but rarely have ... --- NewsNet5.com --- November 8, 2013  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/3oSmZQ  
7.   “Johnson & Johnson to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle Federal Cases” --- … alleged that the company and its subsidiaries promoted powerful psychiatric medications for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and offered financial kickbacks for physicians who prescribed those medications frequently. --- November 4, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/J2cGLN  
8.   “Realtime Transcripts Helping Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing in Courtroom” --- Court reporting is a vital part of our justice system. Accuracy is vital and a recording can't identify speakers or ask for clarification if ... --- THV 11 --- November 9, 2013  (ARKANSAS)   http://is.gd/uc7I5F  
9.   “Disabled People Join Police to Fight Hate Crime” --- The premiere of the film took place in front of other disabled people in the community and police at the Arora Hotel, in Southgate, this morning ... --- West Sussex Gazette --- November 8, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/8sdHpg  
10.   “Report: 90% Saudi Disabled People Suffer Sexual Abuse” --- According to experts cited in the report, the mentally disabled have the highest number of victims, with at least 90 percent of them having been abused at least ... --- Fars News Agency --- November 9, 2013  (SAUDI ARABIA)  http://is.gd/CrlQzW  
11.   “New Vulnerable Adults Protection Role for Former Police Officer” --- Mr McCashey said: “The absolute focus of my work in Dundee will be to make sure that vulnerable adults and adults at risk of harm are supported by the ... --- The Courier --- November 8, 2013  (SCOTLAND)   http://is.gd/RZQwOc 
The other 77 stories for this week, as well as newsfeeds from prior weeks, can be found at: http://www.disabilityandabuse.org/newsfeed/contents.htm
The Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute provides this newsfeed. These are articles involving people with disabilities across the life span, any type of disability and any type of maltreatment, abuse, crime or, articles regarding law enforcement issues and individuals with disabilities. We have a particular focus on individuals with developmental disabilities. We welcome your input and feedback regarding this feature of our CANDO List. Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by state, so you can easily scan through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest

Appeal for Support for Typhoon Haiyan

I know that there has been widespread coverage of Typhoon Haiyan and many of you have already sent messages of commiseration. Thank you so much. I hope you don't mind if I add to the many press releases online by making a personal appeal for support.

My family and I are fine - we hardly felt the typhoon in Manila, and for two days, media reports seemed to indicate that the country had survived yet another storm. However, now, it is clear that the Visayas region, especially Tacloban City, has been devastated. 

I had only been to Tacloban once. It was my first research site as a "fresh"
graduate, tasked to do interviews with a local NGO. As mentioned in the news, it is a city by the sea. I remember telling my participants that they were lucky to wake up and see water every morning. I remember the Tacloban airport very well because our flight home was delayed. My boss and I whiled away the time watching passengers disembark from airplanes, analyzing what type of things the locals brought back from Manila (if anyone is curious, the hot item was donuts). 

It is now reported that the airport had one of the largest number of casualties. Stranded passengers and airport employees had taken shelter there (as I would have done), thinking the structure was safe. When water rushed inland, it flooded the first floor, drowning many inside.

I have jokingly told many of you that Filipinos are used to typhoons. We name typhoons alphabetically: we start with "A" at the beginning of the year, then go to "B", "C" and so on. Perhaps to emphasize how common severe weather is at home, the local name for Haiyan is YOLANDA. Typhoon ZORAIDA will enter the country this week. It is only early November and we've already gone through the whole alphabet. 

Typical of Filipino humor (and coping), we often joke about our country's problems. However, this typhoon was nothing like the Philippines had ever experienced. It has been a very sad and heartbreaking experience for many Filipinos. For those who would like to extend help to typhoon victims, I've attached a link to Red Cross Philippines and Ateneo de Manila's Disaster Response and Management Team.   

Ateneo de Manila University - Disaster Response and Management Team

Red Cross Philippines

Many many thanks,
Yasmin Y Ortiga
PhD Candidate
Sociology Department
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University

Internship Opportunity

I work with Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick and Lee Perselay in the Senate HELP Committee’s disability policy office. We are currently seeking a disability policy intern for the spring of 2014 and are requesting your help to find qualified candidates. A full description of the position and application process are below (and attached).
We are eager to find candidates with demonstrable interest in and passion for disability policy. The internship is unpaid, but would provide valuable experience in disability policy under the leadership of Chairman Harkin. We anticipate a busy spring agenda, which will include consideration of the CRPD, the Workforce Investment Act, the Higher Education Act, and several other disability-related initiatives. This is one of the last chances to work for Senator Harkin before he leaves the Senate in January 2015.
Let me know if you can think of any potential candidates. We are hoping to hire by the first week of December.
Thank you!
Alyssa Mowitz
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Majority Disability Policy is seeking an unpaid intern for the spring of 2014. The position offers current students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain substantive experience while participating in the legislative process. The intern will assist the disability policy staff in conducting policy and legal research, drafting memoranda, contributing to reports, and preparing for hearings.
Qualifications: Applicants must be current undergraduates, graduate students, or law students, or be recent graduates. Applicants must also demonstrate outstanding research abilities, work well in a fast-paced environment and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous experience in government is not required, but candidates should have a general understanding of the legislative process. Applicants must have a connection to disability issues and/or be able to demonstrate a strong interest in disability policy.

Disability Cultural Center
105 Hoople Building
805 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244

Email: sudcc@syr.edu
Phone: (315) 443-4486
Fax: (315) 443-0193

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