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March, 08 2018


The articles, opportunities, and events described in the DCC Newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the Disability Cultural Center, Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs, 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 sudcc@syr.edu  by 9AM each Monday with your submission.

OCTOBER IS DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH!! Please remind yourself of all the wonderful events that we have lined up! Click here for the poster.


**Disability Awareness Month: A PLACE AT THE TABLE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16**


Deadline for applications for Workforce Recruitment Program: October 16

Identifying Disability Related Needs on Campus: Future Directions of the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Commitee

Other upcoming events for Disability Awareness Month

Reminder: 12th Annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony on Oct.16

University Goes Purple to Shine The Light on Domestic Violence

Contemplative Collaborative Hosts Art Activity

"(In)Justice for All" Tickets available Oct. 14

Save the Date: Women's and Gender Studies Fall Reception, 10/19/2015

Along the "Edges" of Intersectionality - Brown Bag Discussion

This week at the Humanities Center


Orange After Dark celebrates 5th anniversary


Doctoral/Postdoc Fellowships in the History of Knowledge, Race & Ethnicity, Religion & Religiosity, Family & Kinship and Migrant Knowledge

USICD Call for Applicants: Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs Internship

Virtual access to AHEAD Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference Nov. 16 - Nov. 20, 2015

Mindfulness & Health: A Multidisciplinary Scholarly Conference

2016 AHSE Conference (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education)

International Conference on Paulo Feire

9th Annual Conference on Equity and Social Justice

Call for papers: Two special issues of Intercultural Education relating to refugee issues

68th Meeting of the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society and the 60th Meeting of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society


Visiting Research Fellowship for Women in the Humanities at the University of Oxford


Syracuse International Film Festival to honor Doug Biklen

Two articles from The Arc of California's Monday Morning Memo

Disability Rights New York (DRNY) is seeking a PAVA/PAAT Advocate


Stories to Inspire Your Dyslexia Awareness

Disability Scoop 10.9.15

Grant to help expand services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and with physical disabilities in OHIO

DREAM: Disability and Higher Education in the News 



** Disability Awareness Month: A PLACE AT THE TABLE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16**


**Friday, October 16**


Food Justice; Disability Rights: Celebrating the ADA @ 25

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Room 106, Hoople Building

Dr. Anne Bellows, Graduate Program Director and Professor, Food Studies

Professor Arlene Kanter, Director, Disability Law and Policy Program, Bond Schoneck  & King Distinguished Professor of Law, Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, College of Law

Dr. Evan Weissman, Assistant Professor, Food Studies

Moderated by Dr. Diane R. Wiener,  Director, Disability Cultural Center

Food is an incredibly important part of many cultures around the world. In what ways do cultures shape our relationships with food? What happens when dietary restrictions, allergies, disabilities, ethics, values, principals, religion, and preferences collide with the cultural norms about food and eating? This will be a “lunch and learn” panel moderated by Dr. Diane R. Wiener, director of the Disability Cultural Center, to explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. Everyone has a place at the table!

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, gluten free food, and Kosher food will be provided.  Please indicate any accommodation requests by Friday, October 9 to sudcc@syr.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by the Disability Cultural Center, Lisa Thomas of Health Services, the Disability Student Union, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, the Food Studies Program, and the Disability Law and Policy Program at the College of Law. This event is made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.




The Disability Student Union (DSU) is excited to announce that its members, allies, and friends will be CHALKING THE QUAD on Friday, 10/16, beginning at 3 p.m., for DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH

Please meet at the steps of Hendricks Chapel.  Chalk will be provided, and Kale the rabbit, DSU’s mascot, will be joining in the fun!  Please direct any questions or requests for accommodations to President Christy Kalebic: cqkalebi@syr.edu.


Deadline for applications for Workforce Recruitment Program: October 16

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects college students and recent graduates with disabilities to US Government and private sector employers nationwide. An annual database is compiled by December that federal and other employers then use to identify and further interview qualified persons for paid positions.

More information can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor website and Chuck Reutlinger, associate director of SU Career Services, can be contacted via email regarding the Workforce Recruitment Program.

Deadline for students to apply is October 16.


Identifying Disability Related Needs on Campus: Future Directions of the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Commitee

Part of the Chi Sigma Iota and the Department of Counseling and Human Services Fall 2015 Brown Bag Series

Members of the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, a graduate student organization, will discuss their history as a disability advocacy group on SU’s campus. They will then discuss what it means to be an advocacy group in 2015 and will ask for feedback on a proposed project for this year that is aimed to gain insight into current barriers preventing progress toward a more fully inclusive university climate.

Friday, October 16 – 12 pm
CHS Classroom, Hoople Building Lower Level



Other upcoming events for Disability Awareness Month


Tuesday, October 20

"Along the 'Edges' of Intersectionality" with Assistant Professor Eunjung Kim, Ph.D., 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., The Leonard and Ruth Sainsbury Library, Tolley Humanities Building

As part of the Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Brown Bag Series and Disability Studies Brown Bag Series, Professor Kim of WGS and Cultural Foundations of Education will lead this lunchtime discussion on this important and unique subject.

Please send accommodation requests to Susann DeMocker-Shedd via email by Tuesday, October 13. 

Wednesday, October 21

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series (with Time for Mindful Meditation): Disability Culture, Faith, and Secularism, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

Central to the identity at Hendricks Chapel is the belief in the power of encouraging peaceful discourse across difference. In a nation and world of increasing polarization and conflict, it is essential to facilitate and model peaceful discourse for students. “Common and Diverse Ground: Raising Consciousness with Discussion and Mindfulness” is an interfaith dialogue dinner series that seeks to embody this commitment. Exploring the intersections of spirituality, secularism, and timely issues of the day, each interfaith dialogue dinner encourages intentional dialogue across differences. It is hoped that by gathering together on common ground over a shared meal, a vibrant environment of peaceful and life-giving conversation around important and potentially divisive issues can be created.

The session will be co-facilitated by chaplains, staff and students and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be present. Inclusive food will be provided and requests for accommodations or food queries should be made by Wednesday, October 14 by contacting Colleen Preuninger via email.

This series is co-sponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Disability Cultural Center, made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.

Wednesday, October 21

Disability Mentoring Day

The Disability Cultural Center, along with many sponsors across and beyond Syracuse University, will again be hosting a mentee for Disability Mentoring Day! Disability Mentoring Day is an international event hosted by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in collaboration with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Disability Mentoring Day is held annually on the third Wednesday of October.

Did you know October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held each October, NDEAM is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities and this year NDEAM is celebrating its 70th anniversary.



Reminder: 12th Annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony on Oct. 16

The 12th annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony will be hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs on Friday, October 16, at 4 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel. The ceremony honors WellsLink Scholars from the previous year who have successfully transitioned through the WellsLink Leadership Program.

The event is open to the entire campus community and will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Sonia Nieto, a pre-eminent scholar of teaching and teaching education who has devoted her professional life to questions of diversity, equity and social justice in education. Nieto’s research focuses on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, topics on which she continues to write and speak.  For more information, visit the WellsLink website.



University Goes Purple to Shine The Light on Domestic Violence

Syracuse University joins the statewide effort to raise awareness about domestic violence through the "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" campaign. 

The Hall of Languages is illuminated in purple for the next few weeks as part of raising awareness. 

Staff, faculty and students can also wear purple on Wednesday, October 21, as part of the campaign's "Wear Purple Day."




Contemplative Collaborative Hosts Art Activity

Hendricks Chapel and the Contemplative Collaborative are hosting an outdoor art activity on Friday, October 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will use natural materials to make pieces of art. 

Join the group on the corner of the Quad nearest Shaffer Art Building. 


"(In)Justice for All" Tickets available Oct. 14

Taking part in an event of this nature for the first time, Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, and Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will appear in this panel discussion entitled "(In)Justice For All" on Wednesday, October 28, 7 to 9 p.m., in Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center. The event is sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) of Syracuse University. 

Others taking part on the panel are Benjamin Crump, president of the National Bar Association, CNN's Sunny Hostin and Fredricka Whitfield, and Chief Robert "Bobby" Maldonado of the Department of Public Safety. 

Tickets are free and will be available at the Schine Student Center for SU/ESF students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, October 14, starting at 9 a.m.

Students, staff and faculty need to show valid SU/ESF ID and tickets will be limited to two per person. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided. 

For more information, read the SU News story


Save the Date: Women's and Gender Studies Fall Reception, 10/19/2015

WGS will be hosting its fall reception for the SU feminist community (staff, faculty, and graduate students) on Monday, 19 October, 2015, 4 pm at the Goldstein Faculty Center.  


Along the "Edges" of Intersectionality - Brown Bag Discussion

Along the “Edges” of Intersectionality

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


The Humanities Center Library (Tolley)

Discussion with Eunjung Kim, Assistant Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Cultural Foundation of Education, Syracuse University

Eunjung Kim will present her collaborative work-in-progress coauthored with Alison Kafer on intersectionality theories in relation to disability. They begin with an examination of assumptions in disability studies about the relations—or lack thereof—between disability, ableism, and other structures of oppression.

By foregrounding Audre Lorde’s poetry and prose, Kim and Kafer hope to offer and imagine an alternative genealogy and intellectual history of disability studies to what is commonly told. What might the insights and gaps about disability in Lorde’s work teach us about intersectionality, or how might they reshape dis-ability studies? How might her work provide us with the tools for crafting an intersectional approach in disability studies? 

ASL interpreting services will be provided. Please send additional accommodation requests to sademock@syr.edu by Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Please refrain from wearing scented products.



This week at the Humanities Center

Tuesday, October 13

7:30pm - Hendricks Chapel

New York Times columnists and friends Charles Blow and Ross Douthat will discuss social inequality with Syracuse University alumnus and current law student Jesse Feitel (’13) as part of the University Lectures series.

Thursday, October 15

7:30pm - Watson Theater

Syracuse Symposium™ continues its “Networks” theme with a keynote address by Ethan Zuckerman, a researcher and administrator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His presentation and Q&A will cover matters of “Insurrectionist Civics and Digital Activism in an Age of Mistrust.”   


Orange After Dark celebrates 5th anniversary


Doctoral/Postdoc Fellowships in the History of Knowledge, Race & Ethnicity, Religion & Religiosity, Family & Kinship and Migrant Knowledge

Doctoral or Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Knowledge, Race & Ethnicity, Religion & Religiosity, Family & Kinship, and Migrant Knowledge

The German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, is now accepting applications for a 6 to 12-month fellowships in 

1) The History of Knowledge
2) The History of Race and Ethnicity
3) The History of Religion and Religiosity
4) The History of Family and Kinship
5) The History of Migration - Focus: Migrant Knowledge

The fellowship term begins September 1, 2016.

The Fellow is expected to be in residence at the GHI and participate in GHI activities and events. The Fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research. Travel within the US to work in archives and libraries will also be possible. Candidates doing original research for a dissertation or a second book project will be preferred.

The fellowship is open to both doctoral and postdoctoral scholars. The monthly stipend is € 1,700 for doctoral students and € 3,000 for postdoctoral scholars from European institutions; students and scholars based at North American institutions will receive a stipend of $1,900 or $3,200 respectively. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the U.S.

To apply please send a cover letter, a CV, a copy of your most recent diploma or transcripts, two letters of reference, a research project proposal (5-pages or 2,000 words max), and a writing sample (only required for postdocs applicants), such as a published article or a book chapter, no later than December 1, 2015. Applicants may write in either English or German; we recommend that they use the language in which they are most proficient. Submission of documents by email is strongly preferred. Please send an email with your application (as a single PDF) to Bryan Hart (fellowships@ghi-dc.org).

For more information, please contact:

Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson

German Historical Institute Washington DC
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington DC 20009


USICD Call for Applicants: Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs Internship

Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs Internship Program

The summer 2016 Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program is now open for applications until January 12, 2016

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) launched its internship program in 2013.  USICD's internship program focuses on youth with disabilities from across the U.S. who intend to pursue careers in international development or foreign affairs.  

The summer 2016 internship program will bring a group of talented graduate students, recent graduates, and rising juniors and seniors with disabilities to Washington, DC, for nine weeks.  This will include a one-week training and orientation program followed by an eight-week internship at an international organization in the Washington, DC, area.  USICD will cover the cost of accessible housing during the program, reimburse travel expenses to and from DC, and provide a limited stipend.  It is anticipated that the program will run from May 30 to July 30, 2016. These dates may be subject to change.  

To  learn more about the Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program, eligibility criteria, and the application process, please visit http://usicd.org/template/page.cfm?id=257.

You also may wish to explore the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section at the link before applying.

Please disseminate this email among students and recent graduates who may be interested.  If you are an international organization in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area interested in hosting an intern from June 6 to July 29, 2016, please communicate with internships@usicd.org.

The application deadline for USICD's summer 2016 internship program is January 12, 2016.

USICD thanks the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation for their support for this initiative.

USICD works to promote the rights and full participation of persons with disabilities through global engagement and United States foreign affairs. USICD bridges the U.S. disability community with the global disability rights movement. Learn more about USICD and our work at http://www.usicd.org.   



Virtual access to AHEAD Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference Nov. 16 - Nov. 20, 2015

Can't Make it to Colorado this Year?

Attend the Virtual Accessing Higher Ground Conference  

Early Registration Discount Until Oct. 30

Accessing Higher Ground will offer online access to pre- and main conference sessions
Nov. 16 - Nov. 20, 2015
Agenda will be determined by your feedback
Vote for your session preferences for the Virtual Conference
Questions? Feel free to contact Howard Kramer at hkramer@ahead.org 
We look forward to meeting you (virtually) in the Rocky Mountains!
Schedule & Program
Monday, November 16, 2015 10:30 AM - Friday, November 20, 2015 12:45 PM Rocky Mountain Time Zone
Westin Westminster
10600 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster, Colorado 80020, USA
More Information
View Event Summary
View Event Agenda
View Event Fees

Early Registration Deadline - Virtual Conference
October 30, 2015



Mindfulness & Health: A Multidisciplinary Scholarly Conference

Launching SUNY initiatives on Mindfulness & Health: A Multidisciplinary Scholarly Conference, March 4, 2016 - The University at Buffalo.


For more information contact mindful@buffalo.edu


2016 AHSE Conference (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education)

2016 AHSE Conference (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Education Conference)

by Hawaii University International Conferences

January 8, 9, 10 & 11 at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii 

Call for Papers/Proposal /Abstracts/Submissions

Deadline: October 15, 2015


For information please visit  our website.

For submission via our online form, please click here.

For email submissions please refer to the following instructions:

Call for papers
The 2016 Hawaii University International Conferences (HUIC) on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, & Education welcomes and invites papers (in English only) from all areas of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and related fields. The conference will be held from January 8, 9, 10 & 11 (Friday through Monday) at the Ala Moana Hotel, in Honolulu Hawaii.

The conference main objective is to provide a platform for researchers and academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development in their related fields.

The 2016 Hawaii University International Conferences (HUIC) on AHSE conference welcomes and invites papers (in English only) from all areas of Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and related fields. The conference will be held from January 8, 9, 10 & 11 in Honolulu, Hawaii (Friday to Monday) at the Ala Moana Hotel, in Honolulu Hawaii.

Submitting a Proposal/ Submission Procedure:

Via email or regular post mail HUIC, PO Box 29056, Honolulu, HI 96820

1. Create a Title Page for your submission. The title page should include: 
a. Title of your paper/proposal

b. Topics/Areas

c. Presentation format: Papers, Workshop, or Poster 

d. Synopsis: A brief description of your presentation

e. Name(s) of the author(s)

f. Department(s) and Affiliation(s)

g. Mailing Address(es)

h. E-mail Address(es)

i. Contacts/Phone Number(s)

j. Fax number(s)

k. Corresponding/presenting author if different than lead author
Abstract/Proposal Guideline
Please click here to view formats and guidelines or simply fill out our online form.

Mahalo! (Thank you!)




International Conference on Paulo Feire


Freire 2016, International Conference on Paulo Freire, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA (May 6-7, 2016)

See information at: http://edst.educ.ubc.ca/Freire2016/


9th Annual Conference on Equity and Social Justice


9th Annual Conference on Equity and Social Justice, March 19, 2016, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 2016 theme:

"What is social justice? Reflective practices in education and beyond”

(Deadline: November 30, 2015)

Keynotes: David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago Nirmala Erevelles, University of Alabama

At a time when the term social justice has gained a degree of ubiquity at educational and related academic conferences, and savvy rhetoricians motivated by strategic political and commodity-based interests appropriate themes of social justice with an almost predictable level of confidence, it needs be asked: What do we – educators, researchers, practitioners – mean when we deploy the term?

Does the term still possess relevance or has it fragmented into an empty signifier (Lévi-Strauss, 1950)? How may the work of ethically-conscious social justice within the academy, schools, and greater society be foregrounded in a manner that imbricates the role with the soul (Freire, 2000), and what may this term come to mean for

2016 and beyond? Alternately stated, how can we speak authentically of justice in and for social contexts that are often pressing with regards to human and environmental urgency and gravity?

This conference theme calls for a revalorization of those often taken for granted assumptions that undergird practice and action through the interrogation of the terminology – ‘social justice’,‘critical’, ‘activism’, ‘transformatory’, and ‘advocacy’ to mention but a few – which has come to characterize substantial parts of educational research and practice.

We welcome all presentations that address issues of equity and social justice, and we encourage students, teachers, organizers, and activists to submit.

Please send an abstract of 150-500 words to equitysocialjustice2016@gmail.com by Nov. 30. Indicate conference strand, names and affiliations of presenters, and type of presentation (paper, panel, alternative session).

Papers may be submitted to the following conference strands:

• Teaching and Learning for Equity and Social Justice • Critical Race Studies • Critical Youth Studies • Women’s Studies • STEM • Educational Reform in the 21st Century • Beyond education


Call for papers: Two special issues of Intercultural Education relating to refugee issues

Call for papers: Two special issues of Intercultural Education relating to refugee issues. Deadline for proposals Dec. 1, 2015

Call 1: Special Issue on “Refugees, Interculturalism and Education”

The recent significant increase of refugees in Europe and worldwide deeply challenges the paradigm of education in current societies.

Today, worldwide, there are some 60 million people who have been forced to leave their country of origin due to persecution, war, or violation of human rights. As spelled out by the 1951 Geneva Convention, a refugee is someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country” (UN 1951).

We invite potential contributors to submit proposals for papers focusing on the links that the inclusion of refugees might have with education, especially through an intercultural perspective. These papers will be published in the academic journal Intercultural Education (Routledge).

Theoretical and empirical contributions might address any of the following topics: the role of education in the pathways of social inclusion of refugees, educational approaches to address the numerous factors of vulnerability of refugees, educational experiences taking into account refugees’ needs and experiences, theoretical perspective of interculturalism raised by refugees, intercultural education on issues of refugees, refugees and the language barrier (or refugees and the challenges for language education). Examples of best practices, film reviews, book reviews, teaching materials, etc are also welcome.

Contributions from all disciplines and geographic settings are welcome.

Paper proposals should be 200-300 words. Full papers will be 4000-6000 words in length. Proposals for book reviews and film reviews should be

50-100 words in length. Full book reviews and film reviews will be

400-1200 words in length.

Please send paper proposals by Dec 1, 2015 to: Marco Catarci marco.catarci@uniroma3.it

Call 2: Special issue on Teaching about Refugees

The current refugee crisis in Europe lends urgency to this call for papers on the topic of education about refugees, within a wider framework of anti-discrimination, human rights and civic education.

These papers will be published in the academic journal Intercultural Education (Routledge).

We are especially open to papers exploring the themes of educating about refugees past and present, in primary schools, secondary schools, but also in higher education. We are also open to papers dealing with xenophobia and Islamophobia as they relate to refugees.

You are invited to send a 400 word abstract by Dec. 1, 2015 to Maja Nenadovic majanenadovic@gmail.com

We also welcome short Best Practices, Web reviews, film reviews and descriptions of effective learning materials about refugees.


68th Meeting of the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society and the 60th Meeting of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society

February 4-6, 2016 Asheville, NC

We encourage you to participate in a joint meeting of the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society (SEPES) and the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (SAPES) in Asheville, North Carolina, February 4-6, 2016.

Given the substantial challenges facing educational institutions in general, and philosophical inquiry within and about them in particular, we believe it is increasingly important to create a space in which current and emerging scholars and practitioners can engage in meaningful dialogue and discussion. To that end, and building upon the long traditions of each organization in providing a friendly forum for conversations concerning philosophical ideas related to a broad variety of educational topics, SEPES and SAPES invite you to submit proposals for our first joint meeting.

While there is no particular theme to the conference, we are focusing particularly on expanding participation in discussions concerning foundational issues facing any and all aspects of PK-20 education.

Such expansion aims to include graduate students, practitioners, and scholars who may not be affiliated with an education foundations/philosophy of education program, but are interested in engaging with philosophical ideas concerning education, broadly defined, with those who are. Topics might include, but are not limited to, the relationship between schooling and society; democracy and education; issues of diversity and commonality in education; the integration of theory and practice; neoliberalism, neoconservatism, and conservative modernization in education; and methodological approaches to education research.

Proposals should be no more than 500 words, excluding references, and should be submitted online through the following link:


The presentation time for papers is approximately 15 to 20 minutes, and presenters are responsible for bringing all required technology.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING PROPOSALS IS NOVEMBER 1, 2015. Please send all questions to sepesociety@gmail.com.

Conference Accommodations:

Doubletree Asheville-Biltmore

115 Hendersonville Road

Asheville, NC 28803

$109 per guest room/per night


Many thanks, and looking forward to seeing you in Asheville,

Dr. Daniel Saunders, Program Chair, SEPES, Matthew Reid, Program Coordinator, SAPES




THINKING GENDER 2016: 26th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference

Call for submissions: Spatial Awareness, Representation, and Gendered Spaces

Thinking Gender 2016 invites submissions for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, posters, and—for the first time!—films and interactive media on topics that focus on the awareness of self, representation, and the navigation and negotiation of social and cultural space. We welcome submissions—across all disciplines and historical periods—that engage with the politics of gender, race, sexuality, and space. We also intend to address international and transnational encounters, and colonization and decolonization practices. We invite scholarship engaging the following topics or others related to the conference theme of “Spatial Awareness, Representation & Gendered Spaces”: 

·       Gender representation and state feminism

·       Physical culture and the body

·       Innovation through gender

·       Productive and reproductive labors

·       Security and gendered nationalism

·       Implicit bias and stereotype threat

·       Migration and transnational encounters

·       Women, gender, and health

·       Women and sustainable development

·       Identity formation in memory and memoir

·       Controversial and transgressive art

·       Socialization and sexuality

CSW accepts submissions from graduate students who are registered at US or international colleges or universities. Please note that we do not accept submissions from papers presented at previous Thinking Gender conferences. Previously published materials are also not eligible. If, however, the material is forthcoming, we will consider approving the submission. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit films even if they have submitted for other events. Undergraduate students are eligible for poster submissions.

All applicants are required to submit an abstract (250 words) and CV (2 pages max). Students proposing individual papers and posters must submit a proposal (5 double-spaced pages max) and a Works Cited (1 page max). Students submitting films and mixed media must submit a film synopsis (2 page max). All components are to be submitted to the website at https://uclacsw.submittable.com, according to the submission guidelines. For pre-constituted panels, a 250-word description of the panel topic is required, in addition to the materials required for individual paper submissions. For submission guidelines, visit: http://www.csw.ucla.edu/conferences/thinking-gender/thinking-gender-2016.

Send submissions to: https://uclacsw.submittable.com

Deadline for submissions: Friday, November 20, 2015

Conference will be held April 7 and 8, 2016, at UCLA Covel Commons

Event is free and open to the public. There will be a $50 registration fee for each presenter.


UCLA Center for the Study of Women

1500 Public Affairs Building, Box 957222 • Los Angeles, CA 90095-7222

http://www.csw.ucla.edu • thinkinggender@women.ucla.edu


Visiting Research Fellowship for Women in the Humanities at the University of Oxford

Women in the Humanities(WiH), which is part of The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) at the University of Oxford is currently advertising a Visiting Research Fellowship, which is aimed to foster collaboration with postholders at Oxford. The fellowship is open to scholars working on women's lives, identities and representations in the humanities (broadly defined). The fellowship will be tenable from 25 April 2016 until 21 June 2018. Further details about the scheme and application guidance can be found here:

If you would like any further details or information about the work WiH is currently undertaking or our plans for the future, please contact:
Dr Naomi Pullin
Programme Co-ordinator
Women in the Humanities (WiH) | TORCH






Syracuse International Film Festival to honor Doug Biklen  


The Syracuse International Film Festival, which takes place from Wednesday, October 14th through Sunday October 18th, will be honoring Doug Biklen for a lifetime of amazing work in the Imaging Disability in Film Showcase on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at the Everson Museum of Art. He will be presented with a Sophia Award and they will be showing films that Doug made, worked on or has picked for this special event. There will also be a Q&A session with Doug at this event.

For more information and tickets go to http://www.filminsyracuse.com/#!copy-of-tickets--events/cd1a


Two articles from The Arc of California's Monday Morning Memo

Two Articles from The Arc of California's Monday Morning Memo - one on abuse at school, the other on a new documentary...

SAFE ZONE? "My Daughter Was Covered in Welts': A Mom's Fight for Cameras in Classrooms"

New Doc Film "Lifehouse" Challenges Our Views of the Developmentally Disabled in Our Communities


Disability Rights New York (DRNY) is seeking a PAVA/PAAT Advocate 

Disability Rights New York (DRNY) is seeking a PAVA/PAAT Advocate. The Protection & Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA) and Protection & Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) Advocate will engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities. This position reports to the PAVA Director and PAAT Director.

It is the mission of DRNY to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have disabilities so that they can freely exercise their own life choices, enforce their rights, and fully participate in their community life.


Interested candidates please apply to https://cascade.syr.edu/entity/edit.act?type=page&id=435b5d3280e6127010f07760d9483de2

DRNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages individuals with disabilities and Veterans to apply.


A National Center - New Directions - Member Options

AHEAD has three pieces of exciting news to share:

First - AHEAD has been awarded a cooperative agreement of $2.475 million from the Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education to establish the National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCDS) over the next three years! The NCCDS will provide information and technical assistance to college students with disabilities, their families, AHEAD members, postsecondary faculty and staff, and other professionals working with students. Additionally, the Center will establish a strong national centralized research operation to collect and share robust data about postsecondary institutions and students with disabilities. This Center will be a gigantic benefit for both students with disabilities and for the professionals who work with them; and AHEAD is honored to have been selected as the organization to establish this Center. Dr. Wendy Harbour, Ed.D., currently AHEAD's Associate Executive Director, will serve as the Center's Director.

Second - Early this year all AHEAD members were asked to participate in a survey regarding your perceptions, thoughts, and perspectives around a host of issues related to both AHEAD and to the future of the confluence of disability and higher education. As hoped, the membership of AHEAD participated heavily and thoughtfully in the study providing the Board of Directors with a tremendous wealth of information from which to work.   As the rate of changes and challenges of AHEAD members' work increases at an unparalleled rate, the Board wanted to ensure that AHEAD is positioned to be as supportive as possible of our members in the coming years --- focusing on leading... rather than responding. To that end, after several months of truly hard work informed by AHEAD members, research, focus groups, and other stakeholder groups; the Board of Directors has completed a truly strategic plan for the next five years, AHEAD 2020, while also refreshing the mission, vision and values statements of the organization to be more accurately reflective of AHEAD and its members. Please take a few minutes to have a look at the outcome of this work at: http://ahead.org/about/business/2015-2020_stratplan when you have a few moments, and thank you for being a part of this great work called AHEAD!

Third - AHEAD's membership is at an all-time high of just over 2,900 members; every member involved is a part of making this organization stronger, more valuable, and more beneficial than ever. It is also the time of year when you will be receiving a form in "old fashioned snail mail" to renew your membership for 2016. We'd like to ask that you please consider broadening the involvement of your institution in AHEAD when you renew your own membership. Now more than ever, the work of creating a fully accessible college experience involves a lot more people and departments than Disability Services and Resources. We hope you will consider asking another key ally on your campus to join in with you. Membership rates are structured so that it is more affordable per person for you include colleagues as compared to single memberships - and we will welcome the opportunity to be of service to your most important colleagues too.

Lastly, we'd love to build interest in the next generation of AHEAD members! Might you have a student worker in your office who has potential or interest? Please consider exposing a promising young person to careers in disability and higher education by sponsoring them with a student membership for only $40.

If you have any questions about membership - please feel welcome to be in touch with Jane Johnston, AHEAD's Manager of Member Services at Jane@ahead.org or by phone at 704-947-7779

We *always* welcome hearing from you! ahead@ahead.org

Bea Awoniyi, President

Stephan Smith, Executive Director 



Stories to Inspire Your Dyslexia Awareness

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and is the perfect time to raise understanding about what dyslexia is, whom it affects, and how we can help.

Throughout the month, we’ll share stories that will bring dyslexia to life. We hope they will inspire you and motivate you to learn more and share with others.

To kick it off, learn about myths and facts about dyslexia and why early intervention matters.

Disability Scoop 10.9.15



Grant to help expand services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and with physical disabilities in OHIO



DREAM: Disability and Higher Education in the News

From DREAM: Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring

Sponsored by the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University and the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)


Weekly Email Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education 

Week of September 27-October 3, 2015


 Disability and higher education in the news (in no particular order):

* Yesterday the Umpqua Community College in Oregon became the latest campus to experience mass casualties after a shooting (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/probe-in-college-slayings-peers-into-web-rants-and-possible-religious-rage/2015/10/02/d250007a-68ea-11e5-8325-a42b5a459b1e_story.html).  As investigators and the media try to piece together motives, it’s worth remembering that most people with mental and emotional illnesses are far more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators.  Here are three links explaining more, and a link to Active Minds, which actively fights mental health stigma in higher education:

* University staff and professors cannot ask students with service dogs for the dogs’ documentation, as one student at Texas State learned first-hand after the university began implementing an illegal policy requiring professors to ask for such documentation in courses: http://star.txstate.edu/2015/09/28/veteran-hopes-to-educate-community-after-service-dog-incident/

* This fall, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) becomes the first conference to offer NCAA and varsity-level athletes with disabilities the same opportunities as nondisabled athletes, and it’s going to make a big difference for many students: https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/01/ecac-opening-its-sports-adaptive-athletes/3KQY7qvUftfm2FEdP9TaWO/story.html

* Technology designed for autistic people is evolving, and college students are among those who are benefiting, as highlighted at a recent conference in the UK: http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2015/oct/01/assistive-technology-autism-autech-biometric-wrist-bands

* One of the Claremont Colleges (5Cs) in California pulled funding for a mad scientist theme party at 5C’s Harvey Mudd College, after concerns that the party trivialized mental health concerns and didn’t involve mental health services users, though the party continued as planned: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/college-party-platform-political-correctness-article-1.2381468

* The EEOC is suing Emory University Hospital for disability discrimination after hiring someone to replace a disabled employee (and veteran) on a two-week leave for emergency surgery: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/9-30-15c.cfm

* The Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) is offering a free online resource for college students with eating disorders, including tips for college professionals working with them: http://www.medainc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/MEDA-College-Guide.pdf

* University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student Katelyn Pena is profiled in the campus newspaper, as a student, runner, Latina, and a Deaf ASL user: http://royalpurplenews.com/disabilities-dont-stop-pena/

* Mental health services user and professor Peter Beresford is the new director of DRILL, a five-year disability research program in the UK that is led by people with disabilities at all levels: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/news-items/ne_446489

* Friends of a Baylor University student with CP set up an online fundraiser to raise money for his electric scooter, but they believe the campus should have done more to help with transportation; the campus notes that it has an accessible shuttle and is in compliance with the ADA (video captioned, but not audio described): http://www.kwtx.com/ourtown/home/headlines/Waco--Disabled-BU-Student-Says-School-Offered-Little-Help-329939911.html

* Eight years ago, Swarthmore began improving physical access under an agreement with the Department of Justice, but students and administrators have different opinions about whether the college has made progress: http://swarthmorephoenix.com/2015/10/01/students-in-wheelchairs-face-access-issues/

* A college student in Glasgow celebrates her recovery from an eating disorder by dancing in a local mall and volunteering to help others: http://www.renfrewshire24.co.uk/2015/10/02/nicole-steps-out-of-eating-disorder-nightmare-with-mall-dance-performance/

* One of the models with disabilities getting attention is art school graduate Melanie Gaydos who is blind and has no hair or teeth due to a genetic condition (video has no captions or audio description): http://www.viralthread.com/she-was-viciously-bullied-as-a-child-for-having-no-hair-or-teeth-now-shes-having-the-last-laugh/?

* Jenelle Pitt, professor of rehabilitation at Fresno State, has won national recognition for her work on rehabilitation for people from minority backgrounds: http://tricountysentry.com/blog/fresno-state-prof-pitt-wins-national-award-for-disability-and-multicultural-advocacy/

*  A blind student and a professor at Georgia State offer some suggestions for blind students and for making campuses more accessible to people with visual impairments: http://georgiastatesignal.com/how-accessible-and-inclusive-is-georgia-statestudent-living-with-blindness-shares-what-its-like-to-attend-a-university-in-the-center-of-atlanta/

* One graduate student shares his quick tips for college students with ADHD: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/10/01/succeeding-in-college-when-you-have-adhd/

And a few related items of possible interest to college students:

* A coalition of more than 80 colleges are experimenting with portfolios and free online admissions applications to level the playing field of college admissions, but will it work? http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/30/444498625/the-big-new-effort-to-revamp-college-admissions-will-it-work?sc=ipad&f=1001

* As refugees stream across Europe and the Middle East, people with disabilities are facing many challenges (video has limited subtitles, and no captions or audio description): http://www.bbc.com/news/disability-34357957

* “Have you tried some tea?” Comparing responses to mental vs. physical illnesses: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kirstenking/have-you-tried-herbal-tea#.ygN38b71by

* The Empowered FeFes of Chicago has created a free downloadable guide about reproductive health for women with disabilities (the article includes a link to the guide): http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/10/01/3707749/reproductive-health-care-disabilities/

* Let’s hope you’re reading this from Overland Park, KS and not Providence, RI – there’s new national rankings of how cities compare for people with disabilities: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/10/01/ranking-livable-disabilities/20842/

* Why would someone choose to have a deaf baby? Insights about reproductive technology from a viewpoint in Deaf culture:  http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-reproductive-tech-could-threaten-or-preserve-deaf-culture

* A new film highlights a disability wrestling club in Japan – are all things equal in the ring, or is it just more exploitation? http://www.bbc.com/news/disability-32450071

For more information about DREAM, the Taishoff Center, or AHEAD contact Wendy Harbour (wendy@ahead.org) or check out our website at http://www.dreamcollegediability.org.   Wendy can also handle requests to subscribe or unsubscribe. 

By the way, please don't presume DREAM, the Taishoff Center, Syracuse University, or AHEAD agree with everything in these links we send out - we're just passing along the information so you can form your own opinions.  Thanks.

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