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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 THIS WEEK: Brown Bag Lecture October, 20 and Interfaith Dialogue Dinner October, 21**

Please join us! Dedication of the new wheelchair-accessible entrance to Holden Observatory

Disability Mentoring Day: Wednesday, October 21

Certificate in University Teaching seminar, 10/21: Effective and Efficient Assessment

Reminder: Women and Gender Studies Reception Fall 2015

Out @ Work is TONIGHT!


Chancellor's Diversity and Inclusion Workgoup Members Announced

Coming Out Month Presented by LGBT Resource Center

Student Affairs Seeks Additional Members for Student Advisory Board

Burton Blatt Institute Receives $2.5 Million Grant

Falk College Complex Dedication Set for Friday, Oct. 23


The National Academices of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine: 2016 Ford Foundation Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching

Call for Abstracts: Gender and Disability in Work and Organisation, 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference


LA Times article: Dating and autism

Disability Rights International: Film premiere "No One Left Behind"

Employment Opportunity: ADA Coordinator, The University of Michigan

APIDA & Black Coalition Building Webinar

Direct Support Professional Wanted

Disability Scoop 10.13.15

$4.375m Federal Grant Awarded to UNH to Improve National Disability Employment Data



** Disability Awareness Month THIS WEEK: Brown Bag Lecture October, 20 and Interfaith Dialogue Dinner October, 21**


*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.

She 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.


*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.

More information available on the Facebook page of this event.



Please join us! Dedication of the new wheelchair-accessible entrance to Holden Observatory

In honor of Disability Awareness Month at Syracuse University, you are cordially invited to celebrate the dedication of the new wheelchair-accessible entrance to Holden Observatory.


Holden Observatory
10:30 a.m.

Dedication ceremony with remarks by Chancellor Kent Syverud. Immediately following will be guided tours of Holden Observatory and the Patricia Meyers Druger Astronomy Learning Center by Emeritus Professor Marvin Druger.


Email the Office of Special Events at specialevents@syr.edu or call 315.443.4631 and let us know you’re coming.

Click here for the link to SU News.



Disability Mentoring Day: Wednesday, October 21

Disability Mentoring Day

Wednesday, October 21

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.



Certificate in University Teaching seminar, 10/21: Effective and Efficient Assessment

Effective and Efficient Assessment with Prof. Jerry Evensky, Economics. 

Wednesday, October 21

5:15-6:30 p.m. 

Hall of Languages 107

This workshop, led by Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence Jerry Evensky (Economics) will focus on the purposes of and effective/efficient strategies for both formative and summative assessment that can inform your teaching tomorrow and beyond. 

Click here to register.



Reminder: Women and Gender Studies Reception Fall 2015

Women’s & Gender Studies Department invites you to our WGS Fall Reception. 

Monday, October 19

4:00-6:00pm at the Goldstein alumni & Faculty Center.

Stop in to meet feminist colleagues across campus, welcome new members of our community, reconnect with old friends, share information about projects, and learn about WGS plans for the fall.

Feel free to bring a friend or two!




Out @ Work is TONIGHT!

Out @ Work is TONIGHT at 6:30 PM in HL 500. Dessert reception to follow!

Making decisions about being “out” about your sexuality and/or gender can add stress to career considerations. Will Simpkins, the director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will share his professional expertise and personal experiences about navigating “outness” during job searches and in the workplace.

Monday October 19

6:30 - 8:30pm

Hall of Languages 500

Refreshments provided.

Presented by SU LGBT Resource Center and SU Career Services.




Chancellor's Diversity and Inclusion Workgoup Members Announced


The National Academices of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine: 2016 Ford Foundation Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2016 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching.

Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/index.htm

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents, or individuals granted deferred action status under the DACA program
  • Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based filed of science, social science or humanities

Stipends and Allowances:

  • Predoctoral--$24,000 per year for three years
  • Dissertation--$25,000 for one year
  • Postdoctoral--$45,000 for one year

Awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.

Approximately 60 predoctoral, 30 dissertation, and 20 postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Application Deadline Dates:

  • Predoctoral: November 20, 2015
  • Dissertation: November 13, 2015
  • Postdoctoral: November 13, 2015

For Further information please contact:

Fellowships Office, Keck 576
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.334.2872
Fax: 202.334.3419



Call for Abstracts: Gender and Disability in Work and Organisation, 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference

9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary conference, 29th June-1st July, 2016
Keele University, UK

GWO2016 Call for Abstracts 

Gender and Disability in Work and Organisation

Stream Convenors:
Deborah Foster, Cardiff University, WALES
Nancy Hansen, University of Manitoba, CANADA
Stefan Hardonk, University of Iceland, ICELAND
Alan Roulstone, Leeds University, ENGLAND
Jannine Williams, Bradford University, ENGLAND

This stream seeks to create a supportive inter-disciplinary forum for researchers in disability, gender and employment.  Research in the field of gender and disability has identified important gaps in our understanding of the effects of austerity measures in relation to gender and disability, including the impact on pay, job security, the organization and quality of work, workplace accommodations, and the practices and the motivations of diversity managers.  Similarly, in relation to both ‘access’ and ‘treatment’ discrimination (Duff and Ferguson, 2010), the experiences of disabled employees working in the public and private sectors, across different occupational groups and in different countries, continues to be under-reported.  

Building on these observations, we welcome papers that advance our understanding of these issues through theoretically informed empirical studies and theoretically and conceptually driven papers which ‘give space’ to the intersecting concerns of disability and gender in work.  We particularly welcome papers that highlight themes in different, or across, cultural contexts. The stream will examine the under-explored synergies between gender, disability, ableism and impairment in work and organizational contexts.  We are interested in papers that contribute to our understanding of how disability is constructed within a category of social relations - in relation to and with non-disability - and how these relations are shaped through and interact with gender and the gendering of organization. Our understanding of how gender inequalities contribute to studies of work and organization is now relatively developed, but how the patterning of organizing along the `divide’ between disability and non-disability, and the differences this makes for women and men, remains poorly under-researched and under-theorised.

Feminist academics in disability studies have argued that disability studies has neglected gender, and gender studies has neglected disability (Thomas, 2006).  Debates on disability, work and organization have been marginalized and often take place in silos – in the disability studies, sociology, organization studies and, to an extent, in business and management literatures.  Important conceptual distinctions in  disability studies literature between impairment (bodily variations designated impairments) (Thomas, 2007) and disability (the contextual factors that mediate the experience of impairment, marginalizing experiences of impairment and the social spaces available to disabled people (Williams and Mavin, 2012) continue to be poorly understood in mainstream work and employment debates.  Recent research on ableism, that is, the privileging and maintenance of non-disability as an organizing normative principle (Hughes, 2007; Campbell, 2009), has provided a critical lens, questioning the absence of impairment experiences in accounts of work and organizations (Meekosha and Shuttleworth, 2009). Understanding how ableism contributes to gendered experiences of organizing has the potential to bring disability research into line with epistemological critiques in organization studies, which have highlighted the importance of asking for whom knowledge is (re)produced and associated power relationships (Calás and Smircich, 1999; Ferguson, 1994).  We welcome substantive contributions that develop these debates further. 

In the sociology of work and industrial relations literature, increasingly debates are emerging on disability that address labour market disadvantage, the negotiation of workplace adjustments, the need to improve union workplace representation for disabled workers and which challenge taken for granted concepts of what constitutes an ‘ideal worker’ (Foster and Wass, 2013; Jones and Wass, 2012; Foster, 2007; Foster and Fosh 2010; Bacon and Hoque 2010; Foster, 2015).  Disability, nonetheless, remains under-represented in the mainstream business and management literature (often subsumed in `health and well-being’) and the intersections between labour market disadvantages stemming from disability and gender, have been particularly neglected.  The stream welcomes contributions that develop these debates further, particularly where they demonstrate the relevance of both feminist and disability theory and explore new ways of challenging embedded views of work.  In this regard, we are particularly interested in debates that focus on job design/re-design, flexible working practices, improving workplace representation and challenging existing HR/management ideologies.

Finally, we welcome papers that focus on impairment and impairment effects (Thomas 2007; Williams and Mavin, 2012) and the gendered / embodied employment related experiences of persons with disabilities, including the organisation of labour and production of impaired bodies. The body is understood not as a 'normal, finished and fixed entity' (Williams and Mavin, 2013:7), but as socially and materially produced, yet its construction is masked by the everydayness of the production of social relations (Dale, 2001). For example Burrell and Hearn (1989) have argued that sexuality is an ordinary public process, intimately tied up with gender power imbalances, and as Hearn and Parkin (1987) argue, is subsumed under and a part of a gender identity. Disability research has highlighted the extent to which disabled bodies are desexualized, or hypersexual/deviant or objects of fetishism (Liddiard, 2011; Shakespeare et al., 1996).

We therefore welcome paper that include, but are not limited to:
•    Conceptual and theoretical papers examining the hitherto under-developed synergies and possible tensions between gender, disability, ableism and impairment in work and organizational contexts. 
•    Interdisciplinary papers that aim to bridge existing gaps in our knowledge and understanding of gender, disability, work and organizations by, for example, engaging with and fusing diverse literatures and methodological debates. 
•    The relationships between gender, disability, impairment type, and role/sector, country context and how these shape work experiences.
•    How impairment effects feature in disabled organizational members' experiences of work and interrelationships with debates around ‘ideal’ worker norms.
•    Embodied experiences of disabled organizational members, the organization and production of impaired bodies and the intersection of gender and disability. 
•    Gender, disability and the political-legal/ social policy employment context.
•    The role of different organizational actors (e.g. HR professionals, managers, trade unions) in perpetuating or challenging established gendered and ableist norms.

Abstracts of approximately 500 words (ONE page, Word document NOT PDF, single spaced, excluding references, no header, footers or track changes) are invited by 1st November 2015 with decisions on acceptance to be made by stream leaders within one month. All abstracts will be peer reviewed. New and young scholars with 'work in progress' papers are welcomed. Papers can be theoretical or theoretically informed empirical work. In the case of co-authored papers, ONE person should be identified as the corresponding author. Note that due to restrictions of space, multiple submissions by the same author will not be timetabled.

Abstracts should be emailed to: FosterD1@cardiff.ac.uk  Abstracts should include FULL contact details, including your name, department, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address. State the title of the stream to which you are submitting your abstract. *Note that no funding, fee waiver, travel or other bursaries are offered for attendance at GWO2016*.



LA Times article: Dating and autism  




Disability Rights International: Film premiere "No One Left Behind"

"No One Left Behind" Film premiere and reception

Disability Rights International will be profiled on The Visionaries, the award- winning public television series, hosted by acclaimed actor Sam Waterston.

The documentary showcases DRI's work to end life-threatening abuses in institutions and support local activists to ensure that all children with disabilities grow up in families in the community.

Wednesday, November 4, 6-8 PM

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC, 20009

6 PM-Light refreshments and welcome
6:30 PM-30 minute film showing
7 PM-Q&A with DRI staff

Admission is free but space is limited - Please RSVP to Rachel Arnold at RSVP@DRIadvocacy.org or 202-296-0800 ext. 654.


Employment Opportunity: ADA Coordinator, The University of Michigan 

ADA Coordinator, The University of Michingan

The scope of responsibility for this position includes faculty, staff, and student employment; and public, patient, faculty, staff and student access to programs and facilities.  This position requires an experienced and well-trained professional who can effectively handle a variety of responsibilities in a fast paced environment. The ADA Coordinator reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs/Senior Director of the Office for Institutional Equity.

The University of Michigan is a research university comprised of nineteen Schools and Colleges and a Health System that includes three hospitals.  The combined student enrollment in 2014 was more than 43,000 students.  In 2014 the University employed more than 45,000 faculty and staff.

The University seeks an experienced, creative, innovative, energetic and thoughtful individual to join the University’s Office for Institutional Equity (OIE).  The individual will provide consultation, guidance, support and delivery of programming and services for the University of Michigan faculty, staff, students, administrators and management to support equal access, equitable treatment and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.  The ADA Coordinator will also support OIE’s mission of furthering campus-wide diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and equal opportunity.

The preferred candidate will: 

  • Provide guidance and consultation to the university community to insure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other federal and state laws regarding equal access for people with disabilities.
  • Work in partnership with various University offices regarding ADA/504/FHA compliance, including but not limited to:

              Human Resources

              Deans and Directors

              Hospitals and Health Centers

              Facilities and Operations: Architects, Physical Facilities, Transportation and Parking Services

              University Housing, Athletics, and the Performing Arts

Office of the General Counsel 

  • Incorporate state and federal technical assistance as well as demonstrated best practices to provide guidance regarding reasonable accommodations for faculty, staff and academic professionals with disabilities.
  • Provide prompt resolution of inquiries from University employees and students, as well as the public regarding compliance with the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws relating to discrimination on the basis of disability.
  • Provide institutional guidance in sometimes complex situations while maintaining positive relationships with campus partners.
  • Design and provide presentations for students, faculty and staff on disability awareness, compliance and the provision of equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.
  • Develop, provide and maintain written materials and other informational pieces to broadly disseminate information regarding the ADA and the University’s policies relating to persons with disabilities.
  • Respond to and formally investigate allegations of discrimination and non-compliance under the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability.
  • Perform and/or consult regarding architectural barrier surveys; develop procedures for the fulfillment of requests for alternative formats, interpreting services, CART, and other communication access needs; and participate in a variety of committees to facilitate equal access and reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities.
  • Support the implementation of U-M policies and procedures related to legal compliance, equal opportunity, harassment prevention and nondiscrimination

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of five years of recent experience providing guidance on compliance with Titles I and II of the ADA, Section 504 and related disabilities law in a complex institutional environment
  • Master’s degree or equivalent level of experience
  • Demonstrated leadership in ADA/504 compliance and the ability to effect institutional change to enhance the experience of people with disabilities
  • Experience with people who have a broad range of disabilities
  • Demonstrated organizational, critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience engaging in the above-outlined activities in a higher education environment
  • Demonstrated recent experience collaborating with architects, civil engineers and/or project managers regarding the application of the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design
  • Extensive knowledge of other AA/EEO and Civil Rights laws and regulations

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience.

To ensure full consideration, please apply on-line at umjobs.org

Please direct any questions to Institutional.equity@umich.edu         

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

APIDA & Black Coalition Building Webinar

Join the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) - College Student Educators International's Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) and PAN African Network (ACPA) for an engaging dialogue on racial experiences pertaining to the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and Black communities.

Monday, October 26th; 8:00pm EST

We will explore how historical and current events have shaped our communities and identify strategies toward racial solidarity and coalition building.

Please contact Trina S. Tan (trinatan7@gmail.com), APAN Education & Advocacy Co-Chair and Jordan S. West (j.shelby.w@gmail.com), PAN Equity & Inclusion Chair with questions.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/4565237519311566081


Direct Support Professional Wanted

I am a young professional with an intellectual disability with strong ties to Syracuse University.

I am looking for a support person mainly to assist me with; organization, planning and other activities. 

This is a paid position, and I am looking for support for up to 8 hours a week. Hours are flexible, based on our schedules, and will primarily be Tuesday's and Thursday's with some possible weekend hours. 

If interested, please contact Micah Fialka-Feldman at micahff@aol.com  and Andrea Stoughtenger at Andrea.stoughtenger@gmail.com with a letter of interest and resume/CV.

Disability Scoop 10.13.15




$4.375m Federal Grant Awarded to UNH to Improve National Disability Employment Data


DURHAM, N.H. - The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has been awarded a 5 year, $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). This is a five year renewal of the grant, titled the Employment Policy & Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (EPM-RRTC), which works towards improving knowledge about and access to existing disability data, and generating the knowledge needed to improve future disability data collection and dissemination.
“The work we do for this grant will not only provide us with a better picture of employment for people with disabilities,” explains Andrew Houtenville, Research Director at the Institute on Disability and Principal Investigator for the EPM-RRTC grant. “It will help people better frame the issues, monitor current circumstances and progress, judge the effectiveness of policies and programs, make projections about the future, and predict the costs of potential policy changes.”
The mission of EPM-RRTC is to support the disability and policy communities as they take on important policy issues by generating and translating new knowledge about disability employment policy and ways to measure the labor market experiences of people with disabilities. In doing so, the Center will improve the quality of information about program interactions, policy options, and employment outcomes, increase evidenced-based advocacy and policymaking, foster more effective policies and practices, and ultimately, increase employment for people with disabilities.
The Center’s research activities will help prepare the disability community by generating new knowledge about the effects of program interactions, assessing the impacts of potential or actual Social Security Disability Insurance reforms, and, developing valid, reliable methods of measuring employment outcomes.
This grant proposes 11 research and 12 knowledge translation projects.  The following are some highlights: 

  • A research project to use the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to assess health insurance and health care access of new SSDI beneficiaries before and after the implementation of the ACA.
  • A research project to assess how the employment outcomes of applicants to vocational rehabilitation services vary when agencies are more or less constrained by funding.
  • A research project to develop a multidimensional measure of employment and a striving-to-work indicator.
  • A research project to develop reliable estimates of the employment experiences of people with disabilities and people with serious mental illness (SMI) using new approaches for web-survey data collection.

Knowledge translation activities include training, technical assistance, and the expansion of existing work with the Monthly nTIDE Jobs Report, Policy Supplements to the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, and CBO Budget Scoring Briefs.
Key partners include Mathematica, Hunter College, Kessler Foundation, and the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD).
For more information, visit www.researchondisability.org/epm-rrtc.


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