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March, 08 2018

Disability Cultural Center Newsletter #2

Below you will find a digest of this week's announcement.  Submissions for each week must be received by 9:00 AM each Thursday.  Enjoy!

SU Events

Movie Night

FOR STUDENTS: This Saturday, we're holding a movie night at Nick Holzthum's apartment
at Nob Hill. We are watching The Freedom Riders, a documentary about the civil rights movement. Feel free to invite others, but please be mindful that we have limited space, and reserve either via email
(nholzthu@syr.edu) or Facebook
Where: 111 Lafayette Rd., Apt 300
When: Saturday, Oct. 5th, 6:00-8:00 PM

Disabilities Awareness Month Press Release


IVMF's second annual open house to recognize Syracuse University's enduring legacy to serve those who serve

This Friday, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) will host the Syracuse community in order to showcase Syracuse University's long history of supporting America's veterans and to highlight the increasing prominence of SU as a thought leader among the community of organizations and policy makers who serve those who have served. 
SU's proud history spans decades, from the post-WWII growth of the campus due to the GI Bill, and
then-Chancellor William Tolley's open invitation to returning veterans which ensured them admission to SU upon return from war, to the present day, which includes military and veteran-focused programming not only at the IVMF but also within the Whitman School of Management, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Technology, as well as the Veterans Resource Center at University College.
Just over two years since its inception, the IVMF will celebrate its progress with an open house held on Friday, Oct. 4. The 2013 event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at SU's University College. 
Over the past year, the IVMF has launched new programs, developed new partnerships, influenced
national policy, and changed thousands of lives for the better. The open house will feature an 'IVMF by the Numbers' theme, outlining the accomplishments of each of the institute's four mission areas: Employment, Programming, Research & Policy, and Community Engagement
Among some of the featured facts, the IVMF is proud to report that nearly 2,500 veterans and military families members have been served this year by the institute's educational and vocational programs; 88 research briefs have been published in order to aggregate and disseminate leading thought in the field; over 300 of the nation's leading employers have partnered with the institute by pledging to hire a total of 600,000 veterans; and through the institute's efforts, $26 million of VA funding has been secured by New York State, tripling that of the prior year. Each of these numbers marks a significant accomplishment for the IVMF, moving above and beyond already high expectations set just a year before.
This event will not only celebrate a year of accomplishments, but will also mark the beginning of another year of service to our nation's military men and women and their families. The IVMF will continue to forge partnerships, develop additional programming and seek new opportunities to better support our nation's troops as they transition to civilian life.
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700 University Avenue, Suite 303 :: Syracuse, New York 13244 :: vets.syr.edu :: vets@syr.edu :: (315) 443-0141 
For media inquiries, contact IVMF Chief of Staff, Dan Savage

Daily Orange Article: "Through the Same Door"  Micah Fialka-Feldman


SU Challenge Couse and Outdoor Education Center Grand Opening

Please join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of the Syracuse University Challenge Course and Outdoor Education Center on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 9 a.m. A brief program will take place at the Challenge Course, followed by an open opportunity to try it. (come appropriately dressed if you plan to use the course). Light refreshments will be served in the Outdoor Education Center, following the program, located at 611 Skytop Road, by the Inn Complete. 
Transportation will be provided on-site if needed. 
If accommodations are needed for wheelchair users, please contact Scott Catucci at 315-443-0290 or sacatucc@syr.edu by Oct. 4.
Jill Ouikahilo          (we-ka-he-low)
Director of Communications
Syracuse University
Division of Student Affairs
518 Crouse-Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY  13244-2130
315-443-8568 (o)
315-443-1900 (f)

LGBT Resource Center Coming Out Month

Syracuse University’s LGBT Resource Center, within the Division of Student Affairs, continues its tradition of celebrating the month of October as “Coming Out Month,” in honor of the national “Coming Out Day” on Oct. 11.

This month-long anniversary, designed to celebrate the complexities of identities and experiences, supports the larger vision of the resource center, which is to serve with integrity people with marginalized genders and sexualities. Coming Out Month also provides opportunities to deepen one’s sense of allyship through a variety of programming and events aligned with the Resource Center’s new statement of allyship.
For starters, students, faculty, staff and alumni can let members of the LGBT community know there are support and resources available to them on campus by adding their names to the “You Are Not Alone” list (formerly known as the Out & Ally list), which will run in the Daily Orange and on the SU News website on Oct. 10. To be included on the list, names must be emailed from a syr.edu account to lgbt@syr.edu by 5 p.m. on Oct. 4.
Additionally, faculty and staff can participate in a new training designed to engage and develop their sense of allyship, titled “Safer People, Safer Spaces,” on Oct. 26, from 2-5 p.m. Space is limited; email tmgray01@syr.edu to secure a spot.
“Our focus this year is really on intersectionality and collaboration, connecting to our values of community and social justice,” says Chase Catalano, director of the LGBT Resource Center. “We are excited to be connected to events across departments.”
One of the most anticipated highlights of this year’s “Coming Out Month” calendar includes the screening of the film "Codebreaker" with Q&A by the film’s executive producer and creator, Patrick Sammon ’97. The event is a collaboration with Orange Central and LGBT Studies, and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse III. "Codebreaker" tells the remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the Computer Age, and his World War II codebreaking helped turn the tide of the Second World War. Instead of receiving accolades, Turing faced terrible persecution.  In 1952, the British government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. Documentary elements seamlessly interconnect with drama scenes in "Codebreaker" to offer a three dimensional picture of Turing, his accomplishments, his tragic end and his lasting legacy.
“We are very excited to be able to bring an alumnus with such distinction back to campus, so he can connect with students about his work, as well as share the story of Alan Turing,” says Catalano. "We are grateful for such a wonderful collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations to have us be a part of Orange Central.”
Other highlights of the month’s events include a keynote by Emi Koyama, “What Does Queer Politics Have To Do With Disability Justice?” In this collaboration with the Disability Cultural Center, Koyama will explore the intersections of disability justice, queer/trans* rights, and feminism through critically examining social and medical practices around ‘queer’ bodies. The event will take place on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Watson Theatre, followed by a dessert reception.
Two favorite SU traditions, “Coming Out Stories” and “Chalk on the Quad” will kick off the month on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Other notable collaborations include:
Decolonizing Sexuality, Queering Decolonization: Notes from Palestine. Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in Crouse Hinds 001. In this talk by Haneen Maikey, director of Al Qaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, she will use the decade-long work of Al-Qaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society to shed light on Palestinian sexual liberation struggles and decolonizing strategies, including challenging dominant and hegemonic LGBT discourses and the strategy of pinkwashing. This event was brought to the LGBT Resource Center through the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.
SEX! BODY! SELF! A performance & lecture & rant by Tim Miller. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in 500 Hall of Languages. Miller will provide a highly stimulating and opinionated rant with performance about identity, the culture wars and queer strategies for the future, followed by Q&A.
Check the university calendar for all upcoming events. For more information, contact the LGBT Resource Center at 315-443-3983 or lgbt@syr.e

 REMINDER:  Film Series

OCT 5th, 3:30pm @  Watson Auditorium, Syracuse University

General Admission: $5
Students: FREE!

Sponsored by The School of Education at Syracuse University,

The Image in Disability Showcase explores the many ways films

around the world view disability.

All films are captioned.

Full program description:

Petra’s Poem, 2012, 5 mins.
In this visually compelling short, Petra Tolley, a Toronto artist with Down syndrome, draws from her emotional experiences to produce a distinctive take on the social self.
Bulletproof Jackson, 2013, 35 mins.
Featuring a cast with eighteen disabled actors, this western follows the story of Benny Jackson, a young man in danger of losing his family’s saloon.

Check Out, 2013, 11 mins.

A short comedy. Kelly and Allison are two twenty-something grocery employees caught in a rut; Kelly has Down syndrome and is struggling to get a promotion, while Allison struggles to find happiness amidst her complacency.

I Am In Here, 2012, 30 mins.
"Do you want to know what it's like to be thought of as stupid?" Mark's autism prevents him from speaking his thoughts. This day-in-the-life movie uses humor to highlight the contrast between people's perceptions of Mark and the intelligent man trapped inside.


Africa Initiative Brown Bag with Alan Foley and Joanna Masingila

Alan Foley and Joanna Masingila will be presenting at an Africa Initiative Brown Bag on Thursday, October 10th from 12-1 pm in the Sims Hall Atrium (Room 319) on "Using Mobile Devices to Support Learning for Students with Visual Impairments". This is work using mobile devices in Kenya to improve access to and quality of education for primary through university level students with visual impairments. This work is part of the Syracuse University-Kenyatta University Partnership, funded currently by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Everyone is welcome.

Syracuse and Regional Events


Anderson Twins Comedy Show

Come one, come all!!!
The Anderson Twins Comedy Show is coming to Onondaga Community College in Syracuse on Saturday, October 19th at 7pm.  This is the FIRST show for Levi and Clay Anderson in the entire state of New York!  This is an event you do not want to miss!   
Tickets for this family friendly show are now on sale at $5 each.   75 have already been snatched up…only 225 tickets left.  Reserve your ticket today by contacting me or by calling OCC's Box Office 315-498-2772 during business hours M-F.
Bring your family and friends for a night full of laughs!  Please help me spread the word by sharing the flyer.
Thank you very much!
Rebecca Dadey
Assistant Professor, American Sign Language
Coordinator, Chinese & German
Modern Languages Department
Mawhinney Building Room 308
Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, New York 13215-4585
Tel:  (315) 282-5210
Fax: (315) 498-2161

News and Announcements


Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
Disability Cultural Center Open House (Hoople 105, 106, 108)  
Please join us for an array of festive, informal conversations, and a pastiche of delicious foodstuffs (including yummy gluten-free and Kosher vegetarian options). Everyone is welcomed. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. We also hope to have an information table re: the Workforce Recruitment Program.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, beginning at 3:30 p.m. 
Syracuse International Film Festival: The Image in Disability Showcase (Watson Auditorium)
Sponsored by the School of Education. Contact Dean Douglas Biklen (dpbiklen@syr.edu) with any questions. All films are closed-captioned in English.
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Using Mobile Devices to Support Learning for Students with Visual Impairments (Sims Hall Atrium, Room 319)
Prof. Alan Foley and Prof. and Dept. Chair Joanna Masingila will be presenting an Africa Initiative Brown Bag. This is work using mobile devices in Kenya to improve access to and quality of education for primary through university level students with visual impairments. This work is part of the Syracuse University-Kenyatta University Partnership, funded currently by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
What Does Queer Politics Have To Do With Disability Justice: A Keynote by Emi Koyama (Watson Theater)  
October is Coming Out Month. Keynote Emi Koyama will explore the intersections of disability justice, queer/trans* rights, and feminism through critically examining social and medical practices around 'queer' bodies. Followed by a Q & A and dessert reception. Co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the LGBT Resource Center, the Disability Cultural Center, and the LGBT Studies Program & Minor. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided. Requests for accommodations and any questions can be directed to the LGBT Resource Center at: lgbt@syr.edu, by 10/9.
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 pm.
Student luncheon with Ethiopian disability rights activists (Rachel's at Sheraton)  
Student luncheon with Ethiopian disability rights activists, Wesenyelesh Admasu (Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association) and Meseret Mamo Kombolcha (Ethiopian Human Rights Commission). Cosponsored by the Disability Cultural Center, the Slutzker Center for International Services, the Disability Rights Clinic, and the Disability Law and Policy Program. 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at Rachel's in the Sheraton Hotel. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided. Please RSVP (including any accommodations requests) to sudcc@syr.edu by Oct. 21.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations, Part 3: Lives Worth Living (MacNaughton and White Halls, COL)  
Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations, Part 3: Lives Worth Living with Adrienne Asch, William Peace, and Stephen Kuusisto. SU College of Law, MacNaughton Hall, Room 104 at 5:30 p.m.; reception and book signing at 6:30 p.m. in Heritage Lounge, White Hall, Room 366. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be provided during the presentation; ASL interpretation will be provided during the reception and book signing. This event is made possible by the Cocurricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs, and cosponsorship by the Disability Cultural Center, the Renee Crown University Honors Program, the Center on Human Policy, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, the LGBT Resource Center, the Disability Student Union, the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, the Disability Law Society, and others, to be confirmed.
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Student Luncheon with Adrienne Asch, William Peace, and Stephen Kuusisto (Rachel's at Sheraton)
Student Luncheon with Disabilities as Ways of Knowing, Part 3 presenters, at Rachel's in the Sheraton Hotel. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided. Please RSVP (including any accommodations requests) tosudcc@syr.edu by Oct. 23.
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 12:00 to 1:00 pm.
Recognizing Death While Affirming Life: A Disability Perspective on End-of-Life Questions  (SUNY Upstate Medical University Campus Room 1507/1508 Setnor Academic Building 766 Irving Ave.) 
How can health care practitioners and bioethicists benefit from the views of disability scholars and activists? This seminar takes a disability rights perspective on now-famous end of life cases and current debates about the end of life and assisted suicide. Dr. Adrienne Asch is the Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University and professor of epidemiology and population health and family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Her work focuses on the ethical, political, psychological, and social implications of human reproduction and the family. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters and is the co-editor of Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights and The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society.
Co-sponsors: Syracuse University's Disability Cultural Center & Renee Crown University Honors Program
For more information, contact Lois Dorschel (dorschel@upstate.edu; 315-464-8451)
Access: The presentation space is wheelchair accessible (wheelchair-accessible bathroom on the same floor). ASL interpreter provided.
Consortium for Culture and Medicine Faculty Seminars: The Consortium for Culture and Medicine is a collaboration among Le Moyne College, Syracuse University, and Upstate Medical University that brings together faculty and students from disparate fields to teach and conduct research on social, ethical, and cultural aspects of health care. The Consortium's Seminar Series encourages faculty, students, and interested community members to speak across disciplinary boundaries on urgent topics that interweave discourses and professional and social perspectives.
Location: The Setnor Academic Building is an extension on the north side of Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., at the intersection of Waverly and Irving, on the west side of Irving, just north of Waverly.
Parking: There is limited metered parking on Elizabeth Blackwell Street near University Hospital, and along Irving Avenue near Weiskotten and Silverman Halls and the Health Sciences Library. Visitors may wish to park at one of two public garages on Irving Avenue. (Take Adams Street to Irving Avenue. Turn right. The garages are on the left side of the street between Adams Street and Waverly Avenue.)
Diane R. Wiener, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.
Director, Disability Cultural Center (Division of Student Affairs)
Research Associate Professor (School of Education)
Syracuse University
105 Hoople Building
805 South Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2280
(315) 443-4486
FAX: (315) 443-0193
DCC email address: sudcc@syr.edu
DCC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sudcc

Deafblind Video Release

Hello everyone
We are pleased to inform you that we just posted a video on the event day, and your interview is part of the final cut.
Denise Rocha, my guide-interpreter and I, Alex Garcia, a deafblind person, got so happy for participating at the meeting and at the video.
I am very happy because the video is being shared with all the planet and it shows in a short way the way I use to communicate by writing on the palm of my hand. 
The highlight on the way I communicate helps to break the invisibility of deafblind persons.!
Feel free to share it with your networks.
Here is the link:
All the best
Alex Garcia
Deafblind Brazilian


Mental Illness and Violent Crime Study Results

NYAPRS Note: In the wake of multiple violent crimes that media linked to mental illness, advocates for mental health de-stigmatization and rehabilitation are often left quoting the same study indicating that individuals with a mental health diagnosis are far more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of it. The below study, published by the American Journal of Psychiatry last month, indicates that there is no statistical link between diagnosed “psychiatric disorders” and the use of firearms or violence toward multiple victims. See below for a summary from Psychiatric News and the attached links to read the full studies.
Study Finds Psychiatric Factors Not Linked To Multiple Homicide Victims
Clinical and Research news; Mark Moran; September 17, 2013
Though more than a third of the defendants had prior psychiatric treatment, few received treatment in the three months preceding the crime of which they were accused.
Psychiatric factors do not appear to predict whether a homicide defendant used a firearm, killed multiple victims, or is convicted of the crime, a finding that would seem to counter the popular notion—prevalent in the wake of recent mass killings that have made the news—that perpetrators of mass gun violence are invariably mentally ill.
The finding is from a study appearing in the September American Journal of Psychiatry that assessed the association between homicide and a wide range of demographic and clinical variables.
Key Points 
  • Researchers found no relationship between the presence of psychiatric disorders and the use of firearms. Also, the presence of a psychiatric disorder was not related to offenses involving multiple victims.
  • Although 37 percent of the sample had prior psychiatric treatment, only 8 percent of the defendants with diagnosed Axis I disorders had outpatient treatment during the three months preceding the homicide.
  • Individuals with an Axis I disorder were overrepresented in homicide defendants, but this was due to the high rate of substance use disorders found in this population.
“It is notable that clinical variables, such as Axis I diagnoses, were not associated with offense characteristics or case outcomes when demographic and historical characteristics of the cases were included in the models,” wrote lead author Edward Mulvey, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and colleagues. “In particular, while age and race were significantly related to the use of a firearm, the addition of clinical variables to demographic and historical variables did not improve model fit. Furthermore, a model including demographic/historical and clinical variables did not significantly predict a guilty verdict, suggesting that case-specific factors were more salient in these determinations.”
In the study, defendants charged with homicide in a U.S. urban county between 2001 and 2005 received a psychiatric evaluation after arrest. Demographic, historical, and psychiatric variables as well as offense characteristics and legal outcomes were described. The researchers examined differences by age group and by race; they also looked at predictors of having multiple victims, firearm use, guilty plea, and guilty verdict.
Fifty-eight percent of the sample had at least one Axis I or II diagnosis using DSM-IV criteria, most often a substance use disorder (47 percent). Axis I or II diagnoses were more common (78 percent) among defendants over age 40. Although 37 percent of the sample had prior psychiatric treatment, only 8 percent of the defendants with diagnosed Axis I disorders had outpatient treatment during the three months preceding the homicide.
That suggests limited opportunities for prevention by mental health providers, Mulvey and colleagues said. “The rate of previous treatment observed in this sample raises issues relevant to mental health policy,” they wrote. “Although 53 percent of the sample were diagnosed with an Axis I diagnosis (including substance use disorders), less than half of these individuals had ever been hospitalized. Also, among those with an Axis I diagnosis, only 8 percent had received any treatment in the three months preceding the homicide offense. Moreover, this low frequency of recent psychiatric treatment differed markedly by race….Widespread disparities in access to care and cultural differences regarding help seeking are likely explanations for this difference. The low rate of treatment in the months preceding the offense, however, highlights the need for enhanced engagement of high-risk individuals (especially during times of emotional crisis) if mental health care providers expect to have an impact on serious violence.”
Steven Hoge, M.D., says that study findings showing low rates of treatment in the period prior to a crime suggest that crime-prevention strategies relying on psychiatrists’ reports regarding treatment encounters will not be effective.
Steven Hoge, M.D., chair of APA’s Council on Psychiatry and Law, reviewed the report. “Individuals with an Axis I disorder were overrepresented among homicide defendants,” he told Psychiatric News, “but this was due to the high rate of substance use disorders found. The relationship between substance use and serious criminal behavior is well established. The study identified only 15 individuals—just 5 percent of the sample—who had a mental disorder and no co-occurring substance use disorder. Identification and treatment of substance use disorders are important not only to alleviate individual suffering, but also to improve public safety.
“The study findings address current concerns regarding gun use and mass killings by those with mental illnesses,” he continued. “There is widespread belief that mental illness is an important cause of firearm violence and mass murder. In fact, the researchers found no relationship between the presence of psychiatric disorders and the use of firearms. Nor did the presence of a psychiatric disorder relate to offenses involving multiple victims. These findings suggest that policies designed to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals with a history of mental illness will not prove to be effective as a targeted strategy.”
Hoge also said the study underscores the need for better access to psychiatric treatment, particularly substance use treatment. However, crime-prevention strategies that rely on psychiatrists’ reports are likely to be ineffective because most of this population is not in treatment or getting timely treatment.
“Psychiatric Characteristics of Homicide Defendants” is posted at http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/data/Journals/AJP/927544/994.pdf.
Psychiatric Factors Not Linked to Multiple Victims” is posted at http://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/newsarticle.aspx?articleid=1739096

Disability Film Purchase Discount for Disabilities Studies Week

This video challenges ordinary perceptions, stereotypes, and expectations of those with developmental disabilities.”
Mary M. Nofsinger, Washington State University Library
Video review from the Library Journal

In honor of Disabilitiy Studies Week we're offering a 15% discount on our films!

Watch for FREE, decide to buy: http://welcomechange.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4m1/

Use promo code 596X83 for a 15% discount when purchasing The Collector of Bedford Street
Use promo code BFK557 for a 15% discount when purchasing Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy
We are excited to share with you two valuable short films from Welcome Change Productions. Our films focus on people with disabilities who make enormous impacts on their communities. These unique films are trusted learning tools at higher education centers, and can be used for training or Continuing Education Units. These films can also be used for fundraising or outreach in an economy that demands creative marketing. We hope you find these stories as engaging as we do!
Diana Braun has Down Syndrome and Kathy Conour has Cerebral Palsy and is non-verbal. The two women met at a sheltered workshop in Illinois three decades ago and vowed to live independent, non-institutionalized lives together. They are tireless self-advocates who expand our vision of human capability. Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy moves beyond disability and activism to a story of a profound, creative friendship. This PBS award-winning documentary was most recently the foundation of a new online course launched by the College of Direct Support, called "Film for Thought." Watch Diana and Kathy discuss advocacy and independent living: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk0HZkVbuJA.
The Collector of Bedford Street (34 minutes)
Nominated for an Academy Award, this film features community activist Larry Selman, a man with an intellectual disability who collects money for a variety of charities. When his last surviving relative's health begins to fail, Larry's community sets up a Supplemental Needs trust to ensure he is able to live independently in the future. This neighborly generosity is in large part due to Larry's positive impact on his Manhattan neighborhood. To date, Larry has raised half a million dollars and was a recipient of the 2009 Caring Award, alongside Colin Powell! 
We hope you will take a moment to learn about these films, which include people with a variety of abilities in every setting. Please take a look at our website at www.welcomechange.org to learn more!
Thanks very much for your time.
With warm regards,
Samantha Plakun
Outreach Director
Welcome Change Productions
107 Bedford Street, Upper One
New York, NY  10014

Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in summer or permanent jobs.

The WRP provides students and recent graduates with disabilities in all fields and levels of study the opportunity to market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States, sharpen their interviewing skills during a required phone interview with a WRP recruiter, and gain valuable skills, experience, and contacts on the job.

Applicants for the program must:

-         Must have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability which makes the candidate eligible to use the Schedule A hiring authority AND

-         be a U.S.citizen AND

-         be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education on a substantially full-time basis (unless the severity of the disability precludes the student from taking a substantially full-time load) to seek a degree OR

-         be enrolled in such an institution as a degree-seeking student taking less than a substantially full-time load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduation OR

-         have graduated from such an institution within the past year.

The WRP is run on an annual basis and requires applicants to have an initial phone interview with one of its recruiters.  These interviews will take place from October 21 through November 8, 2013. An annual database is compiled by December which federal and other employers then use to identify and further interview qualified persons for positions.  There were over 2,900 candidates in the 2013 database.

The WRP is coordinated on the SU campus by SU Career Services, 235 Schine Center. Since registration has already begun and his approval is necessary to proceed to full registration, interested students should immediately contact the WRP Campus Coordinator, Chuck Reutlinger, for more information on program details and the timeline for registration for WRP 2014 (Fall 2013 recruitment) by sending an email to clreutli@syr.edu

The WRP is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity
Thanks to Chuck Reutlinger

See below for encouraging news that might impact our students as they move toward careers and the work force. 
These efforts dovetail nicely with the US Department of Labor’s effort to get students with disabilities engaged in internships and jobs through the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP).  Although delayed by the shutdown, we continue to reach out to SU students at all levels and in all areas of study to participate in this annual effort.  A brief description of WRP and its eligibility requirements is attached.  Please consider participating or spreading the word to those who might wish to con
sider it since WRP assures me that this year’s effort will resume as soon as the shutdown is resolved.
Questions about WRP can be addressed to me. I am also willing to advise any student with a disability about career issues, disclosure concerns, and resources related to recruitment efforts by other organizations.
Chuck Reutlinger
Associate Director
Career Services, Syracuse University
303 University Place, Suite 235
Syracuse, NY 13244-2070
Phone:315 443-3616 / Fax: 315 443-2805

Disability Rights Washington Resources and Video

My name is Molly Smith, and I am a Disability Studies student at the University of Washington. I interned at Disability Rights Washington (DRW) this summer and I’m writing today to fill you in on some exciting developments in DRW’s work.
DRW recently saw success in settling the class action suit TR v. Quigley. As a result of a group of Washington youth suing the state, families who use Medicaid will now be able to access intensive home and community based mental health treatment if the settlement is approved by the Court and implemented as written. The goal of this agreement is to provide the most appropriate services for Washington youth and prevent them from being unnecessarily institutionalized. The details of the case can be found on DRW’s website.
DRW embraces a method of multimodal advocacy to promote disability rights. As a part of the work done around TR, DRW has produced a video interviewing one of the plaintiffs, allowing her to share her own story. The video can be viewed on DRW’s Rooted in Rights YouTube channel. Creating a video and promoting self-advocacy were an instrumental and innovative part of promoting the results of TRA local news station even used clips of the video on their coverage.
DRW has also recently produced a short film entitled “The Megaphone Effect: Reclaiming Recovery,” which follows the self-advocacy of a group of not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) patients in Washington’s state psychiatric hospitals. This video has been accepted as an entry at the 2013 Tacoma Film festival this fall.
If you are interested in keeping up with local, state, national, and international disability rights related news and features, you and your students can subscribe to our email list on Disability Rights Galaxy.
Feel free to contact Tina Pinedo or Mark Stroh at DRW with any questions.
Thank you,

Government Shutdown and Disability

Many of you have been wondering if the government shutdown (effective at midnight last night) will affect disabled college students’ social security, student loans, or other benefits, as well as any court cases or complaints filed with the Office of Civil Rights or other federal groups.  Those of you in DC may be affected even more than the rest of us, with DC technically being under federal authority. The honest answer to these questions is that it’s all up in the air right now as DC and state governments scramble to work out details.   “Essential personnel” for us may not be deemed “essential” by politicians, and most news about the shutdown isn’t geared toward people with disabilities.
For now, the Washington Post has a helpful blog that may be a good starting point:
We do know the US Access Board (http://www.access-board.gov/) has also shut down, but we don’t have updates about other individual agencies related to disability.  We’ll keep you posted as things develop, and the weekly Friday DREAM updates will also have news, if there’s anything new to report.


Disability Scoop Article on Government Shutdown


A petition to ratify the CRPD without RUDs on change.org

CRPD Update

Dear all,
The latest views adopted by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on an individual communication are now posted on the Committee's website.
The case, Zsolt Bujdosó and five others v Hungary (Communication no 4/2011, 9 September 2013) concerned six persons with intellectual disabilities whose names had been removed from the electoral register upon being placed under guardianship in accordance with the Constitution, and as a result had been denied the right to vote in parliamentary and municipal elections in 2010, in violation of Articles 29 and 12 of the Convention.  While the State party claimed that this automatic denial of the right to vote of persons under guardianship had been remedied through the abandonment of the Constitutional provision and the passing of legislation which permitted courts to individually assess one’s capacity to vote during guardianship proceedings, the CRPD Committee recalled that Article 29 does not foresee any reasonable restriction, nor does it allow any exception for any group of persons with disabilities.  Hence, an exclusion of the right to vote on the basis of a perceived, or actual psychosocial or intellectual disability, including a restriction pursuant to an individualised assessment, constitutes discrimination on the basis of disability.  The CRPD Committee concluded that the State party failed to comply with its obligations under Article 29 of the Convention, read alone and in conjunction with Article 12 of the Convention.
The Committee recalled that under Article 12, States parties must recognise and uphold the legal capacity of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others in all aspects of their lives including political life which encompasses the right to vote.  And that under Articles 12 and 29, States parties have a positive duty to take the necessary measures to guarantee to persons with disabilities the exercise of their legal capacity and to adapt its voting procedures by ensuring that they are “appropriate, accessible, and easy to understand and use”, and allowing assistance in voting upon request of the person with disability.
This is the Committee’s first decision on a communication relating to Article 29.  It reinforces the Committee’s Concluding Observations on the subject and emphasises that judicial capacity assessments on an individual's right to vote are discriminatory in nature and cannot be advanced as a justification to preserve the integrity of the State’s political system.  It further clarifies that any reading of the European Court of Human Rights judgment Alajos Kiss v Hungary (Application no 38832/06, 20 May 2010)* which suggests that one’s right to vote can be legitimately removed on the basis of an individualised judicial evaluation, is not in compliance with Articles 29 and 12 of the CRPD.
The full decision and IDA’s case summary are available online and also attached.
*In Alajos Kiss v Hungary, the European Court of Human Rights found a violation of Article 3 of Protocol no 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights on the right to free elections, concluding that “an indiscriminate removal of voting rights, without an individualised judicial evaluation and solely based on a mental disability necessitating partial guardianship, cannot be considered compatible with the legitimate grounds for restricting the right to vote.” (Application no 38832/06, 20 May 2010, para 44) 
To read more on the right to vote and good practices to implement it from around the globe, see the first edition of IDA’s Human Rights Publication Series devoted to the right to participate in political and public life as enshrined in Article 29 of the CRPD.
Kind regards, 

Article Published

Wolbring Gregor; Mackay, Rachel; Rybchinski Theresa; Noga Jacqueline (2013) Disabled People and the Post-2015 Development Goal Agenda in Sustainability 5(10): 4152-4182

Call for Papers and Conferences

Call for Papers: Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web & Technology Conference

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November 4 - 8, 2013
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If you have any questions about proposal submission, contact Howard Kramer at 303-492-8672 or at the email below.

Call for Applications: National Gay & Lesbian Task Force: Creating Change Conference

The LGBT Resource Center seeks the participation of full-time undergraduate students at the 2014 Creating Change Conference sponsored by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF).  The goals of the Creating Change Conference are to create connections between students, and to develop leadership and advocacy skills for those dedicated to LGBTQA social justice movements.  The 2014 national conference will take place January 29-February 2, 2014 in Houston, TX.
Students interested in attending the conference should apply by completing the following Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TUOM0pexqBGyx4Pqemd4JMPdC77QboiAqN_--Tdhk2g/viewform
This form must be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday, October 14.  If the form is not accessible to you, contact Al Forbes, Graduate Intern (arforbes@syr.edu), and he will provide you with a .pdf copy of the form.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please note that students approved to attend this conference will be expected to leave Syracuse early morning on Wednesday January 29, and return to campus late evening on Sunday, February 2. Furthermore, students approved for travel will be expected to ensure that they do not have any academic conflicts during these dates of travel. Since the conference is in the spring semester of 2014, and students will not know which classes they are enrolled in, we expect all students approved for travel to meet with their instructors in the first week of classes (in the spring semester) to seek permission to miss classes, and to work on alternative deadlines for academic assignments.
Please contact Al Forbes (arforbes@syr.edu), Graduate Intern at the LGBT Resource Center, if you have any questions or concerns about the application process. 

For more information, please visit:
NGLTF Website: www.thetaskforce.org 
Creating Change Website: www.creatingchange.org

Call for Papers: The Inivisible Employee: Deviance and Work

Organizers: Natasha C. Pratt-Harris and Laurens Van Sluytman, Morgan State University
Harold Bailey, Open Society Institute
Nicole R. Williams, Anne Arundel Community College
We invite submissions of abstracts for a mini-conference entitled The Invisible Employee: Deviance and Work.  The mini-conference will be held in Baltimore Maryland from February 20th-23rd, 2014, during the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. We invite papers from faculty, students, and other professionals.  We are considering abstracts that cover the many aspects of deviance and work, but are particularly interested in papers related to prison and post-release employment in the 21st century, social capital and the underground economy, alternative labor for the alternative lifestyle, and the criminal professional. 
Prison and Post-release Employment in the 21st Century includes research related to employment for inmates and former inmates in the 21st century.  Papers should offer empirical evidence of employment within an examination of the economy, supported work initiatives/ employment programs, and advocacy for those who are incarcerated or have been released from jail/prison. 
Social Capital and the Underground Economy includes research related to the unrecognized labor force and markets that engage in the sale and purchase of untaxed, unregulated goods and services. Where community transformations, such as deindustrialization, devolution, urban renewal, and neighborhood decay have impacted communities, nationally, some rely on social capital and participation in informal markets to meet basic needs.
Alternative Labor for the Alternative Lifestyle includes research related to those who work within the alternative lifestyle industry.  This may include research on work within the following “invisible” professions: alternative medicine, alternative sexual lifestyle, alternative education, alternative living arrangements, alternative diet and nutrition, and alternative religions.
The Criminal Professional includes research related to those who work as professionals but simultaneously engage in criminal activity.  Social scientists have investigated contemporary examples of the criminal professional like the judge kickback scandal in Wilkes-Barr, PA involving Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan. We welcome papers related to the socio-cultural and psycho-social predictors and/or realities of life for men and women who work in upstanding professions but engage in criminal activity as well.
Abstracts must be submitted by October 1st, 2013 to Natasha.PrattHarris@morgan.edu.  Accepted abstracts will be announced by October 11th, 2013.  A full draft of accepted papers will be due by February 3rd, 2014.  All abstracts not accepted for the mini-conference will be forwarded for consideration in the regular paper session. Questions about the mini-conference should be directed to Natasha C. Pratt-Harris – Natasha.PrattHarris@morgan.edu or 443-885-3506.  
Submission Instructions:
Your abstract submission must have clearly stated:
  • Presentation Title
  • Lead Presenter and Abstract Contact (Name, job title or role (e.g., student), organization, address, phone #, email)  
    *All communication regarding presentations will be sent to the lead presenter only.
  • Additional Presenters and their Organization (up to 5)
  • Additional Non-presenting Authors and their Organization (up to 5)
  • Lead Presenter and Additional Presenters Biographies and Credentials
  • Learning Objectives of Session (up to 3). Describe, in measurable terms using a behavioral verb (such as describe, discuss, explain) what attendees will be able to do following participation in the session. The learning objectives should provide a clear focus for your session. Words to avoid: understand, know, learn.
  • Abstract Text:
  • In 500 words or less, clearly describe the purpose or need for the research/area of interest, the methods utilized, the results or lessons learned. Please include why the session is relevant to sociology and related disciplines (e.g., public health, social work), how the session relates to essential services (e.g., developing policy, mobilizing partnerships, etc), how your session supports the theme of the conference (Theme: Invisible Work). 
  • Include the following in your submission:
  • Purpose: Present main research questions, hypothesis, needs
  • Methods: Include descriptions of participants, procedures, instrumentation, data analysis, or the equivalent
  • Results: Results presented in the poster can be preliminary, incomplete (in process of data collection), and can include anticipated or speculated results
  • Implications: Clearly present the “take home messages” from your investigation


Laurens G. Van Sluytman, Ph.D. LCSW
Assistant Professor
Morgan State University
School of Social Work
1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Room 347
Baltimore, Maryland 21251

Tele: 443-885-3901
Fax: 443-885-8241


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Call for Papers - Panel: 2013 Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting, Albuquerque, March 18-22, 2014

Organizer: Laura Nussbaum-Barberena (University of Illinois-Chicago)
Panel Title:  "The network doesn't stop at the door": intentional practices and the everyday reproduction of community organizing *If interested, please submit a paper title, abstract of no more than 250 words, affiliation, and contact information to Laura Nussbaum-Barberena, lnussb2@uic.edu, by October 8, 2013. Participants will be notified of acceptance by October 10, 2013 and are expected to register with the panel for the SfAA's October 15 deadline.

*Preliminary Panel Abstract:
Widely-circulated media images show how particular actions during mobilizations worldwide intentionally broaden participation and
coalition-building: photographs of Christians forming circles around Muslims during daily prayer in Tahrir Square, for example, or video of Occupy encampments where call and response techniques promote direct democracy and listening. Organizers and observers of groups ranging from Occupy (Juris 2012) to feminist indigenous activists (Blackwell 2006), from HIV-AIDS support groups (Nguyen 2010) to immigrant workers' centers (Gomberg-Muñoz and Nussbaum-Barberena 2011), routinely question whether their daily forms of interaction effectively support an organized group's broader oppositional politics. Where they encounter slippages, groups and communities have often attempted to implement widespread training in- and employment of- deliberate everyday actions that intentionally engage the politics of representation, incorporation, intersectionality, gender work and direct democracy, among others.

Scholars discuss how such practices (re-)structure  motives, spaces, and methods of communication and interaction.  For example, HIV-AIDS support groups in Cote D'Ivoire use "confessional technologies" to build trust, circulate knowledge, and demonstrate the diversity of experiences among participants (Nguyen 2010); Mexican immigrant women in Chicago participate in ¨spatializing practices¨ during weekly writing workshops as they identify with each other, their new locations, and their homeland (Hurtig 2005); coalitions against violence challenge the public/private divide that enables gender hierarchies as they "knock on the door" when they hear neighbor's arguments escalating into violence (Nussbaum-Barberena, n.d.); and indigenous community organizations utilize "community modes of transformation," demanding that "listening practices" structure collaboration with outside groups, specifically saying "yes to everything, but 'on our terms'" (Tzul 2012). These diverse communities engage in and culturally situate intentional practices which they encounter through diverse - and often simultaneous - ongoing processes, such as transmission, imposition, creation/production, and contestation. These processes illuminate the often pluralistic origins of established hegemonic practices, in the course of constructing nuanced forms of sociality within and beyond particular "communities." This work of transforming everyday practices is often linked to social movements that are better capable of posing challenges to socio-political and economic structures.

This panel aims to bring together papers that are ethnographically grounded and theoretically connected accounts of deliberate everyday practices among organized groups, or social movements.  Panelists might consider the following questions:
How do members of organizations and movements view their particular everyday practices? Are these everyday practices seen or understood as conducive to fulfilling a set(s) of goals and objectives? How are these practices adopted? What are the accompanying processes of self-reflection, intentionality, etc?
How do they address issues of intersectionality, ensuring the equal visibility of gendered, ethnic, racial, citizenship, class and other attachments?
What role does intentional, collective practice play in undermining-intervening in "normative" activities and structures-and engaging community members more deeply in "new" missions and practices?
What types of transgressions do these practices constitute? (eg. embodied, spatialized, performative, linguistic, etc).

Laura Nussbaum-Barberena
Ph.D. Candidate Anthropology
University of Illinois at Chicago


Introduction and Framing Statement for Unity Through Diversity: The Power of Unity

The focus of the 2014 Unity Through Diversity National LGBT People of Color Health Summit is "The Power of Unity." The Summit's purpose is to lift up the voices of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People of Color (LGBT POC), while promoting social justice, healthy sexuality, violence-free living, social activism and safe spaces.

Our collective liberation and personal freedom lies within a political unity that goes beyond the constraints of gender and sexuality. Unity Through Diversity: The Power of Unity brings you conversations towards a more holistic, inclusive and intersectional movement that includes advocating for economic justice by recognizing that not all LGBT POC face the same financial hardships. We accept legal equality as a necessary first step in the struggle for justice but it is not justice.  Increasing access to basic needs, education, healthcare, housing and employment must be struggles we all engage. Equity, racial, social, gender and economic justice must be our overarching goals.

This year, the LGBT movement has taken enormous strides in the struggle for marriage equality. For LGBT POC, however, our struggle is far from over. In this same year we have also lost family and community members to violence against transgender people, HIV/AIDS, suicide, bullying, ableism, and homelessness. Additionally, the disproportionate incarceration rates among people of color - particularly among African Americans - and the racial profiling so prevalent in our society continues to put the safety of young African Americans at risk. Our struggle is not over.

We must heal from historical trauma and internalized oppression in order to support each other and promote LGBT POC leadership. There is power in unity. LGBT POC power requires our unity. Without it, issues that affect our communities such as racial profiling, poverty, hate crimes, HIV/AIDS, STIs, Hep C, the silencing of WSW voices, immigration, sexual violence and sexual repression, the capacity to explore supportive parenting, healthy relationships, healthy sexuality and self-love are left in the hands of those who are the most distant and disconnected from our issues and the disparities we face.

We must address that which divides us in order to embrace that which unites us. We must channel our unified power in order to increase our visibility and voice. We must build the just society we envision. We must organize. We must lead.

As LGBT POC, we have the power to heal, to organize and to deliver a unified voice. Together, we can identify, own and be transparent about our need for personal, community and institutional power.  We invite you to claim your space, your voice, your community, your power.


The Health Summit Abstract Application Form should be used for the submission of abstracts for panel discussions and workshops. The Health Summit consists of four tracks:

1.    Education and capacity Building

2.    Advocacy and Public Policy

3.    Wellness and Treatment

4.    Women-Who-Have-Sex-With-Women (WSW)

We welcome proposals for workshops in Spanish in order to promote the professional development of Latina/o service providers and to promote the awareness of native Spanish speaking community members.

All abstracts should reflect the overall Conference theme.

Each abstract must be related to one specific track. The abstract cannot include both.

Each abstract should also reference one or more of the following populations and/or issues:

Adolescents and young adults

Lesbians and WSW

Gay men and MSM

Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People



Substance Use



Older populations

Abstracts should answer or address any one or more of the following questions:

1.)   What trends are emerging in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color (LGBT POC) communities?

2.)  What innovations have been applied to work with LGBT POC?

3.)  What lessons can be shared with providers and researchers?

4.)  How has your project, research, or initiative yielded measurable improved health outcomes for LGBT POC?

5.)  What are the successes and challenges of partnerships between academic institutions, community agencies, medical centers, and other institutions?

6.)  What advocacy models have worked in LGBT POC communities?

Suggested Topics for the Summit Tracks

Education & Capacity Building: Workshops and trainings in this track focus on innovative and/or effective interventions and research that address and educate about the physical and mental, and spiritual health of LGBT POC, as well as explore capacity-building best practices.  Subtopics in this track could include:

Ø  Cultural Competency and sensitivity

Ø  Descriptions of ways in which providers have made a measurable difference in health outcomes for LGBT POC overall, or in specific subpopulations

Ø  Strides that have been made to improve the infrastructure of health and human service organizations and lessons learned

Ø  Use of different research models to create and implement programs (i.e. following the DEBI models)

Ø  Evaluating programs using the SMART method (e.g. measurable goals and outcomes)

Ø  Grant writing and fundraising

Ø  LGBT POC 101 for first-time attendees

Ø  “Best Practices” discussion amongst agencies that service LGBT populations

Ø  How to do more with less when facing state or local government budget cuts

Advocacy & Policy: Workshops and trainings in this track are designed to address public policy challenges and solutions as they relate to the lives of LGBT POC.  This track highlights progress, lessons learned, research, and challenges in LGBT POC-related policy and advocacy, as well as how advocacy efforts have helped to shape policies that improve the lives of LGBT POC.  It will examine how policies and programs are developed, debated, implemented, and evaluated, addressing the roles and responsibilities of all parties. Subtopics in this track could include:

Ø  LGBT victim advocacy in the legal system, at shelters, and in housing

Ø  Healthcare policy (e.g., privacy concerns (HIPPA), especially how it relates to youth)

Ø  Political advocacy for agencies

Ø  Advocating with government for LGBT health and human services

Ø  Examining inclusion policies in employment, in city ordinance laws, and partner benefits

Ø  Legal issues concerning LGBT POC-specific needs (e.g. name changes, document changes, public assistance for transitioning costs, sexual assault, domestic violence issues, overview of current laws)

Ø  Hate crimes and violence against LGBT POC

Ø  Meaningful involvement of LGBT POC and vulnerable subpopulations in policy development and implementation

Ø  Interactions between LGBT issues and other policies, such as gender, race, poverty, education, social welfare, incarceration, globalization, sex work, and migrant workers are also suggested.

Ø  Challenges to more effective prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Wellness & Treatment:  Workshops and trainings in this track examine the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of LGBT-POC, as well as treatment of various states of illness and disease facing the LGBT POC communities. Workshops and trainings can also highlight the latest research findings, complexities related to the prevention, diagnosis, natural history and management of both physical and mental health issues that impact the LGBT POC communities. Subtopics in this track could include:

Ø  Harm Reduction

Ø   Sexual behavior and sexual health

Ø  Other chronic health conditions, e.g. cancer, lupus, sickle cell, and diabetes

Ø  Etiology of mental health concerns in LGBT POC

Ø  Access to information about healthcare and mental health services

Ø  Spiritual and religious needs of LGBT POC

Ø  The impacts of homophobia and transphobia

Ø  Health strategies and media

Ø  Management of co-modalities

Ø  Alternative therapies and medicines

Ø  Current research in the healthcare fields as it relates to undeserved LGBT POC (e.g. Arabs/Middle Easterners, Asian Pacific Islanders, Native Americans/Alaskan Natives, lesbians, transgender people, and the elderly)

Ø  Correlations between LGBT POC, substance abuse and mental health

Ø  Sexual health services as it relates to youth (esp. transgender youth) and the elderly

Ø  Domestic Violence

Ø  Sexual Assault

Ø  Ways to integrate “Western” and “Alternative” medicine/therapies for better health outcomes for LGBT POPC

Ø  Barriers to health-seeking behaviors

Women-Who-Have-Sex-With-Women (WSW): Workshops and trainings in this track should provide updates, research, best practices and give voice to HIV/AIDS/STI and Hep C and its current state of affairs as it relates to WSW.  These topics should also tie together coherent threads from parallel issues: Women of Color, including Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Women; Women living with cancer and other health implications and incarcerated or formerly-incarcerated Women.  Subtopics in this track could include:

Ø  Harm reduction

Ø  Sexual behavior

Ø  Working with HIV positive WSW

Ø  Spirituality

Ø  The impacts of homophobia and transphobia

Ø  Healthy sexuality social marketing  strategies and media

Ø  Culturally-specific programming and outcomes

Ø  Current research HIV/STI/Hep C research as it relates to WSW of Color

Ø  Healthy Relationships

Ø  Healthy Sexuality

Ø  Other chronic health conditions, e.g. cancer, lupus, sickle cell, and diabetes

Ø  Etiology of mental health concerns in WSW

Workshop Presentations

The workshops are designed to serve as a 90-minute information-sharing and skills building sessions. Each workshop will be limited to not more than four presenters. Please indicate how your presentation will enhance knowledge and increase skills in the following areas: planning, program development and implementation; evaluation; and/or political advocacy.  Handouts, use of audio visual materials, and participant interaction are highly encouraged.

Abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2014 Health Summit must be submitted on the attached Abstract Submission Form, which is also available online at www.UTD2014.com, in accordance with the following guidelines.  Handwritten abstracts will not be accepted.

Workshop Abstract Application Guidelines

Abstract title, track, category, level, presenter names and presenter contact information must be provided in the indicated spaces.  All authors must be listed. (Use additional forms if necessary to list all authors.) Do not send curriculum vitae.  Abstracts should be no more than 500 words.  Use font size of 12 points only.  No illustrations are permitted within the abstract submission form.

Abstracts must contain the following components in this order, with items 1 through 4 not counting towards the word limit:

1. Abstract Title

2. Abstract author (s)

3.    Primary authors contact information

4.    Abstract track

5.    Abstract narrative should include the following and should be no more than 500 words.

a.    Issue description

b.    What is known, gaps in knowledge

c.    Current strategies to address this issue

d.    Lessons learned, recommendations for the future

e. Learning objectives participants will achieve

Abstract submissions must be received by November 15, 2013. For confirmation via mail, please add confirmation receipts or a self-addressed postcard with appropriate postage.

Abstracts that will not be accepted include:

Faxed abstracts

Sales pitch for products or services

Non-relevant to LGBT POC health and related services

Abstracts received after November 15, 2013 will not be considered.

Abstract Selection Process

Abstract selection criteria include topic relevance to LGBT POC health and related services, level of interest expected in the proposed session and overall clarity of the abstract.  A review panel will make selection recommendation and the conference committee will make final selections and approvals/ notifications of abstract status will be mailed to presenters no later than December 15, 2013.  In Our Own Voices will be unable to provide abstract status by phone.  Notification will be sent to the first author ONLY, so please notify your co-authors of the abstract status.  Submission of an abstract implies a commitment to be present at the conference.  All presenters must be registered for the conference.

Incomplete abstract submissions will not be reviewed or considered. For your convenience, a checklist of abstract submission requirements is provided. If you have any questions about abstract submission, please visit www.UTD2014.com, or call 518-432-4188.

Checklist of Abstract Submission Requirements

Please use the checklist below to ensure that you are properly following the abstract submission guidelines.  Please complete the checklist before mailing.  Please do not mail the checklist with your abstract submission.

__Abstract is being submitted on the Abstract Submission Form

__Abstract addresses all required components as described in the guidelines.

__Abstract is no more than 500 words.

__ A font size of 12 points is used (Times New Roman or Arial)

__All co-authors are listed and are aware that their names appear on this abstract.

__Abstract is received by In Our Own Voices on or before November 15, 2013.

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