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March, 27 2017

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SU NEWS

New Blog by SU Student!!

Class Opportunities from Syracuse University

Student Office Assistant Positions Available at the LGBT Resource Center:

Free Flu Clinics for Students

SU HAPPENINGS

OPEN YOUR DOORS…: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IS 12/1/13

Holiday Concerts at Hendricks

SU Recreation Services Trip: Enjoy the winter season: ski or snowboard

CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, PARTICIPANTS

Philosophy, Psychiatry & PsychologyCall for Papers

Call for Research Participants: Women who want to have children

Follow the link to learn more about Remembrance Scholarships….

Call for blog posts at SU

'BUILDING UNDERSTANDINGS’ CHILD, YOUTH, FAMILY AND DISABILITY CONFERENCE: CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 16th Annual Sarah Lawrence Women’s History Conference

Call for Performers at SU

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Article:Who “Owns” Dis/ability? The Cultural Work of Critical Special Educators as Insider–Outsiders

Of interest (and controversial) CRPD Petition

Hobart and William Smith "Incidents"

Disability & Society, Vol. 28, No. 8, 01 Dec 2013 is now available

The special issue of the journal Health, Culture and Society

Review of Disabilities Studies New Edition

Adobe Supports the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Rest in Peace, Dr. Adrienne Asch

New Univ of Iowa study finds girls in special education more likely to experience sexual assault:

 


SU News

New Blog by SU Student!!

The Crip Revolution 2.0 | We Won Our Rights, Now We Want Equality – Disability in a Post ADA Era

Class Opportunities from Syracuse University

NAT 300. Native Representation: From Colonialism to Sovereignty, SECM001, Class #82644, Meeting: Tuesdays, from 2:00-4:40 pm, in Room 307 Tolley
Prof. Scott Manning Stevens
This seminar examines the unique position of Native Americans in relationship to various forms of representation.  For the majority populations of North America and Europe the figure of the 'American Indian' was created by artists and authors who often possessed little firsthand knowledge of Native cultures.  We will examine the creation of such stereotypes across literature, visual arts, film, and popular culture.  Topics to be addressed will include early Native responses to colonial portrayals of Native cultures, self-representation in nineteenth-century Native writing, the rise of Pan-Indianism, and Native self-representation in literature, visual arts, and film. In each case we will examine Native responses from within Native communities as they strove to represent their own cultures, histories, and beliefs.  The seminar will meet once a week and focus on specific readings or films.

Student Office Assistant Positions Available at the LGBT Resource Center:

Exciting news!! The LGBT Resource Center has two openings for Student Office Assistants! Applicants must have federal work study. Positions begin in January 2014. Pay is $8.00/hour.
Student Office Assistants at the LGBT Resource Center will conduct routine office duties as directed. Student Office Assistants will be expected to engage in ongoing projects central to the mission of the LGBT Resource Center, including but not limited to planning and implementing programming for the LGBTQA campus community. Sensitivity to the needs of students, faculty, staff, and community members with marginalized genders and sexualities is a must.
The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM TODAY

Free FLU Clinics for Students

Health Services is continuing to hold free flu clinics for students with their SUID every Thursday from Noon to 4 p.m. through December 19. share


SU Happenings

SOPEN YOUR DOORS…: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IS 12/1/13

 
My name is Victoria Governali and I am President of the Disability Law Society (DLS) here at Syracuse University College of Law.  December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, as recognized by the United Nations.  The theme for the event this year is "Break Barriers, Open Doors: For an Inclusive Society for All."  Persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as members of society here in the United States and around the globe.  
 
To do our part in raising awareness about disability, the DLS is requesting your assistance on Tuesday, December 3rd.  We are going to literally open doors for an inclusive society at the law school by propping all interior doors open at the law school for the entire day.  We have received support from the Office of Student Life and hope you will consider cooperating by leaving doors open during classes.  Furthermore, this event recognizing the importance of disability rights will be featured on the United Nations website.
 
We understand that it isoften preferred to close doors during class periods but ask for your support on this important day.  DLS has created signs that will be posted on all the doors explaining why they should be left open to raise awareness among the student body, and I have attached it here for you to see.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at vmgovern@syr.edu.  Your support is greatly appreciated.
 
Sincerely,
Victoria
 
Victoria M. Governali
Syracuse University
College of Law, JD Candidate 2014
Maxwell School of Citizenship, MPA Candidate 2014
Disability Law Society, President
(610) 701-1958
vmgovern@syr.edu

Holiday Concerts at Hendricks

Holidays at Hendricks is on December 8 at 7:30 p.m., and will feature: Hendricks Chapel Choir; Syracuse University Brass Ensemble; Syracuse University Singers; Windjammer Vocal Ensemble; Handbell Ringers from the Setnor School of Music; Plymouth Congregational Church; Kola Owolabi, University Organist; and Peppie Calvar, Artistic Director.

Enjoy the winter season: ski or snowboard


 SU Recreation Services is offering a six-week ski or snowboard program for students, faculty, and staff at Toggenburg Mountain, running from January 24 through February 28. register


Call for Papers, Conferences, Scholarships, and Participants

  Philosophy, Psychiatry & PsychologyCall for Papers


                Critical Underpinnings of User/Survivor Research and Co-Production

                        Guest Editors:  Jayasree Kalathil, PhD & Nev Jones, PhD(c)
                        Editorial Assistant:  Clara Humpston, M.Sc.

            Over the past several decades, user/survivor leadership in research as well as academic “co-production” (understood as a more robust form of academic co-leadership and shared decision making as opposed to nominal or tokenistic participatory methods) has gained strong traction in the areas of mental health services research, program evaluation, policy reform and, to a lesser extent, philosophy and cultural theory.   In spite of these advances, the theoretical assumptions and implications involved in such projects remain largely underdeveloped and critically un-interrogated.  Likewise, critiques of user/survivor involvement and leadership rarely make their way into peer-reviewed publications, for the most part enduring in the space of informal conversations and behind-the-scenes decision-making.  Certain areas of academic scholarship, including the medical humanities and philosophy of psychiatry and psychology, have similarly failed to consider the unique theoretical contributions scholars or others with lived experience might be in a position to make.  Literary and philosophical analyses of others’ first person accounts, narratives or memoirs often exclude any discussion of the role or contribution of first person theory (broadly understood as the formal or informal interpretation and analysis of the sociopolitics, temporal dynamics, implications and/or rhetorical effects of first person narrative, story-telling or memoir).

            The goal of the current call for papers is to solicit proposals aimed at tackling the ‘hard’ questions implicated in processes of user/survivor inclusion, exclusion and co-production.   Proposals will be considered for inclusion in one or more special issues of the journal Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology as well as a planned edited book tentatively targeted for Oxford University Press’ International Perspectives on Philosophy & Psychiatry series.   We are soliciting proposals in English from a range of disciplines as well as from diverse positions and standpoints, including but not limited to individuals who identify as service users or survivors.  We particularly encourage the submission of papers that critically appraise user/survivor research, leadership or co-produced work (again, both from peer and non-peer scholars and stakeholders).

Examples of topics of interest include (but are emphatically not limited to):

·      critical explorations of the meaning and value of ‘expertise by experience’, particularly with respect to theoretical and philosophical work
·      implications of the heterogeneity of service experiences, madness/disorder, temporal trajectories of distress and/or recovery, and identity
·      political issues involved in the marginalization and othering of user/survivors with intersecting socio-political minority identities
·      methodological and ethical considerations (including inter- and trans-disciplinarity, leadership in the humanities and basic and translational science vs. applied mental health services research)
·      interrogating key terms:  user involvement, co-production, control, leadership,  co-leadership
·      ethical and methodological issues in relation to academic and theoretical engagement with personal narratives of madness/mental health (including autobiographies and memoirs)
·      divisions between academia, community-based engagement, policy and organizational development, and activism

Proposal details:

We are asking for proposals including a title, five key words and a focused, 500-word abstract.  The special issue editors will get back to potential authors within 6 weeks of the proposal deadline.  Please note that all full submissions will be subject to blinded peer review.

Proposal deadline:  Jan. 15th, 2014

Please send proposals to pppspecialissue@gmail.com or contact Jayasree Kalathil (jayasree@survivor-research.com) or Nev Jones (nev@lernetwork.org) with any questions. 
 
 

--
Nev Jones M.A. PhD(c)
Co-Director
Lived Experience Research Network
Twitter: @LERNetwork

Call for Research Participants

Dear Syracuse Communities:
My name is Diane Smedberg, and I am an honors student at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. I am working on my honors thesis in psychology, which involves administering an online survey on same-sex relationships. The survey has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Bridgewater State University, and the challenge now is to find lesbian and gay individuals who are currently in a relationship to take the survey. I thank you for your assistance in helping me to reach members of the LBGT community. If you have any questions, you may contact me via e-mail at dsmedberg@student.bridgew.edu or my advisor Dr. Laura Ramsey at lramsey@bridgew.edu
Thank You,
Diane Smedberg
"We are looking for gay men and lesbian women who are currently in a relationship to participate in an online survey created by an honors student in the psychology department at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. It will probably take less than 10 minutes, and you will answer questions pertaining to yourself and your romantic partner. It's completely confidential, and your participation in this survey will help researchers to learn about relationships and garner information that can be used to help others in relationships. Also, in appreciation of your participation, a donation will be made to an LGBT friendly organization. If interested, please click this link to participate: https://bridgew.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0rHxqDdJLTqMgGV Thanks!"

Call for Research Participants

Hello,
I am a Counseling Psychology graduate student at Texas Woman’s University seeking participants for my doctoral research. My study is examining sexual esteem and perceptions of pregnancy and motherhood in disabled and able-bodied women.
The study calls for women between the ages of 18-39 who are interested in possibly having children in the future to participate. Participants will! respond to a demographics questionnaire and complete three brief measures, which should take between 10-15 minutes. Upon completion of the study, you may enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
There is a potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all emails, downloading, and internet transactions. www.Psychdata.com employs several procedures to keep your personal information as confidential as possible.
My advisor and the co-principal investigator for this study is Dr. Debra Mollen. This study has been approved for data collection by the Institutional Review Board at Texas Woman’s University (IRB approval number 17237).
I would be very appreciative if you could forward this message to other women who are eligible for participation who can follow the link https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=154237    to the study. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at Eschrader@twu.edu
Thank you very much.
Sincerely,
Erin Schrader, M.A.
Doctoral Student
Texas Woman’s University
Counseling Psychology


Follow the link to learn more about Remembrance Scholarships….


Call for blog posts at SU

Call for Blog Postings (Syracuse Law And Civic Engagement)

If anyone would like to write a blog post for SLACE related to disability rights, please email Victoria Governali at: vmgovern@syr.edu and she will put the author in contact with Matt Clemente, the Editor-in-Chief. 

Victoria M. Governali
Syracuse University
College of Law, JD Candidate 2014
Maxwell School of Citizenship, MPA Candidate 2014
Disability Law Society, President


'BUILDING UNDERSTANDINGS’ CHILD, YOUTH, FAMILY AND DISABILITY CONFERENCE: CALL FOR PAPERS


Venue:  University of the West of England, Blackberry Hill, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 1DD
Organised by: The University of the West of England and Manchester Metropolitan University,
Date: 10th and 11th June, 2014
Time: 10.30 - 4.30

For booking go to  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyfd-2014-tickets

This year we are delighted to announce that the conference will take place at the University of the West of England in Bristol.
The aim of the conference is to provide a space for disabled children, young people, family members and allies (including practitioners) to share their ideas, knowledge and expertise and to celebrate their lives.  We would like to invite disabled children, young people, their parents and carers (we would like to include people with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments as well as those people with mental health issues), as well as activists and academics in the field of disability studies and childhood studies to present at and to attend the event.  This year’s conference theme is ‘Building Understandings’.  We are inviting contributors to talk about the ways in which it is possible to build understandings of and between the lives of children, young people and their families and suggest that you might like to address some of the following questions:
 how can we build understandings between children, young people, parents/carers and practitioners?
 what messages do we need to share?
 how can we do this?

Day One will include accessible presentations and discussion points as well as opportunities to take part in workshop activities (further details to follow).
Day Two will include more formal presentations but we will particularly welcome presentations or discussion papers that tell a story, share a skill, some information or research in ways that try to be as accessible and creative as possible - for example, that use a range of presentations styles and media including photography, video and artwork.

If you wish to present at the conference, please send us a short description of the ideas for your presentation by 1st May, 2014
For more information please contact: K.Runswick-Cole@mmu.ac.uk or tillie.curran@uwe.ac.uk

Dr Tillie Curran
University of West of England
Glenside Campus
Bristol BS16 1DD

Disabled Children's Childhood Studies  - Critical Approaches in a Global Context
Edited By Tillie Curran and Katherine Runswick-Cole

Palgrave Macmillan, August 2013
ISBN: 978-1-137-00821-3, ISBN10: 1-137-00821-0,
http://us.macmillan.com/disabledchildrenschildhoodstudies/
http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=575353

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 16th Annual Sarah Lawrence Women’s History Conference


The Newer Normal:
Global Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender

Saturday March 1, 2014 
Featuring Scott Turner Schofield, award-winning performer and transgender activist
Since the defeat of Proposition 8 banning gay marriage in California, the LGBTQ movement has claimed several significant victories in the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Despite these advances, gender non- conformists at home and around the world face daunting challenges in their fight for fair treatment and equality.  In some places, they face the threat of violence daily. The 'Kill the Gays' law in Uganda, the draconian laws and brutality against sexual minorities in Russia and the Emo killings in Iraq are only a few of the challenges LGBTQ people face globally. The 16th Annual Sarah Lawrence Women’s History Conference seeks to explore all aspects of gender identity and gender expression.


Specific panel topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Law and gender identity

• Transgendered children

• Evolution of gendered language

• Health and gender identity


• Genderqueer and non-binary identities

• Transgender activism

• The history of sexuality and gender

 
Proposals should be no more than two pages maximum. Please include a short description of each presentation and a one- page c.v. for each presenter. Proposals for panels are especially welcomed, but we will also consider individual papers. E-mail submissions are preferred.


Deadline: Friday December 13, 2013

Send proposals to:
tjames@sarahlawrence.edu
Tara James, Associate Director Women’s History Program

Sarah Lawrence College

1 Mead Way

Bronxville, New York 10708

(914) 395-2405

Call for Performers at SU

ORL is seeking dynamic SU individuals, student organizations, and performing groups to participate in the annual Dream Week Performance Showcase on Friday, January 24, 2014 in the Goldstein Auditorium. This year's theme is “Speak Up. Step Up. SU Dreams.”

Historically, Dream Week has been a week of remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream celebrated through a week of campus events. The showcase is the culminating event. 

Please share the attached application with any person or group you think would be interested. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. Send via email to Brian Hopkins at bthopkin@syr.edu.


News and Announcements



Article:Who “Owns” Dis/ability? The Cultural Work of Critical Special Educators as Insider–Outsiders

Theory & Research in Social Education
Volume 41, Issue 4, 2013
Special Issue: Critical Studies and Social Education
David J. Connor
pages 494-513
 
Abstract: The article describes the work of critical special education scholars and teacher educators in the field of Disability Studies who challenge the fundamental assumptions on which special education is founded, illustrating implications for all educators. A brief history of the field acknowledges the enormity of the institutionalization of special education as a complex, multi-faceted, multi-layered establishment. The intellectual limits of that institution are described through the medicalized knowledge base that has arisen within special education, a base that gives rise to specific, restricted discourses of what constitutes a dis/ability and why. The author presents alternative sociocultural knowledge bases, as informed by Disability Studies and put forth by critical special educators, that broaden the understanding of dis/ability. Contrasting these theoretical groundings, implications for teacher dispositions toward differences among students are discussed, and ways in which a new perspective on dis/ability is related to the goals and practices of social education are identified.

Of interest (and controversial) CRPD Petition

Sign our petition to the US Senate to Ratify the UN CRPD without RUDs | Repeal Mental Health Laws http://repealmentalhealthlaws.org/?page_id=97

Hobart and William Smith "Incidents"

Bill Peace Blog

http://badcripple.blogspot.com/2013/11/inside-higher-education-picks-up-on-my.html

Steve Kuusisto Blog

http://kuusisto.typepad.com/planet_of_the_blind/

No Access : Inside Higher Ed

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/11/19/disability-studies-meeting-wasnt-accessible-those-disabilities

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Disability & Society, Vol. 28, No. 8, 01 Dec 2013 is now available

onTaylor & Francis Online.



This new issue contains the following articles:
Articles
Capability, freedom and profound disability
John Simon Vorhaus

Pages: 1047-1058

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.758036


Risky bodies in risky spaces: disabled people’s pursuit of outdoor leisure
Nicola Burns, Nick Watson & Kevin Paterson

Pages: 1059-1073

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.749180


Beyond friendship: the nature and meaning of close personal relationships as perceived by people with learning disabilities
Attracta Lafferty, Roy McConkey & Laurence Taggart

Pages: 1074-1088

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.758030


‘If this wasn’t here I probably wouldn’t be’: disabled workers’ views of employment support
Ruth Lewis, Lynn Dobbs & Paul Biddle

Pages: 1089-1103

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.758031


‘The unwilling and the unwell’? Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of working with long term sickness benefits recipients
Kayleigh Garthwaite, Clare Bambra & Jon Warren

Pages: 1104-1117

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.758032


Housing and transport: access issues for disabled international students in British universities
Armineh Soorenian

Pages: 1118-1131

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.758033


Benefits and barriers to sports participation for athletes with disabilities: the case of Malaysia
Noela C. Wilson & Selina Khoo

Pages: 1132-1145

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.758034


Life at Trastad Gård: on the experiences of the former inmates of a large institution for people with learning difficulties in northern Norway
Bjørn-Eirik Johnsen, Alexander Kwesi Kassah & Leif Svein Lysvik

Pages: 1146-1156

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.758035


Current issues
Oscar Pistorius and the melancholy of intersectionality
Leslie Swartz

Pages: 1157-1161

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.808085


Dog team walking: inter-corporeal identities, blindness and reciprocal guiding
Stevenson Andrew

Pages: 1162-1167

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.832504


Book reviews
Picturing disability: beggar, freak, citizen, and other photographic rhetoric
Dr Lucy Burke

Pages: 1168-1170

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.841619


The disability studies reader: fourth edition
Colin Cameron

Pages: 1170-1172

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.841620


About Canada disability rights
Irene Carter

Pages: 1172-1174

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.841621


Ignorant yobs? Low attainers in a global knowledge economy
Kayleigh Garthwaite

Pages: 1174-1176

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.841622


Care in everyday life: an ethic of care in practice
Andrew Power

Pages: 1176-1178

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.841623


Other
Guidelines for Current Issues section

Pages: 1179-1179

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.865340


Dissertation Abstracts
Doctoral theses

Pages: 1180-1180

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.865341


Errata
Erratum

Pages: (v)-(v)

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.844534


Editorial Board
Editorial Board

Pages: ebi-ebi

DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2013.865337



The special issue of the journal Health, Culture and Society

"Translating Happiness: Medicine, Culture and Social Progress" has just been published and is available through open access.

This issue features work from disability scholars, including Tanya Titchkosky, Eliza Chandler & Carla Rice, Kelly Fritsch, Chris Chapman, Patty Douglas and Ylva Söderfeldt & Pieter Verstraete, as well as work informed by critical theory (Monica Greco & Paul Stenner, Colin Wright, Grant Duncan), anthropology (Catherine Kingfisher, Kristina Cantin, Christina McMellon, Silke Hoppe), literary studies (Kathryn Tanaka, Sheila Bock)  critical health (Sel Hwahng, Daniel Marcus & Eunju Baehrisch), sustainability studies (Catherine O'Brien) and psychology (Eddie Ng & A.T. Fisher, John Morgan).

A link to the issue table of contents is included below. PDFs can be downloaded by clicking on "PDF" (on the right side of the page).

http://hcs.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/hcs/issue/current/showToc

With best wishes,
Katie Aubrecht
Guest Editor

Review of Disabilities Studies New Edition

Aloha!

We hope this finds you happy and well as we head into the holiday season. Here at RDS we have some exciting things approaching.

Firstly, we have a new issue coming out in December. This exciting issue includes a riveting article by Dr. Beth Haller entitled,
Stigma Or Empowerment: Disability In News and Entertainment. Dr. Haller asks people who identify themselves as having a disability to evaluate the American media's representation of disability. 

Also included is a thoughtful article by Dr. Sheryl Holt entitled,
What the Medical Model Can Learn From the Colorblind Painter. Dr. Holt introduces the reader to Mr. I, a painter that acquires cerebral achromatopsia following an accident. 

Please find these articles and more in our December issue. For more info on the journal, to subscribe, or to read past and new issues, check out our website:
http://www.rds.hawaii.edu/

For those of you who haven't seen our new blog post, An Interview With Dr. Steven Brown of the Center on Disability Studies, check it out:

http://www.rdsinternationaljournal.blogspot.com/

And if you haven't 'liked' us on Facebook, you can find us here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Review-of-Disability-Studies/125422137523733

And last but not least, please join us on Twitter at:
https://twitter.com/RevofDisStud

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season or as they say here in Hawaii,
Hau’oli Lanui.

Mahalo!


Review of Disability Studies 
Center on Disability Studies 

University of Hawaii at Manoa 

1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6,

Honolulu HI 96822

Adobe Supports the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 
“Adobe Supports the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”
G3ict Founder and Executive Director Axel Leblois responds to Adobe's vocal support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 
Adobe’s blog and public support of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) are excellent contributions to the current Ratification debate. Beyond all the reasons already expressed during the Senate hearings emphasizing the historic leadership of the United States in promoting Disability Rights, Adobe rightly points out to the critical importance of harmonizing accessibility standards and good practices around the world. 
One consensus among industry and disability advocacy is that global standards and harmonization are necessary to a) lower the costs of accessible and assistive technologies and b) maintain good interoperability across the world. What was not stated during the latest U.S. Senate hearing is that Americans with disabilities can only derive considerable benefits at home from such harmonization by enjoying cheaper, interoperable accessible technologies.   
Naysayers may argue that CRPD ratification has nothing to do with those issues. We can attest to the exact contrary: while the United States Information Technology industry remains the main source of innovation for accessibility around the world, the share of its own domestic market relative to the global market place cannot drive global harmonization alone. For instance, while the most innovative mobile operating system accessibility features are designed in the United States, the majority of handsets are produced in Asia and 95% of the 6.5 billion mobile phone users are outside the United States. Global harmonized accessibility policies are thus necessary to achieve economies of scale and interoperability. The United States Access Board certainly pioneered this notion when it invited international observers to participate in its deliberations when reviewing section 508 standards.
In that regard, the CRPD offers a unique and very effective platform and ICT accessibility framework for the U.S. to actively promote the harmonization of accessible information technologies around the world. The United States should ratify the CRPD and participate in the CRPD Committee in Geneva. It should support the programs of various international organizations – including G3ict – supporting States Parties in adopting harmonized approaches to ICT accessibility.
To be specific by way of examples: in May 2012, the CRPD Committee provided a first set of guidelines for States Parties on ATMs and banking accessibility. In 2014, it will provide guidelines for the accessibility of air transportation. Other areas of technology are to follow. And, while the expertise of the U.S. Information Technology industry is well respected abroad, the lack of support of the United States for the CRPD prevents official U.S. representation to weigh in and is hurting in subtle ways in every international meeting where harmonization issues are debated.
Our experience at G3ict working with industry, advocates and governments in all corners of the world is that the voice of the United States is sorely missed when it comes to technology accessibility issues.   
Thank you to Adobe for its strong and effective endorsement of the CRPD.
 
 
--
 
Best regards,
 
Nilofar
 
(Ms) Nilofar Ansher
Online Producer

G3ict - The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs
http://www.g3ict.org | www. eaccessibilitytoolkit.org | http://www.m-enabling.com
 
G3ict Mission: “To Facilitate the Implementation of the Digital Accessibility Agenda Defined by the Convention on the Right

Rest in Peace, Dr. Adrienne Asch



New Univ of Iowa study finds girls in special education more likely to experience sexual assault:

 
“Her analysis found that girls with extremely low math and reading scores, and those referred to special education programs were more likely than their peers to experience an assault. It also confirmed that girls who—according to their caregivers—were shy, withdrawn, had impulsive tendencies or expressed feelings of worthlessness were more prone to sexual assault.”
 


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