SU Let's Get Better Together
Sunday, April 13th, 10 AM
Join us for the annual Life Gets Better Together conference! This year’s conference is organized around the theme “Times Are Changing.” Conference admission is free, but there is a suggested $5 donation to benefit the Trevor Project.
10 AM- FREE breakfast
11 AM- Workshops
2 PM- Keynote Panel
6 PM- A cappella concert (Hendricks Chapel)
The first 50 people to register for and attend the conference will receive a free copy of Sara Ryan's book The Rules for Hearts! Register for the conference today! If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact Nicky Zamoida.
DISABILITY ACCESS IN VIETNAM
Winter Break 2014-2015
Open to Syracuse University Students
Professor Michael Schwartz will lead a twelve day visit to Vietnam where students will study Vietnam’s efforts to integrate and include people with disabilities in the social, political and cultural life of the country. Students will visit the two major centers of Vietnam, Hanoi and the North, and Saigon and the South, where they will meet with people with disabilities, government officials, and NGOs working in the area of disability rights and law. The tour will include forays in the rural countryside, including Hoa Binh, the Cu Chi Tunnels, and the Mekong Delta. There will be two class sessions before the trip and one class session after the trip, and a short paper will be required.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please attend an information session on
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
11:50 am to 12:50 pm
McNaughton Hall, Room 104
College of Law
Pizza will be served.
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Queer Year In Review:
Submit your photos from this year for the Rainbow Banquet 2014 Queer Year In Review! Be sure to get permission from everyone featured in the photo before submitting. Email Anna Moon with any photos you'd like to have included.
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NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Guide for Students With Disabilities in Transition to College and University in Ontario
A new online Resource Guide for Students With Disabilities:
Transition to Post-Secondary Education is now available!
This guide has been created by the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) and was funded by the Ontario Government. RARC provides accurate and comprehensive assessments and follow-up services to post-secondary students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. RARC provides these services to students at Queen's University and St.
Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and at other institutions across Southeastern Ontario. The guide is available here:
This guide is a way for students with disabilities to arm themselves with knowledge they need to access resources at college and university and to make a successful transition from secondary to post-secondary school. It is aimed to support students as they make the transition in two ways. The Resources section outlines how students with disabilities are supported at post-secondary school.
The information is general to all publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario, is intended to help students and their families know what to expect as they prepare for the transition to post-secondary.
The Colleges and Universities sections provide more details regarding the specific available services at post-secondary schools in Ontario.
This section has been compiled from websites and key personnel at post-secondary institutions, with links and contacts provided for students.
This guide is meant as a starting point for potential students as they prepare for post-secondary school and research the different schools that will meet their individual needs. Students are encouraged to continue to research their preferred colleges and universities in more depth, and to visit their campuses before making a final decision.
For more information about RARC or their services, visit <http://www.queensu.ca/rarc>http://www.queensu.ca/rarc>
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D Center to host first annual D Week
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Justice Department state wide resolution of ADA violationS in RI
The Justice Department announced today that it has entered into the nation’s first statewide settlement agreement vindicating the civil rights of individuals with disabilities who are unnecessarily segregated in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. The agreement with the State of Rhode Island will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This first-of-its-kind statewide agreement addresses the rights of people with disabilities to receive state-funded employment and daytime services in integrated settings, such as supported employment and integrated day services, rather than in segregated sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs with only other people with disabilities. The agreement also provides relief to transition-age youth at risk of segregation in facility-based programs. Under the agreement, transition-age youth will have access to a wide array of transition, vocational rehabilitation, and supported employment services intended to lead to integrated employment outcomes after they leave secondary school. The parties have jointly filed the settlement in federal district court and have requested that it be entered as a court-enforceable Consent Decree.
Reverend Mark Kiyimba presentation
Speaker Announcement: At 10:30 AM on Sunday, May 25th Reverend Mark Kiyimba, Ugandan LGBT rights activist, will be speaking at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist (3800 East Genesee Street). The event is open for all interested parties to attend. For more information, please visit May Memorial Unitarian Universalist online.
Disability Related Articles this week
1. “Former Phoenix School-bus Aide Gets 15 Years in Child Molestation” --- ... sentenced to 15 years in prison and lifetime parole under sex-offender terms for his contact with an 11-year-old special needs student in Phoenix in ... --- Arizona Republic --- April 1, 2014 (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/KgsWxV
2. “Bus Driver Accused of Sexually Assaulting Special Needs Student” --- Sources told Eyewitness News that the student is in a special needs program. They said he's also accused of continuing to have an illegal sexual ... --- WSHM-TV --- April 1, 2014 (CONNECTICUT) http://is.gd/2Lvogu
3. “Man Pleads Guilty in Slaying of Mentally-challenged Woman” --- Rather than face a jury on murder charges for killing a mentally-challenged woman with an ax, a Michigan City man pleaded guilty ... --- nwitimes.com --- March 31, 2014 (INDIANA) http://is.gd/kx61sT
4. “Horrors at Bridgewater State Hospital” --- 1989 "Nightline" report about the Massachusetts facility that houses mentally ill people with the criminally insane. --- ABC News --- March 31, 2014 (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/Pu6hLH
5. “66-year-old Waterford Man Accused of Sexual Assault of Special Needs Child” --- 66-year-old Wayne Stade of Waterford faces one count of sexual assault of a child under age 12 — a felony charge. --- fox6now.com --- March 31, 2014 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/iUDMeG
6. “State Dealing with 300 Cases of Disabled Abuse” --- Hundreds of disabled Victorians have reportedly been abused by their carers, with allegations this year of serious sexual assault and chemical ... --- The Age --- April 2, 2014 (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/SH5aNt
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