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March, 08 2018


The articles, opportunities, and events described in the DCC Newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the Disability Cultural Center, Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs, or Syracuse University.  The objective of the DCC Newsletter is to provide a centralized and comprehensive resource, which describes current activity in disability and diversity scholarship, cultural activities, and general news. Please direct any concerns about content directly to the DCC and the specific posting organization.  Also, the DCC welcomes relevant submissions.  

Please email sudcc@syr.edu  by 9AM each Monday with your submission.


Hendricks Chapel Hosts Vigil Monday 11/16

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series (with Time for Mindful Meditation): Sanctuary and Safer Spaces, 11/18/15

Wheelchair Basketball @ SU Saturday November 21

SU Access to AHEAD Live virtual conference: "Accessing Higher Ground"

Tickets available for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Save the date: Black History Month Commemorative Lecture - Alicia Garza

Native American Heritage Month - November 2015

Events and happenings from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center

Possible courses of interest offered: Spring 2016


Mike Haynie, Vice Chancellor and Founder of IVMF, Onondaga County Veteran of the Year

Hendricks Chapel Hosts Vigil Today

An Open Letter to the Syracuse University Community from Members of the Chancellor's Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion


Call for submissions: The Sixteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference

Call for Proposals - Disability Studies topic area of Pacific Rim Conference

Call for Papers - Canadian Journal of Disability Studies Special Issue: Disability and/in/through fanfiction

Thinking Gender 2016 - Call for submissions

Announcements From The Healthy Minds Network

ACE's Graduate Research Associate Program - Now Accepting Applications

Confucius China Studies Program fellowship opportunities 

Call for Proposals: Magic---Between Embodiment & Ontology

Call for papers: Promises of Monsters

Participation in a research project about experiences of education


November is Epilepsy Awareness Month!

Disability Rights International's Laurie Ahern wins Encore.org Purpose Prize

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: December 3, 2015

Syracuse Inclusive Sports Pop-Up: Seated volleyball

Washington Post article about "America's Next Top Model" contestant Nyle DiMarco

Academic Employment Opportunity: Department of Special Education, University of Northern Iowa

Employment Opportunities at Respectability USA

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

Disability Scoop 11.10.15

Disability Scoop 11.13.15

World AIDS Day and Syracuse Open House

100 Black Men of Syracuse Inc. Annual Banquet

LGBTQ Families Weekend Conference




Hendricks Chapel Hosts Vigil Monday 11/16

Hendricks Chapel will host a University-wide candlelight vigil at sundown on Monday, Nov. 16. 

With the terrorist attacks that have occurred across the world the past few months, most recently the tragic attacks in Paris, Hendricks Chapel invites the campus community to join in this vigil to honor the lives lost, pray for peace and be together as a community. 

The vigil will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the steps of Hendricks Chapel.

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series (with Time for Mindful Meditation): Sanctuary and Safer Spaces, 11/18/15

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series (with Time for Mindful Meditation): Sanctuary and Safer Spaces

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 11.18.15

Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

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

The session will be co-facilitated by chaplains, staff and students and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be present. Inclusive food will be provided and requests for accommodations or food queries should be made by contacting Colleen Preuninger (cpreunin@syr.edu). 

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


Wheelchair Basketball @ SU Saturday November 21

It is time to come and join the Blended Wheelchair Basketball initiative on SU Campus again!

Join Move Along an inclusive adaptive sports organization (www.movealonginc.org)‚ the Syracuse VA and students & staff from Syracuse University and other community members in a fun and energetic game of wheelchair basketball.  This program offers its participants an opportunity to have fun while keeping fit and learning to play wheelchair basketball.  No experience required except a desire to participate and socialize playing wheelchair basketball.  Each year our team plays other NY state teams at the State Fair and you can have an opportunity to act as peer mentor for our youth rebound wheelchair basketball program.  If there is interest this team can travel to play other NY State wheelchair basketball teams.

This program is for ages eighteen and up. Specialized basketball wheelchairs are provided but limited. Participants may need to rotate in and out throughout the practice to allow everyone a chance to enjoy this great physical activity. 

The activity will take place on the campus of Syracuse University!

Free entry and participation with a SU ID card.

$5 per session for community members. 

A team jersey will be developed and available at cost for interested individuals

9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturdays: November 21, December 5 and 12

October 31st thru Dec 12th, 2015

For more information please contact Jeff Wright of Move Along jeff_wright@movealonginc.org or the SUDCC sudcc@syr.edu.



SU Access to AHEAD Live virtual conference: "Accessing Higher Ground"

All SU faculty and staff are invited to the virtual version of "Accessing Higher Ground," a live, web-based conference focused on Accessible Media, Web and Technology, presented by the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD). The 18th annual conference will be held Monday – Friday, November 16 – 20, 2015 and will be hosted in several locations on the SU campus. 

Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) focuses on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting. There is a strong focus on campus accommodation, Universal Design and curriculum accessibility. Other topic areas cover legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance. The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources are a particular focus of the event. 

Presentation of this conference on the SU campus is jointly sponsored by the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services office, the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Disability Services, the Disability Cultural Center, SU Libraries, and Information Technology Services. 

Who should attend?

This conference is intended for individuals who need to design or provide accessible Web, media, information resources and technology in the academic and business environment. In the past, audiences have included Web designers, assistive technologists, ADA coordinators, human resource personnel, persons with disabilities, disability specialists, faculty, media specialists and programmers interested in accessibility and incorporating Universal Design into curriculum and information and communications technology. 

About the virtual conference

AHG will stream sessions live from all five days of the conference, one track during the pre-conference and two tracks during the main conference. For complete information, including session abstracts and schedule, visit the virtual conference website.  

NOTE: ITS has arranged for group tickets, each of which covers the presentation of all virtual conference sessions on the SU campus. DO NOT register for the virtual conference on the AHG website, unless you want to participate as an individual, or from another location. Also, note that the times shown on the virtual conference website are Mountain Time. Events will be presented here on campus two hours later than shown on the conference website.

Questions? Send an email to Information Technology Services at accessibleIT@syr.edu and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.  Please include your name and phone number in your email. 




Tickets available for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

Remember. | Celebrate. | Act.

Activism and Agency for the Future.

A night to engage with generations on activism and agency- past, present, and future.

Celebration speaker: Mark Lamont Hill.

Sunday, January 31st, 2016.

Carrier Dome, Syracuse University.

Doors open at 4:00 PM, dinner at 4:30 PM, program at 5:30 PM.

Tickets available at the Schine Box Office from 11/2 – 1/30.

General public: $30

Students: $15 at Schine Box Office (without a meal plan) or one meal swipe at the dining centers. Meals will be charged the week of January 25, 2016.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided.

Other accommodations can be requested. Contact Hendricks Chapel at 315-443-2901, gyerdon@syr.edu or visit mlk.syr.edu for more information.



Save the date: Black History Month Commemorative Lecture - Alicia Garza

Black History Month Commemorative Lecture with Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. 

We are so excited to bring to Syracuse University this dynamic leader to engage our students, staff, faculty, and greater Syracuse community.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 in Hendricks Chapel at 7 pm.  Door will open at 6:30 pm. Please save the date, time, and location for this event.      

Here’s a little information about the speaker:

Alicia is the co-creator of the Viral Twitter hashtag and Movement, #BlackLivesMatter.  Ms. Garza is responsible for coining the phrase.  She’s an award-winning community organizer committed to challenging society to recognize and celebrate the contributions of all individuals, specifically Black people and queer communities.  Garza, a dedicated advocate for improved working conditions and employment rights for underserved minority communities, her activism is rooted in organizational strategies and visions to connect individuals and emerging movements. 


Native American Heritage Month - November 2015

November 16: Indigenous Students at Syracuse Student Symposium 

7-9 p.m. 207 Hall of Languages, Sponsored by Native Student Program and brought ot you by Indigenous students at Syracuse recognized student organization. Followed by reception and Q&A, free and open to the public.

November 18: Indigenous Environmental Alliance Workshop

Beginning with a viewing of Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row Wampum

12:15-1:45 p.m. SUNY ESF Nifkin Lounge (basement of Marshall Hall) Sponsored by Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Questions? Nvpatter@esf.edu

November 19: Thymes for Young Ghouls Film Viewing and Discussion.

Red Crow Mi’gMaq Reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. 15-year-old Aila sells enough dope to pay her way out of the school, but when her drug money is stole, her only options are to run or fight… and Mi’gMaq don’t run.

6-9 p.m. 201 ABC Goldstein Student Center, South Campus. Sponsored by the Native Student Program, Office of Multicultural Affairs. Movie snacks will be provided. Free and open to the public.

November 20: Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center Grand Opening Weekend

Gala dinner fundraiser, $100 per ticket. Karen Cooney @ (315) 428-1864, x312.

6-9 p.m. 6690 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, NY skanonhcenter.org

November 21: Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center Grand Opening Weekend

Opening day festival. Tours, demonstrations, Native crafters and food. 


Events and happenings from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center

New 2 'Quse

A discussion group for people who are new to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, asexual, and ally campus communities

LGBT Resource Center, 750 Ostrom Avenue

Monday, 11/16, 6 – 8 PM 

Join us TONIGHT for New 2 ‘Quse! We’ll be dining on food from Bamboo House and playing Queer Jeopardy (winners get LGBT RC water bottles!).  

For more information, contact Abby Fite or Katie Mattise, co-facilitators of New 2 ‘Quse.



Possible courses of interest offered: Spring 2016 

*Adaptive Sports and Empowerment as Effective Public Health*

SPM 300/DSP 300-M002/M001

Professor Bill Peace

Tues./Thurs. 2:00–3:30pm

306 Bowne Hall

Sports has always been an important part of American culture. Sports is of particular importance for People with Disabilities (PWDs) because participation in adaptive sports has often broken stereotypical barriers, led to greater opportunities in education, and advanced disability rights. 

As the number of PWDs participating in sports has increased, sports activity has resulted in better health and greater social integration.  Sports offer PWDs a way to demonstrate their capabilities and strengths.  While a few well-known athletes with disabilities have enjoyed success in professional sports (Casey Martin, Jim Abbott, Tom Dempsey, etc.), this course will focus on the burgeoning of adaptive sports.  Involvement in adaptive sports at any level demonstrates what PWDs can do and as a result represents a revolutionary way to advance civil rights and increase access to health care.

*Advanced Gender Communication*


Dr. Erin J. Rand

Tuesday & Thursday from 12:30–1:50pm

It seems like everyone is talking about issues of gender and sexuality today. But what does it all mean? Marriage equality is the law of the land and Fun Home won the Tony for Best Musical. Caitlyn Jenner has her own show. Debates rage over funding for Planned Parenthood, equal pay for women, and dress codes for girls. Trans women of color are routinely murdered, and black boys and girls are targeted by police. How can we make sense of these issues from a critical feminist and queer perspective?

This course examines the multiple, often contradictory ways that feminism, queerness, and gender and sexual difference manifest in popular discourses in the US. We will consider a variety of contemporary texts, ranging from scholarly essays to popular fiction and nonfiction, memoirs, graphic novels, and films. These texts will encourage a richly intersectional approach, emphasizing discourses of race and class and addressing themes of consent, reproduction, geography, privilege, embodiment, identity, and more.

This is a seminar style course designed for advanced undergraduates who have already taken an introductory course in gender and/or sexuality studies. Instructor consent required. Please email ejrand@syr.edu for more information and permission to register.

*"Eye Hand Body Mind"*

PTG 200

Susan D'Amato

Tues/Thur 3:30-6:00

Susan D'Amato is offering a new drawing course for Spring '16 titled "Eye Hand Body Mind".

Drawing lends itself as a holistic process and practice for mindful investigation and engagement with the visual, felt, and perceptive experiences of being alive in the world.

This course will integrate traditional and contemporary approaches, materials, and processes in drawing with mindfulness based contemplative practices including breath, voice, movement, yoga, sitting, walking and guided meditation. Structured and open problems will challenge and enrich students’ ability to perceive, create, and think with whole body-mind awareness.  

Working from observed, thought-based, and sensational experiences, students will cultivate a daily practice suited to their personal interests while developing a body of work reflective of their process.



Mike Haynie, Vice Chancellor and Founder of IVMF, Onondaga County Veteran of the Year


Call for submissions: The Sixteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference

April 13 - 14, 2016

The Ohio State University's Columbus Campus
This past July marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act; November the 20th Anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act in Brittan; and December 2016 will be the 10th anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.  "It is time to move beyond the letter of the law to the spirit of the law; to shift our focus from redressing human and environmental problems through remedial design to preventing problems through holistic design." Leslie Kanes Weisman

Multiple Perspectives is an ongoing exploration of disability, a conversation including many voices and reflecting perspectives gained through experience and research; theory and practice, arts and sciences.  Preference will be given to presentations that encourage discussions across the typical social, political, and disciplinary boundaries; connect the individual to local, national and international approaches; or consider parallels, distinctions and intersections with race, gender and ethnicity.

Past programs and conference updates as they become available can be found at: http://ada.osu.edu/conferences.htm. To be on the mailing list for the conference, send e-mail to ADA-OSU@osu.edu<mailto:ADA-OSU@osu.edu>

The Multiple Perspectives Conference is hosted by Ohio State University's ADA Coordinator's Office is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment Fund and ongoing support from The Ohio State University.

Proposals are due January 18th, 2016

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail as an attachment (Word, Word Perfect, TXT, or RTF formats)  to ADA-OSU@osu.edu<mailto:ADA-OSU@osu.edu>  with Multiple Perspectives 2016 in the subject line.

Proposals must include:

1.    Name of each presenter with  titles,  institutions, employers etc. as appropriate

2.    Contact information (phone, mailing address, and e-mail) if there is more than one presenter please indicate one individual as the contact and lead presenter.

3.    Title of Presentation   (12 words or less)

4.    Description  (700 words or less)   Please describe the content, focus and desired outcomes for the presentation using these questions as a guide. 
*       What is the format of the presentation (Lecture, Panel, Discussion, Performance, Other)? 
*       Who is the intended audience (educators, employers, businesses, advocates, students, consumers, researchers, or other)? 
*       How familiar should the audience be with the topic (beginner, intermediate, advanced)? 
*       What are your three main goals for the presentation?
Please Note:  The full conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for presenters of accepted proposals. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Please share with your students:

At the Sixteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability:
Poster Submissions are Due no later than March 15, 2016
The Multiple Perspectives Conference encourages students to network with professionals, the community, and scholars who share their interests in disability at its annual student poster reception.  A generous gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation will fund awards (Graduate Research - $500; Undergraduate Research $200, Art & Performance $200 and Community Service $100, Class Projects $200 at this year's competition.
Submissions may focus on any aspect of disability and may be based on:

1.     Independent & Supervised Student Research

2.     Art & Performance

3.     Class Projects & Papers (Award goes to department to support future projects)

4.     Community Service & Applied Problem Solving from Service Learning Classes or student organizations (Award goes to organization/department to support future projects) 
Posters can take a variety of forms including print material mounted on poster board or display panels or arranged on a table; PowerPoint presentations, web pages or video presentations from your laptop ...

* Presentation materials must fit on a 3'x6' table or along 6' or less of wall space

* Presentation materials should present the information in 10 minutes or less

* Presenters or their designee must be present to interact with the audience

* Presenters must provide their own equipment
Visit these sites for tips on developing a poster presentation:

*  http://denman.osu.edu/resources.aspx

*  http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/speaking/poster/index.cfm

*  http://www.plu.edu/~libr/workshops/multimedia/posters.html
Students and teams of students who wish to present a poster must send the following information to ADA-OSU@osu.edu<mailto:ADA-OSU@osu.edu> no later than March 15, 2016

1.  Title

2.  Short Title - 12 word maximum

3.  Poster Format (Print, Model, PowerPoint, Video, ...)

4.  Description of their proposed poster topic - 250 word maximum

5.  E-mail address, phone number, and surface mail address of coordinating presenter

6.  As appropriate, university, department, grant, course or student organization  affiliation

7.  A letter of support from a faculty member or organization advisor associated with the project

8.  Name of individual, Department or Organization to receive cash award should the project win. 
Early submissions are encouraged.  Submissions will be reviewed as they arrive. Conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for all accepted presenters.
Please Note:

The full conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for presenters of accepted proposals. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging.




Call for Proposals - Disability Studies topic area of Pacific Rim Conference

Disability Studies: Exploring the Margins from the Center and the Center from the Margins 

April 25-26, 2016

Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI 


Due Date: Dec. 17, 2015

Disability-related issues are becoming more and more mainstreamed. For instance, several universities are starting to offer Disability Studies as an undergraduate major option.  At the same time, people with various disabilities, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender issues, for example, expressly discuss how they remain at the margins and may be even at the margins of the margins.

Where does Disability Studies fit in these discussions of multiple oppressions/identities and social inequalities, and what are scholars doing to advance theories and understandings of intersectionality? We are interested in presentations that will address less discussed areas of contemplation, critical reflection and analysis. See below for some questions to spur ideas:

Examples of potential proposals include:

·       Is there a role for disability, and other, studies in academic situations to promote justice and equality?

·       Does it make sense for Disability Studies to be in its own academic department? If not, where does it make sense for Disability Studies to be located?

·       Best practices for how Disability Studies can serve as a space to spawn and invigorate a new generation of critical thinkers?

·       What is to be learned from the current explosion of Disability Studies-related books?

·       What audiences are being reached with Disability Studies? In what ways are scholars and activists measuring the impact of Disability Studies? Do we need to look at Disability Studies in innovative ways to understand whether it is having a broader impact on society? If so, what are some examples of these new means of measurement?

·       What is “Ability Studies”* and how does it intersect with Disability Studies?

·       ”Ability Studies is an emerging field that investigates ability expectation (want stage) and ableism (need stage) hierarchies, preferences, and their impact on human-human, human-animal, and human-nature relationships.”( Gregor Wolbring).

·       How does Disability Studies address the prevalent isms: ableism, racism, ethnocentrism, sexism and classism, and what might be done to go beyond and ameliorate these isms?

·       Best practices, recent research, advocacy and training initiatives addressing intersectional systems and multiple systems of discrimination; 

·       In what ways might Disability Studies make a positive impact on human life and activities?

·       How might Disability Studies, developed largely in western countries, be relevant in other countries and cultures with different histories and cultures?  Examples of different models would be welcomed;

·       Does media, including social media, bring disability into the center or move it back to the margins? How might Disability Studies impact all media to improve policy and social change? How do we know if it’s working (i.e. how do we measure whether the media is being impacted)?

·       What is the intersection of disability, diversity, and ethics? Does Disability Studies play a role, or have a role to play, in ethics discussions, policy implementation, or other socio-cultural intersections?

We welcome proposals that discuss these issues and more. If you have a proposal that may not fit in to the above targets, we will welcome them as part of our discussion. We welcome proposals in any presentation format. We also welcome presentations in innovative formats including readings, performance art, graphics and roundtables.

Please see presentation formats on our webpage at http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/presenters/formats

Please check the criteria for each format and ensure that you have the appropriate number of presenters for your chosen format.

You may submit proposals online at: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions or send your proposals via email to prcall@hawaii.edu.

For more information about this topic area, contact the topic chair, Steve Brown, sebrown@hawaii.edu.

For general information on the conference, please contact Charmaine Crockett at cccrocke@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-7539. For registration questions, please contact the registration desk at (808) 956-8816, fax (808) 956-4437 or email prreg@hawaii.edu.



Call for Papers - Canadian Journal of Disability Studies Special Issue: Disability and/in/through fanfiction

Fanfiction has been at the centre of the development of fan studies since Henry Jenkins’ Textual Poachers (1992) and Nancy Baym’s work on online soap opera fan communities (1993); their texts examined fans as self-reflexive producers and critical consumers, and as participants in reciprocal and emotive community-building practices.  In recent years, fan-led projects such as those supported and initiated by the Organization for Transformative Works (Archive Of Our Own, fanlore, Open Doors, and their work on fan legal advocacy) have further encouraged the development of fan scholarship and the conservation and perpetuation of fan cultures. However, disability and accessibility have not been explored in either academic or fan scholarship as crucial aspects of fanfiction practices, and disabled fans and fanfiction writers have not been included as significant contributors to online fanfiction communities.

Yet, disability and fanfiction are in a complicated relationship with one another. Fanfiction loves its disabled characters ( Stiles from Teen Wolf, Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon, Homestuck, House, River Tam from Firefly), and loves to disable its characters (Harry Potter is iconic in this respect), to get all the feels, to explore all the possibilities, and because you hurt those you love, a lot, especially in fanfic. Many fans and fan creators have identified online as disabled and/or people with disabilities/impairments. Fans are sharing their experiences and having discussions about disability representation in fandoms and fanfiction, about ableism and accessibility. How disability manifests in online fanfiction works and communities remains to be brought into play in critical disability studies and in fan studies. 

This special issue invites works that explores disability in fanfiction, disability and fanfiction, and disability through fanfiction. How do disability and fanfiction interact with each other in fanfiction communities? How is disability represented in fanfiction and what meaning does/can/should it have? What roles do disabled fans play in how disability and disabled characters are understood in fandoms? How does white supremacy and heteropatriarchy/cissexism impact where disabled people feel included in online fanfiction communities? How do queerness, racialization, transness, gender, sexuality, class, as inseparable from our experiences of disability, inform and shape our love of fandom and fanfic? How do adaptive technologies influence the presence of which disabled fans can contribute in fanfic and in fanfic communities? What role does accessibility play in fanfiction communities, and for disabled fans?

This special issue aims to collect the work that has been done and is being done by disabled fans and aca-fans (and allies) that reflects on the multiple layers of meaning disability has in fanfiction narratives, processes, communities, and studies. We welcome the contributions of fans, aca-fans, community members (authors, betas, mods, readers, and lurkers), academics, non-academics, writers and reviewers. Contributions can take the shape of academic and non-academic, articles, commentaries, reflections, fanfiction, fanvids and other fan art and fan works that critically examines the roles, representations, deployments, reifications, subversions, challenges, queering and cripping of disability, illness, disease, (in all its multiple enactments and embodiments), cripness (criptitude?), accessibility, disablism, ableism, and fanfiction. 

We welcome single and multiple authored pieces. Formats can be written, video (must be captioned), audio (must include transcript). 

Possible themes: 

·       Disability, gender, queerness and race: politics of intersectionality (and beyond) in fanfics 

·       Disabled fanfiction writers and fans 

·        Disability tropes in fanfiction 

·       Writing disabled characters 

·       Disability and Hurt/Comfort 

·       Disability and/as kink in fanfic 

·       Disability erotics in fanfic 

·       Politics of accessibility in fanfic communities 

·       Economies of desirability and disability 

·       Fanfic and web accessibility/Adaptive Technology 

·       Fan activism about accessibility/ ableism/disablism 

·       Disability erasure by non-disabled fans 

·       Disability fic as knowledge production/dissemination 

·       Disability community making and fanfiction 

·       Autism and/in fan fic 

·       Madness and/in fanfiction 

·       Deafness and/in fanfiction 

Submissions are due 15 April 2016 and can be emailed to Cath Duchastel de M. at: electrocrip@gmail.com


Thinking Gender 2016 - Call for submissions



26th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference 


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

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

·       Gender representation and state feminism

·       Physical culture and the body

·       Innovation through gender

·       Productive and reproductive labors

·       Security and gendered nationalism

·       Implicit bias and stereotype threat

·       Migration and transnational encounters

·       Women, gender, and health

·       Women and sustainable development

·       Identity formation in memory and memoir

·       Controversial and transgressive art

·       Socialization and sexuality


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

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


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

Deadline for submissions: Friday, November 20, 2015


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

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


UCLA Center for the Study of Women

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

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


Announcements From The Healthy Minds Network

Join us for our Webinar on Thursday, November 19 from 12:00-1:00 pm ET! The webinar will feature Nance Roy and Victor Schwartz from the Jed Foundation as well as members of our Healthy Minds Network team. We will be discussing a new partnership between the Healthy Minds Network and the Jed and Clinton Foundation Health Matters Campus Program. This partnership will enhance opportunities for data-driven approaches to evaluation and improvement of campus mental health services. The webinar is free of charge. Please RSVP here.
Reminder: save the date for the 2016 College Mental Health Research Symposium: March 8-9, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Our annual symposium brings together leading researchers, clinicians, and practitioners interested in research on college student mental health. The symposium comes right before the annual Depression on College Campuses conference, which we also encourage you to attend. For the Symposium, RSVP here or email healthyminds@umich.edu



ACE's Graduate Research Associate Program - Now Accepting Applications


The American Council on Education’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy is now accepting applications from talented graduate students for participation in its Graduate Research Associate Program for both the 2016 Summer and the 2016-2017 Academic Year cohorts. Graduate Research Associates at ACE conduct policy research, contribute to advocacy efforts, attend briefings, and meet with staff from across the Council as well as across the DC higher education community. The program is meant to provide students with experience conducting, communicating, and disseminating policy research in the fast-paced DC setting. 

More information about the Graduate Research Associate Program, including application information, can also be found here: https://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/CPRS-Research-Associate-Program.aspx.


The deadline to apply for the summer program is January 15, 2016.

The deadline to apply for the academic year program is March 15, 2016. 


Confucius China Studies Program fellowship opportunities 

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce two fellowship opportunities for doctoral-level students in the arts, education, humanities, and social sciences with a focus on China. 

We are now accepting applications for the newly launched Ph.D. in China Fellowship, and the second year of the Research Ph.D. Fellowship.

The deadline is February 15, 2016 for awards beginning in the fall of 2016. 

These fellowships are sponsored by Hanban, and are under the umbrella of the Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP). More information can be found on our website: www.iie.org/ccsp 

In addition, IIE will host information session webinars in the coming weeks covering the details of these awards, including the application process, eligibility, timeline, and award benefits, followed by a Q&A session. You can register for the webinar either by following the links below, or by visiting the CCSP Fellowships website. Registration links will be on the right hand side of the main page.

The next webinar will be held on Wednesday, Dec 2 from 3:00 – 4:00 (Eastern). Registration for this session can be found here

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Steven Dale, the IIE Program Officer for these fellowships, by emailing sdale@iie.org or by calling 212-984-5346.



Call for Proposals: Magic---Between Embodiment & Ontology


7th Annual Emerging Scholars Conference; McGill University

19th-20th February 2016

Keynote Speaker(s): TBD


“The act of magic, via the measured repetition of the ritual, reveals the ordinary object as extraordinary and impacts its meaning within the objective fabric of reality. Paradoxically, in magic, the object speaks of both familiarity and otherness, revitalizing man’s awareness of the uniqueness of his surroundings, but also pointing out the continuity between the human subject and the phenomenal object.” [Emphasis ours] ---Aga Skrodzka Magic Realist Cinema in East Central Europe (2014)

The Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University is pleased to announce this year's Faculty and Emerging Scholars symposium, “Magic: Between Embodiment and Ontology.”

The two-day interdisciplinary symposium will be held at McGill University on February 19th-20th, 2016. Graduate students at the M.A. or Ph.D. level from all disciplines in addition to artists, curators, and professors are invited to submit abstracts for presentations of twenty-five minutes. Participation in the conference provides an opportunity to present original scholarly research, and benefit from engaged discussions as well as valuable responses to papers. The aim of this symposium is to examine the ways in which magic, in any incarnation, is used as both a transformative element to inspire civil action as well a communicative channel for intersubjective relations. The symposium seeks to trace magic’s communicative capacities through material culture.

Critical scholarship concerning magic has primarily focused on magic’s spiritual or “sacred” aspect. But as George Bataille argued, “profane activity” is what leads to the so-called sacred (Bataille, 1954). Thus, how can we destabilize the prioritization of the “sacred” in scholarship concerning magic? This symposium seeks to re-situate embodied practices in scholarship surrounding the ontological properties of magic. For instance, how might recent scholarship surrounding object oriented ontology (OOO) expand when engaged with discourse surrounding affect, embodiment, decolonization, critical race studies, gender and feminist studies, queer theory, etc.

The scope in which magic interacts and/or informs scholarship is broad and we hope for the conference to capture a snapshot of the ways in which magic affects material culture. The symposium will examine the roles in which magic or the mystic has played and generate a productive dialogue around such topics as alchemy, the occult, esoteric, rituals, science, early technology, spiritualism, etc. From Hieronymus Bosch’s alchemic art practices to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics, no paper topic is too broad or narrow for this symposium.

 Possible areas for exploration:

---In what ways has the voice, music, sound, etc. been used to access the “unknown”?

---How has magic been used during the period of colonization as a tool of resistance against colonizers (Voodoo and Hoodoo culture practices)?

---How is magic manifested through sound?

---What are magic’s properties in performative witchcraft?

---How is sound used in music and films that deal with magic or mysticism?

---What is the role of magic in artistic practices (cinema, paintings, comics, etc)?

---What are some trans-historical/geographic approaches we can apply to the study of magic?

---What role has magic played in early modern material culture (paintings, architecture, etc)?

---How has the concept of magic/mysticism influenced the perception of early technological and scientific achievements?

In addition, we extend the opportunity for an emerging scholar to be one of our Keynote speakers. Keynote speakers are paid and compensated for their travel and hotel costs. Please submit a CV, and an abstract (750 words or less) of your proposed paper to the e-mail address below. Keynote presentations should aim to be around 50 to 60 minutes in length. Papers in both English and French are welcome.

Please email abstracts for submission of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a short biography or abridged CV, to ahcs.pgss@mail.mcgill.ca by November 20th, 2015.

Successful applicants will be notified by December 20th, 2015.

Please send general inquiries to: ahcs.pgss@mail.mcgill.ca

If you have specific questions regarding your abstract or keynote details, contact the conference chair at: ayanna.dozier@mail.mcgill.ca

For more information about the conference please refer to our website: ahcspgss.wix.com/mcgill

AHCS Conference Organizing Committee:

Ayanna Dozier (Communication Studies)---Conference Chair

Anastasia Howe Bukowski (Art History)

Sofia Misenheimer (Communication Studies)

Zoë De Luca (Art History)

Farah Atoui (Communication Studies)

Itzayana Gutiérrez Arillo (Communication Studies)



Call for papers: Promises of Monsters

28-29th of April 2016
University of Stavanger, Norway
Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Margrit Shildrick (Linköping University, Sweden)

Assistant Professor Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State University, US)

Monsters are back, or perhaps they never went away. They haunt popular culture and social media. They lurk as images of dread and terror in politics, and figures of thought within academia. As shadows of the past they reappear as thepotential biotechnological realities of today. They roam the in-between, makingborders and boundaries tremble and shatter; whether these be borders of nation states or bodies, or categories of race, gender, sexuality, ability, class, self and other. In this sense, the monster seems to embody a promise of disturbances and change, as Donna Haraway argued in her 1992 text “The Promises of Monsters”.

Haraway’s text heralds the 1990s rapid increase in academic engagement with figures of ghosts and monsters, the spectral and the monstrous, encompassing publications such as Derrida’s Spectres of Marx (1994) and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s anthology Monster Theory (1996). Now, on the other side of the millennium-threshold, the popularity of monsters has flared up again, inspiring publications such as for example Ashgate’s Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous (Mittman and Dendle 2012). 20 years after Haraway’s essay, “The Promise of Monsters” (2012) is evoked yet again, this time by Cohen, to point to the strange temporalities and disturbing messages of the figure of the monster as it haunts the margins of reality and human subjecthood. Messages that may well be promises, but of what?

The interdisciplinary conference Promises of Monsters invites contributors to think critically with and through the figure of the monster. What does the monster promise? What contradictions, uncertainties, anxieties, desires and disturbances haunt the shifting landscapes of monsters? How might the monster help unsettle and rethink traditional ontology, epistemology and ethics? In other words: how might the monster help one think and imagine the world differently? Indeed, what does the monster index in a rapidly developing technological globe where inequalities are ever-more apparent and expanding? How do monsters come to represent the very racialised, sexualised, able-ist, gendered and homophobic injustices of historical and contemporary modes of belonging and migrating? And how do monsters haunt disciplines differently and why?

Promises of Monsters invites all, including researchers, artists and practitioners, to engage on an interdisciplinary level with the subject of monsters and the monstrous. As well as traditional academic style presentations, we also welcome creative submissions across all genres and forms.

The following are possible themes for panels, papers and artistic contributions, but we welcome you to think beyond these suggestions:

Animal studies 
Art, popular culture 
Critical race theory 
Digital technologies and social media 
Disability studies
Gender and feminist theory 
(Im-)materiality, embodiment 
Medical humanities
Postcolonial studies 
Queer and sexuality studies 
Science fiction, horror, and fantasy 
Technology, medicine 
Xenophobia, the Other

We accept submissions for papers and panels. Please get in touch about artistic submissions. Send your abstract (250 - 300 words and a 50 word bio) and/or questions to: promisesofmonsters@gmail.com

For updates, see our website: https://promisesofmonsters.wordpress.com/

Deadline for submissions: 15th December 2015

Promises of Monsters is organized by The Monster Network. You can find and join us on Facebook.


Participation in a research project about experiences of education

My name is Julia and I am a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. I warmly invite you to participate in a new research project to share your experiences of secondary, further and higher education.

The title of the project is, ‘Interrogating ableism: exploring the psycho-emotional consequences of neoliberal ableist education’ and I wish to gather personal accounts of how you, as a disabled person, see schooling, college and/or university. This is open to both those who are currently in education, and those recently (10-15 years) out of an educational setting.

You can tell these stories in whichever format is the most comfortable for you. As a disabled person myself, I prefer to take the added ‘thinking time’ of using email to write my story; you may prefer a diary composition, poetry, or spoken methods such as Skype. You may prefer more visual ways of presenting your narrative, such as photography, drawing or video. Stories will also be welcomed from those who use the support of other people to facilitate typing.

However you choose to tell your stories, what I'm looking for is personal reflections on how you felt about your experiences within your educational institution and the unique ways that it shaped you. For example, what do you think are the goals or aims of education? What do the terms ‘ability’ and ‘success’ mean to you? What are the pressures brought about by the focus on achieving ‘academic success’ for individual learners? The purpose of sharing these stories is to open up a space for the exploration of educational policy and practice around the world, and to question the efficacy of current approaches.

If you think you would like to know more about this project and would like to get some more information about it, please get in touch with me at jndaniels1@sheffield.ac.uk. If you wish to raise any concerns or complaints about this research, you can contact my supervisor, Dan Goodley on d.goodley@sheffield.ac.uk.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Yours hopefully, 
Julia Daniels



November is Epilepsy Awareness Month!  

Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder.

1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime.

1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.

65 million people in the world have epilepsy.

SO wear purple to spread awareness!






Disability Rights International's Laurie Ahern wins Encore.org Purpose Prize

November 13, 2015 -- Washington, DC --

Laurie Ahern, President of Disability Rights International, is the winner of the Encore Purpose Prize® in recognition of her pioneering work to protect the human rights of children with disabilities detained in institutions. Laurie has been with DRI for over a decade, and has served as DRI's President since 2009.

Each year, Encore.org awards The Purpose Prize to six outstanding individuals over 60 who are using their encore years - the time of traditional retirement - to undertake significant social-impact projects. Now in its 10th year, The Purpose Prize is the nation's only large-scale investment in people over the age of 60 who combine their life skills and talents for the social good.  

Watch a video highlighting Laurie's Encore story on our website.
Read more about Laurie's Purpose Prize in the Washington Post

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: December 3, 2015


Theme -  Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities. 

Individuals, agencies, organizations, academic institutions and the businesses are encouraged to partner with organizations of persons with disabilities to arrange events and activities to commemorate the Day.

Theme for 2015:

Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities


  • Making cities inclusive and accessible for all
  • Improving disability data and statistics
  • Including persons with invisible disabilities in society

The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society including transportation, employment, education and political participation. Participating in public life is both a fundamental right and an essential to a just and stable government.


Syracuse Inclusive Sports Pop-Up: Seated volleyball

Brought to you by FIT-IN

Inclusive sports pop-up coming to the Northside! Come out and enjoy our first FREE monthly event on Tuesday.

Check out seated volleyball:

Magnarelli Community Center At McChesney Park

2300 Grant Blvd

Syracuse, NY 13208

Tuesday, November 17th

3PM to 6PM

All are welcome to play Seated Volleyball, or stop by and enjoy from the sidelines. 

What exactly is Seated Volleyball?


Each month, the Fitness Inclusion Network (FIT-IN) will host a different sport or recreation activity designed to be played by people with a wide variety of bodies, minds, and spirits. We will join with Syracuse Parks and Rec to locate our pop-up sessions at different sites across the community! We hope to visit your neighborhood, and we hope you will come visit us to play a different sport or game each month!

For more information, please contact:

Peyton Sefick

Program Coordinator, FIT-IN




Academic Employment Opportunity: Department of Special Education, University of Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa
Department of Special Education
Assistant Professor of Special Education 

The Department of Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Special Education to begin August 2016.

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; collaborating with schools, agencies and service providers; advising students; providing field-based supervision; publishing scholarly work and procuring grants; and providing service to the department, college, university and local and professional community.  

Required qualifications include an earned doctorate in special education or related field.  ABD with evidence of degree completion by August 2016 will be considered. Experience in teaching/ professional experience providing instructional services to students with disabilities in a variety of settings such as inclusive, co-teaching, resource, etc.; knowledge of curriculum and provision of differentiated instruction; and evidence of, or emerging record of, research is also required.

Preference will be given to applicants with expertise or experience with one or more of the following: (1) three or more years of public school teaching or equivalent; (2) experience with culturally diverse groups and those overrepresented within special education; (3) experience with inclusive pedagogy; (4) inclusive early childhood special education; (5) disability studies in education.
Individuals with a record of college teaching, experience in a collaborative teacher education program, who integrate technology into coursework, and have an interest in or capacity to utilize online/distance technology for course delivery will also be given preference. 

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include TIAA/CREF and IPERS retirement plans, and group life, disability, medical, vision, and dental insurance.  

Recognized for its tradition of excellence in scholarship, the Department of Special Education offers undergraduate, and masters' degrees in Early Childhood Inclusion and Special Education, High Incidence Disabilities, Low Incidence Disabilities, Vocational and Transition Programming, and Field Specialization.  In addition, students in the College of Education may pursue a doctoral degree with an emphasis in Special Education. See http://www.uni.edu/coe/departments/special-education.  

Applications received by December 14, 2015 will be given full consideration. 

To apply, visit http://jobs.uni.edu.  Pre-employment background checks are required.  Inquiries should be sent to Amy Petersen Ed.D at amy.petersen@uni.edu or call (319) 273-6061 for more information.  UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.
UNI is a smoke-free campus.


Employment Opportunities at Respectability USA

Executive Assistant to the President

National Leadership Program Director

The National Leadership Program Fellowships in Public Policy/ Employment

The National Leadership Program Fellowships for Stigma Busting/Communications

The National Leadership Program Fellowships on Inclusion of Jews with Disabilities and Their Families

The National Leadership Program Development/Fundraising Fellowships



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

Sponsored by the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

Week of November 8-14, 2015

* In honor of Veteran’s Day, we have a few links for you:

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

* November 21 in Baltimore, the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities will be convening its annual conference: http://www.nalswd.org/

* Gallaudet University’s women’s volleyball team won their sixth straight NEAC championship: http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wvball/2015-16/releases/recap_neacchampionship

* If you’re a big donor to the University of Evansville, they’ll convert a disability parking space to VIP parking for you: http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/college/2015/11/10/donors-get-disabled-parking-evansville-basketball-games/75518640/

* Tim Nugent passed away on Veteran’s Day, after devoting his life to disabled veterans, improving access at the University of Illinois, and wheelchair sports: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-11-12/life-remembered-nugent-changed-paradigm-disability.html

* The University of Oregon is starting a new disability studies minor: http://english.uoregon.edu/news/uo-english-participates-in-launch-of-uo-disability-studies-minor

* The federal government is reconvening the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, and its members will include Edlyn Peña from California Lutheran University, who specializes in researching experiences of college students with autism: http://www.callutheran.edu/news/story.html?id=11922#story

* Amarillo College theater faculty thought it would be funny to give blind student Thea Touchton a “Cyclops Award,” but she filed a complaint, saying that it’s indicative of ongoing bullying in the department: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2015-11-07/gag-award-no-laughing-matter-student

* Margaret Moss, an assistant dean at the University of Buffalo, has published the first nursing textbook on American Indian health: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2015/11/4/first-nursing-textbook-on-american-indian-health.html

* Rutgers University is creating a program for 60 adults with autism and developmental disabilities to live and work on campus: http://news.rutgers.edu/news-release/rutgers-announces-initiative-launch-center-support-adults-autism/20151102#.VkYkInarRD_

* More details are emerging about the new “Red Folder” system to help faculty and administrators deal with “students in distress” – it’s being implemented at all 23 campuses in the California State University system, and in many community colleges: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-higher-learning-mental-health-20151110-story.html

* Steve Kuusisto, a blind professor at Syracuse University, writes about the “thermal layer” of universities, where disability policies and progressive philosophies about access are likely to become re-interpreted, stalled, or distorted: http://stephenkuusisto.com/2015/11/08/asking-for-a-friend-is-it-me-or-is-it-my-campus/

* The University of Illinois’ Disability Resources and Educational Services department has published an online list of strategies for students with disabilities – including learning styles, active reading strategies, and even dealing with the distractions of social media: http://disability.illinois.edu/strategies

* Most people know about bulimia and anorexia, but orthorexia is less known – Katie Dalebout shares her college experiences with this eating disorder where people pursue ideas of being healthy to the point it becomes unhealthy: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/anorexia-side-effects-anorexia-nostalgia

* A major gift to the University of California, San Francisco may be part of a new wave of donations and funding for mental health research and programming – an area that has a long  history of being under-funded: http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2015/11/11/does-this-big-gift-mean-funding-for-mental-illness-research.html

* Josh Hepple is a UK student taking on law education, inaccessible universities, and paradigms of what makes a “good lawyer”: http://www.legalcheek.com/2015/11/disabled-wannabe-lawyer-uses-discrimination-battle-to-drive-training-contract-mission/

* One week after Yale announces its $50 million initiative to increase faculty diversity, it loses Karen Nakamura, acclaimed professor of various types of interdisciplinary diversity studies, who will head to UC Berkeley to become the chair of disability studies: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/11/10/acclaimed-prof-to-leave-yale/

* The University of Georgia is setting up a new inclusive postsecondary program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/uga-to-launch-inclusive-post-secondary-education-program-in-2017/

* The current issue of theHarvard Review of Psychiatry takes a look back at the Virginia Tech shooting and its lessons for college mental health services, with a focus on increasing the number of psychiatrists and recommendations for dealing with violent students, making this a good time to remind readers that students with mental and emotional disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence and not perpetrators: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-11-virginia-tech-lessons-college-mental.html

* Students at the University of Washington have started a petition asking for new faculty hiring processes to prioritize people with disabilities and an understanding of disability and social justice – it’s attracting signatures from around the country: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14DALWp8KwcpJOcn4hMgd0IMTpP-qVisaq20ueeN-4lY/edit

* The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s top-ranked wheelchair basketball team has signed Melissa Schaefer from Illinois: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/norridge/sports/ct-nhh-melissa-schaefer-wisconsin-whitewater-wheelchair-basketball-tl-1109-20151111-story.html

* The ADA passed 25 years ago, but for students with disabilities at Alamo community colleges, access is still a major issue and subject to budget cuts (including elimination of notetaking services when budgets were slashed): http://theranger.org/2015/11/09/ada-rules-accepted-but-limited-access-remains/

* All locations of the College of the North Atlantic will offer accessible hunting, angling, and firearms courses to disabled people: http://www.gfwadvertiser.ca/News/Local/2015-11-09/article-4337735/A-hunting-we-will-go/1

* Long-time activist Anthony Tusler will be sending his papers and photographs to UC Berkeley’s archives: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/4713815-181/uc-berkeley-library-to-house

* An employee at the University of Pennsylvania filed suit for age and disability discrimination, but decided not to pursue her case; one day after the deadline for filing her suit, the University fired her, so she is suing them, claiming they retaliated against her for the original complaint: http://pennrecord.com/stories/510643879-ex-university-of-penn-employee-sues-school-charging-retaliation-in-discrimination-lawsuit

* The national organization Students with Diabetes (https://hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu/studentswithdiabetes/) has set up a new chapter at Grand Valley State University in Michigan: http://www.lanthorn.com/article/2015/11/student-organization

* In the wake of the Stubblefield case, here are a few news items:

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

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



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World AIDS Day and Syracuse Open House

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. presents:

*World AIDS Day. December 1st, 2016*

Nojaim’s Supermarket, 10 AM – 12 PM.

Price Rite, 12 – 2 PM.

Deb’s Market, 2 – 4 PM.

Free screenings, resource materials, refreshments.

For more information, please email dwelch@nblca.org.

*Syracuse Open House.*

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.

4 – 7 PM, December 2nd.

2610 South Salina Street.

Please RSVP to Denise Welch.



100 Black Men of Syracuse Inc. Annual Banquet

100 Black Men of Syracuse. Annual Banquet.

Mentor A Child, Change the World.

Saturday, November 21, 2015.

The OnCenter, Syracuse, NY.

Doors open at 5 PM. Purchase tickets online or by calling 315-443-8749.

Tickets are $75 per person and $750 for a table of ten.


LGBTQ Families Weekend Conference

Join us! LGBTQ Families Weekend Conference.

March 18-20, 2016.

Binghamton, New York.

For more information, please visit Pride and Joy's website or Pride and Joy's Facebook page.

Disability Cultural Center
105 Hoople Building
805 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244

Email: sudcc@syr.edu
Phone: (315) 443-4486
Fax: (315) 443-0193

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