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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.



Invitation to Dance: In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilties Act

Limited Spaces Available! Awesome Opportunity: 12/1/15 INCLUSIVE Dance Workshop RSVP (link included)

Possible courses of interest offered: Spring 2016 

Apply to be a Learning Community Peer Mentor

NANBPWC INC. 80th Anniversary Luncheon Gala

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


Committee Members Selected for Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Search

La Casita Cultural Center, Smithsonian Team up for "Latinos and Baseball" Initiative

'Invitation to Dance' Event Marks 25th Anniversary of ADA

WellsLink Honored as 'Model of Excellence' by University Business Magazine


Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) - DC Advocacy Partners

Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies

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

Call for Papers - Western Social Science Association

ACE's Graduate Research Associate Program - Now Accepting Applications

Call for Papers: Social Justice in Times of Crisis and Hope: Young People, Well-being and the Politics of Education


Deaf Services Unlimited: The Perkins Grant - A Little Known Funding Option

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: December 3, 2015

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity travels to Georgetown University

Los Angeles Times: Prostitution - it isn't 'Pretty Woman'

"Welcome to Marwencol"

Military Times: Colleges aren't reacting to student vets needs, report says

Disability Scoop 11.20.15

NY Times: Quandry of Hidden Disabilities: Conceal or Reveal?

Mizuki Hsu Blog: Inclusion is Not Enough

Blog post from B-tch on Wheels: Real Change Means an Accessible Canada for All

Financial Life Day


Invitation to Dance: In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilties Act

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act:  

Join us for a screening of the award-winning 2014 documentary, Invitation to Dance, a never-before-told coming out story of disabled people staking their claim to “equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!”

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

6:30 to 9 p.m.

Goldstein Auditorium

Schine Student Center

The evening will begin with a feature performance by the Artistic Director of the Aspire Dance Company, Tina Christina-Price, and dancer Rik Daniels.

Filmmakers, Christian von Tippelskirch and Simi Linton will host a Q and A session immediately following the screening.

A Dance Party with light refreshments will conclude the evening from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Free & open to the public

The film will be screened with open captions and audio description.

CART services and sign language interpreters will be provided. Questions regarding additional accommodations and parking can be directed to Aaron Hodukavich at ajhoduka@syr.edu or 315-443-2377 by November 23.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering & Computer Science, College of Law, College of Visual and Performing Arts, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, School of Education, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, University College, Syracuse University Humanities Center, Division of Student Affairs, The Renée Crown University Honors Program, Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, Disability Law and Policy Program, Disability Cultural Center, Syracuse University Press, and Syracuse University Libraries.



Limited Spaces Available! Awesome Opportunity: 12/1/15 INCLUSIVE Dance Workshop RSVP (link included)

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are thrilled to be able to offer you this incredible opportunity to take part in a workshop held by Tina Christina-Price, the Artistic Director of the Aspire Dance Company, at no cost to you. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. The reservation deadline is Monday, November 30.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 1st from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium.

Please feel free to also join us for the screening of the award-winning 2014 documentary, Invitation to Dance, a never-before-told coming out story of disabled people staking their claim to "equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!" The screening will start at 6:30 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium. Filmmakers, Christian von Tippelskirch and Simi Linton will host a Q and A session immediately following the screening. A Dance Party with light refreshments will conclude the evening from 9 p.m. to midnight, also in Goldstein Auditorium.



Possible courses of interest offered: Spring 2016 

*Disability, Food & Health*

HTW 669

Are You Interested in the Health and Well-Being of People with Disabilities?

Take HTW 669: Disability, Food and Health

Through active discussions and hands-on opportunities to develop skills, students will learn about factors influencing the health and well-being of persons with disabilities including:

  • disability history and theory
  • health-related law and services
  • disparities in violence victimization, food security, healthcare, health
  • health promotion
  • emergency and disaster preparedness
  • ethics

People with disabilities are a large and diverse population experiencing significant health disparities. This course meets objectives of Healthy People 2020, and will prepare students to understand how promote health and well-being among people with disabilities from a Public Health perspective.

Wednesdays 2:15 – 5:05 pm

The Falk Complex: Room 201

Katherine McDonald, PhD

Falk College: Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition


*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.


*Intergroup Dialogue*

SOC 230/WGS 230 AND CFE 200

Intergroup Dialogue is an educational model that brings together students from diverse backgrounds to engage in deep and meaningful conversations across social identities towards a place of action.

Dialogue on Faith, Conflict, and Community

Monday 3:45-6:30pm

Co-Instructors : El-Java Abdul-Qadir and Diane Swords

Dialogue on Socio-Economic Inequality and Education

Wednesday 3:45-6:30 pm

Co-Instructors: Afua Boahene and Diane Romo

Intergroup Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity

Tuesdays 3:30-6:15 pm

Co-Instructors: Lynn Dew and Dellareese Jackson


Reflect. Connect. Act.

To register fill out the online application: intergroupdialogue.syr.edu

For more information contact Intergroup Dialogue at 315-443-4555



Apply to be a Learning Community Peer Mentor

Do you know any students who are currently Learning Community (LC) residents?  

Encourage them to apply to become a 2016-2017 LC Mentor and assist first-year students' transition to SU!  

The application will be open November 30, 2015, to January 13, 2016, and the LC Office is filling positions in: Health and Exercise Science, International Relations, LEAD, Poets and STEM Forward LCs. Those interested can visit the Learning Community Peer Mentoring website for more information. 

Students with questions about the peer mentor positions and application process should contact Ebonish Lamar, 315-443-2560



NANBPWC INC. 80th Anniversary Luncheon Gala

NANBPWC INC. Beta Psi Club of Syracuse Universiy presents:



On Saturday December 5th, join the women of NANBPWC, Inc. as we cordially invite you to our 80th Anniversary Luncheon Gala: Moving Forward With A Purpose at the Sheraton Hotel, Comstock Ballroom at 2pm.

This auspicious occasion will feature an All-You-Can-Eat lunch with special awards recognizing service, extraordinary performances, and an exclusive keynote address given by our National President Diane E. Toppin.

Come out and enjoy an afternoon of excellence as we celebrate 80 years of service! 

Tickets will be on sale for $10 at Schine Box Office and available online starting Monday, November 30th!

Proceeds will be going towards Image Initiative to help young girls in the Syracuse community.

For more information contact nanbpwcsubetapsi@gmail.com

#NANBPWC #80YearsOfService #1935 #MovingForwardWithAPurpose



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.




Committee Members Selected for Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Search


Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) - DC Advocacy Partners

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is seeking a diverse group of highly-motivated and enthusiastic men and women to participate in the fifth class of DC Advocacy Partners (DC AP).  DC APis a free nine-month leadership training program designed to develop and train self-advocates, family members of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and professionals working with people with disabilities in the policymaking, influencing, and implementing processes. DC Advocacy Partners is funded by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council. Here’s a little more information:

  • DC Advocacy Partners classes, meals, transportation, and childcare/respite are at no cost to selected participants.
  • Participants must be 18 or older and either have an intellectual and/or developmental disability or be a family member of someone with an intellectual and/or developmental disability. A limited number of professionals working with people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities will also be accepted. All participants must also be DC residents.
  • Participants must be able to make a commitment to attend nine day-and-a-half sessions (Friday evening and Saturday once a month) between January 2016 and September 2016. They also must commit to completing all assignments and keeping the DC AP staff informed as to their advocacy activities after graduation in September.
  • Topics to be addressed will include Disability History and Services, Inclusive Education, Integrated Employment, Community Organizing, Local and Federal legislation, and more!
  • Application deadline extended until November 23, 2015!

We would greatly appreciate your support by sharing this announcement and the attached application with anyone you think would benefit from the training. For further information, visit http://dcpartners.iel.org/. For questions, please contact Dana Fink, at finkd@iel.org or 202-822-8405 x132.


Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies

The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies, a 15 credit graduate level (master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral) program sponsored by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in the College of Education. CDS also offers both graduate and undergraduate level Disability Studies Courses that can be taken as electives.

All courses are offered through distance education. Non-residents (international and out of state students) may apply for DDS courses through Outreach College and pay in-state tuition rates 

Five Exciting Courses for Spring!


Disability and Diversity (DIS 380)

Accessible Learning Technology (DIS 382)

Disability Culture and History (DIS 383) 


Advanced Seminar in Disability and Diversity Studies (DIS 687) Interdisciplinary Team Development (DIS 684) 

For questions about our certificate or courses, please check out the FAQ page or contact program coordinator Megan Conway at mconway@hawaii.edu  


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 - Western Social Science Association

Western Social Science Association: Section on Chronic Disease and Disability

You are invited to submit an abstract of a paper, panel, or roundtable for presentation in the Chronic Disease and Disability section of the Western Social Science Association 58th Annual Conference, April 13-16, 2016, in Reno, Nevada at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.

The Section on Chronic Disease and Disability (the precursor of the Society for Disability Studies) encourages research and papers on policies, problems, health issues, cultural representations, and experiences that involve people with disabilities and/or chronic illness. We hope you can join us in 2016 to present your latest work.

The WSSA conference provides an affordable opportunity to present at a peer-reviewed national conference. In addition to scholars, graduate students and junior faculty are particularly welcome because of their fresh perspectives. Mentors of junior faculty and graduate students are encouraged to offer joint papers. In addition, self advocates, community advocates, providers, and government agency personnel are especially welcome to submit proposals. If you can write a decent abstract relating to the presentations, it will be accepted subject to room.

To look at past or future conferences or explore more about WSSA, please visit www.WSSAweb.com. Your abstract must be received by email by December 1, 2015. Please include the following information: Title of Presentation, First author’s name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number and email address; Other author’s names, affiliations, and emails, and an abstract that does not exceed 200 words.

Email your abstract to James Linn: jlinn87844@aol.com, Susan Foster: sbfnis@rit.edu, Cynthia Jackson: cjackson@mmc.edu or Debra Wilson: debrarosewilson@comcast.net.  You may also submit it directly through the Chronic Disease and Disability Section mail slot in the Western Social Science Association website, www.WSSAweb.com.


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. 



Call for Papers: Social Justice in Times of Crisis and Hope: Young People, Well-being and the Politics of Education


RMIT University’s Centre For Education, Training and Work in the Asian Century and Lancaster University’s Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education are jointly hosting a conference: 

Social Justice in Times of Crisis and Hope: Young People, Well-being and the Politics of Education

Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th July 2016, Barcelona, Spain

The 21st Century has so far been characterised by conflict, displacement, growing economic insecurity and austerity. Increasing social polarisation has meant that contemporary societies are becoming more unequal with smaller segments of the population having access to the most wealth. Recent years have seen large numbers of young people involved in social movements aimed at creating socially just societies. The ongoing conflicts around the world and the recent refugee crisis in Europe has only intensified calls for justice, equity, compassion and understanding. We live in times of despair and conflict, but also times of hope and action.

This three-day conference (including a half-day networking event) asks delegates to explore the role of social justice in times of crisis and hope. We ask for papers that examine the role of young people in contemporary social movements, with the kinds of demands that are being made by the world’s young people, and with the spaces within which they are making such demands. In addition we encourage papers that engage with the notion of well-being, with what this means in the contemporary moment and for whom. Finally we wish to interrogate the politics of education, to think about the limits and possibilities, and the challenges and opportunities for social justice through education.

Conference themes:

What is social justice?

Social justice in the age of Digital Media

The roles of informal and formal education (early childhood, primary, secondary, higher), teacher education/identities

Global problems, global perspectives

Global Financial Crisis, sovereign debt, austerity

Conflict, war, terror

New and enduring forms of marginalisation, exclusion, disadvantage

Migrants, refugees, asylum seekers

Indigenous populations


Class, economies

Genders, sexualities

Geography and context

Recognising, working with/for/across difference(s)

Conference fee: £100

Abstracts must be received by Monday 4th January 2016.  For more information see: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/social-justice-crisis-hope/



Deaf Services Unlimited: The Perkins Grant - A Little Known Funding Option 

When it comes to removing barriers standing in the way of Deaf students pursuing post-secondary education at Hearing institutions including technical schools, an incredible amount of progress has been made. 

Over the past 50 years, the implementation of a large number of programs and an increase in dedicated resources have provided a level of accessibility most Deaf people never dreamed possible.  

Yet there are still issues to be addressed and often times, a potential advance falls by the wayside for a simple but understandable reason: the lack of financial means.  

It is for this very reason that in 2002, the federal government passed the Carl D. Perkins Act, which led to the creation of the Perkins Grant.  

This grant was developed to provide funds to post-secondary institutions, preparing students to be more competitive in the world economy but sadly, though the Perkins Grant has been available for over a decade, it remains relatively unknown by those who stand to benefit from it the most. 

Because of this, we want to provide you with relevant information in the hopes of removing yet another obstacle standing in the way of Deaf students receiving the type of career training they need. 

Click here to learn more about The Perkins Grant.

For more information about Deaf Services Unlimited, go to http://www.deafservicesunlimited.com/


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.


Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity travels to Georgetown University

The New York Times calls Beyond Sacred "a lesson in human understanding, drawn from real lives" and a "probing and persuasive new work of interview-based theater" (Read full review)

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City. The five young participants in Beyond Sacred vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City. The goal of Beyond Sacred is to use theater and personal testimony to foster greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in New York and beyond.

Performance Details:
Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center
Georgetown University
December 4th, 2015 - 8 pm
Tickets: $18 General / $15 Faculty,Staff, Alumni, Seniors / $5 Students
Click here to purchase

Presented by the Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics

Beyond Sacred was commissioned as part of LPAC's 2014-15 Beyond Sacred season with the generous support of APAP and the Doris Duke Foundation Building Bridges Grant. 2015-2016 presentations are supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Los Angeles Times: Prostitution - it isn't 'Pretty Woman'

From Nora Baladerian, Ph.D.
Disability and Abuse Project

This is an article in the L.A. Times (11.19.15), an interview with our very own Melissa Farley.  Farley submitted a proposal to speak at our conference in 2004 (I think).  Her paper was not accepted by our committee. She called to ask why. I said because it was “not relevant” to the conference purpose, to discuss the abuse of people with disabilities, in particular, developmental disabilities.  She said it was.  We argued (a nice robuse professional argument). She won.  She asked, who are those with I/DD?  I explained. She said, “and how different are they from those who acquire a disability by accidental (or on purpose by another person) means? I said, oh, you mean traumatic brain injury?  None, but legally for I/DD (federal law) the condition must begin before the age of 22, or in California, 18.  Oh, she says, and at what age do many children go “into” prostitution?  I said, uh, twelve or so.  RIGHT!  And what choices do THEY have?  Uh, none…they usually come from abusive homes and I would guess 99% from homes where life has become intolerable.  RIGHT, she said. … then she asked, and what happens when they leave home with no source of income….”well, somehow they are vulnerable, and often are identified by someone who wants to use them for drugs or sex.”  Right again, says Melissa…and then, when they do not do as their pimp wants, the pimps beat them up, bang their head against the wall, or on the hood or roof of a car, leading to….”  I said, oh,ok, I get it…traumatic brain injury.  RIGHT!  Melissa said.  “And then, they become ‘our folks,’” I said, feeling my initial resistance slip quickly away and a new understanding begin, and an awareness of another aspect of life that causes developmental and intellectual disabilities.  She spoke, we became fast friends for life.  Her presentations at the conference were amazing and very well recieved.

When we have the money to resume our conferences, she will be invited to every single one.  Her message of understanding the complexities of sexual exploitation of children and adults is profound.  I purchased her book, a hard read to be sure, but I feel ESSENTIAL to all who work with people, and particularly people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Although she did not mention the sexual exploitation (money for sex) of those with the “traditional” causes of I/DD, certainly that is an aspect of life of many with I/DD that is little spoken of aloud.  I personally have treated many women (and some men) who have been victims of sexual exploitation, often by their parents, but also by other authorized caregivers.

Please do click on the article in the Los Angeles Times by Patt Morrison

Prostitution — it isn't 'Pretty Woman'


"Welcome to Marwencol"

“Welcome to Marwencol" is a 278-page hardcover art + storybook about Mark Hogancamp and his imaginary World War II—era town of Marwencol. The book features nearly 600 full-color images by Mark Hogancamp and covers Mark's story, an inside look at his town and process, and eight photo stories. Published by Princeton Architectural Press, the book is now available here and wherever books are sold. 

Military Times: Colleges aren't reacting to student vets needs, report says

Disability Scoop 11.20.15



Mizuki Hsu Blog: Inclusion is Not Enough

Moon Rider 7 Project: インクルージョンだけで止まってはいけない / Inclusion Is Not Enough 



Blog post from B-tch on Wheels: Real Change Means an Accessible Canada for All




Financial Life Day

Saturday, December 5, 2015

9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Family Worship Center, 8480 Morgan Road

The “Financial Dream Team” will answer your questions!

  • NO COST TO ATTEND (Registration required)
  • Continental breakfast and lunch included
  • Childcare available
  • Topics covering financial literacy and stewardship
  • Resources on money and finances, employment, and entrepreneurship

Moderated by Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling, CEPF

For more information contact Me'Shae Brooks-Rolling at 315-908-2665.

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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