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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.



**REMINDER** 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)

Verbal Blend to Host Campus-Wide Student Poetry Slam

Seeking Student Presenter - Dr. King Celebration Speaker, Marc Lamont Hill

Apply to be a Learning Community Peer Mentor

La Casita Cultural Center presents: Songs of Imagination

La Casita Cultural Center presents: ¡FIESTA de NAVIDAD!

NANBPWC INC. 80th Anniversary Luncheon Gala

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

Possible courses of interest offered: Spring 2016 


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


SDS Conference CFP Deadline extended to December 7, 2015

Call for Proposals: The 28th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute

Research and Funding Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies

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

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


International Day of Persons with Disabilities: December 3, 2015

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

Sprout: film and travel programs related to the field of I/DD

The U.S. Education Department Announces New Guidance to Help Students with Disabilities as Part of the 40th Anniversary of IDEA Law

Disability Blog, 11.23.15 - Boosting Mobility and Independence from Infant to Adult

Celebrating a 'new parade': Disability dancers reclaim public space (Commentary)

NY Times: The Seduction of Safety, on Campus and Beyond (Roxane Gay)

Financial Life Day


**REMINDER** 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

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act with a full evening of engaging activities:

  • dance performance by Tina Christina-Price and Rik Daniels
  • screening of Invitation to Dance, the story of Simi Linton, who, in 1971, was injured en route to the war protest in Washington, leading to forms of discrimination she could never have imagined
  • panel discussion featuring Simi Linton and filmmaker Christian von Tippelskirch
  • inclusive dance event

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.

Tuesday's events are brought to you by Dean Karin Ruhlandt and Stephen Kuusisto, University Professor, Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. For more information, contact Kathy Zubal Strang at 315-443-3949.

Click here to read a commentary by Dean Ruhlandt and Prof. Kuusisito: Celebrating a 'new parade': Disability dancers reclaim public space.

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.




Verbal Blend to Host Campus-Wide Student Poetry Slam

College students to compete for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place trophies

Friday, December 4, 2015

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse III

Sign Up by Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Doors open at 7:15 PM

Slam at 7:30 PM

Hosted by: Aneisha Goffin

Music by: DJ Zel 

Verbal Blend, a spoken-word poetry program out of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Syracuse University, will co-host the annual Take the Mic Poetry Slam on Friday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse III.  Doors will open at 7:15 p.m.  Admission is free and opened to the public. 

Hosted by Aneisha Goffin, and with music by DJ Zel, the poetry slam is a competition that includes students from SU, SUNY ESF, Lemoyne’s College, and Onondaga Community College. The poets will recite original material up to three minutes. This competition will be two rounds that will be based on originality, stage presence, content, delivery and time. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place.

“This poetry slam event is like the Final Four to the spoken word poet at Syracuse University,” says Cedric Bolton, coordinator of student engagement in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “Students work their way through the brackets to win first place and bragging rights until the next slam.”

The poetry slam is a competition that includes students from SU, SUNY ESF and Onondaga Community College. They will read or recite original material up to three minutes. The competition takes place with round that will be based on originality, stage presence, content, delivery and time. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place.

“‘Take the Mic Poetry Slam” has been a great space for students to be heard and recognized for their creativity,” says Cedric Bolton, coordinator of student engagement in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “Students really look forward to the poetry slam each year.”

SU. For more information on Verbal Blend, contact Cedric Bolton at 443-9676 or ctbolton@syr.edu. This event is free and open to the public.



Seeking Student Presenter - Dr. King Celebration Speaker, Marc Lamont Hill


Do you want to be part of the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration? Do you want to be the Celebration Speaker Presenter? If chosen you will introduce Marc Lamont Hill this year’s speaker by sharing his achievement and words that you provided in your submission. You will give a 2 minute introduction of the speaker which includes highlights from your submission the selected student will also sit in the front row at the celebration.


  • Open to any current ESF/ Syracuse University Undergraduate or Graduate.
  • Student must be in good standing with either ESF or Syracuse University
  • If student is selected student must attend the following:

°         Dress Rehearsal Jan 30, 2016 at the Carrier Dome (time will share later)

°         Celebration Dinner January 31, 2016 at 4:00pm at the Carrier Dome.  A ticket will be provide to this student at no cost.

°         Student must attend the celebration on January 31, 2016 in either business or semi-formal attire. 

Submission Information:

  • Submit a three minute video and a one page essay answering the following question:
  • How does Marc Lamont Hill his work encompass this year’s theme of
  • Remember. Celebrate. Act: Activism and Agency for the Future
  • One page essay 12 point, Times New Roman, Double Space.
  • All submissions should be emailed to Catherine Kellman at ckellman@syr.edu by Dec. 4th 2015 at Midnight.
  • Students will be notified by December 14, 2015 via email on their status.  

If any questions please contact Catherine Kellman at ckellman@syr.edu



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


La Casita Cultural Center presents: Songs of Imagination

Tuesday Dec. 8 @ 5:30pm 

Short scenes inspired by William Blake poems, adapted by Milton Loayza and Ana Guerrero. 

Live performance will feature youths from La Liga's Nuestro Futuro after-school program, partnering with La Casita in its weekly Dual Language Reading Circles.


Support comes from CNY Arts


La Casita Cultural Center presents: ¡FIESTA de NAVIDAD!

DEC 11 / 6-8PM

Join our Casita family for a Christmas celebration with music, dance, and a traditional Caribbean Holiday dinner.


COSMIC PINEAPPLE all-student rock band and MORE! 

Also expecting a visit from SANTA CLAUS!



Co-hosted by La Casita and Near Westside Initiative

Support comes from the Gifford Foundation 


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.



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




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


SDS Conference CFP Deadline extended to December 7, 2015

The call for abstracts for panels and papers for the Society for Disability Studies 2016 Conference in Phoenix, AZ has been extended to midnight Dec. 7, 2015.

Here is the CFP: https://www.disstudies.org/conferences/phoenix_cfp 


Call for Proposals: The 28th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute


The 28th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI)

will be held on: 

June 7-10, 2016

Sheraton Society Hill

Philadelphia, Pa.

Sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability at the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education. PTI is an intensive training opportunity for professionals working with students with disabilities in higher education. Participants have the opportunity to work with and learn from experts in the field through sessions on various key topics. All session formats provide adequate time for attendee/presenter interaction, while the strand formats also provide follow-up activities throughout the week. Students with disabilities as well as peer mentors are also invited to attend and to submit poster session proposals.

We are now accepting proposals for three-day strands, single sessions, poster sessions, and, for a third year, a pre-institute workshop to be held on Tuesday afternoon. Last year, this well-attended workshop featured four intensive sessions on a range of topics. Click here for more information, including the electronic proposal submission form. Submissions due by December 15, 2015. We encourage proposals that describe innovative programs, approaches, or policies and procedures related to serving students with disabilities. Please note that presenting may be a means to seek additional funding to support your travel and professional development.

Don't miss out on this unique learning and networking opportunity - or on the chance to visit Philadelphia. The Sheraton Society Hill rooms are at a special low rate for PTI ($209/night for a single/double, $219/night for a triple, $229/night for a quad, plus taxes), and there are amazing restaurants, shopping, and historical sites just steps away from the hotel. The room block in Philadelphia was filled quickly last time we were there, and the event was a sellout, so be sure to encumber funds now for this great professional development opportunity.



Research and Funding Opportunities

1. Pre-doctoral Research Training Program at University of Chicago

2. Visiting Research Fellowship at American Antiquarian Society on the History of Education


1. Pre-doctoral Research Training Program at University of Chicago

The Pre-Doctoral Training Program in the Education Sciences is a fellowship program funded by the Institute of Education Sciences in the US Department of Education and the University of Chicago. The IES Fellowship program supports PhD students whose research addresses the question: "How can we improve the contribution of schooling to the life success of children growing up in our nation's cities?"  Fellowship recipients receive full tuition support, a $30,000 stipend for 5 years, additional funds for travel and research, and opportunities for funded dissertation projects.

How to Apply: Must apply to participating department or professional school and complete IES Fellowship application. Students work with faculty in participating department or school: Comparative Human Development, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the School of Social Service Administration.

All online applications available in early September. Deadlines vary for departments and schools. IES application due December 15, 2015.

To complete IES application, go to: https://apply-grad.uchicago.edu/register/IES

More Info: https://coe.uchicago.edu/page/apply-ies-fellowship

2. Visiting Research Fellowship at American Antiquarian Society on the history of education

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) invites applications for its 2016-17 visiting academic fellowships. Over thirty short-term fellowships will be awarded for periods of one to two months. New among our fellowship offerings this year is the Alstott Morgan Fellowship, which, supports research on the history of education in nineteenth-century America, drawing on AAS’s unmatched collection of early educational materials. 

The short-term grants are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research, and offer a stipend of $1850/month.  Special short-term fellowships support scholars working in the history of the book in American culture, children’s literature, in the American eighteenth century, and in American literary studies, as well as in studies that draw upon the Society's preeminent collections of graphic arts, newspapers, and periodicals. Accommodations are available for visiting fellows in housing owned by AAS. 

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2016.

More Info: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/acafellowship.htm


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.


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/




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.


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

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: November 15-28, 2015

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

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


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

* Senator Bob Casey is asking the U.S. Department of Education for greater transparency, information, and research related to disability services in higher education: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/11/20/greater-transparency-college/21421/

* The University of Miami student government has appointed sophomore Rachel Reeves as the new “Director of Student Disability Advocacy;” she will work on disability-related student government policies and be a liaison to disability services: http://miamistudent.net/?p=17014144

* DREAM just learned that DREAM member, University of Illinois doctoral student, and disability activist Amber Buckley-Shaklee passed away earlier this month from muscular dystrophy – this article from the National Council on Disability has more information and a link to her obituary: https://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/2015/ncd-celebrates-life-amber-buckley-shaklee

* John Hopkins University issued an honorary master’s degree to Kirsch, guide dog for student Carlos Mora: http://disabilityand.me/2015/11/13/johns-hopkins-awards-honorary-masters-degree-to-guide-dog-who-sat-through-all-of-owners-classes/

* Racism is taking a psychological toll on college students – and students from other minority groups experiencing similar effects from oppression, as well: http://newsone.com/3257116/psychological-toll-racism-black-students/

* Ellen Hibbard of Ryerson University has successfully defended a doctoral thesis that incorporated videos into English text: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/phd-thesis-opens-new-doors-for-deaf-scholars/

* The Office of Civil Rights has cited 16 areas of Ithaca College that must comply with federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards: https://theithacan.org/news/ithaca-college-works-to-address-ada-compliance-issues/

* Graduate student Ariel Baker-Gibbs talks about her “paranoid scheduling” and how dealing with interpreter requests and scheduling affects her mental health and participation on campus: http://arielbakergibbs.com/in-the-greenhouse-paranoid-scheduling/

* Barbara Evans is retiring after 38 years working in San Diego State University’s disability services office: http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=75907

* A new federal report describes higher education barriers to technology and learning for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: http://www.acl.gov/programs/aidd/Programs/PCPID/docs/PCPID-2015-Report-to-President.pdf

* Margaret Campbell is using her doctoral research at Concordia University in Montreal to address stereotypes of disability and sexuality: http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2015-11-16/article-4345128/Margaret-Campbell-using-PhD-study-to-erase-stereotypes-regarding-disabled-people-and-sexuality/1

* Colleges aren’t doing enough to recruit and support veterans, says a new research report by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University – it also notes that veterans with disabilities are more likely to attend higher education than nondisabled veterans (the article has a link to the full report at the end): http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/best-for-vets/education/2015/11/18/ivmf-college-survey/75937130/

* In a speech at Vassar, Spelman College professor Margaret Price talked about mental health and disability in academia, and how the lack of discussion affects faculty as well as students: http://miscellanynews.org/2015/11/18/news/disabilities-expert-urges-greater-openness-on-campus/

* Deaf University of Wisconsin-Madison doctoral student Phu Duong shares his love of biology and experience growing up as the son of Vietnamese refugees: http://news.wisc.edu/24195

* The 4th Circuit has ruled that Towson University did not discriminate against Towson University football player Gavin Class, who was not allowed to return to football with disability accommodations after a liver transplant: http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20151117/NEWS06/151119823/university-allowed-to-block-football-player-from-team-after-liver

* University of Arizona doctoral student Stephane Hoeckley shares her love of music and her belief that she and other autistic students should follow their passions even if they don’t conform to stereotypes: http://uanews.org/blog/champion-autistic-musicians

* Gage Fitzgerald of Arkansas is going to Guilford College with a service dog that assists with his epileptic seizures, but he has to raise $14,000 to keep the dog, forcing his family to hold fundraisers and appeal to the media (video has captioning but no audio description): http://abc11.com/health/teen-with-epilespy-needs-therapy-dog-to-attend-college/1092026/

* Washburn University students share their “Other Stories” in an event promoting understanding of diversity on campus, and student Corey Boehmer brought a disability perspective, talking about his autism and physical disabilities: http://cjonline.com/news/2015-11-19/washburn-university-storytelling-forum-focuses-diverse-voices-campus

* An introductory disability studies course offers students new perspectives on disability at SUNY Geneseo and the world: http://thelamron.com/2015/11/20/interdisciplinary-course-provides-expanded-comprehension-new-perception-of-disability/

* Indiana is trying to change graduation standards to prepare students for college, but what if it means students with disabilities can’t get a diploma at all?  http://indianapublicmedia.org/stateimpact/2015/11/17/diploma-types-leave-special-ed-students/

* An immigrant from Eritrea, Haben Girma became Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate (video has captions but no audio description): http://thisisafrica.me/meet-haben-girma-harvard-laws-first-deaf-blind-graduate/

* With sponsorship from the American Diabetes Association, many campuses are installing vending machines offering healthier food choices, to encourage healthy eating and prevent diabetes in college students: http://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/borough/article_48f53168-8e49-11e5-b658-63f064b5a697.html

* Elle Shaheen is 16 and getting ready to take the SATs as a first step toward college – she wonders why she has to prove her service dog is medically necessary in managing her diabetes during the test: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elle-shaheen/college-board-and-sats_b_8584150.html

* North Central University professor Pauline Ballentine has become one of only four Certified Deaf Interpreters in the state of Minnesota: http://ncunortherner.com/2015/11/north-central-professor-awarded-with-rare-honor/

* Karen Nakamura’s move from Yale University to chair of disability studies at UC Berkeley continues to make news: http://www.dailycal.org/2015/11/19/yale-university-professor-to-join-campus-institute-as-chair-of-disability-studies/

* For Seahawks player Earl Thomas, college was when he realized he had ADHD, and learning about how to help himself has led to him also helping kids and teens with ADHD: http://www.seahawks.com/news/2015/11/19/after-fighting-his-own-battle-adhd-seahawks-free-safety-earl-thomas-hopes-help-kids

* Nursing student Katie Vree needs a new standing wheelchair to finish her studies, so Trinity Community College students are fundraising to help her: http://patch.com/illinois/oakforest/nursing-student-needs-new-wheelchair-school-rallies-help

* 529 ABLE accounts will allow people with disabilities to have funds that help with lifelong expenses related to disability and any higher education costs – the IRS has issued additional guidelines to make it easier for 529 ABLE applicants: http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20151120/FREE/151129992/irs-rethinks-rules-for-savings-accounts-to-care-for-young-people

And a few related items of possible interest to college students:

* Disability stories are coming out of the Paris attacks by terrorists, including the story of a man whose prosthetic leg fooled gunmen (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34836370) and stories of how the shooters targeted those sitting in disability seating (https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/30110246/terrorists-targeted-wheelchair-bound-victims-inside-the-bataclan/)

* The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) celebrates its 40th anniversary as the legislation that ensures students with disabilities have access to special education services: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/idea40/index.html

* As you face the stress of holidays and exams, here’s a self-care printable for when you actually are not doing okay: http://www.tosavealife.com/for-when-youre-actually-not-okay-a-self-care-printable/

* Airlines continue to mistreat the disabled in a variety of appalling ways: https://www.yahoo.com/travel/shocking-ways-airlines-are-mistreating-the-083037607.html

* FYI world – the people who love us are not automatically saints, so please don’t put them on pedestals: http://claimingcrip.blogspot.com/2015/11/loving-me-does-not-make-you-saint.html

* The Paralympics is investigating reports of scrotum squeezing and athletes shutting off catheters to increase adrenalin before athletic events: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scrotum-squeezing-getting-closer-look-from-paralympics-officials_564b719ce4b06037734b2510

* Charlie Sheen has revealed that he is HIV+ (video’s captions are not working and there is no audio description): http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/17/health/charlie-sheen-health/

* What not to say…and what to say…to someone who has depression (video has no captions or audio description): http://www.americantheatre.org/2015/10/20/theatre-artists-with-disabilities-are-ready-willing-and-yes-able/

* If you’re in Portland, Oregon and you see a TV in a bar, library, gym or any public space, that TV is now required to have closed captioning on: http://silentgrapevine.com/2015/11/city-of-portland-now-requires-closed-caption-during-business-hours.html

* USAID projects around the world are leaving out people with disabilities: http://www.perkins.org/get-involved/advocate/majority-of-usaid-projects-leave-out-people-with-disabilities

* Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson comes out about having depression, and advises people to know they aren’t alone, and have faith that something good is on the other side of depressive episodes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dwayne-johnson-the-rock-depression_564c2533e4b06037734bb59d

* Theaters can do much more to hire artists with disabilities: http://www.americantheatre.org/2015/10/20/theatre-artists-with-disabilities-are-ready-willing-and-yes-able/

* Is “The Mighty” exploiting people with disabilities through our stories?  One woman thinks so, and she’s had it: http://www.meriahnichols.com/why-ive-had-it-with-the-mighty/

* Nikola Tesla is gaining in popularity – did you know he had OCD and was possibly asexual? http://historybuff.com/4-strange-facts-about-nikola-tesla-to-share-at-your-next-nerd-gathering/

* One blogger is asking people to redefine disability and connect stories together online – for more information go to: http://rosebfischer.com/2014/07/15/the-redefining-disability-awareness-challenge/

* A series of posters from Women’s Aid UK are highlighting women with disabilities who have abusive partners, and how society’s views of disability can create barriers for women to get help: http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/11/ipv-disabled-women-posters/

* Listen to the “Backstory” radio show discuss the ways disability history shaped the modern U.S. (transcript link available at the bottom of the page): http://backstoryradio.org/shows/body-politics/

* What if your anxiety was sending you texts?  Here’s how they would look, complete with the purple devil emoji: http://www.buzzfeed.com/annaborges/buzz-buzz-mofo#.jnb58vBZm

* One Deaf cochlear implant user explains why even with the implant, he still uses American Sign Language: http://www.munkymind.com/blog/2015/11/19/the-cochlear-implant-isnt-always-what-you-think-it-is/

* Toronto police are facing a $5 million after the beating of a disabled man is caught on film: http://www.cp24.com/news/toronto-police-face-5m-lawsuit-after-disabled-man-s-beating-caught-on-video-1.2664265

* This article from the UK explains issues facing many entrepreneurs with disabilities: http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2015/nov/19/disabled-entrepreneurs-are-facing-too-many-barriers

* A new A&E reality show will feature young adults with Down syndrome: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/11/16/new-tv-series-down-syndrome/20963/

* America’s Next Top Model Nyle DiMarco shows how to sign “Bae,” “WTF,” and other slang in ASL: http://www.nylon.com/articles/nyle-dimarco-sign-language-video

* A new study in the UK has suggested that when the government reassesses the disability status of people receiving benefits, it can lead to mental and emotional distress: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/uol-ati111315.php

* Texas is opening the world’s first water park designed to be fully accessible – but mainly for children with disabilities and not those of us over age 10 who like a good water slide: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/11/11/water-park-in-the-works/20950/

* Wheelchair users are more likely to be killed in traffic than other pedestrians, and city planners and researchers need to find ways to address the problem: http://www.citylab.com/politics/2015/11/wheelchair-users-are-more-likely-to-be-killed-in-traffic-than-other-pedestrians/416667/

This week’s issue of the DREAM weekly e-mail is available at the DREAM website, with archived back issues available, as well (http://www.dreamcollegedisability.org).  For more information about DREAM or AHEAD contact Wendy Harbour (wendy@ahead.org). 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.

Sprout: film and travel programs related to the field of I/DD

Sprout Update


In 2015 over 40 agencies ran a Sprout Touring Film Festival  (STFF) in their community.  The STFF enables you to custom design a local film festival of films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more info and to see the three options available please visit our site: www.SproutTouringFilmFestival.org

The dates for the 14th Annual Sprout Film Festival in NYC are set: Saturday May 21 – Sunday May 22, 2016We will be returning to the beautiful SVA theatre on West 23rd Street for two days of memorable, entertaining and enlightening films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Call for Entries is Now Open!

Sproutflix is the only distributor of films exclusively featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sproutflix offers streams, downloads, DVD’s and playlists to be purchased for institutional and educational use. We believe film can inspire, inform and spark change. If you are thinking about incorporating film into a class, training or event, we welcome you to browse our ever-growing selection.

If you would like to see the latest news regarding our film programs – please like us on our Sprout Film Festival facebook page: www.facebook.com/sproutfilmfestival

Please contact Abdool Laltaprasad, Sprout’s Film Program Coordinator with any questions related to our film programs at Abdool@gosprout.org  888-222-9575


2016 Vacation Program – our 37th year of running vacations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are currently working on our latest brochure and will be mailing them out in January – we will also be posting a virtual brochure on our website.

Sprout’s Custom Design Program is the perfect way to accommodate your group’s specific vacation needs, from budgetary concerns to enhanced care requirements.

  • You pick the dates, length and destination of the trip.
  • We pick up your group, wherever you are.
  • Our staff will work with you to design a trip to suit your group’s specific interests and abilities.
  • Sprout will provide all staffing needs during the trip.

If you would like to see the latest news regarding our vacation program – please like us on Sprout’s facebook page:  www.facebook.com/gosprout.org

Please contact Andy Lee, Sprout’s Program Director with any questions related to our travel programs at Andy@gosprout.org  888-222-9575


The U.S. Education Department Announces New Guidance to Help Students with Disabilities as Part of the 40th Anniversary of IDEA Law

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Education Department has released guidance aimed at ensuring that America’s 6 million children and youth with disabilities have the same opportunity for a quality education as their nondisabled peers. “In the 40 years since this law was enacted, we have moved beyond simply providing children and youth with disabilities access to the school house,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Today, we want to assure that these students have no less than the same equal shot at the American dream as their nondisabled peers.” The guidance clarifies that students with disabilities should not only have access to a free appropriate public education, but also they should have individualized education programs (IEPs) that are aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled. This will help to ensure that all students receive high-quality instruction that prepares them for success in college and careers. In addition to the guidance, the Department also is sharing resources for parents and educators aimed at helping students with disabilities succeed in school careers and life: 

  • Website Featuring Best Practices from the Field - The Department created a new website to house resources developed by its grantees on effective IEPs, instructional practices, assessments, student engagement, school climate, home and school partnerships, and post-school transition. 
  • Classroom Strategies for Teachers - The Department compiled tips for teachers with evidence-based, positive, proactive and responsive classroom behavior intervention and support strategies. The techniques are aimed at helping capitalize on instructional time and decrease disruptions.
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Implementation Blueprint for Educators - The National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports prepared a new two-part blueprint on teaching behavioral expectations throughout schools. 
  • Tip Sheets for Parent - The tip sheets developed by the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition in collaboration with the Center for Parent Information and Resources are meant to help children with disabilities successfully reach adulthood. The tip sheets include information on financial management, healthcare and independent living. 

President Gerald Ford signed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142) into law on Nov. 29, 1975. At the time, an estimated one million children with disabilities were excluded from public schools and were thus separate from their nondisabled peers. Four decades later, most students with disabilities are educated alongside nondisabled students in regular classrooms.  For more information about IDEA and the work of the Department’s Office of Special Education Programs, click here.


Disability Blog, 11.23.15 - Boosting Mobility and Independence from Infant to Adult

Celebrating a 'new parade': Disability dancers reclaim public space (Commentary)

See the fist post in this Newsletter for more information about the event at SU on Tuesday December 1, 2015.



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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