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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.



Last Wheelchair Basketball session @ SU December 12

SU Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) - Apply TODAY

Application Extended - Student Presenter for the MLK Celebration Speaker

Apply to be a Learning Community Peer Mentor

La Casita Cultural Center presents: Songs of Imagination

La Casita Cultural Center presents: ¡FIESTA de NAVIDAD!

McNair Scholars Program Information Session

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

Possible courses of interest offered: Spring 2016


Listening Session on Campus Diversity and Inclusion to Be Held Monday

Syracuse Views (featuring INVITATION TO DANCE event!)

University Marks 25th Anniversary of ADA


CFP open: The Humanities Center announces PLACE as the theme for Syracuse Symposium™ 2016-2017

Syracuse University Login Study

Horowitz Teacher Education Research Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

16th Annual Disability Studies in Education Conference

Fellowships in Disability Policy

Dissertation fellowships from The Center for Engaged Scholarship

CFP: American Ethnological Society's Spring 2016 Conference

9th Annual Conference on Equity and Social Justice

AIR is accepting proposals for research on legal education and graduate education

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


Presidential Proclamation: International Day of Persons wih Disablities

A message from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas Aguilar

Moving Through Possibilities

Mobility International USA Job Posting

Praise to Disability Rights Fighters Around the World | Planet of the Blind

Don’t Tell ‘Em You Can’t See, Just Go On Out There… | Planet of the Blind

Kylie Jenner and Disability Fetish | petroleuses

Why We Need More Stories About Disability that Aren't About Overcoming Disability

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

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

Teaching Positions at VOICE Charter School

Disability.gov Updates

Congressional hearing on Promoting college access and success for students with disabilities (2014) 

This Paralyzed Artist Paints Beautifully with her mouth

Intelligent Lives - Coming Soon (featuring our friend and collaborator, Micah Fialka Feldman)

Disability Scoop 12.4.15

News & Notes from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center

The 2nd Annual Central New York Gay-Straight Alliance Summit


Last Wheelchair Basketball session @ SU for the season December 12

Join the Blended Wheelchair Basketball initiative on SU Campus for the last session of the season on Saturday December 12

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!

Cost:  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

Times:  9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturday December 12

Season: 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 Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) - Apply TODAY

Are you a New York State resident?

Are you a STEM major or in a pre-professional program like law, accounting or social work?

The SU Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) offers additional support and services to students who are part of under-represented groups in these areas.  We offer a wide variety of opportunities to make sure you continue on your path of success at SU.

Here are just a few services that eligible students can take advantage of: 

-      Academic and career advising

-      Workshops on resumes, time management, networking, etc

-      Study space

-      Tutoring support

-      Opportunities to attend professional conferences

-      Support for graduate school testing and preparation

-      Internships and research

-      Financial support for textbooks

-      Loan program for laptops

-      Community activities 

Come by our office in Bowne Hall 203, or if you would like to find out more about what CSTEP can do for you, contact: 

Doug Wandersee

203 Bowne Hall
Email: dowander@syr.edu

Website: http://cstep.syr.edu/

Apply TODAY by visiting our Facebook page and clicking on the Applications tab: https://www.facebook.com/SUCSTEP/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel



Application Extended - Student Presenter for the MLK Celebration Speaker

The deadline to submit materials to present for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration has been extended to Sunday, December 13.  

The student presenter will provide a two-minute introduction of this year's speaker, Marc Lamont Hill by speaking about his achievements and sharing highlights from their submission.  The student will also enjoy a seat in the front row at the celebration.  This is open to all SU/ESF undergraduate and graduate students that are in good standing. There will be a dress rehearsal the day before at 4 p.m. and the student will receive a ticket for the event free of charge.  

More details can be found on the MLK website.


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 


McNair Scholars Program Information Session

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Pogram

Session I: Monday, Desember 14th; 5-7pm; Bowne Hall 111

Session II: Tuesday, December 15th; 11-1pm; Bowne Hall 104

Attend either session to learn more about the program.

If you cannot attend the sessions, please contac the office at 443-2622 for an appointment or visit our office in Bowne Hall Suite 203.

For more information contact Lauren Malloy at lamalloy@syr.edu.

Click here for more information about the program.



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 

*DSP 700 - M002: Critical Disability Studies and the Global South*

Thursdays 12:30-3:15 

Instructors: Alan Foley, PhD and Brent Elder, Doctoral Candidate 

Location: Huntington Hall 364

Course Description: 

This course provides an in-depth opportunity to explore critical disability studies (CDS), and examines the intersections of larger systems of oppression (e.g., post/neo/colonialism, capitalism, neoliberalism, globalization) that create and maintain exclusive practices that marginalize and exploit people with disabilities around the world. Specifically, this course focuses on the tensions created when exported Western practices are implanted in underdeveloped countries (e.g., “developing countries” and “the third world”). 

Course goals:

--Explore a range of disability experiences in transnational contexts and settings (including school, employment, social/political/cultural contexts, interpersonal relationships, family contexts);

--Critique causes of disability across the life span in underdeveloped countries, particularly at major points of intersection (e.g., disability, gender, sexuality, conflict, race, ethnicity, poverty);

--Critique the Western exportation and generalizability of inclusive practices related to disability and human rights in underdeveloped countries;

--Examine cross-cultural understandings of disability, including the intersections of social class, ethnicity, race, nation, and gender;

--Explore CDS literature and examine its real life applicability to underdeveloped country contexts;

--Discuss the causes of disability in underdeveloped countries and how those realities fit (or not) with Western perspectives of disability and disability studies discourse;

--Explore various ways of understanding disability (medical model, social model, charity model, civil/human rights model) and their generalizability to underdeveloped country contexts;

--Discuss negative social perceptions, ableism, stigma and discrimination experienced by individuals with disabilities across a variety of transnational contexts.


*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



Listening Session on Campus Diversity and Inclusion to Be Held Monday



Syracuse Views (featuring INVITATION TO DANCE event!)


University Marks 25th Anniversary of ADA

Daylong program included screening, discussion of documentary 'Invitation to Dance'

Article by: Amy Manley





CFP open: The Humanities Center announces PLACE as the theme for Syracuse Symposium™ 2016-2017

The Syracuse University Humanities Center, in the College of Arts and Sciences, announces PLACE as the theme for Syracuse Symposium™ 2016-2017.

The Humanities Center welcomes 2016-2017 proposals for Place. We are especially interested in proposals that: explore the humanities as public good; engage the digital humanities; highlight how the humanities can deepen our understanding of enduring questions; and illustrate how the humanities can help address pressing issues of our time. Next year, for the first time, Syracuse Symposium™ will span the full academic calendar (Fall 2016-Spring 2017).
There is a "place" in Syracuse Symposium™ for a wide range of conversations; how will you contribute?​  As a concept, Place opens doors to many interpretations. It can reference the real or the imagined. Place can be about inclusion or exclusion, community or solitude.  As a verb, it can mean to arrange, categorize, or locate.  Please see the full description for Place below. 
Syracuse Symposium™ engages wider publics with innovative, interdisciplinary work in the humanities by renowned scholars, artists, authors, and performers. Examples of engagement include public performances, lectures, readings, exhibits, mini-seminars, and/or workshops.
You can download the Syracuse Symposium™ proposal form here.  Please complete all sections and submit it as an email attachment to humcenter@syr.edu on or before March 4, 2016.  Thank you for your interest and involvement in the Humanities Center!
Syracuse Symposium™ 2016-2017 - PLACE​
Place is inherently social, cultural, physical, imaginative, and affective. It references schematics, physical environs, imagined communities, fictional settings, aesthetic constructs, and fluid processes. It can signal perception – how we see (and don’t see) others, how memory works (or forgetting operates). Place can be about inclusion and exclusion, commodification as well as communalism, conquest and settler logics, but also decolonization and sovereignty. Place references home – as a dwelling or habitat, but also the politics of “home” and homeplace. Place pinpoints roles, as in the place of emotion in everyday life. It refers to substitution – take the place of, supercession – the old gives place to the new, or dislocation – being out of place or losing one’s place. As a verb, it can mean to order, arrange, situate, categorize, locate, and identify. It can highlight how social dynamics and power inequities are enforced and resisted, as in “knowing one’s place” but also “refusing one’s place.” Thinking about place, then, entails questions of cementing, contesting, and crossing boundaries, devising frameworks yet also disrupting them, setting and upsetting expectations. 


Syracuse University Login Study

Our research aims to make computers and the Internet more accessible and easier to use. To help design more accessible technologies, we are seeking to learn from the experiences of computer/Internet users who have cognitive disabilities. 

We are a group of researchers at Syracuse University and we are recruiting adults with cognitive disabilities, including those with developmental disabilities such as autism and specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia to better understand their difficulties in using current login systems. The researchers will visit their homes or other environments (e.g., public library) where the participants regularly use computers and the Internet. 

The visit will take about 1 hour in which the researchers will observe how participants use computers and the Internet, and log into various services, attempting to uncover any difficulties that the participants experience. The researchers will also ask the participants to fill out two surveys and conduct an interview to better understand their needs. 

Participants who complete the study will receive between $5 and $30. Compensation will be pro-rated in a way that recognizes time and effort put in prior to withdrawal: withdrawal prior to pre-test survey ($5); pre-test survey ($5); being observed for computer usage and logging into websites ($10); interview ($10); and post-test survey ($5).

If you’re interested in participating in this study, please fill out our recruitment survey at http://goo.gl/1hWZkN

If you are selected, you will be contacted via email with detailed information on the study. We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Dr. Yang Wang for more information about the study at ywang@syr.edu or (315.443.3744).


Horowitz Teacher Education Research Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Alberta, Faculty of Education

The Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development (CRTED), Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, invites applications for the Horowitz Teacher Education Research Scholar postdoctoral fellowship. 

This is a one-year position, beginning July 1, 2016 with the possibility of extension. The stipend offered is $45,000 CDN, plus a research allowance of $1,000 CDN. Applicants will have an excellent academic record, a beginning record of publication, and a research program development plan. 

The CRTED is nationally and internationally recognized for research and training in teacher education. The Centre is a scholarly centre with a mandate to engage in research for teacher education along the continuum from pre-service to ongoing teacher education. The Centre encourages collaborative and interdisciplinary research. 

The successful candidate will join the vibrant research community at the Centre. The postdoctoral fellow will assume leadership responsibilities for his/her own program of research in teacher education and will join researchers at the Centre on programs already in progress. Leadership responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellow will include coordinating and completing research projects, training and mentoring research assistants and graduate students, participating in ongoing CRTED research discussions, and working closely and cooperatively with the CRTED members. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to participate fully in research, publication, and dissemination activities. 

Qualified candidates will have completed a doctoral program (within the past five years) in a relevant discipline such as teacher education, curriculum studies or education policy studies and will have a background in, or commitment to, researching teacher education. Relevant experience in a professional field will be an asset. Applications will be accepted from candidates who have completed their doctoral degree by July 1, 2016. The deadline for applications is February 29, 2016. Information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Janice Huber by phone at (780) 492-0902 or by email at jhuber@ualberta.ca 

Applicants should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, an example of published scholarly work, and a research plan, as well as arrange for three confidential letters of reference, to be sent via email to: Dr. Janice Huber at jhuber@ualberta.ca  

The University of Alberta welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons. 

16th Annual Disability Studies in Education Conference

Advocating for Access: The Right to Inclusion, The Right to Communication

June 27 & 28, 2016

University of Northern Iowa, Des Moines, IA



Fellowships in Disability Policy

Applications Being Accepted for Two DRC Fellowship Opportunities

Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy is accepting applications for two DRC fellowships: the Dissertation Fellowship Program and the Summer Fellowship Program. The former is a new opportunity for graduate students that offers them a $28,000 stipend to support their doctoral dissertation research at their home colleges and universities. The DRC's Summer Fellowship Program offers students in master's programs or early doctoral programs (pre-dissertation phase) an opportunity to spend the summer of 2016 at Mathematica's Washington, D.C., office to learn more about conducting an independent research project related to disability policy.

Applications for both fellowships are due February 12, 2016. Click here for more information about the eligibility requirements and application process.


Dissertation fellowships from The Center for Engaged Scholarship

The Center for Engaged Scholarship, a new entity that is committed to progressive scholarship, will award two or three dissertation fellowships of $25,000 each for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Full information, including the online application portal, will be available at the website, www.Cescholar.org.

The application portal will be available on November 30th 2015. The application deadline is January 31, 2016.

Students working on a dissertation in the social sciences or related interdisciplinary fields at a U.S. university are eligible regardless of citizenship status.

The Center has been created to promote and support scholarship that can move us to a society that is more egalitarian, more democratic, and committed to environmental sustainability.

Fellowship applications will be evaluated both for their scholarly merit and for their ability to contribute to progressive change. In this first fellowship competition, preference will be given to candidates who will be writing the dissertation during the fellowship year.


CFP: American Ethnological Society's Spring 2016 Conference

UPDATED CFP: Plenaries, grad workshops, and book event for AES spring 2016 conference 

American Ethnological Society’s spring 2016 conference

“Incoherence: Disorder, Normativity, Anthropology”

Washington, D.C., March 31-April 2, 2016

For more information on these events and submitting a paper or panel (due January 31, 2016), please visit the conference website: http://aesonline.org/meetings/spring-conference/.



9th Annual Conference on Equity and Social Justice

What is Social Justice? Reflective Practices in Education and Beyond

Keynotes are CFE grad Nirmala Erevelles & David Stovall. 

The conference is at Pennsylvania State University on March 19, 2016. Proposals are due 12/15.

More info here: http://sites.psu.edu/esjconference/ 



AIR is accepting proposals for research on legal education and graduate education

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) invites proposals for research and dissertation funding for research on legal education and graduate education. The Access Group/AIR Research and Dissertation Fellows Program is a grant competition promoting scholarship on issues related to access, affordability, and the value of legal education specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly. Researchers may analyze pre-existing data or include the construction of a new dataset in their proposal. Two levels of grants are available to support year-long research projects: 

•        $50,000 Research Grants

•        $25,000 Doctoral Grants

Application deadline: December 18, 2015.

More information is available online: Access Group/AIR Fellows Program



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/






A message from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas Aguilar

The following message was published by the office of the Special Rapporteur to celebrate our International Day. 

This December 3, I join persons with disabilities around the world to celebrate our Day, a tradition that we initiated 23 years ago. Two intense and fruitful decades have passed since that first celebration, and we have plenty to be proud of: we have gained international recognition of our rights by States across the globe, and with them, of our rightful place in society. 

Our advocacy is becoming a civil rights movement of global dimension. Our perspectives, informed by the multiple barriers we experience in our daily lives and civic participation, are contributing to make our societies and institutions more inclusive, democratic and prosperous.  We are mobilizing social changes which impact beyond the boundaries of our community, and we can say proudly that we stand at the center of what’s becoming a true social revolution; one that is not only expanding our notion of diversity, but also showing us all a clear path to embrace it

This is an occasion to take pride of who we are as individuals, and of our strengths and achievements as a collective.  But it is also an opportunity not to miss for reminding ourselves and the international community the pressing challenges we continue to face daily, in our struggle for the recognition of our rights. Every day, millions of persons across the globe are victims of discrimination, exclusion from education and labor markets, denial of civic rights and citizenship, arbitrary deprivation of liberty, institutionalization, force sterilization and violence, because of their disability. These multiple forms of marginalization are the main reason behind the disproportionate poverty rates among persons with disabilities: an enormous social capital unjustly and unnecessarily squandered. 

We must change this. Almost ten years after the establishment of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, it is now time to take decisive action to eliminate harmful practices, discrimination and stigma from our governments, institutions, public services and communities, and to make the places where we live inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities. It is now time to make society safe and truly inclusive of diversity, so we can all take our rightful place in it.

Persons with disabilities are part of each and every ethnic, cultural and socio-economic group; we are children, women and men of all ages, and we share with the rest of the community the same diversity of beliefs, gender identities or sexual orientations. We are also very diverse in our impairments and in the way the barriers each one of us face affect our identities. And just like everybody else, we have families, loved ones, dreams and aspirations, as well as concerns and frustrations over the many injustices in the world.

As a complex collective that includes all identities and human experiences, we are constantly challenging society to become more aware and inclusive of its own plurality. 

Our decision to Celebrate December 3rd as A Day for All is our way to transcend the boundaries of our community, and invite everyone to rethink our societies, so that everyone can live and participate without discrimination. We encourage everyone to take on, together, the crucial challenge of embracing diversity. Let’s make this Day a true day for all, to celebrate and welcome everyone as part of our wonderful human diversity.




Moving Through Possibilities


Mobility International USA Job Posting 

We are excited to let you know about an exciting opportunity to join our Mobility International USA team working to empower people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. 

MIUSA seeks a Project Coordinator for our National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange project with excellent outreach, partnership development, and communications skills. This is a mid-level professional position that works collaboratively on national level projects. 

Competitive candidates will bring at least 5+ years experience working in a relevant field, a passion for disability inclusion in international exchange, and other relevant skills listed in the job posting. The Project Coordinator reports to the Project Manager and is based at our office in downtown Eugene, Oregon USA. 

This is a full-time, regular position that is contingent on grant funding. Excellent full benefits are available. 

Please find below the official job posting:



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

Weekly Email Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education 

Week of November 29-December 5, 2015

In honor of  December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities here’s a few disability and higher ed news items JUST FROM THIS WEEK – scroll down to see our usual weekly email (which has a couple more items from around the world of particular interest to people in the US):


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

* In a major policy shift, the UK is cutting subsidies to college students with disabilities, asking campuses to take responsibility for paying disability accommodations like colleges in the U.S. must do (https://www.rt.com/uk/324633-disabled-funding-cuts-tories/), but students are very worried about the consequences (http://www.bbc.com/news/education-35001427

* As the home of Ed Roberts, UC-Berkeley has an important place in the history of disability and higher education, but this in-depth article examines why it continues to be physically inaccessible even when it is increasingly compliant with federal codes: http://www.dailycal.org/2015/12/03/students-with-disabilities-battle-inaccessibility-and-isolation/ 

* An article in the Atlantic looks at how race, class, and social demands may be leading underprivileged men to take risks with their health and the possibility of long-term disabilities just to benefit the wealthy: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/11/football-risks/416862/ 

* Protestors at Brown University have presented their demands for greater diversity and inclusion, including a new concentration in disability studies (http://www.browndailyherald.com/2015/12/04/students-of-color-release-diversity-demands/); the student newspaper also just finished a four-part series designed to increase awareness of disability on campus (http://www.browndailyherald.com/series/pathology-to-power/

* An article in the Washington Postprofiles former Gallaudet University professor Edith Rikuris and her isolated impoverished existence after retirement, until she entered a facility designed for Deaf senior citizens: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/my-deaf-neighbor-wrote-mother-is-dead-many-more-notes-would-follow/2015/12/01/fbf4561e-81aa-11e5-8ba6-cec48b74b2a7_story.html 

* Chaz Davis has been steadily becoming blind while at the University of Hartford, but returned to running and is competing as both a Division I athlete and a Paralympian: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/article47861955.html 

* Southern University may boast of having “the best band in the land,” but two students who are brothers are showing that their autism and synesthesia may help them be among the best of the best: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/autistic-brothers-walk-tall-southern-university-marching-band-n470631 

* Ruth Westervelt, a former professor of design at Syracuse University, has sued the campus for gender discrimination and disability discrimination due to her Crohn’s disease: http://dailyorange.com/2015/12/syracuse-university-professor-sues-university-on-disability-gender-discrimination/ 

* Deaf students at Harvard have created community through the CODA student organization, but are frustrated that Harvard still refuses to offer ASL courses: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2015/12/2/deaf-students-culture-harvard/ 

* College students with diabetes are finding support from each other, apps, and their college food service providers: http://theithacan.org/life-culture/the-not-so-sweet-life-students-cope-with-diabetes-in-college/ 

* A survey of 800 literature and arts professors found that 60% believe trigger warnings are harmful to academic freedom, but they do think complete course descriptions might address student concerns: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/12/02/survey-sheds-new-light-faculty-attitudes-and-experiences-toward-trigger-warnings?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=ecd4172144-WNU20151204&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-ecd4172144-198891893 

* Full texts are now available of the 2014 Congressional hearings on college access and success for students with disabilities: PDF version at http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo61464 and text version athttp://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo61465 

* Service and support animals are making a big difference on campus for students with a variety of disabilities: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/health/20151130/service-and-support-animals-improve-campus-life-at-uc-santa-cruz 

* The US Department of Justice sued Oregon for funneling people with intellectual disabilities into menial jobs, but higher education programs are opening up new postsecondary options in the state:http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2015/11/surprising_idea_for_students_w.html 

* Ryan Hoffman, a former college lineman for the University of North Carolina, died homeless and ill, with a death that highlights how football head injuries can have devastating long-term consequences: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/sports/ncaafootball/ryan-hoffman-north-carolina-tar-heel-dead.html 

* Campuses are doing more outreach to address men’s mental and emotional health needs: http://www.news4jax.com/health/mens-mental-health-programs-on-college-campuses 

* Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center has published  a guide for college students with traumatic brain injuries and college disability specialists working with them, including tips for dealing with brain injuries’ effects on executive functioning: http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=93195286&msgid=810869&act=1OQJ&c=654309&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mrri.org%2Fimages%2Fstories%2Fpdf%2Fmodelsystem%2FCollegeStudents_TBI.pdf 

* Cambridge University’s Student Union received a petition with 350 signature supporting creation of a student officer to work on disabled student issues: http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/9403

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, 2016

We 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

Teaching Positions at VOICE Charter School

VOICE Charter School is Hiring

Are you looking for a teaching position?

Would you like to be able to share your knowledge and skills with students?

VOICE Charter School is looking for additional faculty to join our teaching team!  We are an elementary and middle school located in Long Island City, Queens, currently serving grades K-8, that has a strong emphasis on music. 

We are looking to identify and interview extraordinary teachers and teacher candidates who are committed to urban education and who wish to join a dynamic professional learning community. 

We want to work with educators who have exemplary communicative skills, who hold themselves to the highest standards, and who push and support both their students and their colleagues.

VOICE is hiring and accepting applications for the following positions for the 2015-16 school year:


Art Teacher

Physical Education Teacher

Special Education Teacher

Middle School Teacher: Math

Classroom/Office Assistant

Music Teacher – Leave Replacement (Mid-Year)


Director of External Affairs

Director of Operations

Human Resources Manager

Data and Technology Specialist

VOICE is not actively hiring for the following positions, but is accepting applications for:


General Education Teacher

ESL Teacher

Middle School Teacher: Science

Middle School Teacher: Social Studies

Middle School Teacher: ELA

Social Worker

Music Teacher 

If you’re interested in applying, please visit our website at http://www.voicecharterschool.org/careers/opportunities.html to view our current vacancies and instructions about how to apply. 

We also invite you to like us on Facebook to find out more information about our school: http://www.facebook.com/VoiceCharterSchool.

We hope to hear from you soon!


Disability.gov Updates 

Disability.Blog: Improving Transportation for Those with Disabilities a Focus for Startups by Guest Blogger Megan Totka, Chief Editor, ChamberofCommerce.com

Disability.Blog: Inclusive Practices Help Kids Grow by Guest Blogger Torrie Dunlap, CEO, Kids Included Together

Congressional hearing on Promoting college access and success for students with disabilities (2014) 

Promoting college access and success for students with disabilities : hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, second session ... February 27, 2014.

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


Electronic resource: PDF version:                   http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo61464   

Electronic resource: Text version:                   http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo61465

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News & Notes from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center

* Join us TONIGHT Dec, 7 for New 2 ‘Quse! We’ll be reflecting about the semester and feasting on a taco bar from Moe’s! For more information, contact Abby Fite or Katie Mattise, co-facilitators of New 2 ‘Quse.

* The HoliGay. Friday, 12/11, 3 – 5 PM @ the LGBT Resource Center, 750 Ostrom Avenue. Celebrate the end of the semester with the LGBT Resource Center staff! Delicious food will be provided. Ugly sweaters encouraged, but not required!

* Call for Research Participants - Deb Coolhart, an assistant professor in the Marriage & Family Therapy department, is conducting a study to better understand the impact of support and rejection on trans individuals with regard to family, school, work, and other communities. Participation in this study involved a verbal interview, either in person or over the phone. This interview is expected to last for approximately 1 hour. For more information, please email Deb Coolhart or call 315-443-1232.

* Call for Research Participants - Raychel Lewis, an undergraduate student at Syracuse University, is seeking people who identify as neither male nor female to participate in a project for an animal behavior lab. Participants will be asked to look at paired images of faces and determine which one is more attractive. Participants will also be asked to rate these images on a scale of attractiveness. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes and can be completed online. If you’re interested, please email Raychel Lewis.

* Call for Research Participants - A research team at Cornell University is seeking research participants who identify as gay, bisexual, and questioning men between the ages of 18 and 40 who use Grindr. They are seeking to determine how social media usage affects quality of life. If you’re interested, please take the Grindr study online.

The 2nd Annual Central New York Gay-Straight Alliance Summit

The 2nd Annual Central New York Gay-Straight Alliance Summit: Connecting by Disconnecting.

Monday, December 14th, 4:30 – 8:00 PM. Q Center, 617 West Genesee Street.

This event is free with dinner provided by Vera House.

To register, please email Junior Morse by Thursday, December 10th.

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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