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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.



Disability Law and Policy Program LECTURE SERIES

Will YOU be the next Senior Class Marshal?

C.A.R.E. Spring 2016 - Registration is open!

Apply to be a Learning Community Peer Mentor

Start your finals week off right with a queer study break!

McNair Scholars Program Information Session

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

Possible courses of interest offered: Spring 2016


Annual Clements Internship Award Application Now Open

TEDx Syracuse University: Speaker Applications Open

Syracuse University’s National Veterans Resource Complex Included in $500 Million Upstate Revitalization Initiative Award

Annual Ten Tons of Love Charity Drive


Application for The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program

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

SAVE THE DATE 2/27: The Scholar & Feminist Conference XLI

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

CFP: Migration Network of the Social Science History Association (SSHA)

Geographies of Interruption: Body, Location, and Experience

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


AHEAD Hires New Chief Operating Officer; Says Goodbye to Long-Standing Systems Manager

From Disability Rights International

Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is pleased to announce a new “Black, Disabled and Proud” website

San Jose Mercury News: Facebook's new tools to help the blind navigate social media

New movie trailer of interest – featuring Micah Fialka-Feldman

What's A Leg Got To Do With It?: Black, Female, and Disabled in America

London club celebrate swimmers’ achievements at awards

New article of interest published in Disability and the Global South

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

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

A Conversation with Truth (by Ronald Taylor)

Disability.gov Update: Peer Support; and Photography with "No Boundaries"

#WHccNow (White House Closed Captions Now)

Because we’re not (Why I changed the name of my blog)

Job opportunity in Alabama: Lakeshore Foundation Seeks Advocacy Specialist

Job Opportunity in Ireland: Ussher Assistant Professor Ageing and Intellectual Disability

Job Opportunity in New York: Disability Justice Program Director

Disability Scoop 12.8.15 and 12.11.15

SU student LaNia Roberts videos featured in the Huffington Post


Disability Law and Policy Program LECTURE SERIES

The 2015-16 DLPP LECTURE SERIES  will take place in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Disability Law and Policy Program, as well as  the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), the 40th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (1975),  and the 10th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2006).

In addition to Senator Tom Harkin,  we will be joined by the following speakers: 

February 2-3: Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Education. http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/swenson-bio.html 

(co-sponsored with the School of Education)

February 25-26: Eric Rosenthal, Director, Disability Rights International http://www.driadvocacy.org/staff/eric-rosenthal/

April 5-6: Professor Sam Bagenstos, U Michigan Law School http://www.law.umich.edu/FacultyBio/Pages/FacultyBio.aspx?FacID=sambagen



Will YOU be the next Senior Class Marshal?

Start now. Make history.

Apply today: seniormarshal.syr.edu

Applicants must be current juniors who will be graduating in May 2017.

Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Engagement. Passion.

Purpose. Connection.






C.A.R.E. Spring 2016 - Registration is open! 

Engage in an opportunity for all Syracuse University community members to participate in Conversations About Race and Ethnicity this Spring 2016 semester. 

Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.) is a 6-week sustained dialogue space for community members of Syracuse University to engage in meaningful, challenging, and urgent conversations about race and ethnicity.  C.A.R.E. challenges participants to explore their racial and ethnic identity, understand the experiences of others, critically identify social systems of oppression, and to work towards living a more socially just life.  

Spaces are limited! To register for C.A.R.E. please go to http://multicultural.syr.edu/programs/care

All questions and comments should be shared with Jordan S. West (jswest@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


Start your finals week off right with a queer study break!


Start your finals week off right with a queer study break! Join us at 3 PM at the LGBT Resource Center for coffee, cookies, coloring, and cartoons! Can’t wait to see you all there.  

Monday, 12/14, 3 – 5 PM @ the LGBT Resource Center, 750 Ostrom Avenue.



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 


Professor Pedro DiPietro 

Histories of colonialism, modernity, and capitalism have produced a privileged knowing position in the West. Its anchor is the colonial introduction of the human-nonhuman divide. It builds upon the ongoing domestication of passion, emotion, flesh, and embodiment. In so doing, it also constructs the human, and his knowledge, as self-sufficient, fully capable, and essentially rational.

By rendering the domain of the knowable as unpolluted and transparent, the epistemic project of the West ultimately impoverishes the real and our ways of making sense of what it means to know. 

At the intersection of the humanities and social sciences, this course expands on the foundations of feminist theories of knowing. It offers a thorough critique of dominant knowing paradigms in the West and their ties to impartiality, rationality, and objectivity. It also engages major feminist critiques of western theories of knowing as they have been fostered by postmodern, posthumanist, postpositivist, and decolonial thought. This course is designed for graduate students interested in deepening their understanding of the ties among embodiment, knowledge, and feminisms. It examines the salience of embodiment in the shaping of colonial, modern, and decolonial paradigms of knowledge and knowing.

Readings are selected from interdisciplinary fields such as anthropology, history, philosophy, sociology, religious studies, critical race theory, cultural studies, Latina/o Studies, Indigenous and Native American Studies, Afro-Diasporic and African American Studies, transgender studies, and queer of color critique.   

*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



Annual Clements Internship Award Application Now Open


Application for The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program



The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program awards $10,000 stipends for graduate-level research on improving disability determination processes. 

The DDP Small Grant Program is a one-year stipend program that allows graduate students, both full and part-time, to conduct supervised independent research on improving the efficiency and reducing the complexity of disability determination processes. Policy Research, Inc, (PRI) is pleased to announce the sixth round of this federally-funded stipend program. This program is directed by PRI of Delmar, NY, and is funded through a grant (#IDD11000001) from the Social Security Administration. 

We will be holding two informational conference calls titled “DDP Application Overview “on Thursday, January 28th 2016 (ET) and Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 (ET). All students interested in submitting an application to the DDP Small Grant Program are invited to attend. We will provide a brief introduction to the program, review the elements of a successful application and answer questions. 

Please click here to register for the call on January 28th:      http://bit.ly/1N8Drzk

Please click here to register for the call on February 3rd:      http://bit.ly/1HLpASO 

For more information and to view the Request for Applications (RFA), please visit http://ddp.policyresearchinc.org.  Contact us at ddp@policyresearchinc.org with any questions.

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. 


SAVE THE DATE 2/27: The Scholar & Feminist Conference XLI


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


Proposals due January 15, 2015.


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



CFP: Migration Network of the Social Science History Association (SSHA)

41st Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Chicago, Illinois, November 17-20, 2016

Conference Theme: "Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World"

Submission Deadline: February 20, 2016

The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US; its members share a common concern for interdisciplinary approaches to historical problems. The organization's long-standing interest in methodology also makes SSHA meetings exciting places to explore new solutions to historical problems. We encourage the participation of graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more-established scholars, from a wide range of disciplines and departments. 

We hereby invite you to submit panels, papers, and posters related to the theme of migration widely defined for the forthcoming conference on “Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World" in Chicago. We encourage submissions on all aspects of social science history. Submission of complete sessions and interdisciplinary panels are especially welcome.

The Migration Network is one of the largest and most active networks at the SSHA. This year’s theme focusing on interdisciplinary historical studies and that ways in which disciplinary boundaries have stretched to integrate new methodologies, data, tools from the physical and biological sciences, as well as literature, arts, medicine and technology offers especially rich opportunities for migration scholars.

We are seeking submissions that address the topics below. Related subjects and new ideas are also welcome: 

  • Refugees, Public health and the Law
  • Public Policy and Refugees
  • Refugees and the “European Crisis,” 
  • Gendering of Mobility: Refugees, Labor Migrants, Family      unification
  • Migration, Mobility and Environmentalism (epidemiology      public health, climate change)
  • Migration and the Digital Humanities
  • Forced and Free Migrations
  • Migration history in the Public Sphere
  • Narratives of Migration: Oral Histories and      Storytelling
  • Emotions and Migration
  • Citizenship and the Law: Forms of Inclusion      (birthright) and Forms of Deportation
  • Migration and Diplomacy
  • Migrants, Refugees and Grassroots politics
  • War and Migration
  • History, Memory and the shaping of Contemporary      Migration Debates
  • Migration Scholars as Public Intellectuals
  • Teaching Migration: National Differences or      Disciplinary Challenges

We are now accepting conference submissions for the 2016 SSHA Annual Conference.  You may login to submit a panel or paper directly at (http://ssha.org).

Individuals who are new to the SSHA need to create an account prior to using the online submission site. Please keep in mind that if your panel is accepted, every person on the panel has to register for the conference. Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the annual meeting (see http://www.ssha.org/grants).

Please feel free to contact the Migration Network Representatives for comments, questions, assistance creating a panel or for help with submissions:

Look for us on Facebook: Migration/Immigration Network – Social Science History Association.


Geographies of Interruption: Body, Location, and Experience

The 23rd Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies

International Graduate Conference

University of Rochester

Keynote Speaker:

Jasbir Puar

Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

Rutgers University

April 8, 2016

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

Submission Deadline: February 2, 2016


Each year, a diverse group of participants gather in Rochester, NY for a graduate conference held by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies. This conference aims to foster an environment of interdisciplinary communication, knowledge exchange, and collaboration. We take geography to be the practice and process of mapping bodies, spaces, and experiences. In particular, we hope to inspire questions concerning the interruptions of such geographies, especially those relating to gender and sexuality. Such questions might include, but are not limited to:

    •    How does social, bodily, and geographical mobility complicate the mapping of spaces and bodies?

    •    How do media forms constitute counter-geographies? 

    •    Does sharing a photo of a fallen Syrian refugee on one’s Facebook timeline intervene in a meaningful way? 

    •    In what ways are sexed and/or sexualized bodies mapped into conceptions of (trans)nationality?

    •    How might race and class interrupt and problematize feminist and queer geography?

    •    What are the affective ramifications of contemporary or historical forms of segregation?

    •    How do gendered perceptions of bodies in pain affect medical treatment or scales of pain?

    •    How does web mapping (e.g. Google Maps) reproduce or resist the gendered, classed, and racial power dynamics of prior methods of mapping?

    •    What are the gendered biases of computer coding languages?

We invite graduate students from all disciplines to submit research on questions related to the conference theme and especially in response to the keynote speaker’s research. In addition to more traditional scholarship, we encourage creative interpretations of this year’s theme, performances, and collaborative presentations.

Submission Details: Please send a 300-word abstract to the graduate organizing committee at SBAI2016conf@gmail.com as a Word or PDF document, including name, institutional affiliation, email address, a brief biographical statement, and a list of any equipment needed for your presentation. Presentations will be 20 minutes.

Submissions are due no later than February 2, 2016. You will receive the committee’s decision by mid-February.

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/




AHEAD Hires New Chief Operating Officer; Says Goodbye to Long-Standing Systems Manager

Welcome to Carol Funckes

We are excited to announce that Carol Fuckes has joined the staff as the new Chief Operating Officer for AHEAD. Funckes is the former Senior Associate Director of Disability Resources at the University of Arizona. She's been involved with the AHEAD since 1985, when she first became a member. Since then she has served as AHEAD President, President Elect, Treasurer, Program Chair (2001), Chair of the Standing Committee on Professional Development, and member of the UD/JUST Change Initiative. As Chief Operating Officer, her primary role will be facilitating and managing programming for the Association's workshops, webinars, and conferences. In addition, she will develop new publications and resources related to higher education and disability while overseeing the short- and mid-range operations of the organization. She has played a significant role in the development of AHEAD's New and Newer Disability Resources Professional Curriculum, and will continue to lead these efforts. We look forward to working with Carol on these endeavors and more.

Goodbye to Tri Do

As we say hello to one new employee, it is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to another. Tri Do, Manager of Systems & Operations, will be leaving his position this week. Tri has been a part of the AHEAD family for fifteen years and has made significant contributions beyond his online and programming work. We are truly sad to see him go and wish him nothing but the very best in his future.




From Disability Rights International

December 7, 2015 -- Washington, DC

Several years ago, DRI investigated and exposed the horrendous conditions of thousands of poor and disabled children living in institutions in Serbia. So egregious were the abuses, that we called what we had uncovered torture. The United Nations' top experts agreed with us and DRI led an international campaign to end torture in Serbian orphanages. As a result, Serbia banned new placements in orphanages, supporting families instead. 

Today - due to your support of our work - Serbia has one of the lowest rates of institutionalized children in all of Europe. Additionally, the European Union will no longer fund the building of orphanages for children in any of its member or potential member states. 

One fact rings out loud above the others - children need love to thrive.  Up to 95% of all children living in orphanages around the world have living parents and/or extended families, but poverty and disability push vulnerable families to give up their children - thinking they might have a better life in an orphanage.  

Truth be told, love, touch, one-on-one care and family-like connections are rarely, if ever, found in an institutional setting. Neglected in orphanages, children literally wither away. And many die. 

We need to continue to fight for the human rights of all institutionalized children around the world. And we continue to need your help.




Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is pleased to announce a new “Black, Disabled and Proud” website

The Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is pleased to announce a new “Black, Disabled and Proud” website (www.blackdisabledandproud.org) available through the HBCU Disability Consortium, which is now permanently housed at AHEAD.  This website is for Black and African American college students with disabilities, but has many resources that may be of interest to all college students, parents, faculty, staff, and disability services providers. 

Some highlights of the website:

-          A link to the new online exhibit on African American disability history at the Museum of DisAbility History in Buffalo, NY

-          Downloadable tip sheets and posters that can be printed and distributed

-          Permanent links to webinars for disability services providers

-          A list of disability services offices at every Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

-          Information about well-known Black and African American college graduates with disabilities, to share with students

-          “Disability 101” resources to encourage students to learn about models of disability, universal design, and disability in current movements like Black Lives Matter

-          A list of readings related to race and disability

-          Links to national and campus-based disability organizations, including many specifically for Black or African American students

This website was developed in partnership with Syracuse University, the University of the District of Columbia, and Howard University, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) (#PB116B100141).   We will be continually updating the website as needed.

Please feel free to forward this announcement.  For more information or to share your thoughts about the website, please use the website’s contact form or contact the HBCU Disability Consortium at hbcu@ahead.org or wendy@ahead.org.


San Jose Mercury News: Facebook's new tools to help the blind navigate social media 


New movie trailer of interest – featuring Micah Fialka-Feldman



What's A Leg Got To Do With It?: Black, Female, and Disabled in America


London club celebrate swimmers’ achievements at awards


New article of interest published in Disability and the Global South 

Congrats to Brent Elder and Alan Foley on their newly published article in Disability and the Global South! 

Here is abstract and link to download the article:

Working within the tensions of disability and education in post-colonial Kenya: Toward a praxis of critical disability studies

Brent C. Elder and Alan Foley

Syracuse University, New York.

Corresponding Author- Email: bcelder@syr.edu

This paper explores emerging and evolving critical approaches to inclusive education development work in the postcolonial, global South context of Kenya. Taking an ontoformative (Connell, 2011) perspective of disability, we view disability as a dynamic process inherently tied to social contexts and their fluid effects on disabled bodies. Thus, not all impairments are a natural form of human diversity, and many are imposed on bodies in underdeveloped countries through oppressive imported Western practices. In this paper we present our work not as models of ‘what to do’ or ‘what not to do’ in development work. Rather we offer a reflection on the evolution of our understanding and approach to this work from being merely ‘progressive’ (while further exporting Northern theory), toward a more critical and self-reflexive approach. We hope this is a starting point in a dialogical process of mutual knowledge production between the global North and South that leads to better ways of conceptualizing and supporting people with disabilities in the global South

To download (This journal is Open Access), go to: https://disabilityglobalsouth.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/dgs-02-03-03.pdf.


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

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: December 6-12, 2015

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

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

* Students are protesting racism at college campuses across the U.S, and the seventh most common demand is better mental health services: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/here-are-the-demands-from-students-protesting-racism-at-51-colleges/ 

* “Mobility Challenge” organizers at the University of Delaware will be meeting with disability studies faculty and disability services staff to improve next year’s event, which drew over 800 people but offended many campus members with disabilities: http://udreview.com/disability-studies-faculty-unsatisfied-with-mobility-challenge/ 

* A new report surveyed students in seven states, and found more than half of community college students experienced homelessness or hunger – the study brief does not report on students with disabilities, but lists some disability-related resources (e.g., SSDI) available to students: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/education/university/uw-survey-finds-half-of-community-college-students-risk-hunger/article_ada89e01-1620-57fb-85a1-c52b4b192a60.html 

* AHEAD and the HBCU Disability Consortium announce a new website for Black and African American college students with disabilities, with resources for all students: http://www.blackdisabledandproud.org 

* If you use a wheelchair, you can’t see a men’s basketball game at Syracuse University, but students and their allies on campus are working to change that: http://dailyorange.com/2015/12/sa-works-to-improve-carrier-dome-student-section-accessibility/ 

* Anna Wilson from Auburn University talks about her college search process as a student who is quadriplegic, and how she eventually made her choice: http://www.oanow.com/news/auburnuniversity/disability-no-roadblock-for-driven-auburn-student/article_1df3e7a6-9ca5-11e5-a82b-5f2d71fc2ff4.html 

* A student at Georgetown writes about the importance of students coming together to work on campus accessibility as a social justice issue: http://www.thehoya.com/make-campus-accessible-for-all/ 

* From the UK, a list of the many ways anxiety can affect university students: http://www.buzzfeed.com/maggyvaneijk/no-one-likes-me-anyway#.reQZjgOQ8 

* In October, USC fired football coach Steve Karkisian, but now he is suing, saying his alcoholism is a protected disability under the ADA and California law – but is it?: http://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/steve-sarkisian-lawsuit-did-usc-fire-him-over-his-disability.html/?a=viewall 

* A student at UCLA writes an open letter to her professor, explaining how faculty members casually contribute to stigma experienced by students with mental and emotional illnesses: http://dailybruin.com/2015/12/07/submission-professors-must-work-to-understand-help-students-with-mental-illness/ 

* In Minnesota, Bemidji State University professor Valica Boundry is using her first-hand knowledge of depression and anxiety to start a new radio show designed for others with similar experiences: http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/3899452-bsu-faculty-member-starts-radio-show-about-mental-illness 

* Erin Whitten’s family and friends mocked and bullied her for becoming an online college student, but she calls it “the best decision I could have made” as a student with a chronic illness: http://www.mtv.com/news/2682712/my-chronic-illness-forced-me-to-attend-college-online-and-it-was-the-best-decision-i-could-have-made/ 

* All incoming University of Iowa students will be required to take “diversity and inclusion” courses, but no word yet on whether these courses will include anything about disability: http://www.insightintodiversity.com/diversity-and-inclusion-requirement-announced-at-university-of-iowa/                                      

* Luanne McKinnon is 60 and just completed her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, but she’s also one of the oldest living people with cystic fibrosis: https://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-phd-graduate-60-among-longest-living-survivors-cystic-fibrosis 

* In oral arguments for an affirmative action case, Supreme Court Justice Scalia suggested African American students should attend a “slower track school” that is “less advanced” –thus slamming most campuses in the US, insulting “slow” learners with disabilities, and implying Black students are inherently less intelligent: http://diverseeducation.com/article/79419/?utm_campaign=Diverse%20Newsletter%203&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&elq=c162f4c0b9a848e6a21402e1db6d0082&elqCampaignId=771&elqaid=88&elqat=1&elqTrackId=e04bd10c97e3489f98b1b7e24a30f7e2 

* Kimberly Neil shares her story of how arriving at college was great, but still triggered a relapse of her eating disorder (ED); she says narratives of constant positive ED recovery don’t tell the whole story: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/eating-disorder-recovery-bulimia 

* A federal judge agreed that Terra State Community College discriminated against Shirley Parrott-Copus, when they dismissed her from an advanced nursing program because she is hard-of-hearing, even though she already had 14 years of nursing experience:  http://exceptionalnurse.blogspot.com/2015/12/hard-of-hearing-nursing-student-wins.html 

* Nathan Olson promised his grandfather he’d go to college, but he had a long journey to learning he’s autistic and then finding a college that’s right for him, finally landing at Pacific Lutheran University: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article48253110.html 

* Facebook is working to become more accessible to blind and visually impaired people, and is trying to encourage college engineering students to learn about accessibility early in their careers: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_29203702/facebooks-new-tools-help-blind-navigate-social-media 

* Diablo Valley College in California has five years to comply with two recent judgments that found them out of compliance with the ADA on accessibility for students who are blind or physically disabled: http://www.dvcinquirer.com/news/2015/12/08/college-ensures-accommodation-after-disability-complaints/

* The first department (i.e., “cell”) for college student disability services in India is now available at Jawaharlal Nehru University: http://www.hindustantimes.com/education/jnu-creates-special-cell-for-differently-abled-students/story-fkFLya0hm3aEr1Qvm9HetL.html 

* Three law school professors from Sydney University in Australia were inaugural recipients of National Ethnic Disability Alliance medals; NEDA works on disability issues for culturally and linguistically diverse people: http://www.australasianlawyer.com.au/news/law-school-academics-honoured-for-human-rights-work-209777.aspx 

* Utah State University is mourning the passing of Marvin Fifield, who ran the Center for Persons with Disabilities and was instrumental in passage of the Assistive Technology Act and the reauthorization of the ADA: http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/big-picture-guy-late-cpd-founding-director-remembered/article_fa492fcd-adc2-5af5-aac1-3f7fbf71f3d6.html 

* A new study of CIP, a national transition program for adults with disabilities, shows higher rates of college attendance, employment, and independent living: http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/15/12/p6035973/recent-study-shows-cip-students-with-autism-and-learning-disabilities-b 

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

* Nyle Dimarco won American’s Next Top Model and is using his win as an opportunity to raise awareness of deafness, Deaf culture, and ASL: http://www.mtv.com/news/2683568/nyle-dimarco-antm-winner/ 

* Pennsylvania and other states are searching for “missing” adults with autism, misdiagnosed and sent to institutions, where many still remain: https://spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/the-missing-generation/ 

* “Can you read my lips?”  Lip-reading isn’t what it may seem to be, as this entertaining short video demonstrates (it has captions, but no audio description): https://vimeo.com/148127830 

* Disabled comedians make fun of Donald Trump, but ironically the video is not accessible (no captioning or audio description so everyone can appreciate it): http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/12/07/disabled-people-make-fun-of-donald-trump_n_8736938.html 

* Regarding a positive attitude, “No amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into a ramp,” said disability activist Stella Young, who passed away a year ago – see 17 of her best quotes at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-08/17-things-stella-young-wanted-you-to-know/5950814 

* People in the U.S. who have a mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by police: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-police-mentallyill-idUSKBN0TT2Y420151210 

* A slam poem about being deaf or having auditory processing disorder can also be about fitting in to a culture that doesn’t “speak your language” (captioned, but no audio description): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf1Fo0xOdPs 

* Is the honeymoon over?  One Deaf person shares ten surprising things you probably haven’t heard in all the raving about “Spring Awakening” on Broadway: https://jehanne.wordpress.com/2015/12/06/10-things-the-raving-reviews-dont-tell-you-about-spring-awakening-2/ 

* “Autism in Love” is a film about autistic people and their relationships, airing on PBS on December 11 (check local listings for time): https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/12/07/pbs-to-air-autism-documentary/21645/ 

* The needs of Syrian refugees with disabilities are often forgotten: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45871#.Vms7EkorJD8 

* “You’re the Worst” TV show wins praise for its depiction of depression as the “fifth character” on the show: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-fxx-the-worst-depression-on-tv-20151209-story.html 

* An NPR commentator notes that disability is physical, but also a product of the environment, which has profound implications for how we define the term “disability” and other terms like being a “whole” person: http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/12/06/458454543/physical-disability-and-engineering-of-environments 

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

A Conversation with Truth (by Ronald Taylor)



Disability.gov Update: Peer Support; and Photography with "No Boundaries" 

Peer Support; and Photography with "No Boundaries"

Disability.Blog: The Teen behind the Camera: Meet Brian, “No Boundaries” 2015 Participant

Disability .Blog: The Power of Peers By Guest Blogger Caitlin Neumann, President of the Board of Directors, YOUTH POWER!



#WHccNow (White House Closed Captions Now)

Braam Jordaan's website


Because we’re not (Why I changed the name of my blog)

Because we’re not (Why I changed the name of my blog) 

•             Because too many progressive activists have been called a b-tch for speaking truth.

•             Because that word has been used to silence, to teach women and girls not to make waves.

•             It has also been used against progressives who speak out against the flaws in mainstream movements.

•             Our dignity is not lost in our impairments, gender, sexuality, age, culture or skin colour, but in the oppressive norms and hierarchies our lives are measured against.

•             One word is not nearly as powerful as common struggle.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

Job opportunity in Alabama: Lakeshore Foundation Seeks Advocacy Specialist

Lakeshore Foundation is seeking applicants for the position of Advocacy Specialist. The Advocacy Specialist will be responsible for assisting the Director of Policy & Public Affairs in building identity; facilitating mobilization and mapping of resources, actors, institutions, allies, and targets through the analysis of stakeholder environment; gathering policy and political information; assisting the Director of Policy & Public Affairs in building strategic relationships; and collaborating with the Director of Policy & Public Affairs and consultants to define and elaborate on the policy problem. Qualified applicants will have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a related field, experience providing advocacy skills for people with disabilities, and strong communications skills both written and verbal. All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, December 30, 2015

To view the full posting, go to:http://www.nasuad.org/lakeshore-foundation-advocacy-specialist

Job Opportunity in Ireland: Ussher Assistant Professor Ageing and Intellectual Disability

Applications are sought from candidates at an early stage in their career with  strong quantitative research skills, proven potential for research excellence in the fields of Ageing and Intellectual Disability; prior work with people with intellectual disabilities; and  experience in working with large epidemiological and heath related datasets. The person appointed will be expected to link with and complement, enhance and synergise with the existing strengths available in the Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) research team along with identifying unique areas of health, ageing and intellectual disability research that may be addressed through IDS-TILDA.


Job Opportunity in New York: Disability Justice Program Director

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest seeks a Disability Justice Program Director 



Disability Scoop 12.8.15 and 12.11.15

SU student LaNia Roberts videos featured in the Huffington Post


1. Confidence by LaNia


2. Stress-Reduction by LaNia


3. Opinions by LaNia


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