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April, 23 2017

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SU NEWS

Community Wide Dialogue (CWD) is seeking entertainment for the Duck Race

SU HAPPENINGS

Celebrating 100 years with a festival: May 4

AHEAD to You Spring Webinar Series

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Disability related articles for the week 

Human rights and disability rights

Willowbrook Book Announcement


SU NEWS

Community Wide Dialogue (CWD) is seeking entertainment for the Duck Race

June 7 from 12-4 p.m. at the Syracuse Inner Harbor. They are looking for singers, poets, steppers, dancers, music, skits, etc. If you have talent or know someone that would like to "show off what they got" please contact Marissa Willingham at 315-443-9676 or mlwill07@syr.edu. Family-friendly entertainment is a must! share me: entertainment registration form
 

The Duck Race brings together many organizations and individuals who are working to create a level playing field for children, and who are committed to the principals of racial equality. In addition to the main attraction of the race, the day will include entertainment, information booths for community organizations, and activities for children and families, all geared towards creating a festival-like atmosphere. The anticipated attendance is more than 3000 people from all over the city and county.

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SU HAPPENINGS

Celebrating 100 years with a festival: May 4

 
You're invited to the Lutheran Campus Ministry/STEP Center Spring Festival to celebrate its 100th Anniversary on Sunday May, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at Saint Sophia’s Greek Orthodox (325 Waring Road, Syracuse).
 

Entertainment and inspiration by Professor Robert J. Thompson, PhD, Director of Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at SU. 


Tickets: $30; Benefactor: $75; Angel Tickets: $100; Saint Tickets: $150. To benefit the Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Tickets are available at Hendricks 005, or (315) 443-2439 and
lutheran@syr.edu. More info visit lcmsyracuse.org.
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AHEAD to You Spring Webinar Series

All SU faculty and staff are invited to the AHEAD to You Spring Webinar Series – “Access to Instruction: #thegrowingimperative,” three interactive webinars focused on electronic and information technology (E&IT) accessibility at colleges and universities, produced by theAssociation on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). The webinars will occur on Thursday afternoons, May 8, 15, & 22, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET, and will be hosted on the SU campus in rooms 1-218 or 0-213 in the Center for Science and Technology. Registration is free; please RSVP to accessibility@syr.edu by May 2 and indicate which session(s) you plan to attend. Please share this invitation with members of your organization.
 
About the webinars
 
The recent agreement between the University of Montana and the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights - http://www.ahead.org/presidents-post - highlights the continuing need for colleges and universities to develop comprehensive policies and practices ensuring the accessibility of all campus electronic and information technologies (E&IT).
 
Join the presenters in this timely series as they offer insight, guidance, and tools that address E&IT access on campus.
 
May 8, 2014 - room 1-218, Center for Science and Technology
A Journey to Accessibility - How Temple University is Implementing an Accessible Information and Technology Initiative University Wide​
Paul Paire, Temple University
 
Temple University will share strategies used and lessons learned in implementing an Accessible Information and Technology initiative. We will review our university wide policy, the organization of our teams, how we launched the initiative, and the development and deployment of accessibility standards and guidelines for the university (including instructional materials, smart classrooms, and computer labs). This will be both a high level talk from an Associate Vice President’s perspective as well as an “in the trenches” perspective from the project manager. 
 
May 15, 2014 - room 1-218, Center for Science and Technology
The Next Generation of Accessible Materials: Born Accessible
Cherie Miller, Benetech/Bookshare
 
There has been a fundamental shift in the way people with and without disabilities access information: eBooks, online courses, user-created materials, open educational resources, and the widespread use of graphics to convey information have created a “new normal” for how we teach and learn. While these resources are readily available, too many of them are not accessible. For people with visual and/or physical impairments and severe learning disabilities, often times they face barriers to printed text and images. To address the gaps in assessable educational content, however more and more educators are becoming content creators themselves. With technology driving the way students access educational materials, now is the time to change the way this content is created. We will discuss Bookshare and the DIAGRAM Center and how they are exploring ways to use touch-screen technology, tactile graphics, and smart images to make images more interactive and dynamic.  
 
May 22, 2014 - room 0-213, Center for Science and Technology
Benchmarking and Planning your Institution’s Web Accessibility Efforts
Jonathan Whiting, WEBAIM |
 
Since 1999, WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) has worked to expand the potential of the web for people with disabilities by providing the knowledge, technical skills, tools, organizational leadership strategies, and vision that empower organizations to make their own content accessible to people with disabilities.
 
During this hands-on webinar, participants will learn how they can evaluate the accessibility of their web content for users with disabilities. This session will utilize free resources and should be valuable for technical and less-technical individuals. A highlight of the workshop will be an introduction to the GOALS Project, a blueprint for institutional web accessibility
 
Presentation of this webinar series on the SU campus is jointly sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Disability Services, the Disability Cultural Center, and Information Technology and Services.
 
“AHEAD to You” webinars are streamed live and include web-based, real-time captioning, along with associated reference materials.
 
For more information, contact Information Technology and Services at accessibility@syr.edu.


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Disability related articles for the week 

“Special-needs Girl Tricked into Stripping by Stranger on Skype” --- A 16-year-old girl described as a special-needs student told police that she had been in an Internet video chat with a boy she ... --- Prescott Daily Courier --- April 16, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/E4PjzV
2.   “Man Gets 7 Years for Taped Beating of Disabled Man” --- A St. Petersburg man who produced and sold videos of scantily-clad women beating up homeless men has received a ... --- seattlepi.com --- April 22, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/7RTWox
3.   “Delta Air Settles Maui Disabled Man's Lawsuit” --- "People with disabilities do incur some difficulties and so it's important that airlines be held accountable. Kanaan, a former philosophy professor, was ... --- KLTV --- April 20, 2014  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/FMzeW2
4.   “Hawaii Settles School Abuse Lawsuits” --- Hawaii has agreed to settle three lawsuits from parents who said their special-needs children were abused by workers at an ... --- Westport News --- April 17, 2014  (HAWAII)   http://is.gd/hS69ej
5.   “Teacher Accused of Physically Abusing Special Needs Student” --- A teacher has been placed on a leave of absence while the school district investigates a complaint that he physically abused a ... --- Southgate News Herald --- April 18, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/RxQW5i
6.   “Man Sent to Prison for Beating Disabled Brother to 'Push the Gay Out' ” --- A man who was caring for his disabled younger brother was sentenced today to 2-1/2 years in prison for punching him and threatening to slice off his ... --- Norwalk Reflector --- April 16, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/KEOyRo
7.   “Man Sentenced to 6 Years for Sexual Abuse of Teen with Disability” --- A Lebanon man was sentenced to more than six years in prison on Wednesday for sexually abusing a developmentally disabled teenage ... --- Corvallis Gazette Times --- Corvallis Gazette Times --- April 17, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/3DthHq
8.   “Cumbria Campaign Set up to Tackle Abuse to Adults” --- Almost 1,500 cases of abuse against vulnerable adults were reported in the county last year – but a safeguarding board says plenty more is going ... --- NW Evening Mail --- April 21, 2014  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/SEl7lf

Happy Spring from RDS!



Spring has sprung! Everyone at RDS is gearing up for exciting times. And we have an exciting guy to highlight. Rick Shankles is the veteran content specialist for the EmployAble Project at UH's Center on Disability Studies. He is a veteran with a disability himself, having served in the United States Marine Corps. This trombone playing antique car enthusiast has helped a great deal in making the EmployAble Project what it is today. Check out the full interview in our RDS blog here:


http://rdsinternationaljournal.blogspot.com/2014/04/an-interview-with-rick-shankles-veteran.html

We are currently preparing a special double issue, Volume 10, Issue 1 & 2. It will be filled with interesting articles certain to engage a full spectrum of interests.


Part of the issue will be dedicated to our forum, entitled
Popular Culture and Disability. This innovative forum includes articles on: how X-Men can be compared to 19th Century freak show discourse, how Lady Gaga's use of disability themes fits into modern popular culture, and more. 

In addition to our forum, we have research articles that won't disappoint. We cover topics such as: marriage in Jordanian society for people with disabilities, the issues with audio description in Italy, inclusive education in Russia, and more.


More information on this and other issues coming soon! Did you miss some of RDS's amazing content? You can find all of our previous issues here:


http://www.rds.hawaii.edu/downloads/

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Human rights and disability rights

The Swazi Observer
The right to create unique disability culture, the right to cultural materials in accessible formats and the right to access places of cultural performances.

Willowbrook Book Announcement

The Willowbrook State School is an important part of the history of disabilities in the United States and is regarded by some as the “ground zero” of the disabilities civil rights movement. This informative text describes in great detail what life was like for the people who lived and worked at Willowbrook and how and why the institution evolved as it did. The focus is primarily on the period before Geraldo Rivera’s sensational television exposé in 1972.
A History and Sociology of the Willowbrook State School explores a general history of disa-bilities and institutions and the increasing concentration on the “medicalization” of disability, which was the impetus for the creation of large-scale institu-tions. The early history of institu-tions in New York State is adroitly presented as a backdrop that allows the authors to showcase the particulars of Willowbrook itself.


Beyond historical context, the reader is introduced to the sociol-ogy of institutions. Through the use of poignant first-hand obser-vations and testimonials on life at Willowbrook, the authors provide readers a better under-standing of the seemingly counterintuitive interpersonal dy-namics and interactions that are part and parcel of life and work in institutional settings.

 

Authors: David Goode, Darryl Hill, Jean Reiss, William Bronston

Paperback

316 pages

List Price: $30.00
 
 
How to order
 
If you would like to purchase the title at Amazon.com click here.  You can also purchase the title from our online bookstore.

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