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November, 17 2017

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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.

 

SU HAPPENINGS

This week at the Humanities Center 

Contemplative Collaborative Brownbag Series Begins Friday, January 29 

Beyond Compliance Coordinating (BCCC) Commitee first Spring meeting

Syracuse University College of Law’s Spring 2016 Lecture Series in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP)

South Park Screening and Discussion

Women’s & Gender Studies Department: Teaching Assistant Positions - Fall 2016/Spring 2017

Take Back the Night (TBTN) 2016

Douglas Biklen Landscape on Urban Education Lecture honoring Sari Knopp Biklen

ITS adds walk-in consulting and expands workshops for improving the accessibility of documents, web pages, and videos

SU NEWS

Students, People with Different Abilities Collaborate on Adaptive Design Solutions

Chancellor Syverud Provides Update on Key University Initiatives

CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

Call for Proposals: Deaf-initely Ironic…? “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON 2016

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

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability: Undergraduate and Graduate Student Poster Competitions

Call for Applications: 2016 AERA Division G Graduate Student Pre-Conference Mentoring Seminar

16th Annual Disability Studies in Education Conference

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Call for Applications: Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability(WILD) 2016

RespectAbility’s new National Leadership Program

National Industries for the Blind Fellowship

SUNY Cortland 7th Annual Student Conference for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Grab the World

Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK, recruiting Online, Part-time PhDs

Call for Narrators - Do you identify as a person with a disability?

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

2016 AHEAD Management Institutes

Mobility International USA: International student initiative

PEAT Talk: Raising the Bar on Accessibility

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

Gleanings: Henri Nouwen Award, Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Articles, and Beautiful Language

United Fined for Violating Airline Disability, Tarmac Delay Rules | Department of Transportation

Petition to tear down this virtual wall – with link to petition | My Blind Spot

Petition to direct the US Department of Justice to release ADA Internet regulations

Access Press: From Our Community: Race/disability are starting points for redemption

Disability.gov Updates 

Please, Don't Pray for Me: Prof. Steve Kuusisto in the Huffington Post

Disability Scoop January 22 & 26, 2016

ASAN and Disability Advocates Endorse H.R. 3516


SU HAPPENINGS

This week at the Humanities Center 

Come in from the cold for these interesting conversations:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Public Humanities Fellowships Info Session

10:30 - 11:30am, Tolley Library (301 Tolley)

This informal dialogue hosted by the Humanities Corridor highlights the work of current and prior New York Council for the Humanities Public Humanities Fellows and provides guidance for grad students interested in pursuing a 2016-2017 Public Humanities Fellowship before the February 12th application deadline. Light refreshments available. 

Featured Fellows:

Paul Arras, Ph.D. candidate in History, will discuss developing a public history project about Syracuse's Near West Side neighborhood

Scarlett Rebman, Ph.D. student in History, will discuss designing a curriculum on Syracuse civil rights history for high school students

Thomas Guiler, past Fellow, Ph.D. candidate in American Social and Cultural History, will discuss his ongoing public historical digital project, “UpstateHistorical,” developed during his fellowship year and how the Public Humanities Fellowship experience impacted his recent job search.  


 
 

Contemplative Collaborative Brownbag Series Begins Friday, January 29 

The Contemplative Collaborative Brownbag Series begins on Friday, January 29. We hope you can join us. This event is open to the public and will no doubt be of interest to faculty, instructors, and students. 

How can mindfulness and meditation help incarcerated people?  

For Those Who Can’t Be Here Today: Prison Mindfulness 

Friday, January 29, 2016 

12-1:30 p.m.

123 Sims 

This presentation considers mindfulness as a form of social justice and includes the spoken words of incarcerated people, many of whom are unable to be in this space.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.      

Moderated by Bonnie Shoultz, Patrick W. Berry, Syeisha Byrd, and Michaela Thorley 

This event is organized and presented by the SU Humanities Center. Co-sponsors: The Writing Program, Hendricks Chapel, Hendricks Chapel Wellness Fund, and Making a Space, and the Contemplative Collaborative. Queries can be directed to Patrick W. Berry at pwberry@syr.edu or 315-443-1912.


 

Beyond Compliance Coordinating (BCCC) Commitee first Spring meeting 

BCCC will be holding its first meeting of the semester next Monday, February 1st at 11am. Room location to be communicated later this week. 

We will discuss our events for this semester as well as collaboration with other organizations on campus. Hope to see you there! 

If anyone cannot make it to the meeting but has a preferred time for future meetings, please email Yosung Song at ysong10@syr.edu to let us know.


 

Syracuse University College of Law’s Spring 2016 Lecture Series in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP)

The DLPP was founded to provide law students the opportunity to specialize in disability law and to participate in innovative academic programs, interdisciplinary research, and experiential learning opportunities that advance the rights of people with disabilities in the U.S. and throughout the world. The 2015-16 Spring Lecture Series also commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Individual with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the 10th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) by bringing to campus noted disability rights scholars and practitioners. The lectures will take place in the College of Law, Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue (Rooms TBA). CART and sign language interpreters will be available. 

This Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the DLPP, the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences and its Women and Gender Studies Department, the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, the School of Education and its Cultural Foundations of Education Program, the Transnational NGO Initiative of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the Disability Cultural Center, The Disability Law Society, The Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, and the Renee Crown Honors Program.   

THE DLPP 2016 SPRING LECTURE SERIES 

FEBRUARY 2: Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education: Making Progress Toward Inclusion in Education, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm. 

FEBRUARY 25: Eric Rosenthal, Director, Disability Rights International:A Call for the End of Institutionalization and Trafficking of Children, Thursday, 12-1:30 pm. 

MARCH 3: Michael Waterstone, J. Howard Ziemann Fellow and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School:Olmstead Exceptionalism, COL Faculty Workshop, Thursday, 11:30-1 pm.   

MARCH 22: Stephanie Ortoleva, President, Women Enabled International, Inc.:The Rights of Women with Disabilities: An International, Legal, Disability Rights and Feminist Activist Approach, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm. 

APRIL 5: Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School:The Politics of Disability Identity at ADA +25, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm. 

APRIL 12: Sagit Mor, Teaching Fellow, University of Washington and Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa Faulty of Law:From Misfortune to Injustice: Disability, Torts and Inequality, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm.

For more information about the Lecture Series, please contact Professor Arlene Kanter, Director, DLPP at kantera@law.syr.edu or Chris Ramsdell at ceramsde@law.syr.edu, 443-9542.


 

South Park Screening and Discussion

Received from Charisse L'Pree, Ph.D. clcorsbi@syr.edu charisselpree.com/healthieselfie  

Assistant Professor, Communications; S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

I am looking forward to our upcoming event on Wednesday February 3 @ 7pm: South Park Screening and Discussion. I have reserved the Halmi Screening Room and Dean Branham has volunteered funds for pizza for our attendees! 

As a reminder, this screening and discussion was sparked by an event at Flint Hall, where someone wrote an potentially offensive comment on the whiteboard (https://www.instagram.com/p/89wY3Jl6zN/). This is from the opening segment of a South Park Episode entitled "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson" (2007). The episode itself deals with a lot of very complex and valuable issues including stereotype threat, the power of language, white fragility, privilege, and more, and uses the first scene, from which this line is sampled, to set the stage for this discussion. Unfortunately, and is often the case with satire, the point was lost on the person who posted this. 

At this event on Feb 3, we will screen this episode in the first half hour and then discuss the struggle with satire. I will then invite Stacy (if she is willing :) to describe what happened at Flint Hall, her emotions, and the responses of other students when the issue was raised. 

I will define a few key terms (satire, audience reception theory, polysemy) and I will ask our featured speakers to address the following topics....

  • ​What is your favorite part of the episode and does it address a complex issue in an easy to understand manner?
  • What does the audience need to know to understand the goals of the program?
  • What are the important takeaways of the episode and how can we talk about this with others?
  • After watching and discussing all of this, what do we say to someone who parrots the opening scene and simply says, "It's a joke on South Park," when confronted?

This is just a working structure and I look forward to chatting more with all of you next week if possible. At the moment, the 2 primary panelists are Dr. Thompson (TRF) and myself (COMM). We will also invite Dan Brown, a masters student in media studies who is doing work on South Park and Social Responsibility. If you have other faculty members or administrators that you would like to see added to this conversation, please let me know so we can send out a formal invite. 


 


 

Women’s & Gender Studies Department: Teaching Assistant Positions - Fall 2016/Spring 2017

The Women's & Gender Studies Department is seeking applicants for Teaching Assistants for academic year 2016 - 2017.

Teaching Assistants earn a stipend in addition to a possible tuition scholarship. The primary responsibility of these positions is to provide teaching assistance to courses offered in the Women's & Gender Studies major in both the fall (WGS 101) and spring (WGS 201) semesters.

Applicants must be matriculated in a PhD program at Syracuse University. Preference is given to graduate students with advanced standing and strong qualifications in the humanities and/or social sciences. Teaching experience, knowledge of/coursework in feminist theory, and a CAS in women’s and gender studies is preferred. All TA's will be part of the Future Professoriate Program.

In addition to a resume and the names of two references, applicants should provide a cover letter briefly describing prior teaching experience, pedagogy/philosophy of teaching and background in women's & gender studies or feminist theory coursework.

Direct all inquiries to Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Chair;  Attn: TA Selection, Women's & Gender Studies Department, 208 Bowne Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-1200 by February 5, 2016.  Additional questions, or clarification, can be obtained by contacting Susann DeMocker-Shedd, Administrative Specialist at 443-3560. Decisions will be made in March 2016.


 

Take Back the Night (TBTN) 2016 

It’s On Us… all of us, to support survivors and come together as a community to end sexual and relationship violence. We invite you, leaders and mentors of the student body at Syracuse University, to take part in Take Back the Night (TBTN) 2016. This international event is recognized on campus each spring through a series of events sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion.  

This year, Take Back the Night will be the kick-off event for the “It’s On Us SU Week of Action,” scheduled for April 2-9.  Take Back the Night will be held on the evening of Wednesday, March 30, at Hendricks Chapel beginning at 7 p.m. The night will include a rally and march, followed by a speak-out. Take Back the Night brings our community together to raise awareness about sexual violence as well as relationship and other forms of interpersonal violence. Take Back the Night provides an important opportunity for those affected by violence to speak out and share their stories and for all members of our community to show their support for ending all forms of interpersonal violence.

We wish to extend the opportunity for you and your students to take part in this important event. We encourage faculty and staff to raise awareness by providing the date and information about this event to your students.  We also encourage incorporating active discussion about sexual and relationship violence during classes to extend the reach of the event, and the Office of Health Promotion staff and peer facilitators are available to speak with classes on these issues by contacting healthpromotion@syr.edu. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email: Megan Dietz, SU Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team (mldietz@syr.edu) or Tekhara Watson, SU Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team (tdwats01@syr.edu)

 

 

Douglas Biklen Landscape on Urban Education Lecture honoring Sari Knopp Biklen

The SU School of Education has organized a fantastic Douglas Biklen Landscape on Urban Education Lecture Series for this spring. One of the lectures that has been planned is in memory of our beloved Sari Knopp Biklen. On February 18 at 4 pm in Watson Hall Prof. Michelle Fine will give a talk titled:  Prec(ar)ious Knowledge: Adolescent Wisdom Borne in Neoliberal Blues: An Essay Written While Dancing on Sari's Generous Shoulders.

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ITS adds walk-in consulting and expands workshops for improving the accessibility of documents, web pages, and videos 

SU seeks to ensure that all people regardless of individual ability or disability can effectively access University communications and technology.  Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce their new Walk-in IT Accessibility Help Desk hours. New this semester, the IT Accessibility Help Desk provides consultation on related topics, including video captioning, remediation of your PDF, PowerPoint, or Word documents to ensure accessibility, and identifying and fixing accessibility issues on your website. This new service is available Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the ITS Service Center, in room 1-227 Center for Science and Technology. 

Accessibility training workshops available 

ITS is accepting registrations for three training workshops that will build faculty and staff awareness of, sensitivity to, and proficiency in ensuring the accessibility of information communications and technologies. Creating Accessible Documents focuses on course materials and documents, Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility focuses on websites and online resources, and a new workshop called Video Captioning covers the basics of adding captions to video content. The workshops will help participants understand accessibility, put it into practice on the job, and support Syracuse University’s efforts to ensure accessibility of documents, systems, and communications across campus. 

The workshops will be presented by Sharon Trerise and Kara Patten from ITS’s Academic Services team at the dates, times, and locations shown below. Each session has space for 12 participants. Seating is limited, so register early! There is high demand for this training, so registration is on a first-submitted, first-enrolled basis. Use the links below to register. 

About the workshops 

Register here for any of the workshops 

Creating Accessible Documents   

Overview

This three-hour workshop provides a fundamental overview of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC on Windows or Mac computers. At successful completion, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain and demonstrate the importance of creating accessible documents
  • Understand basic concepts of creating accessible documents
  • Understand best practices for creating accessible Word and PDF documents
  • Remediate legacy Word and PDF documents to make them accessible
  • Utilize the Office accessibility checker
  • Identify and correct common accessibility errors
  • Use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC’s accessibility checker 

All sessions are held Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. – noon as follows: 

Operating System     Day and Date                          Location          

Mac                         Wednesday, March 16              Huntington Hall, room 070A

Windows                  Wednesday, February 10          Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, March 9               Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, April 13                Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, May 25                Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, June 22                Steele Hall, room 001   

Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility 

Overview:

Designed for anyone who manages, creates or maintains web content, this workshop will discuss relevant concepts and coach participants through evaluating their pages against the accessibility checkpoints. The workshop will cover basic techniques for evaluating web content, including: 

  • Accessibility resources and tools at SU
  • Applicable legislation and compliance
  • Automated accessibility checkers
  • Steps for manually checking web page accessibility
  • A brief introduction to screen readers
  • Design considerations
  • Captioning vendors and tools 

Workshop Dates (all take place Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – noon in Steele Hall 001)

January 27

February 24

March 30

May 11

June 8

Video Captioning 

Overview:

The video captioning workshop is designed for anyone who manages, creates or maintains video content and is offered in two parts. Part one covers the basics of captioning as well as considerations when purchasing captioning services from third party vendors. Part two is optional and designed for those who wish to know more about creating their own captions. 

Part One: Captioning basics and third party services

  • Audience considerations
  • Caption types and terminology
  • Cost and resource considerations for DIY vs. captioning vendors
  • Vendor comparisons 

Part Two: DIY captioning

  • Hands-on experience with captioning tools
  • Caption file formats
  • Captioning rules and quality control
  • Costs and resources 

All video captioning workshops take place in Steele Hall 001 at these dates and times: 

Workshop Dates           Part 1 (Basics)           Part 2 (DIY)

Friday, February 12       9:30 – 10:45 a.m.        11:00 a.m. – noon

Thursday, March 10       1:00 – 2:15 p.m.         2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 15             9:30 – 10:45 a.m.        11:00 a.m. – noon

Tuesday, May 24          9:30 – 10:45 a.m.        11:00 a.m. – noon 

Register here for any of the workshops 

Other topics 

If you are interested in learning about ensuring the accessibility of online and mobile applications, or other services and communications, please send an email to accessibleIT@syr.edu with a description of your interest and with any questions. Your input will guide the development of coming programs. 

For more information 

ITS offers a growing variety of resources to ensure accessibility for all members of the Syracuse University community. Visit the Technology Accessibility web page and check out the Accessible Technology Toolkit. If you have any questions about workshops, or other accessibility and technology issues, please send them in an email to accessibleIT@syr.edu.

 
 
 


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CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

Call for Proposals: Deaf-initely Ironic…? “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON 2016 

April 1, 2016

Syracuse University

DEADLINE for Proposals:  February 8, 2016

Join us for our fourth annual “Cripping” the Comic Con, where “con” means conference and comics convention.  This year’s main themes are irony, humor, and Deaf cultural pride.  We wish to explore the ways in which irony and humor reflect and create understandings and interpretations of disability in popular culture.  

Each year, the symposium provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga. 

In No Respect (1989), an aptly titled foundational text underscoring the ways in which popular culture is oftentimes perceived as “low culture” and therefore undeserving of scholarly (and popular) attention, author Andrew Ross “…argues that the making of ‘taste’ is hardly an aesthetic activity, but rather an exercise in cultural power, policing and carefully redefining social relations between classes” (Routledge, 2015).  Irony frequently serves a parallel function in highlighting power dynamics and issues of marginalization.  There are many theories that seek to explain the meaning and purposes of humor.  

Rather than taking on only one of many philosophical approaches – the aggression and hostility hypothesis, the catharsis explanation, etc. – we are more interested in examining how humor and irony serve to critique, amplify, and disrupt popular cultural understandings of disability by and about People with Disabilities (PWDs) and our allies and friends.  Social critique via humor is famously present in myriad d/Deaf spaces.  Many d/Deaf individuals do not identify as PWDs, but as members of a cultural group and community, and/or as a linguistic minority.  Some d/Deaf people identify in numerous ways, simultaneously, or depending upon context. 

What do humor and irony imply and what emotional labor do they accomplish when considering daily quality of life perceptions, family dynamics, and so on?  How are these vital subjects portrayed in numerous facets of popular culture?  What new imaginings are possible? 

From comic strips to graphic novels to films to games that include and, in some cases, feature characters with disabilities, humor remains a vibrant and creative focus for establishing connections and imagining strategies in the lives of PWDs and allies.  In what ways do humor and irony counter, deepen, and complicate issues of stigma and isolation?  There are many ways to be Deaf, Blind, Autistic, etc., and diverse experiences need to be addressed by creators of comics, film, and other media.  What are some strategies that can be used to politicize the comics and film industries?  Aspects of these ideas and questions were articulated during our 2013 post-symposium session, “Disability Activism and Fandom: A Roundtable Strategizing on Fandom as a Target of/Resource for Activism,” 

Anyone can participate in “Cripping” the Comic Con.  Although some of the language in this Call for Proposals is decidedly “academic,” and some of the folks who participate may self-identify as “academics,” this symposium is really for everyone, and we mean it.  All are welcomed; please feel free to submit your ideas for consideration.  We seek to promote a culture of inclusion. 

Michael Bérubé tells us that “every representation of disability has the potential to shape the way ‘disability’ is understood in general culture, and some of those representations can in fact do extraordinary powerful—or harmful—cultural and political work” (1997, p. B4).  These representations encourage audience members to come to an acceptance and understanding of the wide range of differences that exist among us. 

Submissions incorporating genres that do not typically receive sustained attention in mainstream scholarly spaces are encouraged. These include but are not limited to the following: 

  • films, movies, videos, television shows (including reality TV, animated TV)
  • advertising, newspapers, magazines
  • comic cons, dragon cons, geek cons, movie cons, cosplay, cult fandom, the “geek syndrome”
  • games, gaming, toys, action figures comix, anime, motion comics
  • digital media and digital effects
  • visual arts, painting, photography, deviantART, alternative and alternate art forms
  • poetry, expressive arts, popular fiction, imagetext, fanfic, slash, alternative and alternate forms of literacies
  • material culture, multimedia, social media, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
  • websites, blogs, memes, zines

One of our primary goals as symposium organizers is to create opportunities for all participants—particularly students and emerging scholars—to share their work. 

Another of our primary goals is to assure that all information associated with the symposium is accessible and equitable.  The symposium organizers and the proposal review committee strongly support the notion that “academics have a responsibility to make their work relevant for the society they exist within” (Jurgenson, 2012); this premise includes making Disability Studies relevant and accessible to members of disability communities (Ne’eman, 2012).  

Since representations in popular culture are generally created outside of academic environments, it is especially important for the general public and not just “academics” to engage in conversations about popular culture and disability.  Representations have the potential to affect everyone.  We all benefit from discussing and learning about disability and popular culture in ways that include and welcome everyone’s participation.  

This event is meant not only to address often unmet needs in scholarly spaces and beyond, but also to address these vital areas/concerns: 

  1. Popular culture studies and literature do not pay consistent or adequate attention to disability; when this attention is paid, it is often via “special issues” of journals, etc. 
  2. Further, “Popular culture is…the discursive terrain on which larger social issues are played out, often unobtrusively and masked as entertainment–and this is precisely why pop culture needs to be examined even more closely...” (Nayar, 2011, p. 172).  These issues include not only our understandings of diverse minds and bodies, but representations and intersections of identities, including but not limited to gender expression, sexual orientation, race, class, ethnicity, size, age, veteran’s status, etc.
  3. Popular culture studies and literature continue to have a mixed reception within certain mainstream academic spaces.  Because popular culture is still sometimes not taken seriously within some of these spaces (even among some Disability Studies scholars and practitioners), its status remains, for some, “discounted” (at times, popular culture studies may even be perceived as “deviant”).  Consequently, this symposium’s organizers aim to:
    1. critique what is often described as “deviant”
    2. question and disrupt what “counts” as academic, mainstream, and normative
    3. The symposium will be consistent with values that underscore the disability rights movement: we seek to make collective investments in disability pride, identity, and cultures.  In “cripping” the status quo, we assert, purposefully, “Nothing about us without us.”  For more information on what we mean by “cripping,” please visit this page on the “Cripping” the Comic Con website: http://crippingthecon.com/more-on-what-cripping-means/.
    4. We will always welcome submissions based upon the variety of issues and strategies that were identified during our 2013 post-symposium session, “Disability Activism and Fandom: A Roundtable Strategizing on Fandom as a Target of/Resource for Activism,” including but not limited to the following topics and questions:
  • The relationship between disability rights activism and fandom
  • Accessibility of cons and fan-related spaces
  • How to engage fandom communities further in the disability rights movement
  • Have there been opportunities for change in how fandom communities approach disability? If so, how?
  • What are the discourses that are produced when “reboots” happen with comic characters?
  • How might we all participate most fully at events during which disability is or is not prevalent, especially when the events involve and in some cases privilege popular culture?
  • How and in what ways might cosplay choices be perceived and harnessed as forms of activism, from a disability cultural standpoint?
  • How might we take advantage of “teachable moments” in the context of addressing the intersections of disability, fandom, and popular culture?
  • The transformative potential of art, and considering ways for “creating representations on our own terms”
  • Being aware of the ways in which gatekeepers to traditional media and large independent media may prohibit access to disenfranchised populations, including People with Disabilities

Submission Guidelines and Instructions 

Proposal types and formats may include, among others:

  1. Individual presentation
  2. Panel presentation
  3. Discussion/workshop/roundtable
  4. Performance/video/film/art entry
  5. Poster session

Please note that other forms of proposals are fully welcomed, and the above list is not exhaustive.  If you have something particular in mind, please explain the details and parameters of what you imagine, via your proposal submission(s). You are also welcomed and encouraged to submit more than one proposal.  

If your submission is a performance/video/film/art entry, you are responsible for securing permissions and rights for public viewing.  Videos and films should be open captioned and descriptions of any artwork or other images will be required.  Audio descriptions of videos and films may also be required, depending upon the nature and style of the videos/films being submitted. 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  February 8, 2016 

Each proposal must include:

  1. Name
  2. Affiliation (if applicable)
  3. Contact information (including email and phone/video phone)
  • If there is more than one presenter, please indicate the main contact and lead presenter (if these are two or more individuals, please indicate this information).
  1. Title of presentation/activity/etc. (15 words or less)
  2. Short description (50 words or less)
  3. Full description (1000 words or less)

How to submit your proposal(s) -- please choose one of the following options:

  1. Via our symposium website: http://crippingthecon.com/submissions
  2. Via Fax: 315-443-4338.  Please indicate CRIPCON SUBMISSION on Fax cover sheet.
  3. Via regular mail:

“Cripping” the Comic Con 2016
c/o SU Disability Cultural Center
805 S Crouse Ave, 105 Hoople Bldg.
Syracuse, NY 13244-2280

Additional Information 

Information and content produced as a result of this symposium may be published, with participant and presenter consent, via Beneath the SURFACE (BtS), an open source digital repository on disability and popular culture.  BtS is available to the academic community as well as to the general public, and includes an array of resources regarding disability and popular culture.  

We will provide a designated time and area for “Open Space.”  Open Space is an opportunity for participants to create spontaneous and/or planned topical interactions with each other: a way for you to create your own symposium “sessions.”  There will also be vending and exhibition tables, art stations, and other opportunities for networking, gaming, etc. that will follow the thematic tracks of the symposium.  The particular tracks will be identified once all submissions have been reviewed by the proposal review committee. 

All confirmed participants (whether presenting or not) will receive information on:

  1. Completing registration
  2. Requesting accommodations
  3. Expressing dietary preferences (some but not all meals will be included with registration)

All participants will be responsible for the cost of their own lodging and travel.  

To keep informed, please visit us online! 

Website for “Cripping” the Comic Con:  http://crippingthecon.com 

“Cripping” the Comic Con on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CrippingTheCon 

“Cripping” the Comic Con on Twitter: @cripcon

 References  

Bérubé, M. (1997, May 30). The cultural representation of people with disabilities affects us all.  The Chronicle of Higher Education, B4-B5. 

Jurgenson, N. (2012, May 11). Making our ideas more accessible. Washington, DC: Inside Higher Ed.  Retrieved September 19, 2012 from: http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2012/05/11/scholars-must-make-their-work-more-available-and-accessible-essay.  

Nayar, P. K. (2011). Haunted knights in spandex: Self and othering in the superhero mythos. Mediterranean Journal of Humanities, 1/2, 171-183. 

Ne’eman, A. (2012, May 14). Making disability studies accessible.  Washington, DC: Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN). Retrieved September 19, 2012 from http://autisticadvocacy.org/2012/05/making-disability-studies-accessible/

Ross, A. (1989). No respect: Intellectuals and popular culture. New York and London: Routledge. 

Routledge. (2015). About the book: No respect. Retrieved December 4, 2015 from

https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415900379.

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. 

 

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability: Undergraduate and Graduate Student Poster Competitions

UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENT POSTER COMPETITIONS

at the Sixteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability

April 13 - 14, 2016             

The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus

Student Poster Competition Submissions are due no later than March 15, 2016

Concurrent Session Proposals Due January 28, 2016

The Multiple Perspectives Conference encourages students to network with professionals, the community, and scholars who share their interests in disability at its annual student poster reception.  A generous gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation will fund awards (Graduate Research - $500; Undergraduate Research $200, Art & Performance $200, Community Service $100, and Class Projects $200 at this year’s competition.

Submissions may focus on any aspect of disability and may be based on:

  1. Independent & Supervised Student Research 
  2. Art & Performance
  3. Class Projects & Papers (Award goes to department to support future projects)
  4. Community Service & Applied Problem Solving from Service Learning Classes or student organizations (Award goes to organization/department to support future projects

Posters can take a variety of forms including print material mounted on poster board or display panels or arranged on a table; PowerPoint presentations, web pages or video presentations from your laptop…  

 Presentation materials must fit on a 3’x6’ table or along 6’ or less of wall space

 Presentation materials should present the information in 10 minutes or less

 Presenters or their designee must be present to interact with the audience

 Presenters must provide their own equipment

Visit these sites for tips on developing a poster presentation:

  http://denman.osu.edu/resources.aspx

  http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/speaking/poster/index.cfm 

  http://www.plu.edu/~libr/workshops/multimedia/posters.html   

Students and teams of students who wish to present a poster must send the following information to ADA-OSU@osu.edu no later than March 15, 2016 

1.  Title

2.  Short Title - 12 word maximum

3.  Poster Format (Print, Model, PowerPoint, Video, …)

4.  Description of their proposed poster topic – 250 word maximum

5.  E-mail address, phone number, and surface mail address of coordinating presenter

6.  As appropriate, university, department, grant, course or student organization  affiliation

7.  A letter of support from a faculty member or organization advisor associated with the project

8.  Name of individual, Department or Organization to receive cash award should the project win. 

Early submissions are encouraged.  Submissions will be reviewed as they arrive. Conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for all accepted presenters. 

Please Note:

The full conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for presenters of accepted proposals. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging. 

The Multiple Perspectives Conference is hosted by Ohio State University’s ADA Coordinator’s Office your participation is supported through the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment Fund and ongoing support from The Ohio State University.    


 

Call for Applications: 2016 AERA Division G Graduate Student Pre-Conference Mentoring Seminar

"Scholarship by and for the people: Engaging in grassroots change for democratic education"
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tyrone Howard
Friday, April 8, 2016; 8:00am-12:00pm
Washington, D.C. 2016 AERA Annual Meeting

Interested graduate students must apply by filling out this Google form by January 29, 2016, 5pm PST:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DNbhZzrkS4MnOXknjTQ_ZiR5RqyAGHIbKEtkmNQgxpE/viewform

Division G Description: Division G examines processes of teaching and learning within a social context. Such an examination takes under consideration social, cultural, political, discourse, and economic influences. Hence, cognition, language, learning processes, and social organization are considered as they are situated in local and global contexts and in relation to demographic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. These complex views of teaching and learning provide a context in which to shed light on the ways in which significant social and technological change shapes our educational research, policy, and practices. We encourage submissions that examine the ways in which the new knowledge economies operate to include and exclude, embrace and marginalize, offer access and create barriers for learning in formal and informal contexts.

The Division G Mentoring Pre-conference Program (MPP) has the goal of providing mentoring and professional development to graduate students committed to building themselves as scholars committed to social justice. The focus of this year’s pre-conference event will be on engaging in grassroots change for democratic education. Following Dr. Howard's keynote address, breakout sessions of this MPP will include:

1) Negotiating scholar-activism as an academic
2) Developing and fostering community partnerships for educational justice
3) Writing grassroots change? Getting published
4) Connecting scholarship to justice movements

What strategies can scholars employ in blending activism with scholarship, to bolster voices of marginalized populations? How do we ensure that our research reflects work with communities, rather than about communities? Ultimately, the 2016 Division G MPP is designed to initiate a conversation about educational social justice and to foster relationships between mentors and mentees at and beyond AERA 2016.

Application Process: Interested graduate students must apply by filling out this Google form by January 29, 2016, 5pm PST.

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:
● Overall quality and thoughtfulness of the application
● Research issue(s) and/or question(s) that demonstrate a commitment to educational justice
● Degree to which the applicant would benefit from and contribute to the seminar

Division G is committed to providing an equitable and diverse representation of participants on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, more identifiers as shared by applicants, type of university, and disciplinary/research interests. Preference will be given to people who have not participated before.

Space is limited and registration for participation is required. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Final decisions will be announced on February 15, 2016.

If you have any questions, please write to Division G Student Executive Committee at: divggrads@gmail.com.


 
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

http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/events/inclusion/


 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the online application is open for students participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs and international internships during the summer 2016 and fall/academic year 2016-17 terms.  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.  For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources, including subscription to Gilman Advisor Newsletters, please visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/gilman.


Summer 2016 and Fall/Academic Year 2016-17 applications are both due Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by 11:59pm (central).
Advisors have until March 8, 2016 to certify summer 2016 applications and fall/academic year 2016-17 applications.

Students applying for any academic term must meet the eligibility requirements below:

 * Be a United States citizen undergraduate student at an accredited two-or four-year U.S. institution in good academic standing

 * Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term abroad

 * Applying to or accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for academic credit by the student's home institution

 * Participating in a study abroad program or international internship that is no less than four weeks (28 days) - or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students - in one country and no more than an academic year

 * Studying or interning in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Since the program's inception in 2001, the Gilman Program has awarded over 20,000 U.S. undergraduates of high financial need to study and intern abroad in over 140 countries from more than 1,100 institutions. 


  

Call for Applications: Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability(WILD) 2016

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES :

Mobility International USA are recruiting for their 8th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), which will bring together approximately 20 women leaders with disabilities from 20 different countries for a 3-week program in Eugene, Oregon, USA in August 2016.

Applications are now available in English and Spanish, and are available from the MIUSA websit! e at: http://www.miusa.org/news/2016/WILDcallforapplications 

The deadline to apply is February 1, 2016. 


 


  

RespectAbility’s new National Leadership Program

RespectAbility’s new National Leadership Program is looking for college and graduate students as well as graduates with or without disabilities. We offer hands-on work experiences and coaching over a period of at least nine weeks in a supportive environment. Fellows participating in the National Leadership Program will learn public policy, advocacy, and strategic communications techniques from top professionals through hands-on work. In addition, they will gain leadership skills and develop a portfolio of contacts to help secure permanent employment.
 
The National Leadership Program is structured to ensure that each participant receives opportunities to learn new skills, network, and gain direct experience. In addition to hands-on work experiences, all fellows will participate in special presentations by guest speakers and intensive strategic communications workshops. While the fellowship is unpaid, fellows will receive a transportation stipend, lunch, training, and personal mentoring. They will be supervised by a training/fellows director Randy Duchesneau. Fellows will also work with our president, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi; as well as our policy team, led by Philip Pauli; our communications team, led by Lauren Appelbaum; our Jewish inclusion team, led by Shelley Cohen; and our development team, led by Hillary Steen
 
To apply: send your cover letter, answers to questions and resume to RandyD@RespectAbilityUSA.org 

The National Leadership Program

Fellowships in Public Policy/ Employment

  • Educate key decision-makers about programs that are proven to work. Work with governors, their key policy staff, and vocational rehabilitation teams in all 50 states.
  • For full description of the position please click here.
  • To apply: send your cover letter, answers to questions and resume to RandyD@RespectAbilityUSA.org

Fellowships for Stigma Busting/Communications

  • Be on the front line of fighting prejudice, misinformation and low expectations. Interview presidential candidates on disability policy. Leverage our proactive outreach to employers, the media, Hollywood, elite schools, policy makers, and political candidates. Engage in social media with our #RespectTheAbility campaign, and highlight the benefits of inclusive employment.
  • For full job description please click here.
  • To apply: send your cover letter, answers to questions and resume to RandyD@RespectAbilityUSA.org

Fellowships on Inclusion of Jews with Disabilities and Their Families

  • RespectAbility is working for full inclusion in all faith groups, beginning with Jewish communities and institutions. As model practices are established, we will work broadly to share best practices across faiths.
  • For full job description please click here.
  • To apply: send your cover letter, answers to questions and resume to RandyD@RespectAbilityUSA.org

Development/Fundraising Fellowships

  • Help grow our organization through grant and proposal writing, prospect research, and attending donor and prospect meetings. Development fellows will join supervisors at workshops and webinars that pertain to development.
  • For full description of the position please click here.
  • To apply: send your cover letter, answers to questions and resume to RandyD@RespectAbilityUSA.org

  

 

National Industries for the Blind Fellowship 

APPLICATIONS FOR NIB FELLOWSHIP NOW BEING ACCEPTED 

National Industries for the Blind is accepting applications for Fellowship for Leadership Development. The Fellowship combines business-focused, on-the-job experience with professional development activities. If you are legally blind and have an undergraduate degree or higher, work experience, and passion for business, you are invited to apply for this salaried program.  

Fellows are selected based on experience, competence, academic achievement, motivation, references and interviews. Successful fellows have landed managerial positions in the NIB network of associated nonprofit businesses as well as the broader business community. To apply, click on http://nib.org/careers-training/business-leaders-program.  Or go to www.nib.org and follow the links to the Business Leaders Program section. 

Applications are being accepted now through February 12, 2016. For questions, contact Karen Pal, at fellowship@nib.org or 703.310.0515.


  

 

SUNY Cortland 7th Annual Student Conference for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Grab the World

The Multicultural Life and Diversity Office and our Conference Committee would like to invite all students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Syracuse University to our 7th Annual Student Conference for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Grab the World. This academic conference will be held on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 in Corey Union on the Cortland Campus. The purpose of this conference is to give students an academic conference experience that is directly connected to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as it intersects with their discipline. Faculty and staff are asked to mentor their students through the CFP and presentation processes. This conference is one of the ways that we, at the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, fulfill one of the missions of our office: to promote and explore all aspects of diversity, especially as it relates to each students discipline.

Registration is now open!!!

Please Click Here for Individual Registration 

Please Click Here for Group Registration 

Deadline to register is March 25, 2016.

Call for Papers/Presentations (CFP)

Please Click Here to see CFP 

A committee will review the first round of proposals on February 1, 2016. Proposals received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to jacquelynn.akins@cortland.edu 


  

Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK, recruiting Online, Part-time PhDs

The Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University (in the United Kingdom) has a suite of programmes which includes two unique distance-learning PhD programmes in: 

Students will complete the part-time programme entirely online, over four to five years.  Participants can study from home whilst in full- or part-time employment and do not need to visit the Lancaster campus, making the programme ideal for international students.
Lancaster boasts one of the best Education Departments within the UK, with internationally renowned researchers/practitioners, and was ranked 10th in the UK and 1st in the North West of England in the Guardian University Guide 2015.
It is easy to apply to join the programmes using the on-line system, and it may be possible for you to secure funding for your studies. 

Applications are now invited to join the fourth cohort of students who will commence the programme in October 2016.

 

Call for Narrators - Do you identify as a person with a disability?

Native intersections: How structures of socioeconomic status and disability enable agentive identity processes

Call for Narrators - Do you identify as a person with a disability?

Have you ever wanted to write/otherwise document a memoir or have you started one and have yet to finish it? This research conducted by a person with disabilities from Syracuse University investigates disability, socioeconomic status, and how you shaped your identity by generating portions of memoir and through interviews.

Aside from collaborating to create this research text, you will get assistance/compensation:

  • Organizing and expressing your experiences
  • Documenting and revising your work
  • Making creative and purposeful authorial decisions
  • Deciding whether or not to claim your authorship in the manuscript should this work be published and a share of any profit this research generates, if any.
  • Continued support, feedback, and advisement for additional writing of your memoir for 6 months after the completion of the research project.

Participation requires a fairly significant time commitment of 20-40 hours of interviewing and documentation, though you will have a great deal of flexibility about when and where we collaborate. Participation is limited to people ages 18 years or older. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a preliminary interview to discuss participation please contact: Steve Singer at sjsinger@syr.edu (preferred) or (315)350-3803

       


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

2016 AHEAD Management Institutes

Join AHEAD in sunny Phoenix, Arizona for the 10th Annual Management Institutes! We invite you to the beautiful Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel for three days of educational workshops geared toward administrators, faculty, academic skills personnel, and disability services staff.

New Institutes Schedule
This year, the Institutes will begin Wednesday, February 3 at 1 pm and end Friday, February 5 at Noon. This new format allows attendees the ability to maximize travel time! Each attendee will choose one Institute to participate in, providing the opportunity to work directly with workshop presenters and explore the topic in-depth. There are four exciting Institutes to choose from:

Institute #1: AHEAD Start: The Institute for New and Newer Disability Services Managers

Institute #2: Managing Resources and Services for Students in Health Science and Professional Education 

Institute #3: AHEAD TRiO Institute - Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Psychological Disabilities, and Those on the Autism Spectrum: Best Practices in TRiO Programs

Institute #4: Introduction to Disability Law for DS Professionals 

Find complete details and registration information at:

http://ahead.org/conferences/management-institutes/2016 

 
 
  

Mobility International USA: International student initiative 

Mobility International USA is looking for international students with disabilities for an exciting initiative! 

Our National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange sponsored by the U.S Department of State aims to increase participation of people with all types of disabilities in international exchange programs! This year one of our projects is to focus on raising awareness to international students with disabilities about these opportunities. 

We are inviting international students with disabilities to be interviewed to be featured in our A World Awaits You (AWAY) journal and/or to be featured in our second podcast series! Our podcast launched last summer and had over 1000 downloads in the first 6 months and our AWAY journal has been viewed and shared hundreds of times in the first few weeks! 

Do you know an international student with a disability who is or has studied in the U.S.? We would love for you to connect us, so we can share their story to encourage more students to come study in the U.S. 

I would like to schedule interviews very soon, so please let me know if you know anyone who would be interested. 

Check out more about our AWAY journal and podcast below: 

1) A World Awaits You (AWAY): http://www.miusa.org/resource/booksjournals/awaystudyabroad

2) Podcast: http://www.miusa.org/podcast

  


  

PEAT Talk: Raising the Bar on Accessibility 

PEAT Talks: Raising the Bar on Accessibility

Join Dan Sullivan of AudioEye on Thursday, February 18, 2:00 p.m-2:30 p.m. ET. Dan will discuss the return-on-investment for employers who embrace accessible technology that benefits all users.
Register Now

About PEAT Talks

PEAT Talks is a virtual speaker series hosted by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT). Held the third Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. ET, PEAT Talks showcases various organizations and individuals whose work and innovations are advancing accessible technology in the workplace. Featured speakers deliver a 10- to 15- minute talk and then field questions from attendees. To learn more about PEAT and our upcoming events, visit PEATworks.org.

  

 
 

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

Sprout Update

Film

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

Travel

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


Gleanings: Henri Nouwen Award, Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Articles, and Beautiful Language

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b0a1f47f37f438a033455997f&id=1c3ae0db47&e=cde227e068

  
  

United Fined for Violating Airline Disability, Tarmac Delay Rules | Department of Transportation


Access Press: From Our Community: Race/disability are starting points for redemption

http://www.accesspress.org/blog/2016/01/08/from-our-community-racedisability-are-starting-points-for-redemption/?utm_source=Access+Press+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4791959805-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7c7ff77da6-4791959805-212210818


 


Disability.gov Updates 

Disability.Blog: I Resolve to Believe You by Wayne Connell, Founder and President, Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA)

 

Please, Don't Pray for Me: Prof. Steve Kuusisto in the Huffington Post 

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/please-dont-pray-for-me_b_9083390.html


Disability Scoop - January 22 & 26, 2016

Disability Scoop 1.22.16

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/emailers/ds160122.html

Disability Scoop 1.26.16

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/emailers/ds160126.html 

**NOTE**: The 1.26.16 issue of Disability Scoop includes what many may find to be a disconcerting article: “In Bid to Understand Autism, Scientists Turn to Monkeys,” highlighting monkeys genetically engineered to “have” autism-like behaviors (https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/01/26/in-bid-autism-turn-monkeys/21831/).  On a far less controversial note, the issue also includes a piece on noteworthy recent, Caldecott and Newberry Awards-winning children’s books, featuring characters with disabilities: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/01/25/childrens-books-disability/21819/

ASAN and Disability Advocates Endorse H.R. 3516 

Several major disability groups are endorsing H.R. 3516 (H.R. stands for “House Resolution”).  This would block the Social Security Administration from setting up a database that would feed disabled people’s names into a database preventing firearms purchases.  

For more information see http://autisticadvocacy.org/2016/01/asan-and-disability-advocates-endorse-h-r-3516/


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