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March, 08 2018




REMINDER: LECTURE and RECEPTION / BOOK SIGNING on 10/23/14 by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson


REMINDER: SU College of Law conference this Friday

Inclusion of People with Disabilities Around the Globe Through Law and Education


Schedule for Disabled & Proud: THIS WEEKEND at SU!


Your assistance is requested...moving forward the conversation on diversity and inclusion, at SU

Huffington Post article featuring our friend and colleague, Prof. Steve Kuusisto

Syracuse MyCampus Survey

Women’s & Gender Studies/Humanities Center 2014 Symposium™




Syracuse Humanities Center: Call for Proposals for Syracuse Symposium & Spring Symposia

Hearing Loss Expo 2014 is fast approaching! It is the only one of its kind in Pennsylvania! 

Web For All Accessibility Research Conference


Get Ready for the Updated Bookshare Website

New York Times article of interest

This Cool Project Shows Confident, Beautiful Women In Wheelchairs


Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Proclamation.  Feel free to sign on and help to spread the word!  



WHEN: Friday, October 24, 11:00am-1:00 pm

WHERE: Disability Cultural Center

Room 105, 805 S. Crouse Ave (Hoople Bldg), as well as Hoople Bldg Rooms 106 & 108

Light refreshments will be served.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.

If you require accommodations, please email sudcc@syr.edu by 10/16/14 at 5 p.m. Please email sudcc@syr.edu or call the DCC at 315-443-4486 with any questions.


REMINDER: LECTURE and RECEPTION / BOOK SIGNING on 10/23/14 by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Why I am a Bioconservative

A Public Lecture by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson


7:00 to 8:00 pm Watson Theater

Reception & Book Signing 8:00 to 9:00 pm

Light Work SU Campus

This lecture has two interrelated purposes. First, it broadly suggests ways that principles, logics, guidelines, and rules of religious bioethics can serve effectively in situations and for populations outside of the particular religious tradition that generates them. Second, it offers the term bioconservative to describe my own ethical position as a disability bioethicist. To do this, I lay out a position between the concepts of conservation and liberal social politics to bridge religious and nonreligious belief communities. Because the term conservative is associated with the politics of the right, I bring forward a rationale for what is accomplished by invoking the term conservative and conservation for a disability equality and human rights-based perspective in bioethics. In the service of these larger aims, and most specifically, this talk draws from religious bioethics to explicate dignity as it pertains to quality-of-life judgments used in biomedical decision-making for life ending medical treatments.

This lecture is sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-sponsored by the SU Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Burton Blatt Institute, the SU Disability Cultural Center, Hendricks Chapel, and David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, with support from: Center on Human Policy; Cultural Foundations of Education; School of Education; School of Social Work; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Slutzker Center for International Services; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center; Disability Student Union; Disability Law and Policy Program at the College of Law; Disability Studies; Renée Crown University Honors Program; Office of Multicultural Affairs; Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC); and Disability Law Society.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided during the presentation and the reception/book signing. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided during the presentation.

If you require accommodations for this event, please contact William Myhill at 315-443-1367 or wmyhill@syr.eduby 10/16/14. Free accessible parking will be available in Booth Garage adjacent to Watson Hall.



Perfect Bodies...? 

A Discussion on Disability, Body Image, and Body Modification

with Lisa Thomas and Bill Peace

Date: Friday, November 7th

Time: 12:00-1:30PM

Location: Hoople 106

Lisa Thomas is a Registered Dietitian at Syracuse University Health Services.

Bill Peace is Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Honors Program at Syracuse University.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and gluten free food will be provided.

Please indicate any accommodation requests by 10/31/2014 to sudcc@syr.edu by email or 443-4486 by phone.

Sponsors: Disability Cultural Center, Lisa Thomas at SU Health Services, and the Disability Student Union.

This event is made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.

A Place at the Table

Food is an incredibly important part of many cultures around the world. In what ways do cultures shape our relationships with food? What happens when dietary restrictions, allergies, disabilities, ethics, values, principals, religion, and preferences collide with the cultural norms about food and eating? This ongoing luncheon series will explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. In other words, everyone has a place at the table.


REMINDER: SU College of Law conference this Friday

Addressing Critical Needs: 
Cultivating Alliances and Committing to a Culture of Racial
and Ethnic Inclusion in Legal Education
Friday, October 17th
Conference Summary:
Syracuse University College of Law cordially invites you to a one-day conference where we will examine and discuss the obstacles to racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion in legal education and the legal profession.  Through dialogue and the sharing of experiences and ideas, we will:
  • Evaluate institutional efforts towards achieving meaningful inclusion of students of color from the pipeline, to the classroom, to the workplace.
  • Identify and implement effective approaches to increase racial and ethnic diversity in law schools.
  • Develop essential lawyering skills and cultural competencies to meet the legal needs of diverse communities.
  • Explore how law schools can create an environment where students of color thrive, engage, and remain connected to the law school and the legal community at large.
  • Devise an action plan for law schools and legal employers that incorporates deliberate efforts to make inclusion matter in their institutions and their communities.
Syracuse University College of Law
Dineen Hall
950 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13244
Please follow the link to our Conference Registration Page or visit the Conference Website to register.
Registration fee is $100; $150 by check at the door.
CART Services will be available during all conference sessions.









6 TO 8:30 PM

Upstate Medical University

Institute for Human Performance

505 Irving Ave. (at Madison St.), Syracuse, NY 13210



International Center of Syracuse 315.471.0252 




International Student Leader

International Citizen of the Year

International Humanitarian Award

International Immigrant

International Educator


Inclusion of People with Disabilities Around the Globe Through Law and Education

Inclusion of People with Disabilities Around the Globe Through Law and Education

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

4:30-6:00 pm

Room 352

Dineen Hall


Discussion Featuring

Judith E. Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State

Judith E. Heumann will discuss the role of disability in U.S. international diplomacy development work through a question and answer format, co-moderated by Professor of Law, Arlene Kanter and School of Education Doctoral Student, Brent Elder.

A reception will follow and light refreshments will be provided.

Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided, courtesy of the Office of Disability Services. If you require accommodations for this event, please contact Brent Elder at bcelder@syr.edu by 10/21/14.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at Irving Garage for a fee.

Judith E. Heumann’s visit is the result of a university-wide collaboration and is co-sponsored by the SU College of Law, Disability Law and Policy Program, Disability Law Society, LLM Program, Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, School of Education’s Department of Teaching and Leadership, Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, School of Education Dean’s Office, SU Disability Cultural Center, and SU Abroad.


Women’s & Gender Studies/Humanities Center 2014 Symposium™

Negotiating Feminist Perspectives: Intersectionality, Transnationalism, and Decoloniality

Friday, October 24, from 12:45-5:15 in Schine 304 A/B/C

CART transcription will be provided.

The colloquium is open to all interested faculty and students.  A reception will follow at the Goldstein Faculty Center, starting at 5:30.

Scholars have shared readings in advance (readings have been rendered fully accessible by ODS). 

Please contact Professor  SUDCC@syr.edu for a copy of the PDF files.

There will be talks by three scholars, with coffee breaks in between for further exchange and dialogue.

1. Sirma Bilge, Université de Montréal, "The Neoliberal Domestication of Insurgent Knowledges: The Case of Intersectionality"

2. Rita Kaur Dhamoon, University of Victoria, "Feminist Anxieties and Transformative Possibilities: Transnationalism, Intersectionality, and Settler Colonialism"

3. María Lugones, Binghamton University, "Thinking Gender Decolonially"

Schedule for Disabled & Proud: THIS WEEKEND at SU!



Your assistance is requested...moving forward the conversation on diversity and inclusion, at SU



Huffington Post article featuring our friend and colleague, Prof. Steve Kuusisto



Syracuse MyCampus Survey

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Please click here to participate in the Syracuse MyCampus survey, developed by Sasaki Associates as part of the University’s Campus Master Planning efforts. Several enhancements have been added and a text-based survey is also available.

Your input by Friday, October 17 is very important to enable the next stage of the Campus Master Plan discovery process.

The survey is voluntary and confidential and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

We hope you will promptly complete the MyCampus survey.

If you’ve already responded, thank you for your time.

The Campus Master Plan Advisory Group

Julia Czerniak, Professor, School of Architecture
Steven L. Einhorn, Board of Trustees (Advisory Group Chair)
Winston C. Fisher, Board of Trustees
Melanie Gray, Board of Trustees
Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
Sam Leitermann, G’14, Internal Vice President, Graduate Student Organization
Daniela Lopez ’15, Vice President of the Student Association
Louis Marcoccia, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Cathryn Newton, Dean Emerita and Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Corinne Smith, Professor, School of Education
Michael Speaks, Dean and Professor, School of Architecture
Andria Costello Staniec, Associate Provost for Academic Programs
Kent Syverud, Chancellor and President
Eddie Zaremba ’13, G’15 School of Education; Co-Founder of the Disability Student Union




Study Abroad Spring 2015

With School of Education Faculty

Act Fast!

Dear students,

Nearly 150 School of Education students will be studying abroad this year.  You too can study abroad.  Many students are benefitting from the generosity of the Himan Brown Fund that subsidizes students with financial need. 

November 1 is the deadline for applications for our spring break Outdoor Education in Costa Rica experience, spring break Dominican Republic New Directions in Social Sculpture:  The River Project, and June’s Exploring Darwin and the Galapagos Islands.  All are 1 credit courses for which you register this spring, sponsored by our own SOE faculty.  If you are interested in participating in any of these trips, please apply quickly at SUAbroad.syr.edu, before all places are spoken for.  The deadline for the summer abroad programs sponsored by our faculty will be in February, but it is not too early to speak with me about your interests and needs.

Please remember that there is a full array of SUAbroad offerings beyond those sponsored by SOE faculty members.  Do look over the offerings and see if any programs are particularly attractive to you.  If you qualify for financial aid, our Himan Brown fund is happy to help make it possible for you to attend the abroad program of your choosing.  We are confident that the multicultural understandings and self-knowledge gained from study abroad will serve you well personally and professionally as more and more we are required to be “global citizens.” 

For further information on registration and financial aid contact IMMEDIATELY:
Corinne Smith - crsmith@syr.edu

School of Education-SU Abroad Spring and Summer Programs 2015

1 Credit Courses – Linked to Spring Semester

Application Deadline: October 6th, 2014

Dominican Republic

New Directions in Social Sculpture: The River Project

EDU 400/600, January 3rd- 10th 2015

Work alongside villagers from Boca de Chavón, Dominican Republic to understand their culture, environment, and educational needs and integrate those views into a sustainable art and design project.

Faculty: Marion Wilson is an Associate Professor in the School of Education as well as the Director of Community Initiatives in the Visual Arts.

Costa Rica

Outdoor Education in Costa Rica 
PED 300, March 6–15, 2015 
Spend an active and fun eight days exploring Costa Rica’s ancient ruins, hiking the Irazú volcano, whitewater rafting, touring the rainforest canopy, waterfall rappelling, and surfing.

Faculty: Luis Columna, a native of San Juan Puerto Rico, is currently an Associate Professor in the Exercise Science Department at Syracuse University.  

The Galapagos Island

Exploring Darwin and the Galapagos Islands

SCE/SCI 400/600, June 3–10, 2015

Tour the islands where Charles Darwin carried out his research on natural selection, learn about the social and political ramifications of his work in the larger social context of the day, and compare and contrast his experiences with those of contemporary Ecuadorian scientists who are exploring the impact of mankind on the environment and studying techniques for sustainable agricultural. 

Faculty: John Tillotson, dual Associate Professor of Science Education in Teaching and Leadership programs and the Department of Science Teaching, is coordinator of the Syracuse University Secondary Science Teacher Education Program.

3 Credit Summer Programs

Application Deadline: February 20th, 2015


Social Justice and Diversity in Chile

EDU/CFE 300/600, May 13-May 30, 2015

Explore how Chile, as a new democracy, responds to issues of diversity in the areas of race, class, sexual orientation, language, religion, and disability. Visit schools and NGO’s that work for equity and social justice and learn about Chilean artists who struggled for justice.

Faculty: Mara Sapon-Shevin is Professor of Inclusive Education in the Department of Teaching and       Leadershp.  Mario Rios Perez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Foundations.


Peru at High Altitude: Human Adaptation to an Extreme Environment

PPE 300/500, Online: May 25 - June 5, 2015; Peru:  June 6 - June 21, 2015          

Learn how humans adapt and perform at high altitude via class readings and direct observation/data collection in the field.  We will acclimatize to altitude in Cusco, Peru, visit local Inca sites, overnight in Quechua, and undertake a strenuous 5-day hiking trek to Macchu Picchu.

Faculty: Tom Brutsaert is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Exercise Science. 


Literacy, Inclusion, and Diversity in Italy

RED/ SPE 400/600, May 11 – May 28, 2015

A three-week immersion in the Italian education system that will help you explore key course constructs through a combination of English language tutoring, Italian language study, lectures, school and museum visits, readings, and discussion.

Faculty: Beth A. Ferri is a Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies at Syracuse University, where she also coordinates the Doctoral program in Special Education.

Christine Ashby is Assistant Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies at Syracuse University, where she teaches in the Inclusive Elementary and Special Education Program and the Graduate Inclusive Education Programs.  



February 1, 2015 submission deadline

We invite submissions for the 2015 Hypatia Diversity Essay Prize. This prize

is awarded biennially for the best essay, previously unpublished, written by

a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or non-tenured faculty member that

embodies a feminist, intersectional approach in a philosophical analysis

combining categories of identity (e.g., gender, class, disability,

ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, sexuality). In addition to being

published as the winning Diversity Essay in Hypatia, the winning author(s)

will receive $500.  Essays of high quality, but not titled with the award,

will also be considered for publication.

The Diversity Essay Prize committee warmly encourages essay submissions!

Please submit essays at the Hypatia Manuscript Central Submission Site. When

you submit your essay, make sure to select "Diversity Essay Prize" in the

drop-down menu, and also note in the cover letter that the submission is for

the diversity essay prize.

The Diversity Prize Committee is chaired by Linda Martin Alcoff and includes

Ladelle McWhorter and David Haekwon Kim. If you have any question you may

contact either the Editorial Offices at Hypatia@villanova.edu or Linda

Martin Alcoff at lmartina@hunter.cuny.edu.


Syracuse Humanities Center: Call for Proposals for Syracuse Symposium & Spring Symposia

Monday, November 10 – deadline to submit proposal for
Syracuse Symposium™ themes
Both Fall 2015 and Fall 2016 themes will be considered. 
Please indicate if you prefer your topic to be considered for Fall 2015, Fall 2016, or if you have no preference.
Please include a minimum of 3 names to be considered for a keynote speaker that fits the theme you are proposing.  Please be aware of budgetary limitations when considering the honorarium for potential keynote speakers.  It might be difficult to provide an honorarium much higher than $10,000.
Monday, November 10 – deadline to submit event for
2015 Spring Humanities Center Symposia

Hearing Loss Expo 2014 is fast approaching! It is the only one of its kind in Pennsylvania! 

•        It showcases services, organizations, and technology for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing

•        It is fully communicatively accessible to everyone! To learn more, visit our website,www.dli.state.pa.us/odhh and read “Communication Access”

•        It is a state-wide expo and features exhibitors from across the state

•        Great opportunity to identify resources

•        Perfect place to be exposed to and learn about hearing loss because one size does not fit all!

So circle November 14-15, 2014 on your calendars now! The expo is at the Radisson Harrisburg Hotel

For more information, check out HLE 2014 at www.dli.state.pa.us/odhh 

Exhibitors Wanted

•        Space is available; no cost to exhibit

•        There is space for 100 exhibitors; reserve your space now!

•        Great opportunity to let Pennsylvanians know about your organization

•        For more information, view the exhibitor registration packet at www.dli.state.pa.us/odhh

Who is Exhibiting?

•        For an up-to-date list of exhibitors, view the “exhibitor directory” atwww.dli.state.pa.us/odhh

Free Hearing Screenings & Video Otoscopy Screenings

•        Offered Friday & Saturday

•        Provided by Bloomsburg University

•        For times and location, visit our website at www.dli.state.pa.us/odhh

Educational Presentations

•        Total of 13 presentations

•        Something for everyone: employers, parents, people who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing

•        Presenters are subject matter experts

•        Check out the schedule at www.dli.state.pa.us/odhh

Special Meeting & Workshop for Sign Language Interpreters

•        New service for PA:  Support Service Person (SSP) program for people who are deaf-blind

o       Stop by their meeting on Saturday to learn more about this new Pennsylvania Service

o       Administered by the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP)

•        On Saturday, free workshop for sign language interpreters offered by the PA Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PARID)

•        Details for this meeting and workshop are posted on the website,www.dli.state.pa.us/odhh

Activities for Family & Kids

•        Parent lunch & learn

•        Kids’ activities on Saturday

•        Educational presentations for parents

•        Visit the Exhibitors to see what PA can offer your kids and family

•        For details, visit the Expo website at www.dli.state.pa.us/odhh

For Businesses, Employers, and Service Providers

•        Lunch & Learn on Friday

•        Workshop: including people with disabilities within your workforce

•        Educational presentations

•        For details, visit our website at www.dli.state.pa.us/odhh

HLE 2014 is bigger and better than ever before!

•        ODHH could not do it without the support of our presenters, volunteers, and organizations.

•        For a complete list of volunteers, presenters, and organizations who is making HLE 2014 a success, visit our expo’s website at www.dli.state.pa.us/odhh and click on “thank you”

Contact ODHH with your questions


717-783-4912 v/tty

717-831-1928 videophone


Web For All Accessibility Research Conference

I would appreciate it if you could help us publicize the W4A’15 Research Conference among your staff, clients, and subscribers.

We have generous travel grants for students (especially for those with disabilities) so that they could get immersed into the latest accessibility research and mingle with internationally renowned researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry. 

For those interested in publishing their research, apart from the prestige of having a paper accepted in our selective peer-reviewed conference, we have great prizes!

Thank you,
Yevgen Borodin, PhD 
President and CEO, Charmtech Labs LLC
Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University


We welcome you to submit your best work on improving accessibility of the Web, Mobiles, and Wearables for people with and without disabilities to the International Web for All Conference (W4A’15), conveniently co-located with WWW’15 and MobiSys’15.

W4A’15 (www.w4a.info) will take place in Florence, Italy (May 18-20):
- Intuit will award  $2,000 and $1,000 to the best technical and communication papers
- The Paciello Group will award the winners of the Accessibility Challenge
- ABILITY Magazine will highlight the winners of awards in a special editorial
- IBM will provide travel grants to both grad and undergrad students with disabilities
- Google will sponsor 6 PhD students to participate in the Doctoral Student Consortium 
- Submission deadlines: Jan 23rd, Notifications: March 4th

As you know, devices are getting smaller, and more of them are now wearable: smart glasses, smart watches, and smart clothing are all working their way into our lives and onto our bodies. These devices are online, web-accessible, and increasingly interconnected. As with many technologies that have come before, wearable devices present incredible opportunities for improving accessibility for people with and without disabilities, but also present accessibility challenges in ensuring that people are able to equally benefit from them regardless of disability, context or situation. Acknowledging the importance of this topic, the theme of the 12th International Web for All Conference is “The Wearable Web”.

Don’t be deterred by the theme; we invite your best work on improving and understanding access for people across the accessibility continuum. Papers are expected to detail technical solutions and scientific insights into Web, Mobile, and Wearable technologies addressing diverse user needs. Areas of interest include but are not limited to the following: age, cognition, culture, education, emotions, dexterity, disability, diversity, health, hearing, income, infrastructure, language, learning, literacy, mobility, situation, society, and vision.

The keynote speech on the "Sense and sensibility: smartphones and wearable technologies to support seniors" will be delivered by Lorenzo Chiari who is a Professor and the Vice-Director of the Health Sciences and Technologies - Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research at the University of Bologna. On the close of the 1st day, join us for the evening of wine, food, and live music – with a Classical performance by Lia Martirosyan.
The “William Laughborough” after-dinner talk "Riches Beyond Measure: A New Frontier in Web Accessibility" will be given by Kevin Carey, the Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, UK.

Don’t come just for W4A’15 – stay for the entire week! W4A is conveniently co-located with WWW’15 and MobiSys’15 conferences. MobiSys’15 is the top research conference dealing with all aspects of mobile systems:http://www.sigmobile.org/mobisys/2015/cfp.php.
And WWW’15 (http://www.www2015.it/) is the best and the biggest Web research conference attended by famous Web researchers and practitioners, such as Sir Tim Berners-Lee (the inventor of the Web). Among other events, we will hold a joint WWW/W4A panel session devoted to the “Wearable Web” theme.



Get Ready for the Updated Bookshare Website

Bookshare is about to get even better! Later this month, we will be launching an updated website that will help you get the information and support you need. The update will make it easier to find books, manage your account, and help you get more involved in the ever-growing Bookshare community. Stay tuned!

Want to learn more about using the updated website? Individual Members and Sponsors are encouraged to attend one of these upcoming 30-minute webinars. Sign up today!
This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (Cooperative Agreement #H327K070001). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.

New York Times article of interest

Better Ways to Learn: Getting a good grade doesn’t mean you retained the information. In his book, Benedict Carey offers better ways than cramming for you to hold on to knowledge.

This Cool Project Shows Confident, Beautiful Women In Wheelchairs




Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Proclamation.  Feel free to sign on and help to spread the word!  


Disability Cultural Center
105 Hoople Building
805 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244

Email: sudcc@syr.edu
Phone: (315) 443-4486
Fax: (315) 443-0193

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