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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 Thursday with your submission.

SU HAPPENINGS

SAVE THE DATE PLEASE JOIN US AS WE WISH PROFESSOR MARJORIE DEVAULT A HAPPY RETIREMENT

Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (JUMP Nation)

Verbal Blend:  Take the Mic Slam

SAVE THE DATE: FALL 2014 MIX IT UP!  12/5/14

Upcoming C.A.R.E. Circles opportunity for SU faculty and staff

SU NEWS

SU NEWS: HBC Comprehensive Improvement Project (YOUR FEEDBACK IS REQUESTED)

2015 Alternative Spring Break

SU News: Student Affairs Announces Student Advisory Board

An Announcement from LGBT Studies (Spring 2015 courses, and beyond)

CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

CALL FOR PAPERS Hysterical Bodies: Disabling Normative Behavior in Contemporary Art

Call for Research Participants

CALL FOR APPLICANTS

Request for Your Feedback (Online Survey on Media and Disability)

REQUEST FOR RESEARCH PARTICIPATION

Burstyn Award Call for Proposals

Call for Research Participants

NEWS AND ANNOUNCMENTS

The following are recent news stories of interest to people with disabilities and those supporting and working with and for people with disabilities.

NEWS from activist colleagues (including Tom Coleman): “A Successful Trip to San Francisco”

DISABILITY SCOOP 11.18.14

Transgender Pioneer Leslie Feinberg of Stone Butch Blues Has Died

PETITION: Require anyone who works with people with disabilities to be qualified to do so | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: November 9-15, 2014

Accessible voting letter to NYSBOE

Men With Disabilities Face Increased Risk Of Sexual Violence : Shots - Health News : NPR

Disability Scoop 11.14.14

POETRY, SHORT STORIES, CREATIVE NONFICTION, EDITORIALS

New DCC Newsletter Section!


SU HAPPENINGS

SAVE THE DATE PLEASE JOIN US AS WE WISH PROFESSOR MARJORIE DEVAULT A HAPPY RETIREMENT

 
Reception
Friday March 20th, 2015
Dr. Paul & Natalie Strasser Legacy Room
220 Eggers Hall   
5-7 p.m.

Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (JUMP Nation)

Are you Smarter than an 8th Grader
November 19th, 2014 
Kittredge Auditorium
6:00PM-9:30PM
$1 to watch and $3 to be a contestant.
 
 
The Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (JUMP Nation) was founded by a group of Binghamton University students in 1991. The founders of JUMP Nation saw a need to address and implement a program to aid “at-risk” students in underprivileged communities, where high school drop-our rates were at it’s highest risk. They came to the conclusion that the most effective way to help combat this problem was to motivate students to pursue higher education at an early age, specifically during the transition into high school. During the spring semester JUMP Nation brings up approximately 80, 8th grade students from the New York City area to participate in an interactive weekend that promotes higher education.  JUMP Nation at Syracuse strives to reach out to the students in the Syracuse area.
 
It is with this same mission in mind that we have put together a new program, which brings together the local community and the Syracuse University campus for a night of fun competition. “Are You Smarter Than an 8th Grader?” is a replica of the FOX TV Show in which we are inviting ten of your 8th grade students to participate as being a part of the “classroom.” The students will be partnering with SU students to answer a series of 11 questions ranging from 6-8th grade level in the hopes of winning a prize. The event will take place on November 19th, 2014 on the SU campus from 6:00PM-9:30PMAll contestants are winners and will receive a prizeOnly $1 to watch and $3 to be a contestant.
 
For more information contact Bria Holness at bmholnes@syr.edu

Verbal Blend:  Take the Mic Slam

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Schine Student Center, Underground
Sign Up by November 17, 2014
Doors open at 7:15 PM
Slam at 7:30 PM
 
Hosted by: Demarquez “Black” Grissom
Music by: DJ Zel
 
For more information contact Cedric T. Bolton at ctbolton@syr.edu

SAVE THE DATE: FALL 2014 MIX IT UP!  12/5/14

A time and place to welcome all students.
Mix It Up brings people together from all groups on campus...we will be talking about universal design and inclusion...plus whatever is on your mind!
JOIN US! FRIDAY DECEMBER 5th 5:00 p.m. SCHINE 304ABC
What is Mix It Up all about?
Great Question!
Share a Meal: sit together and eat good food with people of all backgrounds and cultures!
Tell Stories: tell the group about your hometown!
Exchange Ideas: engage with others about the topics that most interest you!
Engage in the Dialogue: discuss issues that matter to you & listen to stories about culture, home, student life, and more!
Share SU News: keep the group informed of the events on campus and in the community!
Sponsored by the Slutzker Center, the Graduate Student Organization and Your Student Fee
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided upon request. Room is accessible by elevator.
Please RSVP Elane Granger at elcarras@syr.edu and also indicate if you require accommodations one week prior.
**Mix It Up brings people together from all groups on campus...we will be talking about universal design and inclusion...plus whatever is on your mind!**

Upcoming C.A.R.E. Circles opportunity for SU faculty and staff


SU Faculty & Staff Circles for Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.)
 
ABOUT C.A.R.E. FACULTY & STAFF CIRCLES: C.A.R.E. is a six-week dialogue circle program that connects a small group of faculty & staff who share personal stories and experiences focusing on race and ethnicity. Selected readings and activities led by skilled facilitators enhance participant’s understanding of race and ethnicity.

FACULTY & STAFF CIRCLES WILL RUN FROM 11:00AM - 12:00PM ON THE FOLLOWING DATES FOR SPRING 2015:

January 23rd
January 30th
February 6th
February 13th
February 20th
February 27th

All faculty & staff interested in participating in C.A.R.E. during the spring 2015 semester should e-mail Jordan S. West, the Graduate Assistant for C.A.R.E., at jswest@syr.edu, by December 12 -- spaces are limited. 


SU NEWS

SU NEWS: HBC Comprehensive Improvement Project (YOUR FEEDBACK IS REQUESTED)

 
Campus Planning, Design and Construction, with the support of the Office of Disability Services (ODS), the Disability Cultural Center (DCC), Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services, the Provost’s Office, and Human Capital Development, will be presenting the HBC Comprehensive Improvement Project to the community, with a mock-up of the elevator cab available (discussed in attached documents), on the following dates:
 
- The cab will be displayed in the Huntington Hall gathering area from November 17 to November 21, with a project presentation on Wednesday, November 19 at noon in the Huntington Commons.
 
- The cab will be displayed in the HBC Lower Level from December 1 to December 5, with a project presentation on Tuesday, December 2 at noon in Hall of Languages Room 500.
Feedback on all aspects of the projects is greatly desired. Please provide your feedback through Accessible SU.
 
SU NEWS story with link for email feedback can be found here: http://news.syr.edu/h-b-crouse-renovations-planned-for-summer-2015-2015/

2015 Alternative Spring Break

Application due Wednesday December 10th at 11:59PM
 
The 2015 Alternative Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C. will occur from March 7-13, 2015. Only undergraduate SU/ESF students are eligible to apply
 
Looking for something different than Cancun or Acapulco for Spring Break 2015?
Join SU/ESF students on a Washington D.C. experience, coordinated by the Office of Residence Life, that will focus on issues of hunger and homelessness. Spend five days volunteering with different non-profit agencies that assist those in need. In the down time, you will have the opportunity to explore and experience the sights of our nation’s capital.
 
Cost: FREE (includes transportation, lodging, and meals for the entire week)
Space is limited.
The application deadline is December 10, 2014.
 
It is highly suggested to attend an information session prior to submitting an application.
Information sessions are:
Fri. 11/14                  HL 115                                                           3:00pm
Mon. 11/17               Flint Hall lounge                                            7:30pm
Wed. 11/19               DellPlain main lounge                                   7:30pm
Mon. 12/1                 HL 207                                                           7:30pm
 
 
For more information contact George P Athanas at gathanas@syr.edu

SU News: Student Affairs Announces Student Advisory Board


An Announcement from LGBT Studies (Spring 2015 courses, and beyond)

 
In addition to the courses listed online, LGBT Studies offerings also include Race, Gender and Sexuality in African Diaspora, taught by Linda Carty. This course is cross-listed with African American Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Sociology.
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CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

CALL FOR PAPERS Hysterical Bodies: Disabling Normative Behavior in Contemporary Art


8th Annual PhD Symposium to be held on Saturday March 7, 2015, hosted by the University of California Department of Visual Arts, co-organized by Vanessa Bateman and Amanda Cachia!

"Hysterical Bodies: Disabling Normative Behavior in Contemporary Art" will officially launch on Friday March 6, 2015 at 6:30pm with a Keynote address by renowned scholar Amelia Jones, Professor and Robert A. Day Chair of Fine Art and Professor of Critical Studies at USC Roski School of Art and Design, Los Angeles.

Applicants should submit a CV and 300 word abstract by Monday, December 29, 2014 to: 
UCSDphdsymposium2015@gmail.com. FULL DETAILS AT THE LINK BELOW.

http://visarts.ucsd.edu/sites/default/files/Hysterical%20Bodies%20CFP.pdf 

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Call for Research Participants

 
Hello, my name is Jerry Robinson and I am a PhD candidate in the iSchool at Syracuse University. I am currently doing research on the “do-it-yourself” like activities of individuals with dexterity and mobility impairments.  Do-it-yourself (DIY) in the context of my research refers to the self-driven efforts of individuals with disabilities to address accessibility, impairment, and everyday life issues instead of relying on other people or companies to address these issues for them.  My goal is to draw people’s attention to the issues that surround the utilization and modification of objects by people with disabilities.  I also hope to help paint a picture of disability that reflects resourcefulness, creativity, and independence.
 
All participants will be asked to fill out a brief online questionnaire and meet with me for two separate 60-90 minute face-to-face, telephone, or Skype interviews.  During the interviews I will ask general questions about the participant's everyday life and specific questions about the various tools, tips, tactics, and solutions he or she has adopted, adapted, or created in order to take part in everyday life activities. An Amazon.com gift code will be emailed to everyone who participates in this study. 
 
I welcome the opportunity to learn more about your experiences.  If you would like to find out more about this study then please send me a note with your email address.  I can be reached via email (jlrobi02@syr.edu) or phone at 315-200-2858.
 
Thanks!

CALL FOR APPLICANTS


 
 Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program
 
The summer 2015 Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program is now open for applications until January 28, 2015. 
 
The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) launched its internship program in 2013.  USICD's internship program focuses on youth with disabilities from across the U.S. who are interested in careers in international development or foreign affairs.  
  
The summer 2015 internship program will bring a group of talented graduate students, recent graduates, and rising juniors and seniors with disabilities to Washington, DC, for nine weeks.  This will include a one-week training and orientation program followed by an eight-week internship at an international organization in the Washington, DC, area.  USICD will cover the cost of fully-accessible housing during the program, reimburse travel expenses to and from DC, and provide a limited stipend.  It is anticipated that the program will run from May 24 to July 25, 2015. These dates may be subject to change.  
 
To  learn more about the Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program, eligibility criteria, and the application process, please visit http://usicd.org/template/page.cfm?id=257.  You can also download a printable handout on the internship program.
 
Please disseminate this email among students and recent graduates who may be interested.  If you are an international organization in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area interested in hosting an intern from June 1 to July 24, 2015, please communicate with internships@usicd.org.
 
USICD thanks the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation for their support for this initiative. 
 
Application deadline for USICD's summer 2015 internship program is January 28, 2015.
 
In addition to coordinating the internship program, USICD leads the campaign for U.S. ratification of the "Disability Treaty"--the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  The CRPD is an international agreement among countries to uphold the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities globally.  Learn the basics about the CRPD, then use the Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org to ask your Senators to ratify the CRPD.  
 
Jerry Robinson | PhD Candidate | School of Information Studies
Syracuse University
221 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, New York 13244
315.443.5509  email jlrobi02@syr.edu

Request for Your Feedback (Online Survey on Media and Disability)

 
The public television and radio stations in Rochester have committed to providing regularly-scheduled TV and radio programming, news coverage and film screenings about the abilities of people with disabilities. Their goal is to inspire active inclusion in the Rochester area. They are searching for input about whether this kind of project is needed and important. The survey asks for your feedback in these areas.
 
This survey is related to The Golisano Foundation and WXXI’s Move to Include initiative.  It’s vital that The Foundation and WXXI receive feedback about what kinds of media initiatives are important to the conversation about disabilities.
 

REQUEST FOR RESEARCH PARTICIPATION

 
UNIVERSAL DESIGN AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY (US) AND AT FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF RIO DE JANEIRO (BRAZIL): Different Contexts and Different Countries
 
Hello,
I’m an architect, FULBRIGHT Visiting Scholar (FULBRIGHT/CAPES)moving on wheelchair and currently doing a Research about “Accessibility and Universal Design” at Syracuse University (US) and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Although the word “Accessibility” may assume many different connotations, the theme, under the aspects of physical environment, has been for a long time associated only to people with disabilities. Nowadays, after a change of posture by some professionals in architectural and urban planning, the terminology is adopted with a more covering meaning concerned to the design ability of including the greatest possible number of users. Thus, the inclusive design covers a wide range of interpretations that are frequently used in combination with the “universal design”, “barriers-free design”, “one for all design” etc.
As accessibility is not considered as something interesting only to people with disabilities, the concepts of Accessibility and Barriers-Free Design ended up developing to the conception of “Universal Design (UD)”. The term and philosophy were created in the 90’s by the American architect Ron Mace.
UD is widely spread among the American scientific community and brings the idea of products and spaces that attend to a higher range of capacities and abilities. This may be, in my opinion, a very positive view of the accessibility that turns itself into products, places and spaces universally accessible.
It is noticed that the concepts of Accessibility and Universal Design used here target to a wide view of the built environment use, in which access to UNIVERSITIES is discounted on the independent access, with safety and autonomy, to buildings and to the use of the interior and outside environment, as well as to the routes and connections between them.
I’ve worked with accessibility for the last 20 years, but now my project compares 2 different academic realities in 2 different countries. I need your opinion, as a student, professor or worker with a disability or with reduced mobility at SU. I’m looking to interview, to know more about your experience, your feelings and your sensations inside the campus, in the city and in the country as a whole. I’ll also need your authorization to record, take photos and film you moving in the SU spaces.
Directors, Counsellors and experts are also welcome to participate in such a big investigation. Just tell me your best time and place in the campus and I’ll try to organize the interviews with a group of no more than 4 persons. If it’s better for you I can also send questions by email.
I’m waiting for your prompt answer to this important survey. My contacts are:
Regina Cohen – arquitetareginacohen@gmail.com – Cell: 315-744-0097
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
BRIEF AND PRELIMINAR SUMMARY OF THE RESEARCH:
1.       Concepts: From Accessibility to Universal Design
2.       Accessibility at Syracuse University (US) and at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
3.       The City of Syracuse and the City of Rio de Janeiro
4.       2 Different Contexts and countries: United States and Brazil
5.       The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Brazilian Standards (NBR 9050/2004)
6.       Universal Design at Universities
7.       Universal Design in US and in Brazil
Sincerely,
Regina Cohen

Burstyn Award Call for Proposals

 
RE: Joan N. Burstyn Endowed Fund for Collaborative Research competition, with a due date for proposals of January 15, 2015
 
From the School of Education Research Committee
The 2015 Award Competition from The Joan N. Burstyn Endowed Fund for Collaborative Research in Education
Emeritus Professor and former SOE Dean Joan Burstyn fostered collaborative projects between graduate students and faculty at the School and with alumni in the field of education. In keeping with this tradition and Professor Burstyn’s continuing work in the field, this funding opportunity, the Joan N. Burstyn Endowed Fund for Collaborative Research in Education award is available to all SOE graduate students in collaboration with a faculty member to support research and/or creative projects by SOE graduate students working collaboratively with faculty, a $2,500 award. This award will specifically support the team’s proposal for the following:
§ A creative and collaborative project undertaken jointly by School of Education graduate student(s) and faculty member (and possibly including alumni) for research in the field of Education
§ Expenses related to the conduct of the research and the dissemination of results, including the reporting of project results to the SOE Research Committee for internal dissemination.
 
Please noteThis award does not support proposals to fund Master’s thesesDoctoral Dissertations, travel and conference expenses, or salaries for students/staff. Also, we request that any product from the research undertaken with the award should acknowledge that (all or partial) funding came from the Burstyn Endowed Fund for Collaborative Research in Education at Syracuse University.
Award Information
Criteria: The proposal should be limited to 2,000 words (not including appendices) and shall include and be evaluated on the following:
Clear demonstration of collaboration
▪ Rationale for project, including problem statement
▪ Significance and/or potential of expected outcome(s)
▪ Congruence of project with SOE mission
▪ Concise descriptions of researchers and other people involved
▪ Timeline of project activities that outlines activity completion within one calendar year
▪ Appropriate mechanisms for evaluation, dissemination, and timely submission of a final report
▪ Suitable budget & expenses
▪ Letter in packet co-signed by faculty member and student(s), detailing how each team member will
be involved in the project.
Proposals: Faculty and student jointly prepared proposals are to be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, January 15th, 2015, via email to:
Kathleen Hinchman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor
230 Huntington Hall

Call for Research Participants

 
Researchers at Old Dominion University are studying ways to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian women by examining the impact of discrimination and stigma on health. Lesbian women between the ages of 18-25 are encouraged to complete a research study on this subject. Participants are eligible to win Amazon gift cards. If interested, please complete the survey. For more information, contact Tyler Mason. IRB Approval Number: 14-181.


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The following are recent news stories of interest to people with disabilities and those supporting and working with and for people with disabilities.

 
Dr. Nora's Top Articles (12 of 140 news articles)
1.    “Alabama Girl Allegedly Used as Rape 'Bait' Speaks out for the First Time” --- An Alabama special needs student has spoken publicly for the first time about allegedly being used as rape 'bait' by a school employee to catch a ... --- New York Daily News --- October 29, 2014  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/KmKRoY
2.   “Parents Say Children with Autism Abused at Rocklin School” --- The parents spoke publicly about it Thursday, saying they are upset with the school because they found out about the alleged abuse from police. --- FOX40 --- October 30, 2014  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/5wd7Gr
3.   “School Administrator Arrested after Special Needs Child Says He Was Beaten with Belt” --- ... a call from the school on Westridge Industrial Boulevard on Monday to let her know they were disciplining her son, who is a special needs student. --- WSB Atlanta --- October 30, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/BAR3EV
4.   “Three Admit to Prank on Autistic Teen” --- The Defense Department will investigate the crash of an Idaho Army National Guard helicopter during a training mission that ... --- Indiana Gazette --- November 7, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/pz3t4v
5.   “Judge OKs $10 Million Settlement for Disabled Social Security Workers” --- The lawsuit, filed by Ronald Jantz, a deaf employee, alleged that the federal agency discriminates against workers with disabilities by denying or ... --- Baltimore Sun --- November 7, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/D2zXgi
6.   “Group Home Counselor Again Charged with Abuse” --- Baltimore County police said Gary Lee Toft, 63, of Baltimore, was charged with vulnerable adult abuse, perverted practice and numerous sex offenses ... --- WBAL Baltimore --- October 29, 2014  (MARYLAND)  http://is.gd/Fbgina
7.   “Man Who Sexually Assaulted Disabled Woman Gets Life Sentence” --- A man who sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman at a rehabilitation center received a life sentence in prison with parole Friday. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- November 7, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/Yu8rOC
8.   “Ex-director Gets Prison for Stealing from Home for the Disabled” --- A Missouri woman will go to jail for embezzling more than $300,000 from a home for people with disabilities, which she had formerly helped run. --- Kansas City Business Journal --- October 31, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/EmhABV
9.   “Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Disabled Clients at Billings Nonprofit” --- A 49-year-old woman accused of slowly stealing thousands of dollars from more than 50 physically or mentally disabled clients at a Billings non-profit ... --- Billings Gazette --- October 31, 2014  (MONTANA) http://is.gd/Wp2cSV 
10.   “Philadelphia Pastor Accused of Fondling Mentally-challenged Niece” --- According to a Philadelphia Daily News report, the church's pastor was arrested last week, accused of sexually abusing … --- The Grio --- November 4, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/JI06y1
11.   “Attorneys Wrangle over Release of Records in Case Involving Autistic Boy” --- The school district being sued over the alleged mistreatment of a student with autism wants to keep some of the boy's records out of ... --- Bennington Banner --- October 31, 2014  (VERMONT)   http://is.gd/7h3m3g
12.   “Woman with Intellectual Disability Sexually Assaulted on Bus as Support Worker Sat Nearby” --- A 19-year-old woman who has a mental disability was sexually assaulted on a Winnipeg Transit bus as her support worker who sat two rows in front ... --- CBC.ca --- October 28, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/UExA2Z
 
 
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The other 128 stories for this week, as well as newsfeeds from prior weeks, can be found at:http://www.disabilityandabuse.org/newsfeed/contents.htm
 
The Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute provides this newsfeed. These are articles involving people with disabilities across the life span, any type of disability and any type of maltreatment, abuse, crime or, articles regarding law enforcement issues and individuals with disabilities. We have a particular focus on individuals with developmental disabilities. We welcome your input and feedback regarding this feature of our CANDO List. Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by state, so you can easily scan through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest

NEWS from activist colleagues (including Tom Coleman): “A Successful Trip to San Francisco”

 
A few of us who are working on the Conservatorship Reform Project went to San Francisco last Friday for a meeting at the headquarters of the Judicial Council of California.  The Judicial Council adopts rules that govern legal proceedings throughout the state, including proceedings involving limited conservatorships.
Along with my colleagues, Dr. Nora Baladerian and Jim Stream, I made a presentation in support of our request for a statewide Task Force on Limited Conservatorships.   Also present was a young man, Stephen, who had almost lost his right to vote, Stephen's mother, and the stepfather of another young man whose First Amendment rights have been violated by the Limited Conservatorship System.
news story appeared today in the Daily Journal, a statewide legal newspaper read by judges, legislators, and attorneys.  I followed up with aletter to the Chief Justice.  I also sent an email to Judge John Sugiyama, Chairperson of the Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee -- the committee to which we made our presentation.  That email included a document titled "Ten Statewide Concerns About the Limited Conservatorship System."
Prior to our meeting at the Judicial Council, our group spent some time at the Golden Gate Regional Center.  Many thanks to the Executive Director and the staff for their hospitality.  Also many thanks to Greg Byers, a filmmaker who came to San Francisco to video our activities for a documentary he is working on about the Limited Conservatorship Reform Project.
Other documents submitted to the Committee can be found on the Judicial Council page of our website.

DISABILITY SCOOP 11.18.14

Pope To Meet With Autism Families, Clock Ticking On Disability Savings Plan and More News

Transgender Pioneer Leslie Feinberg of Stone Butch Blues Has Died


“Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died on November 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, babeisiosis, and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness.


She died at home in Syracuse, NY, with her partner and spouse of 22 years, Minnie Bruce Pratt, at her side. Her last words were: "Remember me as a revolutionary communist." Read more of her obituary online at The Advocate.

http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/books/2014/11/17/transgender-pioneer-leslie-feinberg-stone-butch-blues-has-died

 

PETITION: Require anyone who works with people with disabilities to be qualified to do so | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government



https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-anyone-who-works-people-disabilities-be-qualified-do-so/8Y5gk9nQ

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: November 9-15, 2014

From DREAM: Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring
Sponsored by the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University
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Weekly Email Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education 
Week of November 9-15, 2014
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 Disability and higher education in the news (in no particular order):
* Events on campus – let’s make them accessible and understand what it means to faculty, staff and students with disabilities:http://phdisabled.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/event-organizers-give-access-information-up-front-please/
 
* Meet Nicole Cavanagh, an articulate college student with cerebral palsy who uses a computer to voice for her – she points out that nondisabled people seem to be her biggest barrier (video has captions and a transcript, but no audio description): http://www.upworthy.com/a-young-disabled-woman-made-this-20-seconds-in-im-totally-impressed-and-by-the-end-blown-away?c=reccon1
 
* The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan has established a new archive of data on disability policy and researchers – for more information contact Allison Stroud, Archive Manager, at alistrou@umich.edu
 
* Edgewood College and other campuses are creating more programs for students with intellectual disabilities: http://m.chronicle.com/article/No-Longer-Falling-Off-the/149917/
 
* The University of Maryland has received grant funding to create a disability network, and possibly an undergraduate disability studies minor or certificate program:. http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/article_a2c01de8-662c-11e4-bc2d-001a4bcf6878.html
 
* A mental health concern?  A campus climate concern?  Or both?  Duke University sees increasing numbers of students of color and LGBTQ students seeking mental health services, making mental health assistance a clear equity issue: http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2014/11/12/mental-health-campus-not-level-playing-field
 
* Carleton University in Canada has launched a new minor in disability studies:http://www.exchangemagazine.com/morningpost/2014/week45/Tuesday/14111103.htm
 
* The “Military Times” has ranked Santa Fe Community College as the best campus for veterans, including those with disabilities:http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/military-times-ranks-santa-fe-community-college-no-for-veterans/article_0953f5a2-0a93-506f-b074-5298da41e26c.html
 
 
And a few related items of possible interest to college students:
* When we’re talking about parenting rights and reproductive rights, why are potential and current parents with disabilities excluded from the conversations?  http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/11/07/fight-reproductive-rights-often-excludes-disabled-parents/
 
* Take a moment to learn about two people who passed away last week – both made it possible for all of us to be in higher education: Lucy Gwin, founder of MOUTH magazine (http://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2014/11/10/remembering-lucy-gwin-by-steven-e-brown/) and Steve Taylor, director of the first disability studies program in the U.S. and major figure in the deinstitutionalization movement that helped most of us automatically go to schools instead of institutions (http://news.syr.edu/school-of-education-mourns-passing-of-steven-j-taylor-80582/)
 
* A new study reports that social networking sites and the Internet can be important tool for people seeking mental and emotional supports:http://groundreport.com/youtube-as-a-tool-for-peer-support-and-recovery-from-mental-illness/
 
* Richard Bernstein, legally blind since birth, has won a spot on the Supreme Court of Michigan:http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2014/11/blind_marathon_running_lawyer_1.html
 
* All technology can be “assistive technology,” and disability can be a way for the field of design to move forward in creative ways:https://medium.com/backchannel/all-technology-is-assistive-ac9f7183c8cd
 
* A blog for stutterers asks, “Where’s the fury?” and suggests stutterers won’t find their “voice” until they find their anger:http://www.didistutter.org/blog/where-is-the-fury-in-the-stuttering-community
 
* A psychiatrist wonders why we aren’t channeling the creativity and energy of people with ADHD, and suggests people with ADHD think about fields that utilize their strengths: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/opinion/sunday/a-natural-fix-for-adhd.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0
 
* Need a definition of “disability pride?” Here’s a video to help! (video has captions, but no audio description): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEOb7-E-hOs#t=18
 
* The most recent “Modern Family” Halloween episode featured a gory insane asylum, angering many disability activists who are working to reduce stigma related to mental health issues: http://www.peteearley.com/2014/11/03/complaints-modern-family-continue-70000-readers-growing/
 
* Don’t forget that “access” at events can include not using scented products: http://creatingcollectiveaccess.wordpress.com/making-space-accessible-is-an-act-of-love-for-our-communities/
 
* Patients in British psychiatric hospitals did hundreds of thousands of works of art, and now they will be available online:http://hyperallergic.com/157321/800000-pages-of-patient-art-and-mental-health-archives-are-going-online/
 
* When people think of disabled vets, they usually think of prosthetics and PTSD, but the most common injury is actually hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears):http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/13/14728839-hearing-loss-the-most-prevalent-injury-among-returning-veterans
 
* If you aren’t deaf or hard-of-hearing, then you have hearing privilege, and this article can explain it for you:http://www.deafecho.com/2012/08/exploring-hearing-privilege/
 
* Andre H. Arruda is a Toronto comedian who filmed what strangers would say about him as he walked down the street (captions on tape but they’re unintelligible, and there’s no audio description): http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/disabled-toronto-comedian-catches-strangers-shocking-comments-on-tape-1.2093353?hootPostID=312d31d72004293e1008ec35f617d003
 
* Jerry Seinfeld has “came out” as being on the autism spectrum (video has captions no audio description)http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/07/jerry-seinfeld-autism_n_6119100.html; some people are now asking him to stop supporting autism speakshttps://unstrangemind.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/an-open-letter-to-jerry-seinfeld/
 
* A suicide prevention app by the Samaritans group was pulled after many false positives, concerns over the level of analyses, and other issues that may actually make things worse for the people it was supposed to help: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29962199
 
* A dyslexic designer has created a font to help people with dyslexia, and researchers in England are working on a dictionary that helps people find entries through phonetic spellings: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/11/363293514/for-dyslexics-a-font-and-a-dictionary-that-are-meant-to-help
 
* Photos of Kim Kardashian mimic oppressive photos of Black women, and women with disabilities in freak shows (including the “Hottentot Venus”):  http://thegrio.com/2014/11/12/kim-kardashian-butt/
 
* The prosthetic industry is evolving swiftly, making prosthetics that are also contributing to engineering in other fields:http://www.npr.org/2014/11/11/358048818/the-prosthetics-industry-gets-a-human-touch?sc=ipad&f=1001
 
 
For more information about DREAM or the Taishoff Center, contact:
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By the way, please don't presume DREAM, the Taishoff Center, or Syracuse University agree with everything in these links we send out - we're just passing along the information so you can form your own opinions.  Thanks.

Accessible voting letter to NYSBOE

 
 
Nov 17th 2014
Dear Commissioners,
 
New Yorkers for Accessible Voting (NYFAV) is a newly formed coalition comprised of individuals and community and disability organizations committed to promoting equal access to the electoral process for all New Yorkers.
As a coalition we strongly oppose the use of lever voting machines in any election and believe that the time to phase out of use these decades-old machines is long past due.
While many states and localities across the country have made significant strides in updating voting technology and improving the voting experience for Americans with disabilities, far too many New York state local elections remain stuck in the past. New York’s repeated delays in phasing out of use the lever voting machine in elections held by villages, school districts, and other municipal corporations has left local elections across the state inaccessible to a wide range of New Yorkers with disabilities. Voters disenfranchised by the continued use of lever machines include, amongst others, those who are blind, visually impaired, have learning disabilities, cannot read, are short in stature and cannot reach the levers, and those who do not have use of their hands.
The United States Department of Justice has made it clear that federal law ensures the right of persons with disabilities to cast their votes privately, independently, and in a manner equal to that of voters without disabilities. For many New Yorkers with disabilities, lever machines do not provide a private, independent, and equitable voting experience.  As such, the use of lever machines is in clear violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, federal laws to which all local municipalities and voting districts are subject.
You will be receiving a series of emails from different members of the coalition. Those individuals and organizations will identify themselves possibly by using this letter as the cover letter but attached to the cover letter will be their own individual statement. Please review each statement carefully as it will give you a strong understanding of different aspects of the use of lever machines and their impact.
For further questions do not hesitate to contact me at 518-495-5787.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Susan Cohen
Acting Director of New Yorkers For Accessible Voting, NYFAV

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