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July, 28 2017

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This is the final DCC Newsletter for 2014.  The next newsletter with be sent on or around 1/15/15

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

SU NEWS

Steve Taylor 2012 Revolutionary Leader Recording Available

Student Shuttle Service to RTC and Hancock Airport (Friday, Dec 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13)

The Race Card Project will be part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration this year.

CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

Call for Proposals: Game Over…? “Cripping” The Comic Con 2015

Summer Internship in NY/NJ for 1st Year Law Student with a Disability

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Making the Grade (A Look at Education Issues Across New England): Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment

Disability rights activist, filmmaker: 'We're not inspirational. We're just us.'

Requesting assistance with locating resources on ADA compliance by the courts with respect to I/DD

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Franciscan St. James Health to Stop Discrimination against Persons with Hearing Disabilities

Stella Young dead: comedian, ABC journalist and disability advocate dies at 32


SU HAPPENINGS


SU NEWS

Steve Taylor 2012 Revolutionary Leader Recording Available


The Tennessee Association of Microboards and Cooperatives, Inc. has made the recording of Steve Taylor's 2012 Revolutionary Leaders presentation available to anyone who would like to view it.  

Steve's presentation, “On the Shoulders of Giants. Reflections on Great Leaders of Our Time: Burton Blatt, Gunnar Dybwad and Wolf Wolfensberger” can be reached by clicking on either of these links:

http://tnmicroboards.org/?page_id=454

or    https://vimeo.com/113354880

Please note: Closed Captioning is being set up for the video, now.

Student Shuttle Service to RTC and Hancock Airport (Friday, Dec 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13)

Student Association and the Office of First Year and Transfer Programs (FYTP) are happy to offer shuttle service from campus to the RTC and Hancock Airport on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13. The shuttle picks up on the Waverly side of the Schine Student Center.
Schedule(s):

The Race Card Project will be part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration this year.

The Project was created by Michele Norris, National Public Radio special correspondent and this year’s keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Please fill out your Race Card online.


CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

 

Call for Proposals: Game Over…? “Cripping” The Comic Con 2015

March 22nd & 23rd, 2015
Syracuse University
Proposals due January 26th, 2015
Join us for our third annual “Cripping” the Comic Con, where “con” stands for conferenceand comics convention.  This year’s main themes are gaming, digital media, and digital effects in film.  We wish to explore the various ways in which games, gaming, and virtual media reflect and create understandings and interpretations of disability in popular culture. 
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. For more information, please check out Cripping the Con online oremail Cripping the Con. More information is also attached to this email.

Summer Internship in NY/NJ for 1st Year Law Student with a Disability

 
2015 1L SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Prudential Financial, Inc.
 
The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated, first-year law student with a disability. The Commission will select a law student with a disability to join the 2015 summer law intern program at Prudential’s New Jersey/New York offices. The 1L summer internship will run 10 weeks—from May 26 to August 7, 2015. Interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis. 
 
Internship Description
 
 
The summer internship program will provide interns the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the program include:
 
·         Paid attendance at the 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Dallas on May 28-30
·         Participation in training programs presented by Prudential attorneys highlighting different areas of the business and the legal department
·         Pairing with an attorney who will serve as a manager during the program and provide guidance on projects
·         Pairing with a mentor who will serve as an additional advisor on resume review, interviewing, skill development, networking and other individual needs
·         Practice interviews and presentations and shadow attorneys on various projects
·         Opportunities to interview with selected local firms for potential 2L internships
 
Applicant Requirements
 
 
Applicants must:
 
·         Be (or become) a member of the American Bar Association athttps://shop.americanbar.org/eBus/Membership/JoinABA.aspx?Promo=RMM14ISEF;
·         Be a law student with a disability;
·         Be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent);
·         Be scheduled for graduation in spring 2017 (full-time students) or spring 2018 (part-time students). 
 
The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest. Interns not local to New Jersey/New York will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from Prudential’s offices. Some assignments may be in offices not readily accessible by mass transportation.
 
How to Apply
 
To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, list of three references, and copy of your transcript to:
 
Tovah Miller at Tovah.Miller@americanbar.org; (T) 202-662 -1572; (F) 202-442-3439 
 
Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence.  All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 6, 2015.  Finalists will be selected and notified on or before March 9, 2015.
 
 
Prudential and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers and are committed to diversity in our workforce.
 
Michael J. Stratton
Administrative Coordinator
Commission on Disability Rights (CDR) - Mail Stop 11.0
American Bar Association (ABA)
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036-5303
 
T: 202-662-1571
F: 202-442-3439


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Making the Grade (A Look at Education Issues Across New England): Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment


Disability rights activist, filmmaker: 'We're not inspirational. We're just us.'


Requesting assistance with locating resources on ADA compliance by the courts with respect to I/DD

 
PLEASE SEND ANY SUGGESTIONS TO: Thomas F. Coleman tomcoleman@disabilityandabuse.org.  Thank you.
 
Dear Listserv Participants,
 
I am moving into a new phase of research regarding the way the court system treats people involved in adult guardianship (conservatorship) proceedings..
 
This phase will focus on compliance obligations by courts under Title 2 of ADA and under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
 
I have been doing some research online and I am finding tons of info re such compliance for physical disabilities but almost NOTHING for intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental disabilities, and cognitive disabilities – especially with respect to the duties of judges, court personnel, and attorneys in connection with litigants and witnesses in judicial proceedings (both in and out of the courtroom).
 
It is almost as if I would be writing on a clean slate.  I must be missing a hidden goldmine of information that is buried somewhere that I have not found.
 
Perhaps you have connections with ADA advocates or compliance people.  Perhaps you would be willing to send this email to them and ask if they would send me links to info on this topic or point me in the right direction.
 
I am considering filing a complaint against a county court for violations of ADA and 504 in terms of how the judges, court investigators, court-appointed attorneys, and capacity evaluators interact with people with cognitive, mental, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, including those who also have communication disabilities.
 
I believe these court participants are not trained on ADA and 504 requirements for people with such disabilities, much less being trained on the substantive issues and practices that would bring them into compliance.  I believe they are routinely violating these statutes by how they interact with witnesses and litigants who have such disabilities.
 
My investigation needs to include any court cases, DOJ inquiries or settlements, or other materials that discuss what the courts and court participants should be doing to comply.  I have found a few vague references but noting specific.
 
I also want to find any model training programs or educational materials that have been used in the context of ADA compliance by judges and attorneys who interact with people who have such cognitive disabilities.
 
Why is it so hard for me to find this information?  Is ADA compliance by courts in terms of I/DD an area of law that is undeveloped?  Or am I just not looking in the right places?
 
Any help you can give me in this regard would be appreciated.
 
Thanks.
 
Tom Coleman
Legal Director
Disability and Abuse Project

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Franciscan St. James Health to Stop Discrimination against Persons with Hearing Disabilities

12/03/2014
The Justice Department announced today a settlement with Franciscan St. James Health (St. James), to ensure that patients and companions who are deaf or hard of hearing receive sign language interpreters and other services necessary to ensure effective communication, in compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the agreement, St. James will pay $70,000 in damages to a patient who is deaf who was denied a sign language interpreter throughout her four day stay in the hospital. The settlement also requires that St. James provide auxiliary aids and services, including sign language interpreters, to people who are deaf or hard of hearing within prescribed time frames and free of charge; designate an ADA Administrator; utilize their grievance resolution systems to investigate disputes regarding effective communication with deaf and hard of hearing patients; post notices of their effective communication policy; and train hospital personnel on the effective communication requirements of the ADA. The settlement is part of the Department's Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, a partnership of the Civil Rights Division and U. S. Attorney's offices across the nation to ensure that people with disabilities, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing, who have HIV, or who have mobility disabilities, have equal access to medical services.
To find out more about this settlement agreement or about the ADA, please visit our ADA website at www.ada.gov.  For more information on the Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative visitwww.ada.gov/usao-agreements. Those interested in finding out more about the ADA may also call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD).

Stella Young dead: comedian, ABC journalist and disability advocate dies at 32



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