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March, 08 2018


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.



Wheelchair Basketball @ SU Saturday February 6

Save the Dates for Upcoming Events: Spring 2016

News from the SU Disability Student Union (DSU)

This week at the Humanities Center

Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs: Volunteers Needed! 

Certificate in University Teaching Seminar Series

3-Minute Thesis® competition

Sociology Job Talk: "Empowering Government: Disability Rights and the Institutional Context of Social Change" 

Black History Month Commemorative Lecture: Alicia Garza

Participate in the DPS-Student Dialogue Circles

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

Black History Month Reception in the Special Collections Research Center

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

Take Back the Night (TBTN) 2016

The Black Lounge

Opportunity For All Doctoral Students: The Productive and Inspired Academic 

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

Imagining America: Prison Theater Films and Community Arts Workshop

News from LA CASITA

Happy Queer Valentine’s Day from the LGBT Resource Center

A Zen Approach to Personal and Global Challenges


Dr. King Celebration Features Marc Lamont Hill, Unsung Award Winners

Taishoff Center Receives $2 Million to Create Model InclusiveU Program

Disability Law & Policy Program Marks 10th Anniversary with Spring Lecture Series

Caribbean Cinematic Festival Explores Film Culture of Caribbean Diaspora

WAER Celebrates Black History Month

Volunteers Needed to Lead International Conversation Groups

SOULscape Weekend Retreat Supports Students in Finding Meaning,  Purpose

Office of Multicultural Affairs Hosts The Black Lounge


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

2016 AERA Division G Graduate Student Travel Award

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

Call for Participants: "Accessibility and Digital Environments"

16th Annual Disability Studies in Education Conference

Upcoming Disability and the Arts Conference at SUNY UB

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

2016 1L Summer Internship Program: Prudential Financial, Inc.

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

Call for Papers : Special Issue : Inclusive Education : listening to students' voices

Syracuse University LOGIN Study

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

Activism in the Autistic Community [Survey for thesis]

Two local conferences related to mindfulness


New Publication Available from AHEAD! 

4 Wheel City heads to LA Abilities Expo

Mobility International USA: International student initiative

PEAT Talk: Raising the Bar on Accessibility

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: January 10-16, 2016

Gleanings: Resources and reports on families, child care, respite care, and supports

From hospital visits to seeing sport on television, people get into disability sports through a lot of different ways

Pixar’s New App Gives the Blind a New Way to Experience Movies

Help make YouTube (and Vimeo) more accessible for deaf and hard of hearing viewers!

Intersections of disability, art, and culture

Creating Space

A Reporting Project Puts Disabilities on the Political Agenda

South Africa's Kobus Moolman wins 2015 GLENNA LUSCHEI PRIZE for A Book of Rooms

New website of interest

New Disability Student Group at U Georgia 

Disability narrative — Life Writing and Graphic Narratives

Disability related Blogs of interest

Disability.gov Updates

Position Opening - Civil Rights Division, Chief of Educational Opportunities Section 

Update from Disability Rights International

United Nations experts report racial discrimination in U.S. against African Americans

Disability Scoop January 29, 2016

My Dream for 2016: Creating Social Transformation Through Building Deeper Relationships

Intern opportunity - Kit Yan Productions

Pride and Joy Families Weekend Conference 2016


Wheelchair Basketball @ SU Saturday February 6

It is time to come and join the Blended Wheelchair Basketball initiative on SU Campus again!

Join Move Along an inclusive adaptive sports organization (www.movealonginc.org)‚ the Syracuse VA and students & staff from Syracuse University and other community members in a fun and energetic game of wheelchair basketball.  This program offers its participants an opportunity to have fun while keeping fit and learning to play wheelchair basketball.  No experience required except a desire to participate and socialize playing wheelchair basketball.  Each year our team plays other NY state teams at the State Fair and you can have an opportunity to act as peer mentor for our youth rebound wheelchair basketball program.  If there is interest this team can travel to play other NY State wheelchair basketball teams.

This program is for ages eighteen and up. Specialized basketball wheelchairs are provided but limited. Participants may need to rotate in and out throughout the practice to allow everyone a chance to enjoy this great physical activity. 

The activity will take place on the campus of Syracuse University!

Free entry and participation with a SU ID card.

$5 per session for community members. 

A team jersey will be developed and available at cost for interested individuals

9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturdays: February 6, March 5, April 9 and 30

January 23rd thru April 30th, 2016

For more information please contact Jeff Wright of Move Along jeff_wright@movealonginc.org or the SUDCC sudcc@syr.edu.


Save the Dates for Upcoming Events: Spring 2016 

Here is a list of upcoming events connected with the DCC and/or DSU (the Disability Student Union):

Interfaith dialogue dinner and mindful meditation series (last Wednesdays in Feb., Mar., and Apr., 6:30 to 8:30, Noble Room, Hendricks); details already shared -- and, reminders will be shared, too!

February 20, 6pm-9pm: Disabilifunk, Schine Underground

April 1: Deaf-initely Ironic...? "Cripping" the Comic Con, Schine 304ABC and Panasci Lounge; including late night encore screening of Inside Out (captioned and audio described)

April 16, 1pm-4pm: OrangeAbility (details forthcoming)

Disabilities as Ways of Knowing (TBD)

A Place at the Table (TBD)

Annual Vigil (probably 3/1; probably online rather than in person - TBD) 

Adaptive Skiing Trip (TBD) - DSU


News from the SU Disability Student Union (DSU)

The semester has begun and Disability Student Union is already working on great things for the rest of the year! In order to gauge interests and figure out good meeting days, we will be holding a general interest meeting Thursday, February 4th, at 5 in the DCC (105 Hoople; across from Varsity). We will also be discussing our upcoming awesome events this semester! Please reach out to me if you are not available at this time, but would still like to be involved in some way. We have lots to do this semester so we are going to need as much involvement as possible! 

Here's a list of some upcoming events to keep in mind: 

February 10 @ 3:45-5:45 pm & 7-9 pm

Viewing sessions for the chancellor's workgroup on diversity and inclusion

Small groups facilitated by trained mediators

Location- stay tuned

Feel free to attend and bring a friend to voice your opinion about diversity and inclusion on campus 

February 20 @ 6pm-9pm


Schine Underground

Our fantastic performance/karaoke night where everyone can come and enjoy a night of entertainment, food, and drink in an accessible and inclusive space

April 1 

"Cripping" the Comic Con: Deaf-initely Ironic...?

Location- Schine 304ABC; Panasci Lounge

"This annual 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." -http://crippingthecon.com

April 16 @ 1pm-4pm


Location- stay tuned

Our biggest (and my favorite) event; an accessible athletics expo on adaptive sports. Bring some friends to play wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and more! More info to come

Adaptive Skiing Trip!!!

Location- Greek Peak

We are looking at planning an adaptive ski trip to Greek Peak! We will discuss more in meetings, but this is so cool! Let anyone you know that may be interested to contact me! 

Christy Kalebic, President & Events Coordinator | Disability Student Union 



This week at the Humanities Center

This week, the Humanities Center is proud to support these events:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

5:30pm, Maxwell Auditorium
“Imagining Mattering: Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality, and Black Joy”

Bettina Love (University of Georgia)

Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series

Dr. Love, an award-winning author and esteemed educational researcher, describes creating a space where black lives matter and students become engaged in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion and justice. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

“Earth Water Woman Documentary” Caribbean Cinematic Festival
1:00pm, Community Folk Art Center (805 E. Genesee, Syracuse)

The Humanities Center co-sponsors the Saturday afternoon screening of the inspiring story of Akilah Jaramogi, devoted to turning her barren, blighted hillside home into a sustainable agro-forestry community in Trinidad and Tobago West Indies.  This documentary is one of the dozen features presented in the CFAC Caribbean Cinematic Festival, February 4-7. 


Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs: Volunteers Needed!

Stand with Syracuse University and Vera House in ending sexual and relationship violence.  Volunteer to support the White Ribbon Campaign by collecting donations and handing out white bracelets before the SU men’s basketball game against Florida State.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 11

Time: 4:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Where: Carrier Dome

Email bmyule@syr.edu by Thursday, Feb. 4 to volunteer.

Volunteers receive a student section bracelet to enjoy the game and a Vera House t-shirt!


Certificate in University Teaching Seminar Series

I’m Teaching Online?!

with Dr. Michael Frasciello, ECS

Thursday, February 11

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Hall of Languages 202 

This session serves an introduction to online teaching. We’ll clarify the terms and nomenclature, then look at some basics of good course design and delivery. We’ll wrap up the session by identifying some things you can do to demonstrate to future employers that you are an academic who understands online teaching and learning. 

Dr. Michael Frasciello is Director of Online Learning for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. 

Click here to register


3-Minute Thesis® competition

The Graduate School and the GSO present the 3rd annual … 

3-Minute Thesis® competition

Wednesday, February 24

5:30 pm
Kittredge Auditorium, HBC

Graduate student researchers! Do you think people ought to have a better understanding and higher opinion of your research? Now you have 3 minutes to tell them why. Three-Minute Thesis is a research communication competition hosted by over 200 universities worldwide. It challenges graduate students in all research programs to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes, in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.  

Think “mini TED Talk” – *but* only one static projected image (e.g., PPT slide) and no audio or moving video permitted. A multidisciplinary faculty panel will judge contestants on their ability to convey the nature, importance, and inherent interest of their research in 180 seconds or less. That is:

  • What is your research about?
  • Why is it important?
  • What makes it cool?

Not sure what this looks like in practice? Check out some winning presentations online. Winner takes home a Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet, courtesy of the GSO! Everyone takes home skills that will pay off in the job hunt and in building a professional network.  

Register online by February 8


Sociology Job Talk: "Empowering Government: Disability Rights and the Institutional Context of Social Change" 

David Pettinicchio 

“Empowering Government: Disability Rights and the Institutional Context of Social Change” 

Tuesday February 9th    3:30-4:45 pm

060 Eggers Hall 

David is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. 

All Welcome to Attend


Black History Month Commemorative Lecture: Alicia Garza

Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Black History Month Commemorative Lecture will be presented by Alicia Garza, Social activist and co-creator of the viral Twitter hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hendricks Chapel   | 7pm

For More Information, Contact Cedric T. Bolton at 315.443.9676 or ctbolton@syr.edu


Participate in the DPS-Student Dialogue Circles 

We are currently seeking students to participate in dialogue circles with officers from the Department of Public Safety (DPS).  Dialogue circles are facilitated, purposeful discussions that help build respect and understanding.  There are two circles being offered this semester, one on Tuesdays and one on Wednesdays, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hall of Languages.  The dates for these circles are listed below.  Participants are asked to commit to attend all five sessions.  

Interested students can visit the DPS-Student Dialogue Circles webpage for details and the application.

Tuesdays: Feb. 9, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 1, and March 8

Wednesdays: Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 2, and March 9


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.   


FEBRUARY 9: Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education: Making Progress Toward Inclusion in Education, Tuesday, 5:30-7 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.


Black History Month Reception in the Special Collections Research Center 

Join us for a lively reception in the Special Collections Research Center to celebrate Black History Month. On view will be the current exhibition Black Utopias co-curated by Professor Joan Bryant and SCRC Director Lucy Mulroney. Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


About Black Utopias  

Black Utopias”commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the best-selling narrative of one of the most prominent men of the Civil Rights era.

This anniversary holds special significance for Syracuse University because the Libraries' Special Collections Research Center is home to the records of Grove Press, the avant-garde publisher of the Autobiography. Grove hailed the book as one of its "most important" publications. The first printing of 10,000 copies sold out before it was released in October 1965.

“Black Utopias” takes the personal transformations that form the narrative arc of Malcolm X’s Autobiography as the framework for exploring a range of utopian visions that have shaped Black American life. Although utopias are, by definition, the stuff of dreams, the examples presented in this exhibition are firmly rooted in historical experiences of subjugation, inequality, and injustice. They are at once visionary and modest endeavors to craft worlds of freedom, unity, power, equality, and beauty.

The exhibit will feature the handwritten letter that Malcolm X sent to Alex Haley during his pilgrimage to Mecca, as well as other unique and rare materials from the collections. It includes documents by little-known individuals and such prominent figures as W.E.B. Dubois, Langston Hughes, Madam C. J. Walker, James Ford, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Exhibition dates: October 8, 2015 -  April 15, 2016

Visit us at: http://scrc.syr.edu



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)



The Black Lounge

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) presents:

The Black Lounge

Friday, February 5, 2016

Schine, Goldstein Auditorium   | 7pm

A night full of elegance, soul and fun!

For More Information, Contact Cedric T. Bolton at 315.443.9676 or ctbolton@syr.edu


Opportunity For All Doctoral Students: The Productive and Inspired Academic 

School of Education Professor Julie Causton is offering a series of eight 2-hour seminars during the Spring 2016 semester that aim to provide doctoral students in ANY program with the tools and inspiration to improve their productivity and effectiveness in the world of academia. Sessions will cover everything from engaging teaching strategies in college classrooms, to finishing in-progress writing projects, to issues of vulnerability, happiness, and authenticity. These sessions are designed to create a collaborative community of scholars as we examine and address the real challenges of becoming an academic and a scholar.

Come to one seminar, a few, or all of them - the choice is yours!

All seminars held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in 056 Huntington Hall

Writing Boot Camp
3 Sessions: Thursday, February 11; Wednesday, March 9; Tuesday, March 29
This pomodoro-based work session is for seminar members who wish to meet and work in a structured and supportive environment. We will begin with 5 minutes of rule setting followed by a two-hour productive working session. This session will be divided into 15 minute increments with 5 minute sharing breaks to increase accountability and support for participants.

Vulnerability and Academia
Tuesday, March 8
Inspired by the work of scholar Dr. Brene Brown, this session will focus on what it means to be more vulnerable and authentic within our profession. Seminar participants will engage with work by diverse researchers, authors and activists in order to leave with strategies for embracing authenticity and vulnerability, practicing mindfulness related to self-worth and belonging, and an appreciation for the power of being true to one’s authentic self.

Happiness and Academia
Tuesday, March 22
Inspired by Harvard scholar Dr. Sean Achor, this session focuses on cultivating the Seven Principles that fuel success and performance. Seminar participants will leave with research-based strategies to boost happiness, productivity and effectiveness.

Landing the Job
Monday, March 28
This seminar session will be centered on thoughtful advice for going on the market and obtaining your dream job. We will discuss everything from CVs to cover letters to job talks. Seminar participants will leave with concrete strategies for planning for and executing a successful job search.

Register for Productive and Inspired Academic Seminars


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   


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 


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 


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.


Imagining America: Prison Theater Films and Community Arts Workshop

Prison Theater Films and Community Arts Workshop

…with internationally acclaimed artists Curt Tofteland (Founder, Shakespeare Behind Bars,

USA) and Tom Magill (Founder, Educational Shakespeare Co., Ireland) 

February 5, 6, and 7, 2016

Grace Episcopal Church

819 Madison St. (@University Ave.)

Film Screening : “Shakespeare Behind Bars” (2005)

Friday, Feb. 5, 7:00pm

In this revelatory trip into and around a prison production at Luther Luckett Max. Security Prison, we embark on a year-long journey with the Shakespeare Behind Bars theatre troupe. Led by director Curt Tofteland, whose innovative work with Luther Luckett inmates began in the mid-1990s, the prisoners cast themselves in roles reflecting the ir personal history and fate. Their individual stories, including information about their crimes, are interwoven with the plot of The Tempest as the inmates delve deeply into the characters they portray while confronting their personal demons. Open to the public. $5 suggested donation at the door.

Film Screening : “Mickey B” (2007)

Saturday, Feb. 6, 6:00pm

An award-winning adaptation of Macbeth, set in the fictional Burnam Prison. It tells the story of one prisoner’s quest for power through violence, betrayal and murder – and the death and insanity that results. The film was shot in NI’s maximum-security prison, HMP Maghaberry and features 42 characters played by prisoners and prison staff. Open to the public. $5 suggested at the door. Followed by audience talkback with Curt Tofteland and Tom Magill.

Community Arts Intensive (Space is limited. Pre-registration required.)

Saturday, Feb. 6.

10am – 1pm: Creating a Circle of Trust (Magill and Tofteland)

2 – 5pm: Including the Excluded (Magill)

Sunday, Feb. 7.

10am – 1pm: We Know Who We Are But Not Who We May Be (Tofteland)

Cost of intensive is $50, which includes all 3 workshops, both films, and dinner on Saturday.

For more information or to register, contact Kevin Bott or Heather Ryerson at 443-8590 or hmryerso@syr.edu



News from LA CASITA 



Feb 13, 7PM 


A string recital of classical compositions, rhythms and melodies from featuring guitar quartet FourteGuitar with performances by Kenneth Meyer and Sara Silva

Suggested admission $10

Students with ID $5 

All proceeds will support La Casita's Music and Arts Education programs. La Casita currently has 86 children enrolled in its arts and music programs, offering opportunities for arts and music education majors and graduate students to gain teaching experience. Click here for more information.


Impressions of large-scale, hand-carved woodblocks, pressed by an industrial steamroller and made into finely rolled relief prints on white cotton muslin.
This exhibit presents the work of students from Syracuse University's Printmaking Program and a group of Syracuse area residents, mostly youths who participated in the workshop offered at no cost by SU Printmaking at La Casita.


DANZA dance program (all ages)

Monday 5:00 - 6:00PM.


Tuesday 2:45 - 5:30PM (youth program).

MI MÚSICA (youth program)
Wednesdays 3:30-6:00PM. 

TANGO CLASSES (for adults)
Wednesdays at 7:00PM 

Please call for details at 315-443-2151 or email us at lacasita@syr.edu



Looking for an academic internship or volunteer opportunity? La Casita has openings! Opportunities in education, social sciences, non-profit management, museum studies, library sciences, event planning, public relations, advertising, marketing, graphic design, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and more.   

For more information visit our website: lacasita.syr.edu

Tel: 315-443-2151 / Email: lacasita@syr.edu


Happy Queer Valentine’s Day from the LGBT Resource Center

Happy Queer Valentine’s Day @ Café Q!

Tuesday, February 9th, 6 – 8 PM.

750 Ostrom Avenue.

Make radical V-Day cards for friends and/or lovers, decorate heart-shaped cookies, and seek fleeting refuge from the season’s heteronormativity at the LGBT Resource Center!


A Zen Approach to Personal and Global Challenges

Shinge Roshi Sherry Chayat, Abbot of the Zen Studies Society and Zen Center of Syracuse, will be speaking Wednesday , Feb. 10 at noon in Hendricks Chapel's Noble Room.  At the request of the Student Buddhist Association, sponsor, she will speak on "A Zen Approach to Personal and Global Challenges."  




Dr. King Celebration Features Marc Lamont Hill, Unsung Award Winners




Taishoff Center Receives $2 Million to Create Model InclusiveU Program




Disability Law & Policy Program Marks 10th Anniversary with Spring Lecture Series


Caribbean Cinematic Festival Explores Film Culture of Caribbean Diaspora




WAER Celebrates Black History Month




Volunteers Needed to Lead International Conversation Groups




SOULscape Weekend Retreat Supports Students in Finding Meaning,  Purpose




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. 


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


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


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. 


2016 AERA Division G Graduate Student Travel Award

Division G is pleased to announce travel stipends available for the 2016 Annual Meeting. If you are a graduate student in the area of social contexts of education, you may apply for one of the Division G travel stipends for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  Application deadline: Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. 

Please direct all inquiries to the Graduate Student Committee Representatives, Ms. Adeyanju Odutola (aodutol@clemson.edu) or Mr. Eric Felix (eric.felix@usc.edu).

To apply, fill out an application at the link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MJxpBhy3LCIzkvw-cON2CMR6rbXoUsolORP-uYJazqs/viewform You will need to submit your curriculum vitae, together with the following information:

·       Name

·       Email address

·       Telephone number

·       Institution

·       Your status/year in the program

·       AERA member number (You must have proof of current paid Division G membership. Recipients must be paid Division G members at time of application.)

25 Recipients will be randomly selected after the following criteria have been met:

·       First time presenter with AERA annual meeting

·       Applicant’s paper was accepted for presentation at the AERA conference. Applicant is an author of accepted paper.

·       Applicant’s involvement with Division G (i.e., attending Mentoring Pre-conference Seminar, Campus Liaison, attending Fireside or Student Session)

Please upload your materials on the provided link no later than Monday, February 8, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. EST.  Recipients will be notified by February 15, 2016.




Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability: 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

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 Participants: "Accessibility and Digital Environments"

“Accessibility and Digital Environments” a week-long course to be offered at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute from June 13-17, 2016 (see details below), hosted by the University of Victoria in beautiful British Columbia.

Thanks to the generosity of their partners and sponsors, DHSI is able to offer a number of tuition scholarships for their courses. These scholarships are open to all, and cover tuition costs with the exception of a small, non-refundable administration fee. Furthermore, additional tuition scholarships are available specifically for this course. You may apply via http://dhsi.org/scholarships.php

DHSI offers several additional opportunities to learn about digital humanities, scholarship, and pedagogy through unconference sessions, panel presentations, guest speakers, and colloquia. In addition, the 2016 Institute will coincide with ELO (Electronic Literature Organization) and INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments) conferences, so there will be additional opportunities to attend sessions and events for participants.

Accessibility and Digital Environments: course description

In order to successfully reach a wide audience, digital projects must take into account the variety of potential users and their diverse needs. Not everyone accesses information in the same way, though we often assume otherwise. For example, people with disabilities of many different kinds--sensory, physical, and cognitive--represent a significant percentage of users for many digital projects, but most of these projects are designed without thinking about accessibility. However, digital humanists can ensure that they are designing for all users by taking accessibility into account from the beginning of a project. And existing projects can be adjusted and modified to improve their accessibility.

This course will take a two-fold approach: students will read and discuss key works from disability studies scholarship in order to consider various applications for the digital humanities; these readings will form a critical framework for students’ hands-on work with tools that enable them to evaluate and create scholarly digital resources. Mornings will involve readings-based discussions on topics such as emerging standards for accessibility in digital environments, the social model of disability, user-centered design, and embodiment. Afternoons will be reserved for guided individual exercises and small-group work. Students are encouraged to bring their own projects or project ideas in order to evaluate them for accessibility and to make or plan changes as appropriate. Knowledge of and experience with web design is not required, but curiosity and a willingness to learn are a necessity.

For more information about DHSI, generally, visit http://dhsi.org

For any questions about the “Accessibility and Digital Environments” course, please contact:

George H. Williams, USC Upstate george.h.williams@gmail.com

Erin E. Templeton, Converse College e.e.templeton@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



Upcoming Disability and the Arts Conference at SUNY UB 

April 1,2016 at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

10 AM to 5 PM. 

For more information, contact: 

Cynthia Wu, Associate Professor of American Studies Department of Transnational Studies University at Buffalo

732 Clemens Hall

Buffalo, NY  14260


716-645-0825 (phone)

716-645-5977 (fax)



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. 


2016 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 2016 summer law intern program at Prudential's New Jersey offices. The 1L summer internship will run 10 weeks—from June 6 to August 12, 2016. Interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on a weekly 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 19-21
  • 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 and other substantive      work
  • Pairing with a mentor who will serve as an additional      advisor on resume review, interviewing, skill development, and mock      interview practice
  • Networking within Prudential and externally with law firms      and regulatory groups
  • Presentation development and delivery
  • Opportunity to shadow attorneys on various projects 

Applicant Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be (or become) a member of the American Bar Association
  • 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 2018 (full-time students) or spring 2019 (part-time students) 

The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest. Interns not local to New Jersey will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from Prudential's Newark office.

How to Apply

Submit your cover letter, resume, list of three references, and copy of your transcript to: Amy Allbright at Amy.Allbright@americanbar.org; (T) 202.662.1575; (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 12, 2016. Finalists will be selected and notified on or before March 17, 2016.

Prudential and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers and are committed to diversity in our workforce.



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 


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 


Call for Papers : Special Issue : Inclusive Education : listening to students' voices 

Mediterranean Review of Educational Research

 Call for Papers for Special Issue : Inclusive Education: listening to students' voices.

•        How inclusive is inclusive education?

•        To what extent are disabled students benefitting from a quality and holistic education that enables them to develop their potential to the maximum?

•        Are disabled students considered to be full members of their schools and of their communities?

•        Are they being effectively prepared for participation in the mainstream of society in adulthood?

These are some of the questions the answers to which can help us gauge the effectiveness of the inclusive education policy since the signing of the Salamanca Statement and Framework for Action on Special Needs Education in 1994 and the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006.

The Department of Disability Studies together with the Department of Inclusion and Access to Learning of the University of Malta is issuing this Call for Papers for a special issue of the Mediterranean Review of Educational Researchto be published in December 2017 titled Inclusive Education: listening to students' voices. This Call for Papers seeks to present answers to these questions from the viewpoint of disabled students themselves about all levels of education from pre-school to further and higher education, as well as lifelong learning.

Therefore, the papers for this Special Edition can either directly present the voice of disabled children and adults about their experiences of inclusive education, or present research that has been conducted with disabled children or adults about their past or present experiences of inclusive education.

Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted to Dr Anne-Marie Callus on anne-marie.callus@um.edu.mt by Monday 29th February 2016.


Syracuse University LOGIN Study

Our research aims to make computers and the Internet more accessible and easier to use. To help design more accessible technologies, we are seeking to learn from the experiences of computer/Internet users who have cognitive disabilities. 

We are a group of researchers at Syracuse University and we are recruiting adults with cognitive disabilities, including those with developmental disabilities such as autism and specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia to better understand their difficulties in using current login systems. The researchers will visit their homes or other environments (e.g., public library) where the participants regularly use computers and the Internet. 

The visit will take about 1 hour in which the researchers will observe how participants use computers and the Internet, and log into various services, attempting to uncover any difficulties that the participants experience. The researchers will also ask the participants to fill out two surveys and conduct an interview to better understand their needs. 

Participants who complete the study will receive between $5 and $30. Compensation will be pro-rated in a way that recognizes time and effort put in prior to withdrawal: withdrawal prior to pre-test survey ($5); pre-test survey ($5); being observed for computer usage and logging into websites ($10); interview ($10); and post-test survey ($5).

If you’re interested in participating in this study, please fill out our recruitment survey at http://goo.gl/1hWZkN

If you are selected, you will be contacted via email with detailed information on the study. We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Dr. Yang Wang for more information about the study at ywang@syr.edu or (315.443.3744).


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


Activism in the Autistic Community [Survey for thesis]

I’m an autistic college senior and I’m working on my senior thesis. My thesis is about activism in the autistic community. There are a few different parts to it. The first part is surveys. It would be really helpful for me if you could participate in the survey portion of my research. They are fairly short and should be able to be saved so that you can take a break and come back to them if needed. 

I have four different surveys set up, choose which one to take based on which group you fall into. I can only use data from people who are legal adults, so please only take these if you are 18 older. 

If you are an autistic adult who has autistic children, please take the survey located here 

All other autistic adults should take the survey located here 

If you are a non-autistic parent or sibling of autistic people, please take the survey located here. 

If you are a non-autistic person who works with autistic people, please take the survey located here

If you qualify for more than one survey group, take the survey that you qualify for that is first on the list. For example, if you are an autistic adult who works with autistic people, take the survey for autistic adults. If you take the survey and have any suggestions of ways to more clearly word questions, suggestions for questions that could be useful to ask, questions about questions, or questions about the project: feel free to send me a message or send an email to the email listed in the survey link. 

Surveys will be available to take until March 1st 2016. 

CONTACT: Denise Parry dparry@pugetsound.edu


Two local conferences related to mindfulness

Here are two (relatively) local conferences on mindfulness, contemplation, and education this spring, both the first weekend in March. A brief description for each is below, along with links to more information.

Launching SUNY Initiatives on Mindfulness and Health: A Multidisciplinary Scholarly Conference
March 4, 2016 (registration only $20)
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

2016 Mindfulness in Education Conference
Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning
Ninth Annual Conference

March 4 – 6, 2016 (registration before Feb 1: $300, after Feb. 1 $420)
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (M. Carey Thomas Library, Great Hall)



New Publication Available from AHEAD! 

AHEAD: Association on Higher Education And Disability® 

We're excited to announce the release of a new publication, Beyond Transition!

Authors Mary Barrows, Jennifer Newton, and Emily Collins have created an interactive workbook designed to guide students with a learning disability (LD) and/or attention deficit disorder (ADHD), as they develop from a successful high school student to a successful college student.  The materials in Beyond Transition are organized on the framework of self-regulated learning. This structure is designed to emphasize the importance of the student's role in academic progress, to highlight growing independence as a learner, and to stress the importance of identifying new structures and supports for this new phase in academic development.  

Beyond Transition provides materials designed to facilitate communication between students and parents as they move through and beyond the transition to college. Professionals who provide support to high school and college students withLD and ADHD, guidance counselors, and advisers may also find the material in Beyond Transition useful. We hope that you will find the approach offered by this workbook to be one that could benefit the students and families with whom you work.  

Member Price: $30.00   /   Non-Member Price: $45.00 

Visit http://ahead.org/publications to download an order form and either email (ahead@ahead.org) or fax (704-948-7779) to get your copy of this exciting new publication! E-text available upon request. 




4 Wheel City heads to LA Abilities Expo

Meet Hip Hop duo 4 Wheel City at the LA Abilities Expo this weekend!

4 Wheel City is an entertainment organization started by Namel “Tapwaterz”Norris and Ricardo “Rickfire” Velasquez two talented hip-hop artists and motivational speakers in wheelchairs due to gun violence. Their mission is to use hip-hop music and culture to create more opportunities for the disabled and inspire people not to give up in life.

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.



DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: January 10-16, 2016

From DREAM: Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring

Sponsored by the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

Click here for the Weekly Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education 

Week of January 10-16, 2016

Gleanings: Resources and reports on families, child care, respite care, and supports



From hospital visits to seeing sport on television, people get into disability sports through a lot of different ways


Pixar’s New App Gives the Blind a New Way to Experience Movies

Help make YouTube (and Vimeo) more accessible for deaf and hard of hearing viewers!


Intersections of disability, art, and culture

Series with Riva Lehrer to look at intersections of disability, art, and culture


Creating Space

Creating Space is an annual meeting exploring the evolving use of arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS) in healthcare education. 

Montreal, April 15-16, 2016 


A Reporting Project Puts Disabilities on the Political Agenda


South Africa's Kobus Moolman wins 2015 GLENNA LUSCHEI PRIZE for A Book of Rooms


New website of interest: disabilityfeast

FEAST: Food Education, Access, Support, & Training


New Disability Student Group at U Georgia 

One of the Autistic Scholars Fellowship recipients has gotten the ball rolling on a student group at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA: https://www.facebook.com/disabilitycommunityatuga/


Disability narrative — Life Writing and Graphic Narratives




Disability related Blogs of interest

Rolling Around In My Head: Tourists!


Rolling Around In My Head: Voices Out of Turn and Without Permission


"Everyday Feminism" by Cara Liebowitz: 5 Examples of How Privilege Lists Often Ignore the Intersection of Dis/Ability 


Cara Liebowitz's Other Posts — in Everyday Feminism


Disabled? I Am Legend! | Unstrange Mind


Sit Down, Fight Back: The Privilege of Niceness


Disability.gov Updates 


Position Opening - Civil Rights Division, Chief of Educational Opportunities Section 


Eve L. Hill

Deputy Assistant Attorney General 

Civil Rights Division 

(202) 353-9390

Update from Disability Rights International

Article on CNN's continued support of orphanages

United Nations experts report racial discrimination in U.S. against African Americans

Experts from the United Nations have reported an "seemingly endless" list of racial discrimination in U.S. against African Americans.


Disability Scoop - January 29, 2016


My Dream for 2016: Creating Social Transformation Through Building Deeper Relationships


Intern opportunity - Kit Yan Productions 

Kit Yan Productions is seeking a communications intern for the remainder of the semester. This person will have the opportunity to work with my Director of Event and Program management Erin Roxy Honseler in the Syracuse area to work in the following areas: 

Social Media


Press releases

emails to community and campus groups



The time obligation would be around 5 hours a week and there is a small stipend attached to the work. 

Please email Erin at erin@kityanpoet.com 

For more information about Kit Yan Productions: www.kityanpoet.com


Pride and Joy Families Weekend Conference 2016

The Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, with co-presenter Camp Highlight, will hold its sixth LGBTQ families conference on March 18-20, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 2-8 Hawley Street in Binghamton, NY. This year's theme is LGBTQ Families in Transition- Navigating Changes Within and Outside of Us.

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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