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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.




5th Annual Vigil in Remembrance of People with Disabilities Murdered by Family Members and Caregivers

BE THE CHANGE Hip Hop Dance Performance

Sankofa Lecture Series

HASA Women’s Empowerment Luncheon

Democratizing Knowledge Project invites you to an evening with Dr. Gloria Joseph, author of The Wind is Spirit


Community Ambassador Program

fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program (Deadline extended)

Survival of the Kindest: Toward a Compassionate Society

Take the Campus Climate Survey!

Upcoming Future Professoriate Program and related events

Black Graduation Announcement

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

Dimensions recruiting for 2016-2017

From the LGBT Resource Center

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

Hendricks Hosts Candlelight Yoga in the Dome


Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship Nominations Sought

College of Law to Host 15th Annual Diversity Law Day

SU First Major Private University to Support Sen. Gillibrand’s Campus Accountability & Safety Act



Online Videos Study - An Effective Tool to Learn Using online videos

Syracuse University Fit Families Program for children with Autism and their families 

The Visual Made Verbal: A full day training in Audio Description on April 12, 2016

State of the Science Conference on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Symposium on Disability Access in Heatlh and Medical Education

Pathways to Justice™ Training Chapter Application Now Available

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

Save the Date: AHEAD & pepnet2 Co-Convene in July 2016

Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Poster Reception and the Multiple Perspectives Conference

Frontiers of Democracy 2016

Post-Doctoral Fellowship at SUNY, Binghamton

AAA 2016: Call for Paper Abstracts & Feminist Conference

Call for Participation – Imagining America: At the Crossroads

Syracuse University LOGIN Study

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

Newhouse Student Narrative Project: People with disabilities 


The Advocacy Project is hiring 2016 Summer Peace Fellows


Course listings for the Fall 2016 semester for the Consortium for Culture and Medicine

Free Webinars on Best Practices for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities

The Benefits of Psychiatric Advance Directives

National Disability Abuse Survey

Gleanings: Spirituality, Religion, and Disability Resources from the AAIDD

Microsoft's Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking | Co.Design | business + design

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: February 14-20, 2016

Disability.gov Update

Disability Scoop

Defending Education in an Age of Irrationality, Bigotry, and Anti-Intellectualism

7 Ways Social Justice Language Can Become Abusive in Intimate Relationships — Everyday Feminism

100 Black Men of Syracuse

Pine Bluff Commercial: White Hall Heroes Graduate



Thank you to everyone who came out to Disabilifunk Saturday, it was AMAZING! Thank you for you're attendance and enthusiasm. 

Don't forget our adaptive ski trip for Saturday, March 5th! Anyone who is interested should RSVP to Christy Kalebic via email (cqkalebi@syr.edu) so we can plan accordingly, or come to the meeting. Feel free to invite any friends who may be interested! People who are simply interested in learning how adaptive sports function should also come! There will be a group of people giving us a demonstration, so come curious if you want to learn more about adaptive skiing! These are the three areas that will be focused on:    

*Visual impairments and/or  Developmental disabilities (these are viewed as “stand up skiers or boarders”)

*3 track / 4 track skiers – these individuals may have had an amputation – be dealing with hemiplegia – these skiers ski in a standing position but with the assistance of handheld outriggers

*Mono Ski / Bi ski – these individuals typically use wheelchairs and use a ski that they sit in.

Please don't be turned away if you don't want to ski! There will be plenty of opportunities to learn about and interact with the instructors and equipment without having to participate yourself.

The next day for wheelchair basketball is Saturday, March 5th. If you can't make it to the ski trip, why not check out wheelchair basketball right here on campus?? 9:30-11:30 in the Women's building. We'll keep you updated on future dates.

"Cripping" the Comic Con will be April 1st upstairs in Schine. This is the only comic con in the world focused on disability, and it always features "mad" cool people and presentations. Come check it out and grab your awesome swag bag. 

OrangeAbility is April 16th from 1-4pm!! The location is still being determined. This our biggest, and my favorite, event of the year. An inclusive, accessible athletics expo; come play wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and experience adaptive sports! This year, we are going to have the option to register as a team and have games planned throughout the event. If you are part of an org and want to make a team, or you and your friends want to make a team, let me know and we'll get you on the schedule! We'll have more info as we get closer.

A Place at the Table is in the works, more info to come.

Please contact Christy Kalebic, President & Events Coordinator of the Disability Student Union, at cqkalebi@syr.edu if you have any questions.



5th Annual Vigil in Remembrance of People with Disabilities Murdered by Family Members and Caregivers


Please join us on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, from 3 PM to 4 PM, or a time of your choosing, for a “virtual” community vigil. Please share this Facebook page with others and please invite your friends to join us. 
We at Syracuse University are in solidarity with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network: http://autisticadvocacy.org/

In the past five years, over 180 people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents.
These acts are horrific enough on their own. But they exist in the context of a larger pattern. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable... and inevitable due to the “burden” of having a disabled person in the family. If the parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and, typically, the death of the person with a disability is the secondary feature of many mainstream media narratives – if it is mentioned (let alone with compassion, anger, etc.), at all.

For the last five years, ASAN, ADAPT, Not Dead Yet, the National Council on Independent Living, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, and other disability rights organizations have come together at local vigils across the country to mourn those losses, bring awareness to these tragedies, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities.

Syracuse University students who may need support or assistance can contact the Counseling Center at (315) 443-4715, the Office of Student Assistance at (315) 443-4357, or Hendricks Chapel at (315) 443-2902.

Faculty, staff, and other university community members in need of assistance may contact Carebridge at (800) 437-0911 (Faculty and Staff Assistance Program).
Community members who may need support or assistance can also reach out to Disabled in Action at (315) 455-9626.




BE THE CHANGE Hip Hop Dance Performance

March 2, 2016: BE THE CHANGE Hip Hop Dance Performance

The Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education is thrilled to support BE THE CHANGE, a hip hop dance class performance next Wednesday, March 2 in the Commons at Huntington Hall.

Two InclusiveU students, Bobby and Asia, are in the beginner dance class and will be performing in the event. Their final dance piece for this semester promotes a message that celebrates difference and hope in action. The performance will be followed by a discussion, where dialogue is encouraged to continue.

"Hip Hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people 

on a larger level, and to make a change"

-Doug E. Fresh


Dr. Tehmekah MacPherson, Dance Technique Studies instructor and director of the performance, hopes that by holding the event in the School of Education there will be a richer opportunity to honor the message, promote dialogue about difference, and highlight some of the advantages behind the InclusiveU and Taishoff Center initiatives.

Who: Dr T's Beginning Level Hip Hop Dance Students

When: Wednesday, March 2, 12:05pm

Where: Commons in School of Ed's Huntington Hall

About: The Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education is dedicated to providing full and equitable participation of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in higher education, especially students who have traditionally been excluded from post-secondary education. 




Sankofa Lecture Series

Office of Program Development & Office of Multicultural Affairs presents the Sankofa Lecture Series featuring Gisele Marcus ’89

Friday, February 26, 2016

HBC Gifford Auditorium   |  5:30pm 

For more information contact Cedric T. Bolton at ctbolton@syr.edu



HASA Women’s Empowerment Luncheon

The Haitian American Student Association presents:

Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, featuring Karen Civel, Paola Mathe, and Riva Precil

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Schine Underground   |   12-4pm 

For more information contact mkcasseu@syr.edu



Democratizing Knowledge Project invites you to an evening with Dr. Gloria Joseph, author of The Wind is Spirit 

The Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde

Democratizing Knowledge Project invites you to an evening with Dr. Gloria Joseph, author of The Wind is Spirit.

The Wind is Spirit was born from an interview conducted by groundbreaking author and activist Dr. Gloria Joseph, Audre Lorde's partner in the latter years of her life. Told griot style (an African oral tradition of storytelling to maintain historical ties to the past), this combination anthology and biography brings together a wide range of prominent authors and activists, who submitted essays, reflections, stories, poems, memoirs and photos that illuminate how Lorde's literary vision and her turbulent and triumphant life inspired so many.

Monday February 29, 2016

5:00 – 8:00 p. m.

Community Folk Art Center

805 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse

Reception to follow

Co-Sponsors: African American Studies, Cultural Foundations of Education, Humanities Center, Intergroup Dialogue Program, LGBT Resource Center, LGBT Studies, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, and Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

This event is free and open to the public.

Books will be available for purchase.




Common and Diverse Ground: Raising Consciousnesses by Acknowledging the “Hidden” Things that Divide Us 

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series 

Mar. 23:  Racialized Campus Climates: Naming Racism and Healing Wounds 

Apr. 27: Stress and Wellness: What is “Mental Health”? 

6:30 to 8:30 PM 

Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

Central to our identity at Hendricks Chapel is our belief in the power of encouraging peaceful discourse across difference. In a nation and world of increasing polarization and conflict, we believe it is essential for us to facilitate and model peaceful discourse for our students. Our interfaith dialogue dinner series seeks to embody this commitment. Exploring the intersections of spirituality, secularism, and timely issues of our day, each interfaith dialogue dinner will encourage intentional dialogue across difference. It is our hope that by gathering together on common ground over a shared meal, we can create a vibrant environment of peaceful and life-giving conversation around important and potentially divisive issues. 

Each two hour gathering will include a shared meal, facilitated dialogue, and a time of mindful meditation.  Sessions will be co-facilitated by chaplains, staff, and students. 

This series is cosponsored by Hendricks Chapel, the Disability Cultural Center (DCC), the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the LGBT Resource Center, and the Slutzker Center, is made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs. 

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and inclusive food will be provided. Requests for accommodations or food queries should be made at least seven days before each gathering by contacting cpreunin@syr.edu.



Community Ambassador Program

In an effort to assist students with their transition to off campus living in the Syracuse University neighborhood, the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS) has created the Community Ambassador Program. This program will match successful off-campus students with selected blocks in the University neighborhood.  Selected students will serve as an ambassador and role-model to the residents of the street they are living on. Community Ambassadors (CA) will provide a point of contact for student-residents on their assigned block, provide access to resources and build community in order to ease the transition to off-campus living. We hope this program will increase the overall achievement and satisfaction of students living in the university neighborhood, and will provide a leadership opportunity for returning off-campus students.

Blocks participating in the Community Ambassador Program:

  • Ackerman Ave
  • Clarendon St
  • Euclid Ave
  • Lancaster Ave
  • Livingston Ave
  • Ostrom Ave
  • Maryland Ave
  • Redfield Pl
  • Sumner Ave
  • Park Point Syracuse

Requirements for students applying to be a Community Ambassador:

  1. Minimum sophomore standing by Fall 2016.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
  3. No disciplinary record that resulted in probation, suspension or expulsion.
  4. Must live on one of the blocks listed in participating streets during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  5. Willingness to commit to participation for the entire 2016-2017 academic year.


  • This is a paid leadership position. Community Ambassadors typically average 5 hours a week, earning approximately $500 a semester and are paid hourly. Additional support is provided to fund programs.
  • $175 per semester will be provided to fund social programming

Community Ambassador position responsibilities:

  • Participate in a required training on April 27nd (6-9 p.m.) and August 22 and 23 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
  • Establish an email list serve and phone list for all students on the street and email them regularly with information. Walk door to door to distribute timely information as necessary.
  • Semi-monthly staff meeting. Weekly one-on-one meetings with supervisor.
  • One hour per week of “office hours.”
  • Create and run two social programs per semester. Promote programs sponsored by the OCCS.
  • Serve on the Off-Campus Advisory Council.
  • Host a block Barbeque (Sunday, August  28) and participate in Taste of Westcott (Thursday, September 1)
  • Assist students with general concerns or refer students to the University and/or city.

If you have any questions please contact: Kerry Heckman, Assistant Director, at 315-443-5489 or kmheckma@syr.edu



fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program (Deadline extended)

The fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is currently looking for students to become Peer Mentors for the 2016-17 academic year.  Peer Mentors are upper-class students who work with one or two first-year and/or transfer students as a mentor, assisting in their overall success at SU by offering guidance and consistent support, and serving as a positive role model.  For more information or to apply, students should visit the fullCIRCLE page.

Application deadline extended to March 6, 2016.  Questions can be emailed to program staff.


Survival of the Kindest: Toward a Compassionate Society

You are cordially invited to participate in a rare opportunity: a discussion session between students and Dacher Keltner, Director of the Social Interaction Lab at U. of California Berkeley, faculty director of the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, and consultant for the film, Inside Out.

Discussion Session Time and Place: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 2 - 3 p.m.

Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel Syracuse University 

Links to required readings (short articles) will be sent to those who RSVP, and will reflect his research on compassion, goodness, awe, and life purpose. 

Please email bshoultz@syr.edu by March 4 if you plan to attend. 

Refreshments will be served. ASL will be available.

Keltner’s evening University Lecture is at Hendricks Chapel at 7:30 p.m.

Topic: Survival of the Kindest: Toward a Compassionate Society



Take the Campus Climate Survey!

Take the Syracuse University Climate Assessment Survey.

Each voice is important. Many voices prompt change. Use your voice.


Upcoming Future Professoriate Program and related events 

Received from The Graduate School

FPP-friendly events coming up in the next two-plus weeks, including the last CUT seminar of the 2015-16 season.

  • Feb. 26, 2:00-3:30 pm, Bird Library 114 – FPP Topics in Higher Ed: “A High-Caliber Education: Gun Rights, Gun Violence, and College Campuses.” Steven Goode and Jaclyn Schildkraut.
  • Feb. 29, 4:00-5:30 pm, Bird Library 004 – CV Workshop for Graduate Students in STEM. Prof. Jesse Bond and Dan Olson-Bang.
  • March 3, 2:00-3:30 pm, Eggers 010 “Hacking the Academic Job Market.” Karen Kelsky via Skype.
  • March 4, 2:30-4:00 pm, Hall of Languages 207 – CUT seminar: Crafting the Teaching Statement. Kate Costello-Sullivan.


Black Graduation Announcement 

Dear Graduating Seniors, 

The Student African American Society would like to cordially invite all matriculated graduating seniors, and (master's PhD students) in the Class of 2016 that identify as Black or Latino to RSVP for a cultural and celebratory graduation ceremony called Itanwa Orinwa, commonly referred to as Black Graduation. The theme of this year’s celebration is Instruments of Inspiration and Innovation. The event will take place on Friday May 13, 2016 at 8 pm in Hendricks Chapel with a reception in the Heroy Geology Building lobby afterward. 

Students must RSVP to attend Itanwa Orinwa by February 29 in order to participate. Once students RSVP, they will receive more updates and details on stole pricing and auditions for student speakers and performances. If graduating students do not RSVP by February 29, they will not be able to participate in Black Graduation. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Itanwa Orinwa, please contact LaRandi Lowe at llowe@.syr.edu .

Please click the link below to RSVP. 



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.   


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.


Dimensions recruiting for 2016-2017 

Dimensions, a mentoring program for women of color, has begun recruiting peer mentors for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Application are available at the Office of Multicultural Affairs (105 Schine) or students can apply online.

Applications are due by March 11th.

For more information, please email Marissa Willingham.




From the LGBT Resource Center:

***Breakfast for Dinner @ Café Q!

Tuesday, March 1st, 7 – 9 PM.

LGBT Resource Center, 750 Ostrom Avenue.

Pancakes provided.

****Please save the date for the LGBT Resource Center’s 14th Annual Rainbow Banquet.

Free tickets available at the Schine Box Office during April.

5:30 PM, Thursday, April 21st, 2016.

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center.



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
2 remaining sessions: 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, 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)

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)

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.


Hendricks Hosts Candlelight Yoga in the Dome 

Hendricks Chapel is hosting late-night candlelight yoga in the Carrier Dome on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 11 p.m. (enter through Gate E). 

This one-hour guided yoga session is free and open to the public at all levels of experience, including beginners. 

Attendees should bring their own mats or towels and water.   

Refreshments will be served at midnight.  For more information contact Syeisha Byrd.




Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship Nominations Sought

College of Law to Host 15th Annual Diversity Law Day





Join us for an exciting, first-ever collaboration between the producers of Syracuse’s “Cripping” the Comic Con and IMAGINING AMERICA


Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, led by Associate Director Kevin Bott, will lead a group of 8-12 individuals through a storytelling and theater-making process, culminating in an evening performance on April 1 at the 2016 “Cripping” the Comic Con. 

What is a Story Circle 

A Story Circle is, as the name suggests, a group of people sitting together in a circle, telling personal stories, led by a facilitator. Story Circles can be employed for many different purposes – to build community, to explore the contours of a topic, and even to help shape or assess a project. The process allows for collective reflection on ways in which the individual stories contribute to a larger "story of us."

Story to Performance

After the Story Circle, Bott, who is trained as a community-based theater maker, will lead the group through a process that will transform the individual stories into an aesthetic experience to be shared publicly. How this process looks, what exactly we will do together, and what the performance ultimately becomes -- all of this is unknown and will only reveal itself when all of the participants have assembled and the work begins! 

For more information, to request accommodations, and to sign up to join the Story Circle, please contact Disability Cultural Center Practicum Student, Kate George: Katherine.george@stonybrook.edu, ASAP. 

An information session will be hosted by Kevin Bott on Friday, 2/26/16, from Noon to 2 p.m. in 103 Huntington Hall, on the Syracuse University campus.  

Online Videos Study – An Effective Tool to Learn Using online videos

Researchers at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University are recruiting on campus students to participate a study.

A participant will be invited to Hinds Hall 205, the PI’s research lab. The participant will finish a pre-test, run our tool demos we implemented to test the usability of the tool and finish a post-test. After finishing the study, there will be $5 compensation. Depending on the participants' knowledge about web programming, this whole study can take from 30 mins to 1 hour.      

If you are interested in participating in, please contact yhuang@syr.edu

School of Information Studies

Syracuse University


Syracuse University Fit Families Program for children with Autism and their families 

Do you have a child aged 5-10 with Autism? Do you want to learn ways to promote physical activity for your entire family? Then this program is for you!

You and your child with Autism are invited to participate in a research study that will include five one-day workshops on inclusive recreation:

• Sensory Integration and Behavior Management

• Communication

• Motor development and physical activity

• Aquatic opportunities (learn how to swim)

• Sports 

The purpose of this research is to learn more about physical activity experiences for children with Autism and their families. We hope to identify common issues, understand what types of activities your family currently enjoys, and how we might increase your family’s physical activity experiences.

This research study consists of a pre-program interview protocol (2 hour and 15 minutes); parents and children completing questionnaires; measurements of physical activity; measurements of blood pressure; participate in a physical activity program (no more than five hours); and post-program interview and completion of parent and child questionnaires. 

During each of the education seminars, the participating families will receive FREE physical activity equipment (e.g., balls, cones, etc.) that they can later use during their spare time with their children with Autism and their entire family.

The first workshop will be held in April 2016 in the Women's Building at Syracuse University. Additional workshops will be held during the months of September, October, November, and December 2016.

This program is offered FREE but registration is required. For more information please contact Dr. Luis Columna at lcolumna@syr.edu or (315) 443-9699. The specific dates of the program will be provided to aid in your decision to participate. Space is limited, so please complete the online application at http://blogs.soe.syr.edu/fit-families


The Visual Made Verbal: A full day training in Audio Description on April 12, 2016 

Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal

Pre-Conference training at Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on April 12th, 2016

The Ohio Union;1739 N. High Street; Columbus, Ohio

Registration will open in February 

Dr. Joel Snyder will provide hands on training in creating audio descriptions as tool to make visual information accessible to over twenty-one million Americans.  Audio Description is a translation of images to words—the visual is made verbal— to provide access to the wide range of  instructional and entertainment media, arts (graphics, video, paintings, television, images, performing arts, museums…) in both the virtual and brick and mortar worlds. 

Who Should Attend:

·       web designers

·       instructional designers

·       arts managers

·       curators

·       educators

·       accessibility professionals who want a deeper awareness of this important access technique

·       experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher session. 

Topics Include:

·       audio description history and theory

·       the "Four Fundamentals of Audio Description"

·       active seeing/visual literacy-developing skills in concentration and observation

·       the art of "editing" what you see

·       vivid language: "The Visual Made Verbal"

·       "Speak the speech, I pray you"--using the spoken word to make meaning   

The workshop will involve approximately 30% lecture, 20% video-slides presentation, and 50% participation (practica in the creation of audio description).

Thanks to the generous support of The Ohio State University’s Office of Distance Education & eLearning and Student Life Disability Services will allow university faculty and staff to participate for free. 

Additional support from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment Fund and VSA Ohio  has brought down the general fee for community members to $25.00  Parking and lunch will be on your own. 

Dr. Joel Snyder is known internationally as one of the world’s first “audio describers,” a pioneer in the field of audio Description, making theater events, museum exhibitions, and media accessible to people who are blind or are visión-impaired.  Since 1981, he has introduced audio description techniques in over 40 states and 45 countries.   Dr. Snyder has made hundreds of live theater productions accessible; his company, Audio Description Associates, LLC (www.audiodescribe.com) uses the same techniques to enhance a wide range of media projects including "Sesame Street,"  PBS, ABC and Fox network broadcasts, dozens of DVDs, feature films, and museum exhibits.   He serves as Director of the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ADP).  The ADP produced description for ABC-TV’s nationwide coverage for both of President Obama’s inaugurations and recently produced the first-ever audio described tour of The White House; the ADP website (www.acb.org/adp) is the nation’s principal provider of information and resources on audio description.   Dr. Snyder holds a Ph.D. from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; the American Council of the Blind recently published Dr. Snyder’s book, The Visual Made Verbal – A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description. 

Watch http://ada.osu.edu/conferences/fees.html for updates

To be on the mailing list for the conference, send e-mail to ADA-OSU@osu.edu

The Multiple Perspectives Conference is hosted by The Ohio State University’s ADA Coordinator’s Office  and is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment Fund and ongoing support from The Ohio State University.  


State of the Science Conference on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

May 4th, 2016 | ADA National Network






Symposium on Disability Access in Health and Medical Education 

Registration is now open to the public for the 3rd Annual Symposium; sponsored by the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education <http://meded.ucsf.edu/msds/coalition>; in San Francisco.

The Symposium will be held April 14 and 15, 2016 at the University of California , San Francisco – Mission Bay campus.

Please pay special attention to both the hotel information and the Symposium rate information in the link.  Please reserve your hotel room and register as soon as possible as spaces will be filling up fast.  

For Symposium registration, please click “here” under "Symposium rate” in the link.



Pathways to Justice™ Training Chapter Application Now Available

The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability is pleased to announce the release of our Pathways to Justice™ Chapter Application for 2016-2017! 

Pathways to Justice is a one-day train-the-trainer educational program that targets law enforcement, legal professionals, and victim service professionals. With the Pathways to Justice program, chapters are not only able to provide quality training to criminal justice professionals in their own communities, they also receive support to establish (or strengthen pre-existing) “Disability Response Teams” or DRTs in the process.

Stipends of $2,000 will be offered to six chapters over the next two years to provide Pathways to Justice in their communities. NCCJD will also be offering the Pathways to Justice program at cost to chapters not selected for stipends.

Find out more information about the Chapter application and Pathways to Justice here.

To apply, please fill out the brief form found here. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 21, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact: Ashley Brompton, Criminal Justice Fellow at brompton@thearc.org or (202) 600-3491.

The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability (NCCJD) Webinar Series

MISSION:  NCCJD is the national focal point for the collection and dissemination of resources and serve as a bridge between justice and I/DD professionals. NCCJD pursues and promotes safety, fairness and justice for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as suspects, offenders, victims or witnesses. For more information: http://www.thearc.org/NCCJD

Contact: Ashley Brompton, Criminal Justice Fellow    Phone: 202.600.3491 



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 

The deadline to submit proposals is March 1, 2016. 

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


Save the Date: AHEAD & pepnet2 Co-Convene in July 2016

We're excited to invite you to the 2016 AHEAD Conference and the pepnet2 Postsecondary Training Institute at the beautiful JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 11-16! Although we're still getting plans and details settled, we realize that many of you also need to start planning. We've listed the Conference and hotel fees below in hopes you can get the Early Bird rates (prior to May 31). 

Registration Rates 

AHEAD / pepnet2 Member Before May 31, 2016 = $545.00 

Non-AHEAD / Non-pepnet2 Member Before May 31, 2016 = $675.00 

Fulltime or Emeritus AHEAD / pepnet2 Member Student Before May 30, 2016 = $295.00 

AHEAD / pepnet2 Member One-day regardless of timing = $295.00 

Non-AHEAD / pepnet 2 Member One-day regardless of timing = $395.00 

Preconference sessions are a separate charge and range from $95 to $395, depending on the session. 

Pricing information is also available online at http://ahead.org/conferences/future 

Hotel Rate:

JW Marriott Hotel Rate: $189 per night


Registration and Hotel Reservations will open Monday, March 14, 2016.  



Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Poster Reception and the Multiple Perspectives Conference

Ethel Louise Armstrong Student Perspectives Poster Reception

April 13, 2016 at the Sixteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability held on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus

Poster 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 the science, art, culture, politics and realities of disability.  A generous gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation funds a reception and awards for graduate research, undergraduate research, art & performance, community service and class projects. Submissions may focus on any aspect of disability and may be based on independent or supervised student projects including research, art, performance, class projects or community service. Click here for full details.

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 Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture and Student Poster Competition are free and open to the public.  Held annually at The Ohio State University's Multiple Perspectives Conference it is made possible through the generosity of ELA Foundation and its founder Margaret Stanton.  The Lecture honors Ms. Stanton's grandmother, Ethel Louise Armstrong, who exemplified self-determination and resistance in the face of socially imposed constraints. As a young woman with a physical disability growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Margaret was inspired by her grandmother's insistence on excelling in postsecondary education despite social conventions during her time that denied women, particularly those with disabilities, opportunities for school and work. Ms. Staton, a lifelong advocate worked in Washington DC promoting accessibility after earning her M.Ed.  In 1994 she founded the ELA Foundation to promote full inclusion of people with disabilities in the world.

The 2016 Multiple Perspectives Conference will be April 13th and 14th and will include:

AUTISTEXT: The 2016 Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture presented by Melanie Yergeau, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.  

When autistic people disclose being autistic, we are often met with intrusive questions and hostile responses: Who diagnosed you? When were you toilet-trained? Well, you don't look autistic to me.

INCLUSIVE CITIES: The 2016 Ken Campbell Lecture presented by Victor Santiago Pineda, President of World ENABLED, Chancellor’s Research Fellow, and Adjunct Professor in City and Regional Planning at the University of California Berkeley. Victor’s presentation is based on his international research, travels and upcoming book “Inclusive Cities: Governance and the Transformation of Disability Rights”. 

Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal: presented by Dr. Joel Snyder, Founder of Audio Description Associates, LLC  Director of the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project.  This full day preconference workshop for web designers, instructional designers, arts managers, curators, educators, accessibility professionals and experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher session. An overview of Audio Description as tool to make visual information by translation of images to words —the visual is made verbal— to provide access to the wide range of  instructional and entertainment media, arts (graphics, video, paintings, television, images, performing arts, museums…) in both the virtual and brick and mortar worlds. Topics Include:  The workshop will involve approximately 30% lecture, 20% video-slides presentation, and 50% participation (practica in the creation of audio description).

Our concurrent sessions include presenters from across the country, Japan, Canada, Australia and the UK this year here is a sample of their topics:

  • The Intersection Of Race And Disability: How Institutions of Higher Education Must Embrace Simultaneity in Student Life
  • Potty Privileges: Applying Universal Design Concepts to develop an Inclusive Restroom Design
  • Reaching and Supporting Student Veterans with Disabilities in Higher Education
  • Designing the Arts and Autism Institute
  • Around the World in 80 Plans: Work/Study Abroad from Disability Perspectives
  • Ohio’s Statewide Consortia: THINK COLLEGE Updates on Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Beyond Point A to B - Transportation Access  
  • Update from the Departments of Education’s Office For Civil Rights.

Registration opens soon This year’s conference and preconference fees have been lowered due to generous support from Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment Fund, The Office of Distance and Electronic Education, The Student Disability Services Office, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and VSA Ohio.  These subsidies have lowered our full conference fee of $675 to:

    Non-OSU Attendee

        1 Day =   $60

        2 Days = $120

    Government Employees within the State of Ohio

        1 Day =  $45

        2 Days = $90

    OH AHEAD Members

        1 Day =  $45

        2 Days = $90

    OSU Faculty & Staff

        1 day =  $30

        2 Days = $60

    OSU Student attending sessions & lunch

        1 Day =   $ 5

        2 Days = $10

    OSU Student attending sessions only = Free



Frontiers of Democracy 2016

Please register for Frontiers of Democracy 2016, June 23-25, 2016 at Tufts University’s downtown Boston campus 

Registration is now open and space is limited. Please register here: http://tinyurl.com/hzvxqxp 

Tisch College at Tufts University is proud to sponsor this annual conference in partnership with The Democracy Imperative and Deliberative Democracy Consortium. Frontiers of Democracy draws scholars and practitioners who strive to understand and improve people’s engagement with government, with communities, and with each other. We aim to explore the circumstances of democracy today and a breadth of civic practices that include deliberative democracy, civil and human rights, social justice, community organizing and development, civic learning and political engagement, the role of higher education in democracy, Civic Studies, media reform and citizen media production, civic technology, civic environmentalism, and common pool resource management. This year, the theme of the conference is “the politics of discontent,” which we define broadly and view in a global perspective. 

The format of Frontiers is highly interactive; most of the concurrent sessions are “learning exchanges” rather than presentations or panels. We welcome proposals for sessions. Please submit ideas here: http://tinyurl.com/zxy5jph. Last year's schedule is here, for reference: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/civic-studies/frontiers/frontiers-of-democracy-2015-schedule/ 

We will also hear brief, inspiring talks from speakers who will include: 

Danielle Allen, Harvard University, author of Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014) Laura Grattan, Wellesley College, author of Populism's Power: Radical Grassroots Democracy in America (2016) Joseph Hoereth, Director of the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago Helen Landemore, Yale University, author of Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many (2012) Talmon J. Smith, Tufts ’16, a Huffington Post columnist on political reform Victor Yang, an organizer for the SEIU.



Post-Doctoral Fellowship at SUNY, Binghamton

Fellowship in Women's and Gender History
Journal of Women's History

Applications are due by March 1, 2016

The Journal of Women's History and Binghamton University are pleased to announce a postdoctoral fellowship in Women's and Gender History for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please see the announcement below for information on the position and how to apply.

The Journal of Women's History and the Binghamton University History Department welcome applications for its postdoctoral fellowship exploring the intersections of gender and global history, beginning in the fall of 2016. During the one-year in-residence appointment, the successful applicant will teach one course per semester and offer a university-wide public lecture, with the remaining time devoted to scholarly research and writing. After satisfying peer review requirements, the revised talk will be published in the Journal. The stipend is $45,000, plus benefits. 
The search committee encourages candidates whose research explores the embodied histories of the global past, considering women as historical subjects as well as gender and sexuality as historical systems. We are especially interested in scholars whose spatial framework transcends national borders to focus on the movement of gendered bodies in transnational arenas, whether through migration, trafficking, travel, imperial politics, slavery, or other processes of exchange.

Candidates must complete all requirements for the PhD by July 1, 2016, or have received the PhD no earlier than the fall semester of 2012.

More on the application process: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=52509

More on the Journal of Women's History: http://journalofwomenshistory.org/



AAA 2016: Call for Paper Abstracts 

Gendering Time: Feminist Considerations of Temporality  

Panel organizers: Elise Andaya (University at Albany, State University of NY) and Rachel Fleming (University of Colorado at Boulder)

This panel seeks to place gender squarely in the anthropological analysis of time. Studies of time and temporality have been addressed through different theoretical trajectories in the discipline, from Clifford Geertz on ritual time, to Marxist analyses of labor, to ontological studies of time. In particular, feminist anthropologists have made important contributions to our understanding of time and gendered labor, particularly in the (neoliberal) workplace. In recent years, however, research on time and gender has largely moved to other disciplines, especially those concerned with questions of work/life balance. We seek to broaden existing anthropological inquiry to ask: how is time gendered? What does a feminist anthropological lens bring to the study of time? We invite papers that combine theory and ethnography to think critically about different scales and regimes of time, such as daily routines, bureaucratic time, lifecourse time, historical time, and other, perhaps conflicting temporalities. What are gendered experiences of different forms of time? How does gender, broadly considered, structure the ontology of time? How might time and conflicts around forms of time be constitutive of gendered subjects? How are masculinities and femininities produced through experiences of time? 

Please send paper abstracts to Elise Andaya (eandaya@albany.edu) or Rachel Fleming (rachel.fleming@colorado.edu) by March 20, 2016.



Call for Participation – Imagining America: At the Crossroads 

16th Annual National Imagining America Conference

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 6 – 8, 2016

Pre-conference, October 5 

Hosted by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

cross·roads (ˈkrôsˌrōdz/) n. 1. A point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences: We are at a crossroads where we must choose between more talk and plain old hard work.

The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, we explore the power of shared identity — of understanding who we are and what we stand for, and therefore, what we are called to do.​

Imagining America’s annual conference is a space where members of the national consortium and their partners come together to learn from one another about how the bold power of the arts, humanities, and design is being leveraged around the country to expand understanding of, and confront, the most pressing challenges of our time. Significantly, most conference conversations and activities are grounded in actual partnerships and work. Most conference sessions are hosted by local leaders and take place at sites within the host city where people are engaged in robust cultural organizing and transformative action. 

The energizing metaphor of the 2016 conference is “the crossroads,” the point where crucial decisions must be made, ones that will have far-reaching consequences. Whether with regard to racial and economic justice, public education, climate change, democratic society, or even, in this year of organizational transition, the IA consortium itself, we invite prospective presenters to situate their proposals at this metaphorical crossroads. We seek creative and incisive proposals that will help advance our collective understanding of the challenges we face, the (real or imagined) paths before us, and the implications inherent to our choices and actions. 

This year, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we place our conference sessions themselves at the crossroads - integrating our community and campus-based, local, regional and national expertise into workshops that engage active, local initiatives. We seek to infuse these local initiatives with historical, methodological, evaluative, and pedagogical expertise; to integrate that knowledge on the ground; and to culminate with communal action organic to that initiative. Milwaukee is uniquely positioned to host such conversations given the widespread and deep community/university collaborations -- from the arts to social work and criminal justice, humanities to freshwater sciences and public health. These initiatives have fueled and shaped direct responses to Milwaukee’s now infamous statistics: the most segregated city in the country, the highest black male incarceration percentages, staggering poverty & unemployment and the nation’s highest educational achievement gap. Amidst these horrible statistics, there is hope, energy, and steps toward change through partnership. 

While all topics resonant with IA’s Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals will be considered, the following thematic areas are of primary interest to the local Milwaukee stakeholders and to the national Imagining America leadership:

  • Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice (separately or in relationship)
  • Mass Incarceration/Criminalization/Policing
  • Public Education (K thru Post-doc)
  • Urban/Rural Development and Revitalization
  • Higher education policy change / culture change
  • Health and Wellness (broadly considered) 

Where possible, proposals should address one or more of following:

  • The historical and theoretical developments informing the work.
  • The methods and methodologies employed within the work.
  • How the specific approaches do or might lead to sustainable change.
  • How this work does or might impact or shape policy.
  • The ways in which the work crosses or acknowledges generational, gendered, racial, class-based, and other identity differences.
  • The unique environment/landscape in which the work occurs.


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


Newhouse Student Narrative Project: People with disabilities 

Newhouse student would like to hear your stories for her Disability Studies Narrative Project.

If you’re interested, please email Jingyu ‘Viola’ Wan at jwan100@syr.edu

Starting date is Spring 2016.



Our names are Cate, Devon, and Kaylah. We are Syracuse University graduate students studying Postsecondary Education. One of our courses this semester is designed to help us understand different student populations and their experiences here at SU. We chose to learn more about Students with Disabilities and will be conducting interviews in order to develop a presentation for our class. 

If you identify as having a disability, are currently an undergraduate or graduate student, and would be interested in meeting with us to share your experiences, we would love to hear from you! 

If you are interested, please email Kaylah at kawicks@syr.edu with:

  • Your Name
  • Year and Program of Study
  • General Availability
  • Your preference between group or individual interviewing.

If you feel comfortable, please also include what disability you identify as having. 

At the beginning of the interview session, we will have consent forms to be signed by participants stating that all interviews are confidential and that all names will be removed when the data is reported. The consent form includes agreeing to have the interview session taped. All tapes and transcripts of information gained during the interviews will be destroyed at the end of the semester. We will be using the data/information collected during the interviews to develop a presentation for our class to educate our peers on the experiences of students with disabilities on SU's campus. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Kaylah with any questions you may have about the interview process. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cate, Devon, and Kaylah

The Advocacy Project is hiring 2016 Summer Peace Fellows

The Advocacy Project (AP) is recruiting graduate students to serve with AP’s partner organizations for 10 weeks in the summer of 2016. All fellows will be provided a $1,000 stipend. The deadline for applying is March 11, 2016. Read more about our job descriptions and apply now for this competitive opportunity .

The Peace Fellow program is the only fellowship program that matches the skills and capabilities of graduate students with the needs of the community-based advocates for peace and human rights. AP services cover story-telling, program management, IT and social media, organization-strengthening, fundraising, and international outreach. Since 2003, AP has deployed 274 Peace Fellows.

2016 programs include:

·         Helping survivors of sexual violence to sell their soap in Mali

·         Working with families affected by Agent Orange in Vietnam

·         Building an accessible toilet for students with disabilities in Uganda

·         Rescuing children from the brick kilns in Nepal

·         Screening 2,000 village women for uterine prolapse in Nepal

·         Training wives of the disappeared in Nepal to produce embroidery

·         Training refugee women in Jordan to produce embroidery

·         Working with children to resolve conflict between pastoralists in northern Kenya

·         Developing an income-generation project for families of the disappeared in Peru

·         Training Palestinian women to produce embroidery and helping young people to collect oral history

·         Training schoolgirls about their menstruation and reproductive health in Nepal.

A $25 application fee is required to cover our servicing costs.

If selected, Fellows will be asked to attend a week of skills-training from experts in Washington in late May.

Email: fellowships@advocacynet.org or Tel: (202) 758 3328


Course listings for the Fall 2016 semester for the Consortium for Culture and Medicine 

August 29 - December 9, 2016

A Cooperative Program of SUNY Upstate Medical University, LeMoyne College and Syracuse University 

Ethics & the Health Professions

Wednesdays 4:30-7:30 PM  Room: TBD Upstate Campus

Paul Prescott, PhD

This course examines the origins and the use of ethical theories in the clinical, professional, organizational, and political-economic fields of action in health care. 3 credits 

Health Promotion: Disability

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12:20 PM Setnor 4507 Upstate Campus

Katie McDonald, PhD FAAIDD

This  course covers the factors influencing the health and well being of persons with disability; including models of disability, disability history, law and services, health disparities, health promotion, ethics, violence, and disaster preparedness. 3 credits 

Death and Dying In American Literature

Wednesdays 4:15-7:15 PM Room: TBD Upstate Campus

Deirdre Neilen, PhD

 This course intends to provoke thoughtful discussion and analysis about how we approach the subject of death and how we actually do or do not prepare ourselves for its actuality. Our culture seems to worship youth and to want to delay aging for as long as possible. 3 credits 

Public Health Ethics

Mondays 5:15- 8:00 PM Room 104 Falk Bldg. SU Campus                         

Sandra Lane, PhD MPH

This course addresses ethical issues in public health. Public health ethics is a new area of scholarship practice that addresses population-level health issues, such as issues food stamps and health insurance, immunizations, public health research, legal and policy responses to infectious diseases and epidemics, and the role of religious and social values in setting health policy. 3 credits 


Free Webinars on Best Practices for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities

RespectAbility offers Case Studies from the Jewish Community that You Can Replicate

Did you know that religious institutions are exempt from parts of the Americans with Disabilities Act? Today, sections of the Jewish community are working hard to create access, opportunity, and equality for people with disabilities inside our communities and institutions. Learn from best practices from around the country on how groups can make a difference!

Join us for three free webinars on successful, inclusive programs that serve people of all abilities. Learn what’s working and how you can replicate their success! Live Captioning Provided. Free of Charge.

Teen Civic Involvement and Philanthropy

Hear about the “Mitzvah Mensches” program at Boston’s Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. It’s an innovative and successful program that recruits, trains, and supports teens with and without disabilities to support worthy causes and make a difference in their communities!

Speakers: Arlene Remz (Executive Director, Gateways) and Nancy Mager (Director, Jewish Education Programs at Gateways)

March 9th, 2016 1:30pm Eastern Time / 12:30pm Central Time / 11:30am Mountain Time / 10:30am Pacific Time

RSVP HERE to join the webinar about this teen philanthropy program

How a Federation/Community Foundation/United Way Can Support Equality & Inclusion throughout Community Agencies and Beyond

Speakers: Steve Rakitt (Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington) and Lisa Handelman (Community Disabilities Inclusion Specialist, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)

March 18th, 2016 1:30pm Eastern Time / 12:30pm Central Time / 11:30am Mountain Time / 10:30am Pacific Time

RSVP HERE to join the webinar

Teen Pre-employment & Community Service Experience for Youth with and without Disabilities! 

Learn about the proven Community Service Summer Camp at the Washington DCJCC

Speaker Erica Steen (Director of Community Engagement, DCJCC)

March 22nd, 2016 1:30pm Eastern Time / 12:30pm Central Time / 11:30am Mountain Time / 10:30am Pacific Time

RSVP HERE to join the webinar about this inclusive community service program for middle schoolers and high schoolers






The Benefits of Psychiatric Advance Directives

NYAPRS Note: Several of the proposed mental health reform bills in Congress would weaken HIPAA laws that ensure patient privacy. The justification for this privacy breach is to prevent families from being shut out of the decision-making process for loved ones with acute mental health needs. NYAPRS contends, however, that encouraging the use of psychiatric advance directives alleviates the need to weaken HIPAA.

According to the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, “Advance directives can specify the treatment a person wishes to receive if they are found incapacitated, such as which medications they prefer, treatments they do not wish to have or ways in which treatment may be administered (such as refusing shots and choosing pills). It also allows them to make other specifications, such as who they would like to be allowed to visit them in hospital, what arrangements they want for their children or for pets, and any financial arrangements that are need (such as how their bills should be paid). What is included in an advance directive is entirely up to the person who creates it.”

For more information on psychiatric advance directives, including a template folks can use to create their own, visit:




National Disability Abuse Survey 

for Neglected and Abused Individuals with Disabilities

A Nation-wide Survey

Hi!  Have you or your friend or child with a disability also been neglected or abused?  Then join together with the angry and troubled Parents of Adults with Disabilities in Colorado (PAD-CO) , and folks from all over the United States, and anonymously tell the world your story, and about how investigations are or are not conducted, and the results of those investigations. 

This survey is about two sides of the justice system impacting people with disabilities.  One is in cases where a person has been abused or neglected and the family or caregiver is seeking justice for the abused or neglected person.  The other is for cases where people with disabilities have been abused while in the justice system itself.  You can answer for either or both situations. 

The results of the survey and the information gathered will be professionally published in various formats, including online, and will be used to inform local, state and national policymakers, officials in the justice systems, legislators, disability communities and others who can influence and make indicated needed changes.   Look for the results in the future at the PAD-CO Web Site 

Please take this short survey at: 


Thank you, 

Denver C. Fox, Ed.D.

Parent of an abused child whose perpetrator was not prosecuted

Moderator, Parents of Adults with Disabilities in Colorado (PAD-CO)




Gleanings: Spirituality, Religion, and Disability Resources from the AAIDD

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DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: February 14-20, 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 February 14-20, 2016



Disability.gov Update

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Defending Education in an Age of Irrationality, Bigotry, and Anti-Intellectualism

Alan Singer, education columnist for the Huffington Post, at SUNY-Cortland on Friday, March 4th at 4 pm

Defending Education in an Age of Irrationality, Bigotry, and Anti-Intellectualism

Dr. Alan Singer, the Huffington Post education columnist and education professor at Hofstra University will be giving a free talk entitled, Defending Education in an Age of Irrationality, Bigotry, and Anti-Intellectualism at SUNY-Cortland on Friday, March 4th at 4 PM.  The talk is free and open to the public

Professors of Education and NYS educators will gather on Friday, March 4th and Saturday March 5th for the 45th annual New York State Foundations of Education (NYSFEA) conference, Educating Off-Script: Critical Engagement with Teaching and Learning.  The keynote speech for the event given by Dr.  Alan Singer will be open to the public.  Community members, teachers and administrators are also  invited to attend the paper presentations by over 25 education professors and practicing educators over two days at SUNY-Cortland.  For more information about the conference and to register please visit http://nysfea.net/conference/

Alan Singer is a social studies educator in the Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York and the editor of Social Science Docket (a joint publication of the New York and New Jersey Councils for Social Studies). He taught at a number of secondary schools in New York City, including Franklin K. Lane High School and Edward R. Murrow High School. He is the author of Education Flashpoints: Fighting for America’s Schools (Routledge, 2014) which is based on his award winning Huffington Post blogs, Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach: A Handbook for Secondary School Teachers (Routledge, 2013), Social Studies For Secondary Schools, 4th Edition (Routledge, 2014), New York and Slavery, Time to Teach the Truth (SUNY, 2008), and Teaching Global History (Routledge, 2011).

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100 Black Men of Syracuse

Real Men Real Talk – Men, Lead by Example

February 25, 2016

Southside Innovation Center

2610 S. Salina St., Syracuse NY  13205


For more information contact 100 Black Men of Syracuse at 100bkmsyr@gmail.com or 315-443-8749

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

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