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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 March 5


WGS Brown Bag on International Women's Day


Take Back the Night 2016

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

News and events from the DSA

2013 – 2015 Shaw Center Impact Report

The Vera House White Ribbon Kick-Off Walk

Creating Change Student Forum

Nominations for the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship

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

Sex SYMBALS and Mane Attraction, "Curls and Condoms"


Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship Nominations Sought

Sexual and Relationship Violence Task Force Launches Website to Provide Information and Resources

Mark Your Calendar for Orange Central, Sept. 15 – 17 and Family Weekend, Oct. 28-30


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

Statement announcing cancellation of June 2016 Phoenix SDS Conference

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

Fulbright Programs for Applicants with Diabilities

Agenda Available for the 2016 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

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

Composing Disabilities Conference

Professional Grant Development Workshop

AAA 2016: Call for Paper Abstracts & Feminist Conference

The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy Annual Rights Conference

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


The Advocacy Project is hiring 2016 Summer Peace Fellows


New SUNY Orange Program for Students with Learning or Developmental Disabilities

Ain't I An Activist?: On Stevie Wonder and the Violence of Inaccessibility

Activities for people with disabilities interested in international travel 

How We Teach Disabled People to Secretly Hate Themselves

'Disabled': Just #SayTheWord

Iowa State student with disability battles bullying with open letter

NBC NEWS: Where the 2016 candidates stand concerning mental health issues 

A day in the life of the RespectAbility reporters 

EEOC Proposes Regulations for employment for individuals with disabilities

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

Microsoft's Blog post on accessibility enhancements

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: February 21-27, 2016

Disability.gov Update

Disability Scoop

VOICE Charter School is hiring!

International Women's Day

5 Reasons Feminism must address Ableism


Wheelchair Basketball @ SU Saturday March 5

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: 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.



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.


WGS Brown Bag on International Women's Day

"The sun in my home, the moon in my heart": Women narrating caste and tribe in Lahaul, India.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

12:30 - 1:30pm

203e Bowne Hall

Professor Himika Bhattacharya will be discussing questions of feminist theory and methodology in the context of her work in Lahaul, India.








Alexis Disselkoen is a Los Angeles-based artist of Mexican and Anglo descent, who uses performance and installation to explore identity and belonging.

Striving to work around constructions of power that inform art production, viewership and participation, she propels encounters that are directed by the people involved.

Disselkoen is a UC Irvine MFA graduate. She has exhibited at LACE, the UCLA Wight Biennial, Human Resources, Las Cienegas Projects, Track 16 and Perform! Now!

A three-part installation and performance by artist Alexis Disselkoen. A flower-covered wall looms over the room as coffee-soaked sheets of paper cover the floor, shifting as bodies move through the space. Guests leave a footprint, and may take home the gift of a friendship bracelet, in matching pair to be worn both by the artist and the viewer.

Disselkoen has long been fascinated with the research of human DNA migration patterns from all over the world. Using flowers as stand-ins, she examines ancestry and how each of us journeyed to be where where we are. With paper, she creates a ground surface that moves, shifts, recedes from view. This simple act asks: What happens when borders shift and the ground beneath us is politicized to create otherness among those who stand on it? A gift rounds off the experience by the simple act of exchange. What is at stake in everyday trades of commercial and non commercial goods?

All three elements work together in this installation to produce an experience that is directed by the spectator. What is the result when the audience can participate in the creation of a work? Using both the space and viewership generates a setting of artistic and interpersonal exchange where one's single interpretation is not the precedent. It is about all the makers of meaning (the artist and the viewer) coming together to trade their experiences.                                                                               

This program is a collaboration between La Casita and Talent Agency: Teen Art Portfolio Development



EL PUNTO Art Studio, and Open Hand Theater, present an original play by Peter Fekete and Mariah Scott; the story of 4 children who become heroes after saving their village from polluted water.




El Punto Art Studio is a contemporary arts program for children designed by Punto de Contacto-Point of Contact, offered each spring in collaboration with La Casita and the Spanish Action League of Onondaga County.

Support comes from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)



Take Back the Night 2016

As members of the Syracuse University and SUNY ESF community, the Disability Cultural Center and its staff and affiliates will not tolerate any form of sexual or relationship violence on this campus. Every member of our community is entitled to live and work in a respectful, safe environment, and we are committed to work toward creating such an environment.  

This year, the Take Back the Night rally, march, and speak-out will take place on Wednesday, March 30th beginning at 7:00 pm at Hendricks Chapel.  

Please join us.



Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs Presents: 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Commemorative Lecture with Christine Ha 

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Watson Auditorium

Christine Ha, the first blind contestant, is the Season 3 winner of the competitive cooking TV show MasterChef on FOX. She has a master of fine arts from the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program and served as fiction editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Christine’s first cookbook, Recipes From My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food was a New York Times bestseller. Featured on NPR and the BBC, she is a co-host on the Canadian cooking show Four Senses and a judge on MasterChef Vietnam. She received the 2014 Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind. 

Questions? Please contact Huey Hsiao at huhsiao@syr.edu or 315.443.9676. 

This event is made possible by Co-Curricular Fee funding and is co-sponsored by the Disability Cultural Center. 

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided. 


2016 Cultural Reading Group

Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Mindy Kaling

Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12-2 p.m. in Bird 606

Come join us for a lively discussion of Kaling's book led by Elin Riggs, Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services and Priscilla Mahabali '16.

Food will be provided. 

Please stop by the front desk of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Schine 105, to pick up a free copy of the book. A limited number of books are available on a first come, first serve basis. Questions? Please contact Huey Hsiao at huhsiao@syr.edu or 315.443.9676. 


News and Events from the DSA

Health Promotion Specialist Open Forums

DSA staff are invited to attend open forums with candidates for the Office of Health Promotion's health promotion specialist position, with a focus in alcohol and other drug prevention and/or mental health promotion.  During the open forums, candidates will present their responses to a question developed by the search committee, and a Q&A session will follow to allow for further questions about candidates' qualifications, priorities, and ideas.  Job description and resumes will be provided at each candidate's open forum. 

Each forum is 2:15 to 3 p.m. in the Hillyer Room (room 606) in Bird Library.

Remaining open forums are scheduled for the following dates:

Monday, March 7

Wednesday, March 9


Social Media @ Work Event in NYC

Social Media @ Work. Career in social media? It's possible! Meet alumni who are in the field and get advice from them:

On Tuesday, March 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lubin House in New York City, Syracuse University alumni will come together to network with students for round table discussions about what it is like to work in social media. The event will start with a presentation about professional conduct and branding through social media and then students will have the opportunity to meet with various alumni in the field and ask questions about their careers.Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.

To learn more about this event, students can contact Jenna Turman at jlturman@syr.edu or 315.443.3616. Students can apply until Tuesday, March 8, through the Social Media at Work online application.


Housing Lottery Learning Opportunities

Housing, Meal Plan, and I.D. Card Services will hold information sessions across the month of March to help students understand the housing lottery system. All sessions are listed below.  Questions can be emailed to housing@syr.edu or students can visit the office in 206 Steele Hall. 

Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Information Session and Open Forum

Heroy Geology Building Auditorium

Tuesday, March 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ask the Experts Table Session

Brockway Dining Center

Wednesday, March 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ask the Experts Table Session

Graham Dining Center

Thursday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ask the Experts Table Session

Sadler Dining Center

Friday, March 25, from 2 to 5 p.m.

South Campus Apartments Open House

140 Small Road #4 (3-bedroom) and #1 (2-bedroom)


Syracuse Alumni and Friends NASPA Reception

Staff attending the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (also known as NASPA) Conference are invited to the Syracuse University alumni and friends reception on Monday, March 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the 302/303 room of the J.W. Marriott, Indianapolis. 

For more information, contact Shaun Crisler scrisler@syr.edu in Residence Life.  Please RSVP to Denise Dowdall ddowdall@syr.edu.


Call for Nominations: New Student Convocation Faculty Speaker

All members of the Syracuse University community are invited to submit nominations for the New Student Convocation faculty speaker. 

The selected speaker will give the faculty address to incoming undergraduate students during the Aug. 25 New Student Convocation, the first official University welcome for incoming students during Syracuse Welcome. 

Nominations and questions can be submitted to Carrie Grogan Abbott cgabbott@syr.edu until March 11.


New Campus Resources from the Contemplative Collaborative

The Contemplative Collaborative is announcing two important new campus resources.  The first is its website, which includes sections on mindfulness-related events on campus, related courses, and contemplative resources for students doing research and the campus community.  The second is the opening of a stress reduction room located in the Office of Health Promotion, 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 006, which is staffed by an expert in meditation and yoga and includes HeartMath biofeedback software for relaxation training.  Students, staff and faculty are welcome to reserve the room online. 


FASA Director Open Forum

Syracuse University Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Location have been set for the open forum with the candidates for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs director position, which all DSA staff are invited to attend.  Resumes will be provided at each forum.  All sessions will be 3:15 to 4 p.m.

Forum will be held:

Friday, March 4 in  Schine 228B



2013 – 2015 Shaw Center Impact Report

Received from Pamela Kirwin Heintz, Associate Vice President & Director - Mary Ann SHAW CENTER for Public & Community Service

Thanks to support from many of you, the Shaw Center continues to provide a lively and creative experiential learning space. We bring people and groups together to explore and nurture new ideas that focus on enhancing student learning through collectively addressing the most pressing problems facing our communities today. 

Click here to find a copy of our 2013 – 2015 Shaw Center Impact Report describing some of the remarkable opportunities students, faculty, staff and community can access at the Shaw Center. We hope the collaborative engagement shared in this report will surprise and inspire, as well as challenge assumptions about campus and community.

Please "explore" with our students, faculty and community partners, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments. We value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you.

(315) 443-3051 / Fax: (315) 443-3365





The Vera House White Ribbon Kick-Off Walk

The Vera House White Ribbon Kick-Off Walk is happening on Friday March 4th. 

SU is looking for students who are interested in participating!  Click on the link below to register. 


Once there click on the "Register to Walk" button on the left, then select join a team, then select "Stand With SU" from the drop down.  Free buses will be provided and will leave from the Waverly Avenue side of the Schine Student Center. 

Please direct any questions to Bridget Yule, bmyule@syr.edu or 315-443-9142.



Creating Change Student Forum

Creating Change Student Forum.

Friday, March 4th, 3 – 5 PM.

Hall of Languages 107.

Student delegates to the 28th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change will share experiences, insights, and reflections gleaned from their attendance. Stop by if you’re interested in attending Creating Change 2017 in Philadelphia.

ASL interpreters will be provided. Appetizers, desserts, and beverages will be served.



Nominations for the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship 

Message of Encouragement from Eddie Zaremba

I am writing to encourage all to consider nominating students for the Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship (CAPES). 

This is one of very few opportunities for students to be recognized directly by the Chancellor, and for their commitment to our communities on and off the Hill. Categories include:

·        Individual

·        First-Year

·        Residence Life

·        Groups of Students and official Student Organizations

·        Academic Projects, Classes, or Individual Impacts 

Please consider nominating a student, and also sharing this message! The Shaw Center is available for more information (shawcenter@syr.edu or 443-3051).

Anouncement from the Chancellor: 

Dear Members of the Syracuse University Community:

Each year, we recognize students, faculty, staff, and organizations that have a profound impact on Syracuse University and the surrounding community. To ensure we are introduced to the University’s most dedicated community members, I invite you to submit nominations for the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship.  This award acknowledges individual students, groups of students, Residence Life community members (area, hall, floor, group, individual, RA), student organizations, and innovative academic projects or classes that significantly contribute to enhancing the quality of life in our communities.

Nomination forms are available from the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (237 Schine Student Center), Hendricks Chapel, and all deans’ offices. The nomination form is also available online at http://shawcenter.syr.edu/what-we-do/awards/capes-form/. Completed forms should be delivered to the Shaw Center and are due by Monday March 14.

I encourage all faculty and staff members to submit nominations. Your participation helps us identify people who may otherwise go unrecognized.

The awards program is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. Winners will be announced during the event and a reception will follow. 

We are looking forward to celebrating the ways our students enrich life at Syracuse University and in our community.


Chancellor Kent Syverud



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, including the last CUT seminar of the 2015-16 season:

  • 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 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:

*** The OutCrowd is seeking models for a number of stories:

Femininity in Queer and Trans Spaces: We are searching for feminine queer and trans people to pose for photographs accompanying an article about navigating LGBTQ spaces as a feminine person.

Queer Bedrooms: We want to showcase the bedrooms and living spaces of queer and trans folk.

Out in the Workplace: We are looking for people who want to be photographed at work or while doing work.

If interested, please email the OutCrowd.

***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.


Sex SYMBALS and Mane Attraction, "Curls and Condoms"

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Goldstein Student Center 201 ABC | 11:00am

Sex SYMBALS, Mane Attraction & our special guest KIMBRITIVE present "Curls and Condoms" this Saturday in Goldstein 201 ABC. Join us for a workshop that aims to bridge and expand the conversations around natural hair and encourage an honest, open and educational dialogue about sexual health.

For more information, please contact sexsymbalssu@gmail.com



Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship Nominations Sought

Sexual and Relationship Violence Task Force Launches Website to Provide Information and Resources


 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


Statement announcing cancellation of June 2016 Phoenix SDS Conference 

Received from The Board of Directors of SDS: 

To the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) Membership (and our allies everywhere): 

It is with great regret, and an earnest sense of responsibility, that we, the Board of Directors of SDS, write to inform you that on Friday, February 19th, we took the difficult step of voting overwhelmingly (ten positive votes and one abstention) to cancel the 2016 SDS conference in Phoenix due to an ongoing and now extreme budgetary crisis. 

We took this step based on the counsel of experts in the nonprofit world, and we will be working with these partners to try to ensure a viable future for the organization. Like you, we consider SDS to be a vital resource for disability studies in the U.S. and around the world.    

We have no intention of dissolving the organization. We will keep you apprised of restructuring efforts and, in fact, are counting on your input and support.  Regular updates will be forthcoming. 

We are also actively investigating ways of creating a very low cost virtual conference this year so that we can still come together online. At the very least we will be holding an online/virtual Annual Membership Meeting (stay tuned for details).  Please contact us if you are interested and/or knowledgeable in this area. Contact:  ibby.grace@gmail.com 

Sincerely yours, 

The Board of Directors of SDS: 

Funmi Akinpelu, funmiakinpelu2000@yahoo.com

Juliann Anesi, jtanesi@syr.edu

Brenda Brueggemann, brendabrueggemann@gmail.com (Chair)

Mel Y. Chen, melychen@gmail.com

Ibby Grace, ibby.grace@gmail.com

Helen Meekosha, h.meekosha@unsw.edu.au (Vice-Chair)

Mallory Kay Nelson, malloryk@gmail.com

Sami Schalk, sami.schalk@gmail.com (Secretary)

Phil Smith, psmith16@emich.edu (Treasurer)

Joanne Woiak, jwoiak@uw.edu

Frank Wyman, chips314@aol.com


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.  


Fulbright Programs for Applicants with Diabilities

Upcoming webinar encouraging people with disabilities (who have PhD or terminal degree in their field) to apply for the Fulbright Scholar or Specialist programs.

March 4, 2016.

Sign up at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2500613069540059137




Agenda Available for the 2016 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium 

Agenda is Now Available for the 2016 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium 

Diversity in the Disability Rights Movement: Working Together to Achieve the Right to Live in the World

March 31 – April 1, 2016
at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear 2016 keynote speaker U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson and leading disability rights and civil rights advocates examine the status of diversity in the disability rights movement and explore ways to increase diversity so that all may achieve Dr. tenBroek's vision of equality of opportunity. Other speakers will include:

  • Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Rabia Belt, Research Fellow, Stanford Law School
  • Claudia Center, Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
  • Matthew W. Dietz, President and Litigation Director, Disability Independence Group, Inc.
  • Jane Dunhamn, Director, National Black Disability Coalition
  • Michelle Garcia, Community Development Organizer - Latinos, Access Living
  • Regina Kline, Senior Counsel (Acting), Office of the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Jonathan Lazar, Professor of Computer and Information Sciences, Towson University
  • David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance
  • Anil Lewis, Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
  • Alison J. Lynch, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights New York
  • Jonathan Martinis, Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Marc Maurer, Immediate Past President, National Federation of the Blind
  • Alice Wong, Advisory Board Member, Asian and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California

Documentation for CLE credits will be provided. 
Registration fee: $175
Student registration fee: $25

For more information about the symposium, hotel accommodations, and symposium sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://nfb.org/law-symposium

You can register online by going to: https://nfb.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=60.  

You may also download from the symposium website a registration form to mail or fax.   

For additional information, contact: Lou Ann Blake, JD Email: lblake@nfb.org



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.

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



Composing Disabilities Conference

Crip Ecologies 2016 Schedule Now Available: April 7-8, 2016





Professional Grant Development Workshop

Taking Place at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

April 7-8, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Grant Training Center

We are offering this workshop in your area in a few weeks and thought you would benefit from it. Our Professional Grant Development Workshop is perfect for beginners or those who want to strengthen their grant writing skills.

You will learn the fundamentals of grant writing that will allow you to reach the top of competitions, such as: presenting a compelling Need Statement, navigating the world of grant procurement, understanding proposal writing guidelines, preparing for the evaluation process, and searching for foundation and corporate giving opportunities.

Once you finish this workshop, you will be fully prepared for the entire grant application process and have a head start toward success!


The fee for this course is $535
There is a $45/person discount available for registering two or more individuals from the same organization. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and includes materials, a certificate of completion, and continental breakfast.

If you are unable to join us on this date, we will also be hosting a NSF and NIH workshop at Columbia University in March. Please visit here to register and learn more about this workshop.

We hope that you will join us for this opportunity!

Can't make it?

Check Out Our 3-week Online Course

Cornell University is neither endorsing nor sponsoring the activities conducted by the Grant Training Center.




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.



The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy Annual Rights Conference


August 25 – 28, 2016 


Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort - Phoenix, AZ

The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) is seeking proposals which address strategies, ideas, programs, and emerging practices that support and promote NARPA’s mission and commitment to individual rights, liberty, freedom, and dignity. 


Rights Issues                                                                                     

Veterans Issues

Cultural Competence                                                                        

Alternatives to the Medical Model

Strategies Against Forced Treatment                                                

Informed Consent

Seclusion and Restraint                                                                     

Trauma and Healing

Children’s Issues                                                                                

Legal Strategies

Prison Issues                                                                                      

Innovative Strategies for Change

Community Organizing                                                                       

Public Policy/Legislation


Racial Inequality

The incorporation of diversity and multicultural perspectives into presentations is encouraged.  

Workshops are approximately 90 minutes.

Social Work CEUs and Continuing Legal Education units are planned. 

Submission deadline-March 15, 2016.   Selected presenters to be notified by e-mail April 1.   

The Application for Workshops given below is also posted at www.narpa.org 

For more information, contact NARPA at narpa@aol.com or (256) 650-6311.  

Mail proposals to NARPA, P.O. Box 855, Huntsville, AL 35804 or e-mail to narpa@aol.com.                 

Electronic submissions preferred.

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


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


New SUNY Orange Program for Students with Learning or Developmental Disabilities 



Ain't I An Activist?: On Stevie Wonder and the Violence of Inaccessibility



Activities for people with disabilities interested in international travel 

Received from Mobility International USA www.miusa.org/ncde 

1) Join the Fulbright Program, U.S. Department of State, and Mobility International USA for a webinar for students and scholars with disabilities to learn about disability-related considerations on fellowship programs to study, research, or teach abroad. Captioning provided. March 4th at 2-3 pm EST. Register at

2) Include students with disabilities in your institution's study abroad reporting through the Open DoorsR survey compiled annually by international education offices. We have a general snapshot of how many U.S. college students with disabilities study abroad and their disability types. But until more higher education institutions respond with these disability statistics, we won't have a complete picture. The next Open DoorsR survey is due on March 10, 2016. Read more http://www.miusa.org/resource/tipsheet/opendoorstats 

3) Join the Gilman Program and Mobility International USA for a web symposium on international exchange opportunities and scholarships for U.S. college students with disabilities. Captioning provided. March 23rd at 12-1
pm EST. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5371489608126383875

4) Help us spread the word by nominating your friends, family, and classmates to study abroad. #GoStudyAbroad is part of Generation Study Abroad, an initiative led by the Institute of International Education to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. They will be awarding five $500 travel prizes and one $1,500 grand prize for a round trip flight back to your study abroad country to the person who nominates the most friends to study abroad. Deadline March 31st. Start nominating friends to study, intern, or volunteer abroad

5) Join us to take part in the #Access2USA campaign to increase the participation of international students with disabilities studying in the U.S. Whether you're a current or former international student with a disability, a higher education professional, or overseas advisor or recruiter, you have an important role. The time is now to create inclusive recruitment strategies, share information and success stories about accessibility in the U.S., and remove remaining hurdles. Learn how to participate  http://www.miusa.org/news/2016/access2usa  




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A day in the life of the RespectAbility reporters 



Iowa State student with disability battles bullying with open letter



NBC NEWS: Where the 2016 candidates stand concerning mental health issues 



EEOC Proposes Regulations for employment for individuals with disabilities 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) 2-23-2016 published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) describing specific actions that federal agencies must take to comply with their obligation to engage in affirmative action in employment for individuals with disabilities.

The NPRM is available in the Public Inspection portion of the Federal Register, and will be officially published February 24, 2016. 

Members of the public have 60 days from that date, April 25, 2016, to submit comments. EEOC has also published a question-and-answer document on the NPRM and a document providing background information and a summary of the NPRM.



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

Microsoft's Blog post on accessibility enhancements

Microsoft released a blog post on accessibility enhancements in Office 365. It includes a video series that showcases the accessibility enhancements to be added throughout 2016.  
One of the videos demos the Learning Tools in OneNote and may be of interest to students


DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: February 21-27, 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 21-27, 2016



Disability.gov Update

10 Things to Know before Traveling - Disability Connection Newsletter February 2016

Comments Wanted on New Rule Aimed at Increasing Federal Employment of People with Disabilities

Tax Information for People with Disabilities

Study Finds Caregiving Takes Physical, Emotional & Financial Toll

Temp Agency Sued for Discriminating against Job Applicant with Medical Condition

Disability.Blog: Career Connection Series: I Am Getting Social Security Disability Benefits and Want to Work. How Do I Get Started? Your Guide to Government Benefits! by Guest Blogger Marsha V. Robinson-Vaden, Office of Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support, Social Security Administration

Disability.Blog: Easter Seals Thrive: Empowering Young Women with Disabilities by Guest Blogger Erin Hawley

Disability.Blog: Teens with Disabilities Have the Right to Healthy Relationships by Clare Barnett, J.D., Program Specialist, Administration for Community Living

Disability Scoop

Disability Scoop 2.26.16


Disability Scoop 3.1.16


VOICE Charter School is hiring!

Are you looking for a teaching position?

Would you like to be able to share your knowledge and skills with students?

VOICE Charter School ( http://www.voicecharterschool.org/ ) is an elementary and middle school located in Long Island City, Queens that serves students in grades K-8. We are located just minutes from Manhattan (two stops from the last subway stop in Manhattan on the F train) and Long Island City’s growing waterfront district, thriving arts community, and rapid residential growth. We combine rigorous academics with daily instruction in choral singing, thereby encouraging creative and critical thinking while improving academic performance. We are looking to identify extraordinary educators and administrators committed to urban education and high academic achievement who wish to join a dynamic learning community.

Our mission is to create a safe and healthy learning environment that will nurture, motivate and challenge all of our children to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and to develop into mindful, responsible, contributing participants in their education, their community and the diverse society in which we live.

VOICE is hiring and accepting applications for the following positions for the 2015-16 school year:


Director of External Affairs

Director of Operations 

Human Resources Manager

Dean of Academics

Dean of Culture

Instructional Coach


Data and Technology Specialist

Classroom/Office Assistant

 VOICE is hiring and accepting applications for the following positions for the 2016-17 school year:


Special Education Teacher

Middle School Teacher: Math

General Education Teacher

ESL Teacher

Middle School Teacher: Science

Middle School Teacher: Social Studies

Middle School Teacher: ELA

Social Worker

Music Teacher

Art Teacher

Physical Education Teacher

Classroom/Office Assistant

If you’re interested in applying, please visit our website at http://www.voicecharterschool.org/careers/opportunities.html to view our current vacancies and instructions about how to apply.  

We also invite you to like us on Facebook to find out more information about our school: http://www.facebook.com/VoiceCharterSchool.



International Women's Day 


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Syracuse, NY 13244

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

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