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May, 27 2017

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The articles, opportunities, and events described in the DCC Newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the Disability Cultural Center, Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs, or Syracuse University.  The objective of the DCC Newsletter is to provide a centralized and comprehensive resource, which describes current activity in disability and diversity scholarship, cultural activities, and general news. Please direct any concerns about content directly to the DCC and the specific posting organization.  Also, the DCC welcomes relevant submissions.  Please email sudcc@syr.edu  by 9AM each Thursday with your submission.

SU HAPPENINGS

More classes! Accessibility Fundamentals for Microsoft Office 2013 and Adobe Acrobat XI

THIS SATURDAY, 2/7/15: DISABILITY STUDENT UNION WILL HOLD INCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT EVENT

Amy Steinbugler: The Benefits and Burdens of Social Recognition: Lesbian & Gay Interracial Intimacy in a ‘Post-Racial’ Society

Syracuse University LGBT Studies Events Calendar Spring 2015

SU NEWS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS CELEBRATED AT SU

Call for Student Keynote Speakers @ Rainbow Banquet

MORE SU ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

SU ABROAD OPPORTUNITY

Summer 2015 Research Program

Application for Student Retreat

SOULSCAPE RETREAT APPLICATION

LEARNING COMMUNITIES MENTORS

CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, PARTICIPANTS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Please Reply ASAP! EDUCAUSE Annual Learning Initiative (ELI) starts Mon, Feb 9

Accessibility of Accommodations

Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) 2015

CNY Humanities Corridor Seminar: Mellon Visiting Collaborator Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University, Netherlands) on "The Posthuman"

Call for Proposals: Disability and Human Rights

Pac Rim deadline extended--Feb. 13, 2015: see below

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Article of Interest

Disability Scoop 2.3.15

Announcement from CDERC-South

From Disability and Abuse Listserv

Disability Scoop 1.30.15

NCCJD Seeks Expert Witnesses and Other Experts for national database

Justice Dept. Settlement with Nueces County kicks off the Department’s activities to honor the ADA’s 25th Anniversary

Article "Losing Mobility and Gaining a Work Life

Careers and the Disabled


SU HAPPENINGS

More classes! Accessibility Fundamentals for Microsoft Office 2013 and Adobe Acrobat XI

 
You’re invited! And if you’ve already participated, send your colleagues.
Information Technology and Services (ITS) is pleased to announce that registrations are being accepted for four more sessions of the award-winning workshopAccessibility Fundamentals for Microsoft Office 2013 and Adobe Acrobat XI (Windows).
This workshop will help build faculty and staff awareness of, sensitivity to, and proficiency in ensuring the accessibility of course materials, presentations, events, documents, web sites, and online resources. Our goal is that anyone and everyone in the SU community who uses electronic and information technology does so in ways that are accessible. This training will help you understand accessibility, put it into practice on the job, and support your organization’s moves to ensure accessibility of its documents, systems, and communications.
Soon we’ll be spreading the word about the workshop through SUNews and other means, so until then you have the opportunity to register before we announce this to the rest of the campus.
 
About the workshop
ITS developed this workshop in partnership with New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Syracuse in response to demand from across campus for face-to-face training to build faculty and staff awareness of and proficiency with using technology to ensure the accessibility of SU’s electronic and informationtechnology. Almost 350 faculty and staff from SU’s schools, colleges, and departments have taken this training, and find it useful. See the course overview, below.
The workshop will be conducted at the dates and times below. Each class has space for twelve participants and be held in the ECM Training Center at 621 Skytop Road (parking is available). Note that the March 5 sessions may be held in a different location on main campus. If this is the case, registrants for those sessions will be notified of any location change well in advance.
 
Workshop Dates & Times:
·         Wednesday February 18, 2015:  8:30 a.m. - Noon
·         Wednesday February 18, 2015:  1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
·         Thursday March 5, 2015:               8:30 a.m. – Noon
·         Thursday March 5, 2015:               1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 
Seating is limited, so register early! There is high demand for this training, so registration is on a first submitted, first enrolled basis.
 
Are you a Mac user? While you’ll find this training very useful since the fundamentals of accessibility are the same regardless of platform, this workshop focuses on Microsoft Office 2013 in Windows. We will offer a similar workshop for the Mac soon after the new version of Office for the Mac is released. We don’t know when that will occur, but will let you know when we find out. In the meantime, if you are interested in the Mac version please send your request toaccessibility@syr.edu and ask to be added to the Mac training waitlist. 
 
If you have any questions, please send them in an email to accessibility@syr.edu.
 
Accessibility Fundamentals for Microsoft Office 2013 and Adobe Acrobat XI
Course Overview
This 3-hour workshop is designed to provide a fundamental overview of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Office 2013 and Adobe Acrobat XI in Windows. At successful course completion students will be able to:
·         Explain and demonstrate the importance of creating accessible documents
·         Understand basic concepts for creating accessible documents including:
o   Reading order
o   Alternative text
o   Styles
o   Heading structure
o   Titles
o   Tags
·         Understand best practices for creating accessible Office and Acrobat documents
·         Remediate legacy Office and Acrobat documents to make them accessible
·         Utilize the Office accessibility checker
·         Specify common accessibility errors
·         Utilize Adobe Acrobat XI’s accessibility checker

THIS SATURDAY, 2/7/15: DISABILITY STUDENT UNION WILL HOLD INCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT EVENT

 
Syracuse, N.Y., February 3, 2015 – Disability Student Union, SU’s student-led disability cultural organization comprised of students with and without disabilities, will host the second annual Disabilifunk.  This will be a night of karaoke and entertainment for everyone.  The goal is to engage in an inclusive atmosphere with an exciting series of performances. Disabilifunk will feature the campus improv comedy group, Zamboni Revolution, a cappella group, Main Squeeze, and student performer, Miracle Rogers.  The event will take place Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. in the Schine Underground.  Free tickets available at the Schine Box Office.
 
This event is cosponsored by the Disability Student Union, and the Disability Cultural Center. Please contact Kaylah Wicks at kawicks@syr.edu for any accommodation requests. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and light refreshments will be provided.  Facebook event page ​has related information. 

Amy Steinbugler: The Benefits and Burdens of Social Recognition: Lesbian & Gay Interracial Intimacy in a ‘Post-Racial’ Society

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 @ 4 PM
060 Eggers
 
In addition to the lecture, the Sociology Graduate Student Association will have a student-led reading group before Steinbugler’s visit. On Friday, January 30th, we will meet to discuss the introduction to her book Beyond Living and a chapter called “Hiding in Plain Sight,” excerpted from Interracial Relationships in the 21st Century. Any students interested in joining should contact Elizabeth Daniele.
 


Syracuse University LGBT Studies Events Calendar Spring 2015

(Further details and more events to follow)
 
Tuesday, February 3
Amy Steinbugler
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dickinson College
4pm, 060 Eggers
 
Lecture:"The Benefits and Burdens of Social Recognition: Lesbian and Gay Interracial Intimacy in a 'Post-Racial' Society”
 
Additionally, the Sociology Graduate Student Association will have a student-led reading group before Steinbugler’s visit.  On Friday January 30th we will meet to discuss the introduction to her ’s book, Beyond Loving, and a chapter called “Hiding in Plain Sight” excerpted from Interracial Relationships in the 21st century (Smith and Hattery, Eds.  Carolina Academic Press, 2009).  Any students interested in joining this reading group should contact Elizabeth Daniele <edaniele@syr.edu>
 
Organized by the Sociology Department.
 
Thursday, February 12
Dana Cloud
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin
 
Lecture: Stretching the Boundaries of Liberalism: Revolutionary “Equality” in the Rhetoric of Get Equal
5:30pmMaxwell Auditorium
 
Dana Cloud is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at University of Texas at Austin. An activist scholar, she teaches and conducts research in the areas of feminist, Marxist, and postmodern theory; social movements, particularly labor; race and gender in the media; and rhetorical criticism. Professor Cloud is the author of two books, Consolation and Control in Popular and Political Culture: Rhetorics of Therapy and We ARE the Union: Democracy and Dissent at Boeing. In this lecture, Cloud draws on the work of feminist theorist Zillah Eisenstein to find an alternative to the competing liberal and radical visions and strategies within the LGBTQ movement, arguing that the demand for full inclusion—such as that voiced in the fight for gay marriage—usefully stretches the rhetoric of equal rights; struggles won on this basis lay the ground for more system-challenging aims. 
 
Presented by the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
 
Thursday, February 26
Minnie-Bruce Pratt event
“Writing In-Between, Living In-Between”: A Creative Nonfiction Reading
4pm, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library (first floor)
 
On the occasion of Prof. Minnie Bruce Pratt's retirement, former students will read from their creative nonfiction writing inspired by the SU organizing in fall 2014.
 
4:00 to 5:15 pm: Welcome & Readings
5:15 to 6:00 pm:  Reception
 
Sponsored by the Writing Program, the Department of Women's & Gender Studies,
& the LGBT Studies Program, this event is part of:
 
  #Feminisms, a series of events sponsored by the Department of Women's & Gender Studies, engaging contemporary feminisms in words, actions, images, and ideas.
 
The Nonfiction Reading Series sponsored by the Syracuse University Writing Program.  Initiated in 2008 by Professor Eileen Schell, the Nonfiction Reading Series features local, national, and international writers of all types of nonfiction. Past readers have included Cheryl Strayed, Mary Karr, George Saunders, Stephen Kuusisto, and Susan Faludi.
 
CART TRANSCRIPTION WILL BE PROVIDED FOR HEARING ACCESSIBILITY:
Computer-Aided Real-time Translation of the texts being read will be projected on an overhead screen.
 
The reading is free and open to SU students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
 
Monday, March 2
Ann Cvetkovich
Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
 
1.30pm Mini-seminar on her book Depression: A Public Feeling 
Interested graduate students should contact Roger Hallas (rhallas@syr.edu) to register for the mini-seminar as seating is limited.
 
6.30pm Lecture: “Archival Turns and Queer Affective Methods”
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library (first floor)
 
The talk draws from my book in progress, which chronicles the recent proliferation of LGBTQ archives as a point of departure for a broader inquiry into the power of archives to transform public histories.  The push for LGBTQ state recognition, civil rights, and cultural visibility has been accompanied by a desire for the archive – a claim that the recording and preservation of LGBTQ history is an epistemic right.   Yet new LGBTQ archival projects must also respond to historical and theoretical critiques, including decolonizing ones, that represent archives as forms of epistemological domination and surveillance or as guided by an impossible desire for stable knowledge.  I address these tensions through case histories of actual archives, as well as projects by artists whose creative and queer approaches to the archives are simultaneously critical and transformative.  Today’s talk will focus on artists working in a range of genres, including drawing, painting, photography, and fiction, who create archives by moving from one medium to another. As experiments in archival preservation, these innovative media practices grapple with the materiality of the archive in order to reveal its ephemeral and affective dimensions. 
 
ASL interpretation will be available at this lecture.
 
Presented by LGBT Studies. Co-sponsored by the Departments of English, Psychology, Religion and Women’s and Gender Studies.
 
Wednesday, March 18-Thursday March 19
Performing Black Masculinities and Same-Sex Desires
A Humanities Center Spring Symposium
Patrick E. Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University
Jeffrey Q. McCune, Associate Professor of Performing Arts and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Washington University, St. Louis.
 
Wednesday, March 18: 
Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales 
Performance by Patrick E. Johnson 
6.30pm Community Folk Art Center, 805 East Genesee St.
CART TRANSCRIPTION WILL BE PROVIDED FOR HEARING ACCESSIBILITY
 
Thursday, March 19:
Breakfast seminar on Black Queer Studies
9.30am 304 Tolley
Professors Johnson and McCune will facilitate an informal seminar on the state of black queer studies, including discussion of issues around methodological innovation and professionalization. 
 
Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing
Lecture by Jeffrey Q. McCune
5.30pm, 123 Sims 
CART TRANSCRIPTION WILL BE PROVIDED FOR HEARING ACCESSIBILITY
 
CO-PRESENTERS: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts
CO-SPONSORS: The Departments of African American Studies, History, Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, the Democratizing Knowledge Project and the Community Folk Art Center in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wendy Cohen Fund for Cultural and Artistic Enrichment, Department of Drama in the College of Visual and Performing Arts
 
Friday April 3-Sunday April 5
Reel Queer Film Festival
organized by Open Doors
Program details TBA
 
Thursday, April 23-Friday, April 24
Writing, Performing, Producing Difference: Residency with Caribbean Artists Rita Indiana and Noelia Quintero
 
Acclaimed Dominican novelist, musician, and performance artist Rita Indiana and Puerto Rican filmmaker Noelia Quintero examine the intersections of contemporary Caribbean identities with gender, class, race, and sexual politics in their creative work, both as individual artists and jointly, through their work with the music group Los Misterios. During this residency, students and faculty will be able to experience live performance and film screenings and to interact with the artists through discussions and a mini-seminar examining issues of collaboration, translation, migration, and nation.
 
Thursday, April 23, 7pm
Screening of La motora roja tiene que aparecer (Noelia Quintero)
Gifford Auditorium, H.B. Crouse Hall
 
Friday, April 24, 
Mini-seminar: 10:00 a.m. Preregister by email to sjhutchi@syr.edu
Tolley Humanities Building, Room 304
 
Reading: 7:00 p.m.
La Casita Cultural Center, 109 Otisco St.
CART TRANSCRIPTION WILL BE PROVIDED FOR HEARING ACCESSIBILITY
 
CO-SPONSORS:  The Departments of Art & Music Histories, English, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Latin American Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies programs in the College of Arts and Sciences; and the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts


SU NEWS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS CELEBRATED AT SU


Call for Student Keynote Speakers @ Rainbow Banquet

 
Are you graduating this year?! Are you interested in speaking at this year’s Rainbow Banquet?!
For the 2015 Rainbow Banquet (April 23, 2015), The LGBT Resource Center will have 2 graduating students (one undergraduate and one graduate student) each deliver a 5-7 minute keynote address.
 
 We invite all interested graduating students to fill out the following form. Please have your calendar handy because you will be asked to provide your availability for an interview (February 23 – March 6). The interview will be 15 minutes, which includes a 1 minute “pitch” about what you would say in your keynote.
 
To submit your interest, please complete the survey online.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email the LGBT Resource Center.
 
What is a keynote?
In the past, the LGBT Resource Center has brought in outside speakers to serve as our keynote. We typically pick someone who can speak to graduating students and inspire the entire crowd.
 
What is the Rainbow Banquet?
The Rainbow Banquet is designed to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQA+ campus community members. In addition to the many students who participate in the Rainbow Banquet, the event is well-attended by community members, alumni, staff, and faculty, many of whom play a crucial role in supporting students with marginalized genders and sexualities during their time at SU/ESF. The event includes:
  • A formal recognition of graduating students, during which graduates are presented with rainbow honor cords to wear at Commencement
  • The Rainbow Recognition Awards, which honor campus & greater Syracuse community members who exemplify the LGBT Resource Center’s values of awareness, community, integrity, and social justice, are also presented at the event
  • The Queer Year in Review, a slideshow of the year’s notable moments and events from the queer & trans* communities
The LGBT Resource Center
Syracuse University
750 Ostrom Avenue
(315) 443-3983
lgbt.syr.edu

MORE SU ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

 
We have a few places left on our summer study abroad trips to Italy, Peru, and Chile, taught by your School of Education professors.  The deadline for registration is fast approaching:  February 20th
 
Please come to our Information Session this Friday, February 6th, 4:00 PM, in the Huntington Commons (new glass entrance) to learn more about summer study/travel opportunities.  The professors will describe their itinerary and curriculum, and I will explain our need-based Himan Brown funding which has made study abroad possible for hundreds of our students.  We will also be joined by Dr. Middlemiss (Falk School), who is offering a program in S. Africa to which SOE students can append a number of weeks to work within a high school that prepares students for high school graduation and moving on to college.
 
SU Abroad personnel will be available to answer questions on programs beyond those advertised on the attached flyer.  The School of Education is committed to enabling each of our students to participate in a global experience before graduating SU.  Do join us to find out how to make your study abroad dreams a reality.
 
See you on Friday!
 
Dr. Corinne Smith
SOE Director of Global Outreach
PS  Do consult with your advisor on how these courses can count within your program of studies.

SU ABROAD OPPORTUNITY

 
Literacy, Inclusion, and Diversity in Italy
 
May 11-May 28, 201 5


This three-week immersion in the Italian education system will invite participants to explore key course constructs through a combination of school visits and observations, Italian language study, lectures, cultural and museum visits, seminars; class readings and written assignments. Beginning in Apiro (Marche region), and ending in Rome (Lazio region), students will also visit cities in several regions of Italy, including Venice (Veneto), and Florence (Tuscany), as well as day trips to other points of interests. Need-based grants available for those who qualify. Apply by February 20. For more information please contact Professor Beth Ferri at baferri@syr.edu, Professor Christine Ashby ceashby@syr.edu, or visit suabroad.syr.edu

Summer 2015 Research Program

 
The Syracuse University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Research Program is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate scholars with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest. Student scholars have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week period under the direction of a faculty research mentor at Syracuse University. For more information, please check out the Summer 2015 Research Project online.

Application Available for Studentt Passion Retrea

The Office of Residence Life is seeking applicants for the Annual Passion Retreat leadership conference scheduled for Feb. 27 - 28. Students will find their passion through interactive workshops, guest speakers, and networking opportunities.  The conference is free and held at White Eagle in Hamilton, NY.  Applications are due by 9:00 a.m. on Feb. 9.  Students can apply via the Passion Retreat Google Form. *Flyer attached.

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'SOULscape' Retreat Application Available
"SOULscape," based on the campus conversation series  Soulful Sit-Downs, will bring students together for an incredible weekend of inspiration and fellowshipfrom Feb. 28 – 29.  The event is free for students and includes transportation, meals, and accommodations at Minnowbrook. Students can apply until Feb. 13using the SOULscape Application Form.
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Learning Communities Seeks Peer Mentors

Do you know students who are currently Learning Community residents?  Consider encouraging them to apply for the 2015-16 LC Peer Mentor positions.  Students can find more information on the Learning Communities Current Students page.  Deadline to apply is Feb. 13.  *Flyer attached.
Learning Communities Enrollment Open to Current First-Year Students for 2015-16
Online applications are being accepted until Feb. 15, from current first-year students interested in living in one of the following, whether they live in a Learning Community now or not: Generation Q: An LGBTQ Learning Community, Indigenous Living Learning Community, LIFE (Living in a Free Environment) Community, and MORE in STEM Community. More info can be found on theLearning Communities website


CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

Please Reply ASAP! EDUCAUSE Annual Learning Initiative (ELI) starts Mon, Feb 9

Join ITS for a virtual conference!
 
Please share this with your team and the faculty and staff you support. All are invited to the virtual conference associated with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting. This conference will be held next week, Monday – Wednesday, February 9-11, 2015.  ITS is hosting virtual sessions in BRL 506.
 
View the virtual conference agenda to see the sessions that are offered. Note that the times shown are Pacific time, and that they will be three hours later when presented here.
 
Designing our Thinking: Crafting New Directions for Digital Engagement is the theme of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, and online. ELI's annual meeting is the premier event for those committed to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology.
 
This year, ELI will feature Ted-Style presentations, top-notch general session speakers, with opportunities to hear about and discuss current trends and issues within higher education teaching and learning. This year's meeting consists six themes: assessment of student learning; online and blended teaching and learning; faculty development; working with emerging technology, future models, and academic transformation; learning analytics; and evaluating technology-based instructional innovations. The overall program will result in a diverse array of presenters, perspectives, different levels of experience, and a variety of institutional types.
 
To Register: Please reply ASAP to Dan Lowe (dclowe@syr.edu or x3631) and indicate which sessions you’ll attend.
 
Thanks!

Accessibility of Accommodations

 
Hello,    

Dr. Lauren Lieberman and I from Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education (KSSPE) at the College at Brockport, SUNY are conducting a study to determine the accessibility of hotels and accommodation facilities with the life experiences of students (people) with disabilities. We are ready to send the questionnaire out to students with disabilities and their families and traveling companions. Please find IRB approval document attached [NOTE TO DCC-NEWS SUBSCRIBERS – WE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH PDF, AS NEEDED]. We will be appreciated you to help us reach the participants. It should take about 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Results are expected to help improve the accessibility of accommodation facilities. We would be so thankful if you could please forward this to any list serves that you have and any friends you know that have disabilities or travel with people with disabilities. 

The link is: www.gumus.com/survey/

Thank you for all of your support!

Sincerely,

Ozkan Tutuncu, Ph.D. Primary Investigator, State University of New York, College at Brockport, Department of KSSPE Phone: (585) 967-8740 Email: otutuncu@brockport.edu

Lauren Lieberman, Ph.D. Research Supervisor, State University of New York, College at Brockport, Department of KSSPE Phone: (585) 395-5361 Email:llieberm@brockport.edu

Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) 2015

 
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is accepting applications for Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) 2015.
Applicants must be college students who identify as being on the Autism Spectrum.
Accepted applicants will participate in advocacy training in DC from May 30 to June 6, 2015. ASAN covers travel and lodging expenses. 
Interested students can send completed applications to NRiveraMorales@autisticadvocacy.org with the subject line "2015 ACI Application." The deadline for application submissions is February 15, 2015. We specifically encourage students of color, LGBT students, students with intellectual disabilities, AAC users, and students from other or multiply marginalized communities to apply.

CNY Humanities Corridor Seminar: Mellon Visiting Collaborator Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University, Netherlands) on "The Posthuman"

Friday, February 139:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Syracuse University Humanities Center
Seminar Room 304 Tolley
REGISTRATION:
Open to all faculty and students of Syracuse University and affiliated Central New York Humanities Corridor institutions.      
Pre-enrollment required 
Limited to 24 participants
Contact Mi Ditmar via email or telephone 315.443.5944 by Monday, February 9 to register.
Mellon Visiting Collaborator, Rosi Braidotti (Distinguished University Professor; founding Director, Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Netherlands) will present a CNY Humanities Corridor Seminar on “The Posthuman.” She will discuss how digital “second life”, genetically modified food, advanced prosthetics, robotics and reproductive technologies blur the distinction between the human and the other, creating non-naturalistic human structures. She will explore how the posthuman helps make sense of our flexible, multiple identities, and the effects of post-anthropocentric thought, which encompasses other species as well as the sustainability of the planet as a whole, in the face of the commodification of all life by contemporary market economies.
A pioneer in European Women’s Studies, Rosi Braidotti holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne. She was a fellow at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study in 1994. The following year, she became founding Director of the Netherlands research school of Women's Studies. She founded the inter-university SOCRATES network NOISE and the Thematic Network for Women's Studies ATHENA, which she directed until 2005. Since her appointment as founding professor of women’s studies in 1988, she has taught at Utrecht University, where she is currently Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities.
CO-SPONSOR: The Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences
ABOUT THE CENTRAL NEW YORK HUMANITIES CORRIDOR:
The Central New York Humanities Corridor is a unique regional collaboration between Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, as well the schools of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium in seven different areas of research and humanistic inquiry.  Each institution brings a vibrant and distinguished humanistic scholarly tradition to the collective work of the CNY Humanities Corridor.

Call for Proposals: Disability and Human Rights


Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies Call for Papers: Disability and Human Rights Guest editors: Gian Maria Greco and Elena Di Giovanni

This special issue of JLCDS will investigate issues of disability rights within the human rights agenda from the points of view and methodologies of cultural studies. 
“Human Rights” has been one of the most influential concepts of the past three centuries and it is still an essential constituent of modern conceptions of State and society. With the 1948 UN Declaration, human rights has become an even more pervasive concept, shaping everyday interactions at all levels, changing the language and rhetoric of politics, permeating literary works, movies, arts and media. 
Over the past decades, research in human rights has been through two major changes. On the one hand, disability rights have come to gain a central position within the human rights research agenda, after many years of scanty attention, particularly if compared to issues of gender and ethnicity. 
Disability itself, and the rights of persons with disabilities, have thus become major issues within the human rights debate and research. On the other hand, the dominance of the legalistic approach has been challenged. 
Scholars have come to realize the need for a more complex approach, taking into account the social, anthropological, and cultural aspects involved in the human rights discourse.  Indeed, both human rights and disability are multidimensional and multi-layered concepts, whose richness and complexity cannot be catered for solely through a legalistic approach. Over the last few years, many scholars have argued that the interdisciplinary methodology of cultural studies is a fruitful approach to best face the challenges posed by the complexity of human rights discourse. 
Within the emerging domain of cultural studies, analyses of human rights and disability rights are still virtually non-existent. This special issue of JLCDS aims to fill this gap by gathering contributions focusing on disability and human rights from a cultural studies perspective. To this purpose, we invite scholars to submit proposals within the framework set out here. 
Contributions might focus on, but should not be limited to:
foundational questions concerning the cultural studies analysis of disability rights; methodological issues in the cultural studies analysis of disability rights; the rhetoric of human rights and disability rights; defining and discussing disability rights; the meaning of “human” in the advocacy for rights, especially disability rights; portraying disability rights from a cultural point of view; disability, cultural specificity and human rights; the representation of disability and human rights in literature; cultural inclusion and the rights of people with disabilities.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION
Prospective authors are asked to send a 500 words proposal and a 300 words curriculum vitae to the guest editors. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit a full paper. Papers submitted should not exceed 7,000 words, including an abstract of no more than 200 words, footnotes, and a list of works cited. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, nor in the file name. If the content refers to the author, it should do so covertly. The journal uses the MLA style for referencing. 
Further information concerning style guidelines at http://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/images/stories/documents/JLCDS%20G
uidelines.pdf

Proposal submissions should be sent by email to both guest editors. Emails should use the subject “Proposal special issue Disability and Human Rights – JLCDS”.

IMPORTANT DATES
August 1, 2015: submission of a 500 words proposal and a one-page curriculum vitae to guest editors.
September 1, 2015: prospective authors notified of proposal status.
March 1, 2016: final versions of selected papers due to editors.
July 1, 2016: Decisions and revisions on submissions sent to authors.
September 15, 2016: Final, revised papers due.

Questions may be directed to guest editors: gianmaria.greco@gmail.com and elena.digiovanni@unimc.it 

For general information please contact: 

Dr David Bolt 

Pac Rim deadline extended--Feb. 13, 2015: see below


The best information is at: www.pacrim.hawaii.edu

Below from an email:

<YES!!!! we heard you! Call for Proposals and Early bird registration for Pacrim 2015 has been extended to February 13, 2015

Imagine yourself at an inspiring gathering of fellow like-minded people.
Plenaries, workshops, conversations that matter and activities that deepen your conference experience are woven into rich tapestries of learning, being and renewal. NOW lets move from imagining to being here for an extraordinary experience in diversity!

The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity is a collaborative, inclusive conference, attracting people from all over the world. We are so collaborative this year, we have something for everyone because we have partnered with so many interesting people and organizations. Take a moment and look at our web page, check out the week’s events <http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=206&qid=52632>
and
maybe even consider two conferences back to back in the very same week. Why not? Check out the IASSIDD Regional Conference at www.iassidd.org for their call!

In the meantime the week has post institutes, cultural field trips, parties. In fact! for Pacrim 2015 post trainings/institutes we are teeming up with the University Outreach College and offering CEU contact hours so you can get professional development credit from your associations and respective fields.

Don't wait!

For more information and registration for the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, special events, workshops, pre- and post-conferences go to http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu <http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=211&qid=52632>
or
email cccrocke@hawaii.edu.>

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS


Documentary and Disability

Editors: Catalin Brylla and Helen Hughes

In September 2013 the symposium Documentary and (Dis)ability at the University of Surrey [...]  brought together international scholars, practitioners and practice-based researchers to critically reflect on how documentary film has contributed to the visibility of disability in philosophical, political, social and cultural terms. A wide range of perspectives – including ethnography, phenomenology, semiotics, iconography and historical studies – mapped issues of disability within contexts of production (both, behind and in front of the camera), distribution, exhibition, reception, public action and government legislation.

Inspired by this symposium we are now preparing a proposal for an edited volume under the same title, for which we invite contributors working on the intersection of documentary film with disability studies. The proposed format of the book is to have a substantive introduction and around twelve chapters of 6-7000 words divided into (1) methods for bringing together documentary and disability studies, (2) film historical case studies, and (3) contemporary debates and film production practices.

The following topics are a guideline to potential chapter proposals and are not meant to exclude other interpretations of the book’s title Documentary and Disability:

·         Defining and representing disability and documentary film

·         The visibility/audibility of ability and disability

·         Diversity and the adaptation of production practices

·         Disability, embodied space and affect

·         Alternative documentary forms (e.g. animation) and disability

·         Politics of funding, distribution and exhibition in relation 
to disability issues

·         Disability in a trans-national context

·         Documentary ethics, authorship and disability

·         Documentary and disability legislation

·         Disability through a post-colonial lens

·         Technologies of in(ex)clusion

If you are interested in contributing a chapter to this edited book, please send a chapter title, a 200-word abstract, a bibliography and a short biography to Dr. Helen Hughes (h.hughes@surrey.ac.uk) and Catalin Brylla (catalin.brylla@southwales.ac.uk) by March 31st 2015. We would envisage needing the full drafts by 1st October 2015. We look forward to receiving your chapter proposal.


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 
Dr. Nora's Top Articles (13 of 109 news articles)

1.   “Mother, Two Sons Stole from Disabled Family Member” --- A Portage woman and her two adult sons were ordered Tuesday to pay back $77,876 they admitted to stealing from a disabled family ... --- nwitimes.com --- January 13, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/6a0ms7
2.   “Couple Accused of Caging Autistic Son Make Plea Deal” --- A couple accused of keeping their 19-year-old adopted son in a cage at their home in rural eastern Michigan have made a plea deal and face ... --- WNEM Saginaw --- January 9, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/is9q6d
3.   “Lakeland Tax Pro Allegedly Stole Money from Vulnerable Adults, Used it on Drugs, Breast Lift” ---  According to charges recently filed in Dakota County, tax pro Kirsten Kruzel allegedly stole $75,149 from two vulnerable adults, then used the money ... --- FOX 9 News --- January 7, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/yAUhoB
4.   “Judge OKs Document Detailing Rutgers Professor's Sexual Relations with Mentally Disabled Man” ---  A document detailing the sexual relationship between Rutgers-Newark professor Anna Stubblefield and a severely mentally disabled ... --- NJ.com --- January 8, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/qZ479g
5.   “Gallupville Man Gets 4 Years for Pulling Disabled Girl's Teeth with Pliers” --- Steven D. Walker, the man who pleaded guilty to pulling three teeth from a developmentally disabled 8-year-old in 2013, was ... --- Schenectady Gazette --- January 15, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/vib8SV
6.   “Student with Autism Kicked Out of College” --- A Waxahachie man who has autism was kicked out of college classes because he mistakenly hugged a woman he did not know and kissed her on the ... --- NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth --- January 9, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/ArFXTM
7.   “Former Special Education Teacher Pleads Guilty to Criminal Sexual Misconduct” --- A former La Crescent Montessori special education teacher will spend time in jail for molesting students. 39 year old Jason Barker pleaded guilty today to three counts... --- WKBT La Crosse --- January 12, 2015 (WISCONSIN) http://is.gd/E2pSVY
8.   “New York City Will No Longer Put its Youngest Prison Inmates in Solitary Confinement” --- Rikers was lambasted for mistreating mentally ill inmates by placing them in solitary confinement and skewing the numbers it reported about inmate ... --- Washington Post --- January 13, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/pbMBkM
9.   “Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities” --- “The National Organization on Disabilities (NOD) did a study in 2005, after Katrina and found that planning for populations, regardless of the different ... --- Camel City Dispatch --- January 13, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/KA8SX8
10.   “Student Suspended; Parents Weigh Legal Action” --- Wesley said the student has special needs. Diagnosed with different learning disabilities, he's been receiving special education services at Cal-Mum, ... --- 13WHAM-TV --- January 9, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/pCTdQi
11.   “Massachusetts Will Limit Practice of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools” --- Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states that are putting new restrictions on the practice of restraining and secluding public school students ... --- NPR --- January 9, 2015  (MASSACHUETTS)  http://is.gd/EtYknx
12.   “Tanisha's Law Would Require Mental Health Training for All Ohio Police Officers” --- The family of Tanisha Anderson is pushing for a state law that ensures every police officer in Ohio is trained in ways to deal with mentally ill people. --- WKSU News --- January 8, 2015  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/EUylZE
13.   “Hate Crimes on Disabled Up by 213%” --- Last year 574 disability hate crime cases were recorded, compared with 183 in 2007/8. However, Stephen Brookes, of the UK Disability Hate Crime ... --- Express.co.uk --- January 11, 2015  (UNITED KINGDOM)  http://is.gd/aCkhod 
 

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The other 96 stories for this week, as well as newsfeeds from prior weeks, can be found at:http://www.disabilityandabuse.org/newsfeed/contents.htm
 
The Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute provides this newsfeed. These are articles involving people with disabilities across the life span, any type of disability and any type of maltreatment, abuse, crime or, articles regarding law enforcement issues and individuals with disabilities. We have a particular focus on individuals with developmental disabilities. We welcome your input and feedback regarding this feature of our CANDO List. Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by state, so you can easily scan through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest

Article of Interest

#HospitalGlam, Or Touchstones And Chronicles?
A disabled writer responds to the #HospitalGlam movement. It’s a thin line between glamorizing and glorifying an invisible illness – so I avoid it altogether by keeping it real, collecting the remnants, and remembering the worst days of my life. The results are not what you would expect.
 

Disability Scoop 2.3.15


Announcement from CDERC-South

In the fall of 2013 the California Deaf Education Resource Center – South (CDERC-South) was established under the California Department of Education.  Housed at the School for the Deaf in Riverside, the goal of the CDERC-South is to act as a clearinghouse of resources for Southern California for those serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adolescents.  The center, as defined in EC 59002.5, functions to “disseminate special curriculum, media teaching methods, instructional materials adapted for deaf individuals, achievement tests and other assessment methods useful to the instruction of deaf individuals.”  This is an exciting collaboration to best meet the needs of all 9,000 Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing students in southern California.
CDERC-South is pleased to announce the release of our website: CDERCSouth.org. Our website has information in several areas and is growing everyday:
·         Families:  Find information on language development, ASL, Cochlear Implants, and understanding hearing levels.
·         Professionals: We have areas for Audiologists, Speech and language Therapists, Itinerant teachers and more.
·         DeafTEC: DeafTEC is a grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) which has allowed us to develop materials for mainstream classrooms on how to integrate Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children into the mainstream.
·         Assessment Services:  A Deaf or Hard of Hearing student may be referred, as appropriate, for psychological assessment and recommendations.  Find out how to do this on our website.
·         Request a Workshop / Consultation:  CDERC has a network of professionals – psychologists, teachers, Audiologists, Occupational Therapists – who can provide workshops or consultation.
·         Pinterest: Follow us on Pinterest where we have boards in many different areas related to Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, adolescents, hearing loss, and ASL.
·         YouTube: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and discover the many great videos available.  Check out our newest addition on Least Restrictive Environment.
·         Facebook: Like us on Facebook and keep up with announcements regarding workshops and research.
This is an exciting era in deaf education.   We invite you to witness the culture of academic excellence and join me in celebrating California Deaf Education Resource Center! For more information visit our website or contact Denise Hamilton at dehamilton@csdr-cde.ca.gov.
 
My best regards,
M. Natasha Kordus, Ph.D.
Supervisor
California Deaf Education Resource Center - South
Assessment Services, California School for the Deaf, Riverside

From Disability and Abuse Listserv

 
Dear Listserv Members,
 
We have published a new essay on our website that you should find interesting.
 
It focuses on the social rights of adults with developmental disabilities.
 
The essay refers to Gregory’s Case as a specific example of how the First Amendment rights of people with I/DD are infringed by judges in adult guardianship cases.
 
 
People who promote supported decision making should find these social rights violations to be repugnant to the principle of self-determination and the duty of people in authority to promote independence by people with disabilities.
 
We have decided to take specific action in California to protect the social rights of people with developmental disabilities.
 
A letter has been sent to Santi Rogers, Director of the California Department of Developmental Services.  We have made a formal request that the department amend regulations on social rights to add a phrase explaining that the right to associate or not to associate with a specific person is included in the “right of social interaction.”   
 
Here is a link to the “What’s New” page on our website.  http://disabilityandabuse.org/whats-new.htm  Information about the letter, and a link to it, are found at the top of that page. 
 
We are asking that people support our request by submitting letters or emails to Mr. Rogers.  They can be sent as an email or email attachment to Deputy Director Nancy Bergmann.  A link to her email address is found at the end of the posting on the What’s New page.
 
If you do send something in support of our request, please let us know.
 
Thanks.
 
Tom Coleman
Legal Director
Disability and Abuse Project

NCCJD Seeks Expert Witnesses and Other Experts for national database

 
As part of The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability’s mission to become the go-to resource for information on issues involving people with I/DD (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) in the criminal justice system, we are compiling a national list of expert witnesseswho provide expertise and/or testimony on cases involving plaintiffs, victims, and/or defendants with I/DD.  NCCJD’s goal of building a database of expert witnesses is to increase access to expert witnesses in every state who can help promote and protect the rights of people with I/DD in the criminal justice system.
We’re looking for two types of expert witnesses: those who can be contacted as a resource for lawyers and others involved in legal proceedings, and those with the qualifications necessary to be accepted by a court; the rules are broad, and qualifications can come from educational background, training, research, publications, or other meaningful work experience.  Potential experts must have excellent communication skills and specialized knowledge in a disability-related area.  Some examples of areas of specialization include death penalty, sexual assault, victims, juveniles, suspects of sexual offenses or offenders with I/DD.   Previous expert witness experience is not required.
Below is the link to NCCJD’s Expert Witness form.  We will ask each person to review his or her information on the web site before launching the site. 
Deadline for submissions is 
February 28th, 2015.
If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact Justice@thearc.org.
We appreciate your support of NCCJD’s ongoing efforts to proactively assist people with I/DD in the criminal justice system.  Finding qualified expert witnesses to assist with cases involving people with I/DD can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. There are many amazing experts on this listserv, and we want to capture that information all in one place. Please help us achieve this goal!
Our sincere hope is that this resource will help increase access to justice for those who often need it most.
Thank you!
Sincerely,

Leigh Ann Davis, Program Manager

The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability

Justice Dept. Settlement with Nueces County kicks off the Department’s activities to honor the ADA’s 25th Anniversary

 
The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement with Nueces County, Texas (County), to improve access to all aspects of civic life for people with disabilities.  The agreement was reached under Project Civic Access, the department’s wide-ranging initiative to ensure that cities, towns and, counties throughout the country comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Under the agreement, the County will take important steps to improve access for people with disabilities, such as: physically modifying facilities surveyed by the Department so that parking, routes into the buildings, entrances, service areas and counters, restrooms, and drinking fountains are accessible to people with disabilities; posting, publishing and distributing notices to inform members of the public of the provisions of the ADA and their applicability to the City’s programs, services and activities.  Notably, under the terms of the agreement, the County will ensure that its websites and all online services, including those websites or online services provided by third parties upon which the Countyrelies to provide services or content,comply with, at minimum, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0.  The County will also officially recognize the Texas telephone relay service as a key means of communicating with individuals who are deaf, are hard-of-hearing, or have speech impairments and train staff in using the relay service for telephone communications; and, develop a method for providing information for interested persons with disabilities concerning the existence and location of the County’s accessible services, activities and programs.
Today’s agreement kicks off the Department’s activities to honor the ADA’s 25th Anniversary.  Each month, the Justice Blog will highlight different ways that the ADA benefits people with disabilities. Today’s entry in the Justice Blog features information about the Nueces County settlement. 

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