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November, 17 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

REMINDER: Rainbow Banquet Student Keynotes Needed -- Apply by FRIDAY, 2/20!

You are invited to a Special Luncheon

A Reflection: Syracuse University Vigil for Chapel Hill Victims

Totally Fabulous Drag Show.

Writing In-Between, Living In-Between: A Creative Nonfiction Reading.

Nonprofit and Government Career Fair.

SU NEWS

Our disability studies faculty search has been posted. Please help spread the word!

Planet of the Blind Blog by Prof. Steve Kuusisto: Disability as Snow Sculpture

CAN-IT! Food Drive will Benefit the Food Bank of Central New York

Student Travel Funds

CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

"Educating a Working Society" Book Chapters:  Call for Proposals

CALL FOR PAPERS: ISEPP (International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry) Annual Conference

Summer 2015 Research Program

 

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Disability Scoop 2.17.15

Working with People Who Have Experienced Domestic/Sexual Violence & Chemical Dependency.

Harvard and M.I.T. Sued Over Failing to Caption Online Courses

Know a dynamic and passionate leader?

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

Program Director search

Boston College Faces Inquiry Over Accessibility of Campus

Newsfeed for February 16


SU HAPPENINGS

REMINDER: Rainbow Banquet Student Keynotes Needed -- Apply by FRIDAY, 2/20!

 
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 complete the following online survey to apply. Please complete this survey by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH to be considered. 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

You are invited to a Special Luncheon

 
February 19th, 12PM– 1PM
 
“Loving Someone with a Chronic Disease”
 
Cost is free!
 
Car-pool from Peoples Place at 11:30am to 501 James Street
 
Presenter: Rev. David Roppel
Responders: Adult Living with HIV/AIDS and
SU Student Living with Chronic Disease
 
"Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is." - Gary Zukav
 
SERVICE HOURS AVAILABLE: Help set up or clean up. Email:griina@syr.edu
 
Sponsored by Lutheran Campus Ministry/STEP Center and ACR Health
 
Thank you to the Knutson Foundation for making this program possible!

A Reflection: Syracuse University Vigil for Chapel Hill Victims

Thursday, February 19th
5 PM
Hendricks Chapel
Main Chapel
 
Syracuse University’s Muslim Student Association in collaboration with Hendricks Chapel and Student Association is sponsoring a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting. Three college students and Muslim Americans – Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were murdered on Tuesday, February 11th, 2015 in their apartment in Chapel Hill. Join us as we honor their lives by coming together in solidarity and prayer.  
 
The vigil program is as follows:
·         Optional purification before prayers as gesture of respect inside of Hendricks Chapel
·         Welcome by Dean Steinwert
·         Recitation of Islamic prayers for loss in Arabic and English by Chaplain Richard Russell
·         Key note speaker:  Yusuf Abdul Qadir
·         Student testimonial relating to islamophobia
·         Lighting of Candles
·         Remembrance of the victim's lives
·         General prayer from Chaplains’ Council

Totally Fabulous Drag Show.

Hosted by Shangela with performances by Kitten and Lou. Goldstein Auditorium, February 27th, 10 PM. Tickets on sale at Schine Box Office. $5 with campus identification, $7 without.

Writing In-Between, Living In-Between: A Creative Nonfiction Reading.

In honor of Minnie Bruce Pratt's retirement. Thursday, February 26th, 4 - 6 PM. Peter Graham Scholarly Commons. Bird Library. Please reserve your spot with Lou Ann Payne .

Nonprofit and Government Career Fair.

Friday, February 27. 11 AM to 2 PM. Panasci Lounge, Schine.


SU NEWS

Our disability studies faculty search has been posted. Please help spread the word!

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The Disability Studies Program (http://disabilitystudies.syr.edu) in the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education in the School of Education at Syracuse University seeks a tenure track Assistant Professor of Disability Studies. We seek an interdisciplinary Disability Studies scholar whose areas of expertise and training lie within the social sciences, particularly sociology of disability and/or history of disability. The successful candidate may also have expertise in one or more of the following:
  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Race and Disability 
  • Queer Disability Studies
  • Transnational Disability Studies
  • Cultural Studies & Disability
  • Disability Advocacy/Activism
  • Participatory research or other inclusive modes of inquiry
  • Youth/media/popular culture and disability
Qualifications:
Earned doctorate in Disability Studies or a closely related field is required (completed by August 2015). The successful candidate will show evidence of a strong research trajectory and potential for funded research.
Responsibilities:
The candidate will be expected to conduct research, seek external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Disability Studies, both in face-to-face and online formats. The candidate will also advise undergraduate and graduate students and supervise dissertation research.
Salary:
Commensurate with education and experience.
Application Procedure: 
All candidates must complete an on-line application at www.sujobopps.com and attach a current CV; cover letter explaining your interest in the position, research interests and teaching philosophy (one document); a representative publication or other work sample; and contact information for 3 references to provide letters of recommendation. 
Review of applications will begin March 1, 2015 and the position will remain open until filled. Questions about the position may be sent by email to the Search Chair, Alan Foley (afoley@syr.edu)  
Direct link to this posting:

Planet of the Blind Blog by Prof. Steve Kuusisto: Disability as Snow Sculpture

http://www.stephenkuusisto.com/uncategorized/disability-as-snow-sculpture

CAN-IT! Food Drive will Benefit the Food Bank of Central New York


Donations will be collected at the game on Saturday, February 21.
Fans will not only get an opportunity to watch a thrilling men’s basketball game between the Syracuse Orange and  the Pittsburg Panthers on Saturday, February 21, in the Carrier Dome. They will also have the chance to help combat hunger in the local community.

“Can It!” is a University-wide interfaith initiative to collect canned food and monetary donations for the Food Bank of Central New York. The initiative is part of the Better Together: President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge, in which SU is participating.


Donations of canned goods will be collected at the 12 p.m. game. Fans attending the game are encouraged to bring donations, which may be deposited in collection receptacles at the gates upon entry. SU students may also drop off canned goods in Hendricks Chapel. There will be a collection receptacle in the stairwell near the People’s Place Café from now until February 21.

Student Travel Funds

 
The Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy was founded to help support the groundbreaking research, policy, and activism of Disability Studies and The Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University. The Legacy Fund is entirely supported by individual donations, and one of its goals is to provide student travel support.
 
This year there is a limited amount of funding available to support student travel expenses for presentations at the meetings of the Society for Disability Studies in Atlanta or Disability Studies in Education in Chicago (which is happening immediately before AERA in Chicago). Travel to present at other conferences will not be supported. 
 
Please note: 
  • This funding is also only available to students who have exhausted funding from other sources (i.e. SOE, department, GSO).
  • Funding is limited and any support offered will likely not cover one’s full expenses. 
To apply for funding please submit:
  • A rough budget of your expenses and what your department (or other source) has offered you;
  • The amount you are requesting;
  • Notification of your presentation’s acceptance at DSE or SDS (be sure to include the title of your presentation.
Please submit your request to Professor Alan Foley via email (afoley@syr.eduby March 31, 2015. 
 
The Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy
Supporting the groundbreaking research, policy, and activism of Disability Studies and The Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University.
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CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

"Educating a Working Society" Book Chapters:  Call for Proposals

 
We are approaching the centennial of the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917.  Through the ways in which it defined and financed vocational education, the Smith-Hughes Act shaped profoundly the realm of secondary schooling in the twentieth-century United States.  In key respects, it continues to shape how youth experience secondary schooling, and how we think about and operationalize “vocational education” – its purposes, forms, and intersections with other dimensions of schooling, education, and life.  
 
Are you interested in researching, presenting, and publishing new work related to vocationalism in education?  Do you have graduate-level students who might be?  Jared Stallones, the book series editor for the Organization of Educational Historians, and I would like to use the Smith-Hughes Act as the organizing theme for an edited volume, to be published in 2017.  Tentative title:  Educating a Working Society:  Vocationalism, the Smith-Hughes Act, and Modern America.   
 
For this book, because we want to encourage fresh thinking, Jared and I are adopting a big-tent view of “vocational education” (generally, work-related, and encompassing schooling and non-school sites/experiences of learning).  We have refrained from defining specific topics.  As people propose and suggest different areas of interest, we will re-shape the book’s contours. 
 
At the moment, we have identified several categories that we think could be fertile ground for inquiry.  We are open to other possibilities.
 
1. Vocationalism in Education in the Nineteenth Century
2. Vocationalism in Education at the turn of the Twentieth Century
3. The Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 (origins, legislative history, provisions, implementation)
4. The Smith-Hughes Model and Federal and State Government Relations in Education
5. The Intersections of Work, Education, and Gender
6. The Intersections of Work, Education, Race, and Ethnicity
7. Changing Economic Conditions and Philosophies:  Implications for Vocational Education
8. The American High School:  Missions and Crises of Identity
9. Vocationalism in Education in the Twenty-first Century
10. American Vocationalism in a Global Context
 
At the upcoming OEH conferences (2015, 2016, 2017), we would like to have pre-arranged sessions (panel or roundtable) related to this topic.  Note: for those people who teach graduate-level seminars, this could be a good theme for reading and inquiry.
 
If you know someone who might be interested in this project, pass along the word.  If you are interested, please let us know.  Send specific questions and comments to me via email 
glauzon@iun.edu ].  After we make email contact, I will gladly talk to you on the telephone, too. 
 
Past-President, Organization of Educational Historians
Dr. Glenn P. Lauzon
Indiana University Northwest
 
 
Dr. Glenn P. Lauzon
Assistant Professor
School of Education, 355 Hawthorn Hall
Indiana University Northwest
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408
Tel:  219-981-5687
Fax: 219-981-4208
Email:  glauzon@iun.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS: ISEPP (International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry) Annual Conference

 
Understanding Trauma:
Responding Beyond the Medical Model
 
October 9-11 2015
 
Crowne Plaza (Boston/Newton) – Newton MA
 
The International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry, Inc. is accepting proposals for presentations at the annual conference.  This year’s focus will be on trauma and will include topics such as trauma informed care, impact of trauma at various developmental stages, developing a trauma model for the community, how trauma influences child and family development, and non-medical responses (e.g., mindfulness, CBT, etc.).  There will be a limited number of breakout sessions on Saturday and Sunday.  All presentations will be 45 minutes to 1 hour in duration.  Group and panel presentations are encouraged.
 
PROPOSAL FOR BREAKOUT SESSION*
 
(Information as it would appear in conference program)
 
1.    Name of Presenter(s) and Credentials:
 
2.    Title of Presentation:
 
3.    Brief Summary of Presentation (200 words or less):
 
4.    Learning Objectives:
 
5.    Short Biography (200 words or less) of Presenter(s):
 
6.    A/V or other items needed (e.g., projector/screen, flipchart/markers, etc.):
 
Note: LCD Projectors, Screens, and power cords will be provided.  Presenters are expected to bring their own laptop as well as any necessary adaptors (e.g., for Apple products).  
 
*Presenters are expected to register for and attend conference.
 
 
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MAY 10 2015.  EMAIL INFORMATION TO MGILBERT@IACAF.ORG 

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. Applications must be submitted by March 6th. For more information, please check out the Summer 2015 Research Project online.8th Annual Conference for Equity and Social Justice is being held this year on the SUNY Buffalo State campus. 

The conference will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the Buffalo State Student Union.  The theme for this year’s conference, “Meaningful Change: Transforming Communities of Practice,” has inspired many thoughtful presentation topics that are certain to be of interest to many of you, your faculty members, and your graduate students in education.
 
Keynote speakers for the conference include University of Buffalo’s Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, Lois Weis, and Wayne Au, Associate Professor of Educational Studies from the University of WashingtonIn addition to the keynote addresses, faculty and graduate student presenters are from universities in California, Delaware, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ottawa as well as several colleges and universities in New York, including six SUNY campuses. 
 
We have kept the registration fees for the conference low:  $75 for faculty and $25 for students.  Registration can be completed online at: http://adulteducation.buffalostate.edu/esj
 
 
Susan Birden and Andrea Nikischer
SUNY – Buffalo State

 
 

Please help us get the word out to students with disabilities about this webinar exploring the Gilman scholarship for study abroad. Thanks!

 
Sincerely,
Ashley Holben
 
Students with disabilities who are thinking about studying or interning abroad during their undergraduate studies, consider applying for the Gilman International Scholarship Program! The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of U.S. undergraduate students who study and intern abroad and strongly encourages students with disabilities to apply.
 
Come join a webinar to learn more about the Gilman scholarship program and meet Gilman alumni with disabilities who have studied abroad. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, February 24 at 1pm CST and captions will be provided. To learn more and to register, visit http://www.miusa.org/event/2015/gilman.
 
Ms. Ashley Holben
Project Coordinator
Mobility International USA
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, OR 97401
Tel: 1 (541) 343-1284 ext. 18
Check out our new website! www.miusa.org
Subscribe to our e-news: http://ow.ly/yCR26

The Monsters and the Monstrous Journal Current Call for Submissions:



Volume 5, Number 1 (Summer 2015), Fairy Tale Monsters / Monstrous Fairy Tales



This special issue of the Monsters and the Monstrous Journal proposes to 
discuss the ideas of fairy tale monsters and monstrous fairy tales and 
explore how fairy tale monsters are defined, (re)created and (re)visioned.



Contemporary popular culture has seen the fairy tale genre expand to 
include elements of paranormal romance by mixing with more traditional 
supernatural monsters (eg. vampires, werewolves, etc.), become 
re-energized with teenaged iterations of classic characters (Monster 
High, Ever After High), and persevere as a space of both invention and 
intervention.



Indeed, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in 
Wonderland, which has often been categorised as a fairy tale; Carroll 
himself specifically identified Through the Looking-Glass as “a 
fairy-tale” in the poem he wrote as an epigraph for that book.



Possible Topics:



-Redefining, revisioning fairy tale monsters: mashups, redeeming the 
“monster,” and retellings (Once Upon a Time, Maleficent, Sleepy Hollow; 
Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter, etc.) -(Re)interpretations of fairy tales 
through the political, socio-cultural, (dis)abilities and sexual canon 
(eg. Liminality, deviance, inhumanity, witches, etc.) -Monstrous fairy 
tales: violence, cannibalism, rape -Disneyfication of the fairy tale: 
Who is the real villain?

-New vs. Old fairy tale heroes/heroines

-New vs. Old fairy tale villains, monsters -East vs. West fairy tales 
(eg. Grimm and the use of non-western storylines; manga) -Urban legends 
and the fairy tale (eg. La Llorona, the boogeyman, the Wolf as 
pedophile, etc.)

-Young adult fiction rewriting the fairy tale and its monsters (eg. 
Jackson Pearce, Lily Archer, Maggie Stiefvater, Francesca Lia Block etc.)

-Fractured fairy tales,  parodies and mash-ups: monsters revisited (eg. 
Marissa Meyer, Cornelia Funke, Danielle Page, etc.)

-Fairy tales, popular romance and erotica: sexual deviance, 
non-heteromative revisions; challenging the status quo (eg. Anne Rice, 
Alison Tyler, Eloisa James, etc.) -Fairy tales and Hollywood (eg. Tim 
Burton, Matthew Bright, etc.) -Visual fairy tales: opera, ballet, 
musicals (eg. Wicked)

-Monstrous teenage legacies: “Monster High” and “Ever After High”

-The metaliterary use of fairy tales and/or pedagogical uses of fairy 
tale monsters



We are also looking for film and book reviews on any theme related to 
the idea of Monsters and the Monstrous. All materials reviewed should 
have been published or released within two years of the journal issue 
they are submitted to. Any queries, please contact the editor at the 
email below.



Submissions for this Issue are required by Friday 26th June 2015 at the 
latest. Contributions to the journal should be original and not under 
consideration for other publications at the same time as they are under 
consideration for this publication. Submissions are to be made 
electronically wherever possible using either Microsoft® Word or .rtf 
format. All images, artworks and photographs need to have the 
appropriate copyright permissions before being sent in.



We also invite submission to our special features on Non-English 
Language Book Reviews. Please mark entries for these topics with their 
respective headings.



All accepted articles, artworks and prose pieces will receive a free 
electronic version of the journal.



For more information please follow this link:

http://monstersjournal.net/submissions/



Length Requirements:

~ poetry, prose, short stories can be any length but not exceed 7,000 words.

~ articles should be between 4,000 – 7,000 words long ~ reflections, 
reports and responses should be 1,500 – 3,000 words long ~ book and film 
reviews should be between 500 and 1,500 words long



Submission Information:

All submissions should include a short biography (100-150 words) that 
will be included with the to be included submission if accepted. Please 
send submissions via e-mail using the following Subject Line:



‘Journal: Contribution Type (article/review/…): Author Surname’



Submissions E-Mail Address: monstersjournal@inter-disciplinary.net

Submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt.



Style Sheets

All submissions should be formatted in accordance with the journal style 
sheets. A word template for this may be found here: Download Journal 
Template File (Word Document).



Proof/Checking

If accepted for publication, you will be provided with one opportunity 
to see a proof inspection copy of your submission. Only typographical or 
factual errors may be changed during proof checking stage. Revisions or 
addition to the text will not be possible.



Copy

All contributors will receive one complimentary PDF copy of the edition 
in which their submission appears. Camera-ready .pdf of prints will also 
be made available.

 8th Annual Conference for Equity and Social Justice is being held this year on the SUNY Buffalo State campus. 

The conference will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the Buffalo State Student Union.  The theme for this year’s conference, “Meaningful Change: Transforming Communities of Practice,” has inspired many thoughtful presentation topics that are certain to be of interest to many of you, your faculty members, and your graduate students in education.
 
Keynote speakers for the conference include University of Buffalo’s Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, Lois Weis, and Wayne Au, Associate Professor of Educational Studies from the University of WashingtonIn addition to the keynote addresses, faculty and graduate student presenters are from universities in California, Delaware, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ottawa as well as several colleges and universities in New York, including six SUNY campuses. 
 
We have kept the registration fees for the conference low:  $75 for faculty and $25 for students.  Registration can be completed online at:  http://adulteducation.buffalostate.edu/esj
 
A conference flyer is attached to this email.  Please share this information with colleagues and students.  We hope you can join us for a day of examining the ways in which education may positively transform our communities of practice.   
 
Susan Birden and Andrea Nikischer
SUNY – Buffalo State


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Disability Scoop 2.17.15


Working with People Who Have Experienced Domestic/Sexual Violence & Chemical Dependency.

Tuesday, March 10th. Peck Hall, 601 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, New York. Part 1, 9 AM - noon, addresses dynamics of domestic and sexual violence as well as addiction awareness. Part 2, 1 - 4 PM, enables participants to develop clinical skills and supportive practices. $25 for Part 1 or Part 2, $55 for both. For more information, email Ashley Skolky or call 315-425-0818 extension 254.

Harvard and M.I.T. Sued Over Failing to Caption Online Courses

 
 
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and four deaf and hard of hearing individuals filed federal class action lawsuits today against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), charging that the schools discriminate against deaf and hard of hearing people by failing to caption the vast and varied array of online content they make available to the general public, including massive open online courses (MOOCs).
The cases, filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, assert that these universities violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act by denying deaf and hard of hearing people access to thousands of videos and audio tracks that each university makes publicly available, for free, on broad-ranging topics of general interest.  These include, for example, campus talks by luminaries such as President Barack Obama and Microsoft founder Bill Gates; educational videos made by MIT students for use by K-12 students; “self-help” talks; entire semesters’-worth of courses; and regular podcasts such as the “HBR IdeaCast” by the Harvard Business Review.  The universities boast that their content is available free to anyone with an Internet connection.  Millions of people have visited the websites.
Harvard Complaint
MIT Complaint
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) Law Press Release (with examples)
National Association of the Deaf Press Release (with examples)
New York Times Article
Boston Globe Article

Know a dynamic and passionate leader?

We're currently seeking a leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of our high-impact organization. Please share our job posting below with your networks. Thanks, and have a great weekend!
 
Mobility International USA (MIUSA), a national nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and based in Eugene, Oregon USA advances the rights and leadership of people with disabilities globally. MIUSA seeks a highly qualified Chief Operating Officer. Qualified candidates will have excellent operational management, interpersonal, fiscal and project management skills. Previous federal grant management, international exchange, and personal or professional disability experience highly desired. This position is full-time that reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is based in Eugene, Oregon USA. This is a tremendous opportunity for a leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.
 
View the full position description and application instructions at http://www.miusa.org/news/2015/job.
 
Ms. Ashley Holben
Project Coordinator
Mobility International USA
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, OR 97401
Tel: 1 (541) 343-1284 ext. 18
Check out our new website! www.miusa.org
Subscribe to our e-news: http://ow.ly/yCR26

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

Sponsored by the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University
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Weekly Email Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education 
Week of February 8-14, 2015
** HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, EVERYONE! **
* The UK is celebrating with some terrific (and funny) disability Valentine’s Day cards created by disability group Scope (video is captioned, but no audio description): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=842LIsj0bfA
* Learn how to sign critical Valentine’s Day phrases in American Sign Language, including “beautiful,” “hug,” and more importantly…”chocolate”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj_ZlNwex5s
* Also from the UK, watch a few couples with intellectual and developmental disabilities (called “learning disabilities” in England) discuss how they met and fell in love (captioned, but no audio description): http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sarah-drayton-thompson/mencap-valentines-day_b_6679050.html
* Can’t think of a great date idea for the “mad, disabled, or chronically ill” person in your life?  Here are a few ideas:http://thecoloredfountain.net/2015/01/03/10-crip-date-ideas/
* Want some advice about sex and disability?  Here’s a website for women, but men and people with less binary genders may find information of interest or links to what they need: http://www.sexualityanddisability.org/
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 Disability and higher education in the news (in no particular order):
* The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and four individuals have filed suit against Harvard and MIT for not captioning online public information and educational materials, including online courses (video has captions but no audio description): http://nad.org/news/2015/2/nad-sues-harvard-and-mit-discrimination-public-online-content
 
* A major study of American college freshmen has shown the highest rates of depression in 30 years, with especially high rates among freshmen with disabilities: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/feb/05/college-freshmen-emotional-wellbeing-depression
 
* While campuses are starting to take a hard look at ways to prevent sexual assault and rape, students with disabilities (especially disabled students of color) are more likely to have campuses downplay or ignore their reports: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/12/the-hidden-victims-of-campus-sexual-assault-students-with-disabilities.html
 
* A profile of University of Pennsylvania sophomore Luke Hoban, who discusses his muscular dystrophy and life with a power chair, which made him “drunk with power” and “cool” when he got it: http://www.thedp.com/article/2015/02/luke-hoban-profile-accessibility
 
* The Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State University released its annual report, showing that the demand for mental health services has increased, colleges lack resources, and many students do not utilize services well: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/02/07/Study-Increased-demand-inadequate-resources-for-college-mental-health-services/stories/201502070034
 
* NYU publishes an anonymous confession of a student with ADHD who became an Adderall dealer (just a friendly reminder that this is illegal, folks): http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2015/02/03/confessions-campus-adderall-dealer/
 
* Bills to better support college students with mental health concerns have advanced in the Virginia House and Senate, but some University of Virginia students are concerned about the implications of the legislation: http://www.nbc29.com/story/28085398/uva-students-concerned-over-advancing-mental-health-bills
 
* Cambridge University in England has boasted about its high retention rate, but new figures suggest the rates are lower because they don’t include students who drop out or take medical leaves: http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/news/0033808-lowest-drop-out-rate-figure-challenged-by-new-stats.html
 
* Tips for students with ADHD and LD who will be taking the SAT or ACT exams: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/11151.html
 
* The art gallery at Edmonds Community College in Washington State has a new show called “Please Touch,” featuring embossed paper art designed for blind and visually impaired people to enjoy: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20150206/ENT/150209504
 
* An article about Dr. YanYan Li, the first blind Chinese national to earn an advanced degree, who graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose and now has a chiropractic clinic in China: http://blogs.palmer.edu/news/2015/02/06/sj-alumnus-yanyan-li-d-c-continues-to-amaze-inspire-in-china-by-authoring-books-about-his-life-chiropractic-profession/
 
* The Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Yale University brought together undergraduate groups focused on mental health, but sometimes their work is at odds with administrators’: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/02/12/new-mental-health-dialogue-revives-old-questions/
 
* Elizabeth Fowler, a former Syracuse University professor, has sued the university for harassment and wrongful dismissal due to her disability and pregnancy leaves: http://www.dailyorange.com/2015/02/former-professor-files-disability-lawsuit-against-university/
 
* California State, Fullerton has set up a special course for students with disabilities, to prepare for disability-related aspects of job hunting and employment: http://www.dailytitan.com/2015/02/collaborative-course-aids-post-college-life/
 
* A professor’s op-ed in the LA Times talks about her experiences with the lack of campus resources and support for students with mental and emotional health concerns (trigger warning – discussion of suicide): http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-lieblich-freshman-depression-20150212-story.html
 
 
And a few related items of possible interest to college students:
* Washington, DC resident Kelly Mack used a hidden camera to show what a daily commute on the DC Metro is like, and wonders about whether she would be left behind in an emergency like the recent smoke incidents (video not captioned or audio described):http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/02/06/signs-of-segregation-the-singular-challenges-facing-black-deaf-families/
 
* The US Department of Justice is investigating the state of Florida for pushing children and young adults with disabilities into nursing homes, where they are receiving substandard care and being separated from families: http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/america-tonight-blog/2014/3/19/florida-childrenagravytrainfornursinghomes.html
 
* Seven reasons you should be watching disabled comedians, with footage to get you started (none of the videos are not captioned or audio described): http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/disabled-comedians-youtube/
 
* The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favor of assisted suicide, and two Canadian disability organizations respond with concern about the implications for people with disabilities: http://www.cacl.ca/news-stories/blog/assistedsuicidedecision; on a related note, Newsweek published an in-depth article about euthanasia in the Netherlands, and its impact on Europe and the US: http://www.newsweek.com/2015/02/20/choosing-die-netherlands-euthanasia-debate-306223.html
 
* The Supreme Court’s landmark Olmstead decision meant people with disabilities should be able to live in the communities they choose, getting services there as well.  Meet Lois Curtis, one of the two women behind the Olmstead decision:https://assignmentatlanta.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/unlocked-the-lois-curtis-story/
 
* Jamie Brewer of American Horror Story is the first model with Down syndrome at New York Fashion Week:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/12/jamie-brewer-new-york-fashion-week_n_6670766.html
 
* As a freshman at Oklahoma State University, Lex Frieden became a quadriplegic who went on to help write the first drafts of the ADA:http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/health/article/Houston-quadraplegic-helped-write-a-piece-of-6071001.php#/0
 
* The Washington Post follows up on a previous article about Black ASL research and how Black Deaf families may have more in common with Black families than Deaf families: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/02/06/signs-of-segregation-the-singular-challenges-facing-black-deaf-families/
 
* Although this isn’t news to anyone with a disability of any kind, in Chicago it’s apparently made-for-TV news that people with physical disabilities can’t magically levitate over large snowbanks and sheets of ice (video captioned, but no audio description):http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/02/05/lingering-snow-ice-present-obstacles-to-people-with-disabilities/
 
* Jerry McGill discusses what employment meant to him as a Black man with a disability, and how it affected his views on affirmative action:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/business/losing-mobility-and-gaining-a-work-life.html?_r=1
 
* John Lee Clark discusses his development as a DeafBlind poet and publisher: http://www.startribune.com/local/west/290697371.html
 
* New Mexican disability activist Linda Pedro passed away after a lifetime fighting for herself, her children, and her community.  Learn more about the impact of her work at: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/linda-pedro---disability-was-impetus-for-chimay-civil/article_f91b9926-f726-5018-83db-373f11fd7721.html
 
* Entertainment?  Accurate portrayal?  Are TV characters changing how people in the US perceive mental and emotional health issues? http://healthland.time.com/2013/10/08/homeland-and-bipolar-disorder-how-tv-characters-are-changing-the-way-we-view-mental-illness/
 
* A profile of Michele Friedner, a medical anthropologist and disability studies professor from Stony Brook University who studies disability and deafness in India: http://sbstatesman.com/2015/02/05/medical-anthropologist-studies-perception-of-disabilities-in-india/
 
* February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month – here are five ways nondisabled people can be an ally to people with disabilities:http://www.reformjudaism.org/jewish-life/health-wellness/special-needs/five-ways-be-ally-people-disabilities
 
 
 
 
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Program Director search

Independent Living, Inc., (ILI) a premier consumer-directed, cross-disability, advocacy and service organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, is seeking a Director of Program Operations, reporting to the Executive Director, Doug Hovey. With service centers in Newburgh, Middletown and Monticello, New York, we are an open-door resource for people with disabilities of all types, from birth through the end stages of life.
The Director of Program Operations is responsible for supervising the Program Managers at the Newburgh, Monticello and Cornerstone locations; establishing and managing programmatic deliverables; generating required reports for funding agencies; conducting regulatory oversight of multifaceted programs for quality, contract compliance standards and statistical reporting; and interfacing with state and federal funding agencies relative to programs and services.
Qualified individuals must have strong leadership, people management, process management and knowledge of Federal/state/local services, laws and systems related to individuals with disabilities (e.g. ADA, Social Security programs, Work Incentives, entitlement programs, supported employment, and mental health and substance abuse recidivism.) Must have eight to ten years working with individuals with disabilities, five of which are in a management capacity and Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Services or related field (or equivalent experience); Master’s preferred. LCSW preferred. Advocacy of two or more years, preferred. Bilingual (Spanish/English) capabilities a plus. Persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. Person with “lived” experience a plus. Knowledge of ASL also desirable.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter via email to Beth Abarca, Director of Human Resources atbabarca@myindependentliving.org.
 
 
Beth Abarca, MBA
Director of Human Resources
Independent Living, Inc.
5 Washington Terrace
Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: 845-565-1162 ext. 212
Fax: 845-565-0567

Boston College Faces Inquiry Over Accessibility of Campus


Newsfeed for February 16

 
 
The following are recent news stories of interest to people with disabilities and those supporting and working with and for people with disabilities.
 
Please note that several of these 106 articles deal with abuse committed at school.  Special education teachers and other staff are implicated in maltreatment of children with disabilities.  Good news:  it is now revealed.  Bad news: seasoned and trusted school staff are the culprits.  What are your thoughts on how to reduce the incidence of abuse by school officials?
 
 
Dr. Nora's Top Articles (12 of 106 news articles)
1.   “California Fails to Track Billions in Mental Health Funds” --- ... in 2004 as part of a ballot initiative that promised to boost funding to help the mentally ill, including prevention and early intervention programs. --- Chico Enterprise-Record --- February 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/eMXHIa
2.   “Psychiatric Technician Accused of Sexually Assaulting Two Teenage Patients” --- Jeremy Henry, 27, a psychiatric technician, is accused of sexually assaulting two 15-year-old patients. The Sarasota Police Department now needs the ... --- ABC Action News --- February 2, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/dAA8v4 
3.   “2 Broward Teachers Have Licenses Suspended” --- Paul Sparrow, 62, a former teacher of special needs students at McNichol Middle School in Hollywood, has lost his license for a year for improper ... --- Sun Sentinel --- January 27, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/xmurQP
4.   “Ga. Killer Executed Despite Claim He Was Intellectually Disabled” --- Despite claims the Georgia death-row inmate was intellectually disabled and that his mental impairment made him unfit for capital punishment, he was ... --- Washington Post --- January 28, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/VC6JbF
5.   “Former Charity Director Indicted for Theft” --- ... a now-defunct Honolulu-based charity that provided social services to disabled persons on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Guam. --- KHON2 --- January 30, 2015  (HAWAII)  http://is.gd/qHOGN5
6.   “Former Special Education Teacher Admits Child Seduction” --- A former special education teacher at Woodlan Jr/Sr High School pleaded guilty to a charge of child seduction on ... --- WISH-TV --- January 30, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/mUYKrA
7.   “Indiana Man Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Exploitation of Disabled Maine Teen” --- An Indiana man charged with pretending to be a Maine high school student on Facebook and convincing a developmentally ... --- Bangor Daily News --- January 29, 2015  (MAINE) http://is.gd/6aKuig
8.   “Man to Serve up to 7 Years for Assaulting Teen Girl with Developmental Disability” --- According to court documents, although the victim was 15 years old at the time of the assaults, because of developmental issues her mental age was ... --- Foster's Daily Democrat --- January 29, 2015  (NEW HAMPSHIRE) http://is.gd/AiA0M1
9.   “Vermont Man Charged with Sexually Abusing 13-Year-Old” --- Vermont state police say a Rutland man who worked as a therapy advocate sexually abused a 13-year-old autistic student. --- Daily Journal --- January 29, 2015  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/C2JJnH
10.   “Lawmakers Want to Remove Derogatory Terms like ‘Retarded’ from PA Public School Code” ---  Hurtful words you would never use to describe a kid these days, like retard and crippled, are part of Pennsylvania's Public … --- FOX43.com --- January 27, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/pAt0Ba
11.   “Virginia Senate Reins in Restraint in Schools” --- The Virginia Senate wants to rein in seclusion and restraint ... students' unruly behavior are being abused in some school divisions. --- Fredericksburg.com --- January 28, 2015  (VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/dRuaid
12.   “Cop Rapes Mentally-Ill Woman, Court Told” --- A 23-year-old policeman from the Police Protection Unit allegedly raped a mentally-challenged woman in the Avenues area whom he had "arrested" ... --- The Herald --- January 29, 2015  (ZIMBABWE) http://is.gd/VRmL7f 
 

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The other 94 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


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