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September, 25 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

OMA’s Cora A. Thomas Gospel Extravaganza featuring Fred Hammond

Terisa Tinei Siagatonu Takes the Mic

Bollywood Choreography and Fitness Workshop with Rohan Sheth, ’09 (Newhouse)

Paving the Way Alumni Speaker Series - Rohan Sheth, ‘09 (Newhouse)

Greetings from Syracuse Sport Management and Invitation to the Sport Summit

Human Library.

SU NEWS

EDU 300 -- Fall 2015 (offered Thursdays from 5 - 6:20 p.m.)

Syracuse University College of Law

Intergroup Dialogue Fall 2015 Courses

CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, PARTICIPANT, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

WSQ, Call for Papers: Special Issue

Upcoming Central Regional Self-Advocacy Conference - May 16th

NEW AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Netflix introduces audio descriptions for visually impaired 

Disability and Colonialism- JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE OUT NOW

Netflix Audio Description 

New Blog Post from B-itch on Wheels: Helen Henderson

Position Announcement for Accessibility Specialist in the Disability Rights Section

Please Help Support Disability Rights!

Disability Scoop 4.14.15

The Risk Society and the Germanwings Tragedy: Stigma on Both Sides of the Psychiatry Wars

Mad U on BlogTalk Radio - Thursdays Weekly, 9-11 PM EST - pass the word!

Disability Scoop 4.10.15

Newsfeed for April 13, 2015 (The Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute)

New Blog Posting from B-itch on Wheels: The Grocery Shopping Episode

A new news article on abuse in state developmental centers

Craft Festival

End Child Sexual Abuse Workshop

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies: Volume 9, Issue 1

Education policy associate position at TCF


SU HAPPENINGS

OMA’s Cora A. Thomas Gospel Extravaganza featuring Fred Hammond

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Bethany Baptist Church, 149 Beattie Street, Syracuse NY 13224
Doors Open 4, Event Start 4:30pm
                                                                                                       
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
                     

Terisa Tinei Siagatonu Takes the Mic

Location: Jabberwocky Café, Schine Student Center
Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 7:30-8:30pm
At the age of 25, Siagatonu has already established herself as a poet, spoken word artist, and arts educator. A Bay Area native, her emergence into the spoken word world as a queer Samoan womyn and activist has granted her opportunities to perform on stages ranging from San Francisco's historical Herbst Theatre to the White House. She recently received President Obama's Champions of Change Award. She is currently a 1st-year grad student in the Marriage/Family Therapy program at USC.  
 
Sponsored by ALINE Magazine, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Nu Rho Poetic Society, and Verbal Blend.
 
For more information, please contact Huey Hsiao at 315-443-9676 or huhsiao@syr.edu.
 
 

Bollywood Choreography and Fitness Workshop with Rohan Sheth, ’09 (Newhouse)

Location: Women’s Building Dance Studio
Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 3:00-6:00pm

 

Paving the Way Alumni Speaker Series - Rohan Sheth, ‘09 (Newhouse)

Location: Hall of Languages Room 500
Date: Monday, April 20
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Throughout his career, Rohan has found a way to incorporate his cultural background and serve the South Asian and LGBT communities. He'll share his learnings, tips and anecdotes on navigating the real world as your most authentic self. Rohan is currently the Master Instructor and Marketing Manager for global Bollywood Fitness brand, Doonya.
 
Sponsor(s): Office of Alumni Engagement, Career Services, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Syracuse Orange Bhangra, South Asian Students Association and Zinda.
 
For more information, please contact Huey Hsiao at 315-443-9676 or huhsiao@syr.edu.

Greetings from Syracuse Sport Management and Invitation to the Sport Summit


Please direct questions or comments to Prof. Gina Arlene Pauline <gapaulin@syr.edu>

Greetings!  I would like to extend a personal invitation to the 2015 Syracuse Sport Summit “A think tank for adaptive sports” . To give you a little background, I am a faculty member here in the Department of Sport Management at Syracuse University. I am currently teaching the Advanced Sport Event graduate class to our Master’s students in the Sport Venue and Event Management program, in which the students are planning the Summit. The students have been working very hard to put on the Syracuse Sport Summit to be held at Drumlins on April 30th from 9-2:30. The Summit will serve as a think tank for Central New York to host a statewide adapted competition (hopefully in 2017) in which we would like to have both civilian and military veterans compete in a variety of sports and divisions.

Based on the mission of Orange Ability as well as speaking to many involved in the adapted sport realm, we thought it was important to reach out to you directly about this event.

The students have been working hard on not only presenting at the Summit what they think their vision is for the games including the respective sports, facilities to be used, logistics, accommodations, etc. but also planning the actual Sport Summit. We have been able to bring together some amazing people to be part of this day including representatives from the United States Olympic Committee, Team RWB, Institute for Veterans and Military Families,  Adaptive Sports Foundation, Move Along, Paralympic athletes, among others. Additionally, the students have been trying to bring together those that are necessary to be involved in this conversation to make a statewide competition a reality. The Summit will feature a keynote speech from Julie O’Neill, USOC and also para-athlete and veteran John Register, USOC. There are other wonderful people that are involved as I could continue to go on about them. The Summit will also feature breakout sessions in the areas of event management, facility operations, and adapted sport.

On behalf of the students, I would like to ask you to consider attending the event to share your wisdom in your respective role. Additionally, the students have created a website for the event that not only provides information about the Summit, the speakers, and agenda but also, there is a place to register: https://syracusesportsummit.wordpress.com .  Make sure you register prior to the event as we will need to cap attendance at around 100 people.

Please feel free to share it with those you think may have an interest in this as well. The students have tried to reach out and spread the word but it is helpful to reach out to those that know the area more specifically.

The students have done all the work in the planning for this Summit and certainly have had an amazing experience in putting this together. We are excited to see the result and more importantly the goal of the Summit is to be able to take the ideas discussed, get community involvement and support, and formulate an advisory board, and proposal for funding for the event in two years.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!
Gina


Dr. Gina Pauline | Undergraduate Director| Associate Professor | Sport Management

Syracuse University
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
810 Nottingham Road Syracuse, New York 13224
(t) 315.443.1666 (f) 315.443.9716 (e) gapaulin@syr.edu falk.syr.edu

Human Library.

Serve as a human book to tell your story! Saturday, April 18th, 1 – 4:30 PM. Beauchamp Branch, Onondaga County Public Library. If you’d like to participate, please contact Christine at 315-435-3395.


SU NEWS

EDU 300 -- Fall 2015 (offered Thursdays from 5 - 6:20 p.m.)



EDU 300: Special Topics (Critical Reflection on Study Abroad) is a one credit seminar designed to extend the learning from students’ study abroad experience and help them apply/transition this knowledge at home in their professional, personal and academic life.  Held once per week, the seminar will center around readings and discussions focused on global relations of power, knowledge and cultural production, national identity and global citizenship, as well as cultural, racial, and linguistic difference abroad and at home.


Julie M. Ficarra, Ed.M.
Doctoral Student | Graduate Fellow

Cultural Foundations of Education

Syracuse University

jmficarr@syr.edu | 315-559-9116
www.linkedin.com/in/julieficarra/

Syracuse University College of Law

Disability Law and Policy Program
COURSES 2015-16
Professor Arlene S. Kanter, Director
kantera@law.syr.edu
 
Note from Prof. Kanter: I am writing to ask you to please help me to advertise far and wide at the schools of Education, Arts and Sciences, VPA, Social Work/Falk College, Maxwell and Architecture that I will be teaching TWO COURSES THIS FALL,  both of which your masters and PHD students are welcome to take, with my prior approval, as required by the COL.  
 
Background: The College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program houses Joint Degree Programs in Disability Studies (through the SOE’s Cultural Foundations of Education), Inclusive Education (through the SOE’s Teaching and Curriculum), with the Social Work School, and with others schools and colleges throughout the university. We also offer for our law students a Curricular Certificate Program in Disability Law and Policy, the Disability Rights Clinic, the Disability Law Society (a law student organization), and a range of disability-related courses and co- and extra- curricular initiatives, including a specialty in international and comparative disability law for students from other countries enrolled in our LL.M Program for Foreign Trained Lawyers.
Courses: Graduate students from all colleges and departments of Syracuse University are welcome to enroll in courses sponsored by the Disability Law and Policy Program. Permission of Professor Kanter is required prior to registration but these courses have no prerequisites and students who enroll in these courses are not required to have any background in law, generally, or disability law or disability studies, in particular. The 2015-16 DLPP courses open to SU graduate students include the following:
Fall 2015:
Disability Law (3 credits) LAW 763: This course examines the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its subsequent amendments in 2008, and the cases decided under this law. The goal of this course is to provide students with a legal, conceptual, and practical understanding of the rights of people with disabilities from a disability studies perspective, the forms of discrimination that occur on the basis of disability and how such discrimination is different from or similar to discrimination against other groups, and the protections against such discrimination that currently exist in US law.
International Human Rights and Comparative Disability Law (3 cr) LAW 889: In this course, students explore recent developments in international human rights and comparative disability law from a disability studies perspective. Beginning with a general overview of international human rights law, the course then focuses on the Convention on the Rights of People (CRPD),
which was adopted by the United Nations in 2006. The CRPD represents a change in the view of people with disabilities from objects of pity to individuals entitled to human rights protections under law, based on a social model of disability. Graduate students and law students interested in human rights and international relations, generally, may be interested in joining this class as a way to learn the ways in which international, regional, and domestic laws address the rights of minority groups, generally, and people with disabilities, in particular. Professor Kanter is an international expert on international and comparative disability law. She worked with the UN on drafting of the CRPD and today continues to work with several countries and disabled people’s organizations on developing their disability, education and mental health laws. Students in this class have typically travel with Professor Kanter to the UN for meetings related to the CRPD and some have been included in projects in which she is involved in such countries as Argentina, Kenya, Israel, Palestine, Italy, Turkey, and India.
Spring 2016:
Advanced Disability Law (3 cr) LAW 809: This seminar is designed to provide graduate students from various disciplines the ability to apply the theories and readings of disability studies to the field of disability rights law and policy. Students select a topic for independent or group research. In the past students’ projects have focused on inclusive education, access to higher education and professional licensing, supported decision making as an alternative to guardianships, employment rights, communication access, immigration and international human rights issues, accessibility issues including access to the courts and political processes, rights of parents with disabilities, and violence against women with disabilities in the US and in other countries. Many of the projects originate from requests from "real client" organizations, such as the UN, the World Bank, US National Council on Disability, Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund, Disability Rights International, Women Enabled International, Mental Disability Advocacy Center, and other organizations with whom Professor Kanter works to advance the rights of people with disabilities in the US and worldwide.

Intergroup Dialogue Fall 2015 Courses

 
Intergroup Dialogue on Race/Ethnicity, Tuesdays, 3:30 – 6:15.
Women’s Dialogue on Race & Gender, Wednesdays, 3:45 – 6:30.
Dialogue on Sexuality and Gender, Thursdays, 3:30 – 6:15.
To register, [intergroupdialogue.syr.edu]apply for Intergroup Dialogue online.


CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

 
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) announced that it is accepting applications for the 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship. AAPD is offering four scholarships, which can be used for for the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2015, to 2nd year associate students; undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing communication or media-related degrees. Each recipient will receive $5,625 for the tuition and fees at their college or university.
 
Students will need to provide the following items to apply for the scholarship:
 
Completed 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship application (download from the AAPD website here) Resume Unofficial Transcript Two 300-350 word essays answering the following questions: What inspired you to pursue a communications/media related degree? How will you use your degree to positively impact the disability community? A letter of recommendation from a professor, academic advisor, or mentor
 
All applications and supporting materials should be emailed to scholarship@aapd.com by 5:00PM on Friday, April 24, 2015 in an accessible format.

WSQ, Call for Papers: Special Issue

QUEER METHODS
 
Guest Editors:
Amin Ghaziani, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia
Matt Brim, Associate Professor of Queer Studies, College of Staten Island, CUNY
 
Queer Studies is experiencing a methodological renaissance. In both the humanities and the social sciences, scholars have begun to identify research protocols and practices that have been largely overshadowed by advances in queer theory. The fall 2013 “Queer Method” conference at the University of Pennsylvania indexed this shift toward methods by reframing the question “what is queer theory?” to “how is the work of queer theory done?”
 
Evocative in this regard are David Halperin’s works How to Do the History of Homosexuality and How to Be Gay, along with the 2010 collectionQueer Methods and Methodologies: Intersecting Queer Theories and Social Science Research, edited by Kath Browne and Catherine Nash.  These efforts have pioneered a new conversation, one that links an account of a situation (or “theory”) with a set of guidelines about how to gather evidence to explore or test those particular propositions (or “methods”). Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin’s large-scale empirical study, The Lives of Transgender People, exemplifies how queer methodologies can allow scholars to envision a world that is otherwise obscured by traditional approaches. Despite these early advances, however, vast opportunities for exploiting the innovations of queer methods remain. This issue of WSQwill take up some of the most pressing of those yet-unaddressed queries as it explores the queer take on research methods in the humanities and social sciences.
 
The question of method inevitably incites a discussion of disciplinarity, since theories generally precede and largely determine particular research strategies.  Yet queer studies, much like women’s and gender studies, stakes its claims by working at once within, against, across, and beyond disciplinary boundaries, which provocatively blurs distinctions between “the field” and “its methods.” If inter-disciplinarity, multi-disciplinarity, and even anti-disciplinarity are all hallmarks of queer and feminist theories, then what promises and pitfalls inhere in the development of queer methods? What inferential and interpretive possibilities are afforded to scholars when we think about queer methods as a distinct analytical approach? How can we queer established protocols while generating new queer methodological possibilities? Finally, borrowing from Valerie Traub, how might traditional disciplinary-specific approaches to methodological scrupulousness and exactitude allow us to be precise about the imprecisions of queer?
 
While this special issue understands theory and method to be in close conversation, it focuses on the methodological parallels to queer theory. To do this, it will create a forum among qualitative and quantitative scholars from the humanities and the social sciences to discuss either methodological challenges that arise when applying traditional methods to LGBTQ populations or innovations in methodology that can inform further theorizing on the epistemological distinctiveness of gender and sexuality. Conducting research with sexual and gender minorities raises a host of issues pertaining to recruitment (how can we reach hidden populations?), ethics (what are the potential negative impacts of unpopular findings on the communities of study?), measurement (how can scholars operationalize the many modes through which people think about the origins, mutability, and stability of sexual orientation categories?), and meanings (what is the significance of engaging in particular sexual practices?), along with implications for challenging normative conceptions of what constitutes positivist, post-positivist, essentialist, constructionist, interpretivist, and queer social research.
 
We solicit paper proposals that are theoretical, conceptual and/or empirical on a wide range of topics relating to queer methods, including but not limited to the following:
 
*What are similarities and differences between queer and feminist methodologies?
*How can queer methods, like feminist methods, overcome biases that inhere in traditional social scientific and humanist approaches? How can they bring about social change?
*When is a queer method/intervention called for?
*What interdisciplinary methodologies are employed by queer studies? In what ways is this methodological whole greater than the sum of its disciplinary parts?
*How can humanities and social science scholars use scientific studies in their work?
*How can humanities and social science scholars use humanist approaches in their work?
*What do we gain and lose by queering established protocols versus generating new queer methods?
*Is queer theory itself a method of inquiry, and if so, what kind?
*How can we count the non-heterosexual and non-cisgender population? And are there ways to approximate random sampling?
*What practices and protocols can we establish for constructing queer archives? And how can we index or historicize the ways queer methods change over time and across locations?
*What methods and techniques can advance queer library sciences? Performance studies? Dis/ability studies? Trans* studies?

*How can “big data” produce queer subjectivities, bodies, and populations?
*What procedures should we employ for queer oral histories? Queer reading strategies?
*How can we queer the case study approach? 
*What are the links between queer research methods and critical pedagogies?

*How might the institutionalization of queer studies affect how we conduct queer inquiry?

*How might we queer “best practices” for research?
*How can we assess queer pedagogies?
*What methodologies can we devise for conducting LGBTQ campus climate surveys?
 
Scholarly articles and inquiries should be sent to guest issue editors Amin Ghaziani and Matt Brim at WSQqueermethodsissue [at] gmail.com. We will give priority consideration to submissions received by September 15, 2015. Please send complete articles, not abstracts. Submissions should not exceed 6,360 words (including un-embedded notes and works cited) and should comply with the formatting guidelines athttp://www.feministpress.org/wsq/submission-guidelines.
Poetry submissions should be sent to WSQ's poetry editor at WSQpoetry [at] gmail.com by September 15, 2015. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting poems. Please note that poetry submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the poetry editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please paste poetry submissions into the body of the e-mail along with all contact information.
Fiction, essay, and memoir submissions should be sent to WSQ's fiction/nonfiction editor, Asali Solomon, at WSQCreativeProse [at] gmail.com by September 15, 2015. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting prose. Please note that prose submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the prose editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please provide all contact information in the body of the e-mail.

Upcoming Central Regional Self-Advocacy Conference - May 16th

 
The focus of this year’s Central Regional Self-Advocacy Conference is Technology.  We know that not everyone has access/afford devices and the Internet.  But we encourage you to still come if you are interested in having access in the future.  Resources (like the Library System) will show you how you can get access and presenters will share, ways to advocate for yourself to get the level of Technology you want.  Come learn how others are using Technology to communicate,  in their daily life and at school.  This is the first year that we have had our Keynote from the National Self-Advocacy Organization, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered.  Come here the history of this group and all the great things they have done for the Self-Advocacy Movement.   We are also having a FREE drawing for an IPad.    We hope you will be able to join us. 
  
Brochure and Registration Form are available via thechp@syr.edu.
 
Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, Inc. Central Region in collaboration with 
the Community for All (C4A) Project at Syracuse University’s Center on Human Policy
Present the 29th Annual Regional Self-Advocacy Conference
 
TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL!
Power Up, Log On, Technology for Our Interdependent Future
 
 
May 16, 2015
8:30am-3:30pm
Doubletree Hotel
6301 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY 13057
315-432-0200

AGENDA
 
8:30-9:00am                      Registration, Information Fair, & Continental Breakfast
(Lobby/Front Ballroom)
 
9:00-10:45am                    Introduction & Welcome (Ballroom)
Master of Ceremonies – Anthony Guerriera
Michael Kennedy, Rachel Romer, Jon Rushmore, and Mike Rogers, Community for All Project (C4A), Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University
Nancy Murphy, Erin Henderson & Allan Walley, Board Representatives, Self-Advocacy Association of NYS
KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Self-Advocacy: Past, Present, and
Future and SABE’s Role in this Journey
Tia Nelis, President, SABE (Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered)
 
10:45-11:00am                 Break
 
11:00-11:45am                 WORKSHOP SESSION I
 
12:00-1:00pm                    Buffet Lunch
 
1:15-2:15pm                      WORKSHOP SESSION II
 
2:15-2:30pm                      Break
 
2:30-3:30pm                      WORKSHOP SESSION III
 
3:30pm                               CLOSING REMARKS
Michael Kennedy, Rachel Romer, Jon Rushmore, and Mike Rogers, Community for All Project (C4A), Center on Human Policy
 
iPad Drawing (Donated by Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education)
 
Keynote Address
 
SELF-ADVOCACY:  PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE AND SABE’S ROLE IN THIS JOURNEY
Tia Nelis, Current SABE Chairperson
 
Tia will be talking about self-advocacy history and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), the national self-advocacy organization, and its goals, mission, and some of the things they are working on. Founded in 1990, SABE has been working hard for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community throughout the 50 states and the world for 24 years. Their non-profit advocacy organization is run by a board of self-advocates representing nine regions of the country. 
 
Tia Nelis is a Self-Advocacy Specialist at the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, founding member of People First of Illinois, and current President of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). She is also a board member on the Council on Quality and Leadership, and is also the Self-Advocacy Coordinator for Illinois Lend. She has presented or trained in all of the US as well as internationally. She is a Licensed Facilitator and Principal Investigator of the Steven Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Tia also conducted a week-long Advanced Leadership Academy, based on the Covey 7 Habits, where a group of Advanced Self-Advocacy Leaders came together to strengthen their leadership and employment skills. Tia has helped write and train around futures planning for people with disabilities, and has been a part of the Disability and Sexuality Consortium providing training about sexuality for people with disabilities.
 
 
Workshops
 
MY TECHNOLOGY HANDBOOK
Tia Nelis, SABE Chairperson; Juliana Huereña, SABE Advisor; and Bill Lucero, Youth Action Council of Arizona member
MY TECHNOLOGY HANDBOOK explains how to use the computer, accessories and the skills needed to connect with the internet and to other computer and communication devices and programs. Each participant will get a copy of the handbook which is available on the SABE website athttp://www.sabeusa.org.
 
MAKING A LONG DISTANCE SHORTER—USING TECHNOLOGY TO CONNECT TO EACH OTHER!
Hilary Clark (via Skype) and Skye Peebles (via Skype), North East Advocates Together (NEAT) Technical Assistance Project, and Jon Rushmore (Syracuse), Community for All Project, Center on Human Policy
The goal of our workshop is to demonstrate how you can connect with self-advocates who are far away from you using free technology such as Video Conferencing and Google Docs. We will demonstrate how one state can connect with another using technology. We will engage the audience by asking them questions, doing a quiz, and having them participate in an online meeting with people in another state. The presenters will be divided up into Team A and Team B. Team A will present remotely from VT while Team B will present in Syracuse.
 
 
 
COMMUNICATING USING TECHNOLOGY
Peter Elkind, Melissa Gomez & Jordan Jankus
SANYS Hudson Valley Region
How can the accessibility features of smartphones and tablets help a person with limited reading skills communicate more effectively? We’ll focus on typing and writing software such as Dragon Dictate and other software for reading and writing.
 
 
 
USING TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR DAILY LIFE, 24/7
Peter Elkind, Melissa Gomez & Jordan Jankus
SANYS Hudson Valley Region
We’ll focus on apps that offer practical skills:
·         Used Is As Good As New!  Resources to purchase affordable iPhones & iPads
·         Scheduling and Task Management
·         Cooking with YouTube
·         Great included features of tablets & smartphones
·         Making a Personal Profile with StoryMaker
·         Simpler Access to iTunes through Apps

 
 
TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA 101
Rachel Romer, Jordan Poissant, Tish Allcorn, and Jon Rushmore
Self-Advocates of CNY and Community for All Project, Center on Human Policy
Technology--what is it? And how can it help me?  Come learn more about the crazy world of iPads, iPhones, the Internet, Facebook, Email, Laptop vs Desktop, and, of course, Texting!  Join the discussion whether you are a beginner or if you want to share your knowledge with others.
 
 
 
GAME OVER OR GAME ON
Jon Rushmore and Mike Allcorn
Do you like to play video games? Do you have a favorite game you like to play on your iPad or Smart Phone?  Come learn more about all kinds of different gaming!
 
 
 
 
“TYPING IS TOMORROW’S WORLD”
Kani Krishnan, Kaushik Krishnan, Sujit Kurup, Domenico Cambareri and Quin Delia
East Syracuse Minoa High School Students
This presentation was developed by five high school students who type as their main means of communicate.  They will talk about how anything related to technology is a means of communication; having conversations through/with technology; and top tips for others that type or use different devices to communicate.
 
 
STAYING CONNECTED WITH FACEBOOK
The Independent Advocators
Oneonta, NY
This session will talk about how to make your own Facebook page, why using the Internet to connect to people with common interests is important, and what social media has meant to us.
 
IT’S MY FUTURE APP (PREPARING FOR YOUR ISP MEETING)
CNY Self-Advocates
Come learn about Self-Advocacy Online and how you can get more prepared and take charge of your IEP meeting using the It’s My Future app.
 
 
 
 
 
SANYS Central Region Self-Advocates
Self-Advocacy Online allows you to find information about the importance of self advocacy and the resources to get started. This site has informational videos, listings of self advocacy groups by state and stories from people who have overcome bullying, gone to school and improved their lives using self advocacy.
 
 
SELF ADVOCATES AND THEIR ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD
Jennifer Yost and Lori Schneider, Self Advocate Liaisons; Karen Silzle, Residence Coordinator and Christine Cook, Therap Administrator, The Resource Center
               Therap Services is a web-based service organization that provides an integrated solution for documentation and communication needs of agencies providing support to people with developmental disabilities.  This session will be co-led by Jennifer and Lori who will show a video of discussion “The Rap” by a group of self-advocates who access their information via an Electronic Health Record.  They will also demonstrate how this is done by themselves and a further demonstration on how parent/guardians, and staff can also access, view, and document records.
 
DEMONSTRATIONS ON ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Micah Fialka-Feldman, Advocate & SU Student
Sally Dickson, SA Network Member
Come learn how Micah & Sally advocated to get their assistive technology.   
 
 
 
 
Vendors:
Self-Advocacy Association of NYS
Fayetteville Free Library
C4A Technology Survey Table
Self-Advocacy Network’s ADA Anniversary T-Shirts
Madison County Motivators
Assistive Technology Demos
 
 
Special feature:  an “iPad bar” (so you can get some hands on use of an iPad)
 
Sponsors and Organizers
SANYS, CNY GROP, and the Information Station Volunteers; Central New York Self-Advocacy Groups; SU-Center on Human Policy through the  Community for All (C4A) Project and the Center’s subcontract with RTC on Community Living at the University of Minnesota; and the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education.
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Thank you to everyone who helped with the conference!
 
Accommodations: ASL & CART will be available for welcome and keynote session.  If requested, will arrange ASL for workshops.
 
The C4A Project is supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) under Contract No. H133A130063.
 
For more information call:
C4A Self-Advocacy Team 315-443-3851
Alternative formats of this brochure are available.
 
 
 
Directions to the Doubletree Hotel:
 
If using GPS, please use 6301 Carrier Parkway, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
 
From Interstate 81 North: Take I-81 North to I-481 North (Exit 16A). Travel 481 North to Exit 7 (Bridgeport Exit). Make a right onto Route 298 West. Go about 3 miles and hotel will be on right.

From Interstate 81 South: Take I-81 South to NYS Thruway (I-90) going east. Travel I-90 East to exit 35 (East Syracuse & Route 298 East). Enter traffic circle and get off at Route 298 East. Take Route 298 East, hotel will be on left.


From NYS Thruway I-90: Take I-90 exit 35 (same exit traveling from East or West). After toll booth enter traffic circle and get off Route 298 East. Travel Route 298 East, hotel will be on left. 


From Downtown Syracuse: Take Route 690 East to Thompson Road North Exit (16N). Travel Thompson Road North 3 miles to Carrier Circle. Take Route 298 East, hotel in East Syracuse will be on left.
 
 
 
 
Please let us know if you would like information on hotels in the area.  Call us at (315) 443-3851 or email us at thechp@syr.edu


NEWS AND ANNOUNCMENTS


Disability and Colonialism- JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE OUT NOW


Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture-

Special Issue: Disability and Colonialism: (Dis)encounters and Anxious Intersectionalities

Edited by Karen Soldatic (UNSW) & Shaun Grech (The Critical Institute)  

Issue OUT NOW http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/csid20/current#.VS6krdyUcrU 

Editorial- Disability and colonialism: (dis)encounters and anxious intersectionalities Shaun Grech & Karen Soldatic pages 1-5

Decolonising Eurocentric disability studies: why colonialism matters in the disability and global South debate Shaun Grech pages 6-21

Orientalising deafness: race and disability in imperial Britain Esme Cleall pages 22-36

‘Let them be young and stoutly set in limbs’: race, labor, and disability in the British Atlantic World Stefanie Kennedy pages 37-52

Postcolonial reproductions: disability, indigeneity and the formation of the white masculine settler state of Australia Karen Soldatic pages 53-68

WHO's MIND, whose future? Mental health projects as colonial logics Tanya Titchkosky & Katie Aubrecht pages 69-84

All articles here http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/csid20/current#.VS6krdyUcrU


New Blog Post from B-itch on Wheels: Helen Henderson


Position Announcement for Accessibility Specialist in the Disability Rights Section

 
The Disability Rights Section is seeking a qualified applicant for a new position as an accessibility specialist in the ADA Design Unit.  The position announcement, with instructions on how to apply, is on USAjobs.gov and is open until Thursday, April 23rd.  This is a great position for someone who wants to do ADA work in enforcement, regulation development, and technical assistance.

The position is open to all US citizens and there are two links on USA Jobs, one for all citizens, and the other under the merit promotion program (current and previous federal employees).  Here are the links:

DEU (open to all US citizens)
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/398367400

MPP (Merit Promotion Procedures)
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/398667200

The Disability Rights Section (Section or DRS) enforces civil rights laws designed to protect persons with disabilities from illegal discrimination in employment, public services, and public accommodations and services operated by private entities. The Section conducts investigations, brings lawsuits, and monitors compliance with court orders and settlements. The Section also promulgates regulations to interpret and implement the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and develops sub-regulatory guidance explaining the requirements of the ADA. The Section provides technical assistance to the general public, to State and local governments, to private entities covered by Title III, and to persons with disabilities, and operates the ADA Information Line, the ADA Mediation Program, and the ADA website, ADA.gov.

Please Help Support Disability Rights!

 
I am writing to ask that you sponsor me in the ADAPT Fun Run, a fundraiser to support disability rights activism.
 
It is easy to donate.  Just use this link:
 
The funds I raise will support both ADAPT and the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, NY.  This year we worked diligently to bring community choice to New York State.  Although our work is sometimes controversial and we may take on folks from both sides of the aisle, you can ALWAYS trust that ADAPT will be on the side of people with disabilities and our right to live in freedom!
 
So please make a donation to support ADAPT’s work by using this link:
 
The money we raise from the Fun Run doesn’t go to salaries, overhead or anything like that.  It is used to directly subsidize the costs associated with getting our voice heard.  That means it is used for:
- travel costs for getting ADAPT activists to the actions and back home;
- hotel rooms where ADAPT activists can stay during the actions; and
- accessibility accommodations like sign language interpreters at the actions.
 
Our local ADAPT activists personally contribute about $400 every year to pay part of their way to the national ADAPT actions and the state actions we have in Albany.  This is a LOT of money for people who live on SSI or SSDI and have extremely limited incomes.  But they are willing to make such sacrifices because they know how important the work is!
 
I’m not asking that you to donate $400… I’m just asking that you make any donation you can afford to support the people with disabilities who put their bodies on the line, year in and year out at ADAPT actions.  They are true heroes in my book and deserve our support.
 
Donate what you can.  Just use this link:
 
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONATED THIS YEAR…
THANK YOU!
 
I know folks have limited funds to donate so I appreciate EVERY donation to ADAPT – no matter who it is donated through.  Please know that the donation you’ve given will make a difference and is greatly appreciated by the entire ADAPT community!
 
CAN’T AFFORD TO DONATE?
NO WORRIES – YOU CAN STILL HELP!
 
We know that a lot of folks in the disability community can’t afford to make donations.  So if you can’t donate, then please forward this email to five folks you know and ask them to support ADAPT.  This is a way you can help make a difference without blowing your budget!
 
No matter how you do it…
THANK YOU for supporting ADAPT’s activism and disability rights!
Together we will FREE OUR PEOPLE!
 
Bruce Darling
CDR/NYS ADAPT


The Risk Society and the Germanwings Tragedy: Stigma on Both Sides of the Psychiatry Wars

Mad in America; Timothy Kelly, 4/5/2015
 
 
Andreas Lubitz’s apparent intentional crash of Germanwings flight 9525 has brought discussions of the intersection of violence and mental disorder back to the front page.
As the story unfolded I anticipated two reactions that typify the polarization of public discourse surrounding mental health issues. First, news reports that moralize about ending “stigma,” but that characterize people with mental health diagnoses in ways that perpetuate negative stereotypes.
Gretchen Carlson from Fox News offered a particularly Orwellian example saying:
“I'm just wondering today if it's, once and for all, time to take on mental health as a serious medical issue -- and stop stereotyping it as something we just want to brush under the rug and not really discuss. As a victim of a stalker who was mentally ill I can speak to this. I know for the most part the law is on the side of the mentally ill person -- not the victims. I think it's time to revisit mental health once and for all. Bring it out of the darkness. Call it what it is. Get people help. Get rid of the stigmas. Time to move forward.”
Second, I anticipated that there would probably be speculation on Mad in America and related spaces about the potential causal role of psychiatric medications in a tragic event like this. Indeed there has been not one, not two, but three such posts.
In my view, whether one seeks to blame psychiatric symptoms or psychiatric medications the result is often a deepening of pervasive negative attitudes towards those whose experiences often fall under the description of mental disorder.
As much as we might like a simple explanation for such an unfathomably destructive act, I do not think tragedies like this are reducible to such explanations. What I would like to see is for all of us who care about these issues to cultivate spaces that can accommodate the complexity, uncertainty and humility that will be required of us in creating communities that neither promote shame and fear of these difficulties, nor deny how difficult it can be to effectively and compassionately respond.
Cultivating a space like this will require moving beyond polarizing rhetoric, and engaging with the messiness and grey areas that can more credibly contain these issues.
When we deny that states under the description of mental disorders are “real,” deny that psychiatric diagnoses describe—however imperfectly—actual patterns of experience and behavior…we cease being credible to many who experience such states, or their families and others who would try to be of help. Likewise, when we deny that both these patterns of experience and behavior and the language that has been developed to name them are, in large measure, socioculturally determined…we cede something of all human experience to biological reductionism.
I wholeheartedly agree with Gary Greenburg who wrote in The New Yorker that “ Our experience and our theories don’t allow us to predict who the next Andreas Lubitz will be.”
Indeed, Smuckler and Rose—in a 2013 paper I was dismayed didn’t receive more public discussion — wrote a detailed account of the problem of such risk assessment from a statistical standpoint, concluding that it was not possible to predict who will carry out such acts, that the desire to predict them arises out of “moral outrage” rather than rational deliberation, and that the focus on risk management “offer new markers for discrimination and social exclusion.”
We do not know why Lubitz destroyed that plane and took so many lives with him. But I do not think a single variable can explain it, be it psychiatric symptoms or psychiatric treatment. Nor do I understand why, if we are seeking single variables, male gender, for instance, isn’t more often discussed by those who would seek such explanations for these heinous performances of violent spectacle.
Male gender socialization may well play a role in these sorts of acts (and I for one think it’s quite obvious that it often does) and yet as Greenburg wrote of Lubitz, “the multitude of vectors that move someone to heinous and incomprehensible acts cannot be apprehended with the inexact instruments of diagnosis deployed by imperfect people like me.” Just as the vast majority of people who experience psychiatric distress or use medication will not engage in these acts, nor will the vast majority of men.
But if such experiences were diagnosable by laboratory test, could we then conclude that biological abnormalities they were the cause of such violent acts?
A 2013 This American Life piece, Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde, provides some insight into this question. (spoiler alert) Dr. Gilmer went to prison for killing his father. He complained for years of neurological and behavioral symptoms which he said explained the murder and required a very specific treatment with an SSRI. Prison authorities concluded he was malingering. However, after much protest Dr. Gilmer acquired genetic testing that confirmed a diagnosis of a neurological illness, Huntington’s Disease that indeed is associated with psychiatric symptoms.
In other words, it turns out there was a biomarker for Dr. Gilmer’s illness. But does it really explain what happened? In the end, does it resolve how we might untangle where Dr. Gilmer ends and Huntington’s Disease begins?
I don’t think this is a question that can be resolved in a straightforward way, even when there is a clear biomarker. I point this out because I think we can embrace biology without caving to biological reductionism. But also that explaining complex human behavior with appeal to psychiatric drugs also amounts to biological reductionism.
The truth is either one may be a factor in any given case, but that the vast majority of persons who experience “extreme states” or take psychiatric drugs will not engage in such acts.
Smuckler and Rose characterize a “risk society” as one in which popular consciousness and media become obsessed with some types of risks and irrationally focus on predicting and preventing them. They suggest that such attempts may actually result in contributing to contexts of harm. They recommend some ways forward including speaking out against recommendations that broadly discriminate against persons who experience mental health difficulties, as can be seen in the “risk approach” that many call for in response to these sorts of tragedies. Population level approaches should be focused on communicating acceptance rather than fear of struggling persons, and creating the kinds of supports that the broadest number of persons will find acceptable. At the same time, on an interpersonal level, we must also be more creative in responding collectively when someone’s capacity is diminished or overwhelmed with distress.

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Disability Scoop 4.10.15


Newsfeed for April 13, 2015 (The Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute)

 
This week, it is the crime of physical abuse that predominates in the news.  The following articles report physical abuse by perpetrator, all from special education programs:
 
Principal (#1) in which a history of abusing the children was known by not reported by his staff due to fear of retribution
Special Education teacher: #7, 29, 33, 36, 48.
Caregivers are next in articles #4, 13, 21.
Neighbors identified in #14, and 31.
 
As to sexual assault, there are two articles, perpetrators include the father of a friend of the child victim (#8), the other the manager of a program for children with disabilities (#39) who abused a child not within the program.
 
There is some good news!!
#61 reports on the acknowledgement of excellent work of legislator Donnelly on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by John Dickerson, Executive Director of the Arc of Indiana.
#10 describes the settlement of an ADA lawsuit that will lead to 10 years of fixing impassable sidewalks in Los Angeles.  
 
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Abuse/Crime-related
 
1.   “Patrick O'Donnell Update: Superintendent Accused of Hitting Student Won't Face Felony Charges” ---  Thompson says her son, who is a special needs student, still suffers from the side ... No, this needs to be addressed by Pinal County … --- ABC15 Arizona --- April 8, 2015  (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/4yijxw
 
2.   “Trial Postponed for Local Autistic Teen Charged with Murdering a Middle-Age Man During Sex” ---  There has been no consideration given to her young age, mental illness, or the fact that she was supposed to be safely in state custody at the ... --- Phoenix New Times --- March 30, 2015  (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/cVUv7j 
 
3.   “California Lawmakers Oppose Parole for Disabled Man's Killer” --- Several state lawmakers, law enforcement officials and victims' rights advocates are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to block ... --- SFGate --- April 8, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/DTgzc4 
 
4.   “Caregiver Sentenced to Probation, Fined for Assaulting Disabled Man” --- Michael Carter pleaded guilty to assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, with a special allegation because his victim was a “dependent ... --- NBC 7 San Diego --- April 7, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ZpnFT1
 
5.   “3 Suspects Plead Not Guilty in Murder of Man in Wheelchair” --- Three suspects pleaded not guilty Monday to murder, robbery and assault with a firearm charges for the fatal shooting in December ... --- KTVU San Francisco --- April 6, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ozevC0
 
6.   “Deputy Faces 2nd Lawsuit for Excessive Force” --- A San Diego County Sheriff's deputy accused of beating and pepper spraying a man with Down syndrome faces a second lawsuit ... --- 10News --- April 6, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/NH2Leh
 
7.   “6 Families File Child Abuse Charges Against Brentwood Teacher and District” --- Yet another lawsuit is being filed against a former special needs teacher charged with abusing her students. The families of six children have filed suit ... --- abc7news.com --- April 3, 2015  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/ri6ETz
 
8.   “Los Osos Man Charged with 3 Felonies in Alleged Rape of Disabled Girl” --- A Los Osos man accused of raping a developmentally disabled teenager who was visiting his son was charged with three felonies and a ... --- The San Luis Obispo Tribune --- April 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/j8OLbF
 
9.   “Defendants Declared Mentally Incompetent Face Lengthy Delays in Jails” --- A backlog of mentally ill or developmentally disabled defendants who have been ruled incompetent to stand trial has become a persistent problem that ... --- Los Angeles Times --- April 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/A1rgl1
 
10.   “LA Agrees to Spend $1.3 Billion to Fix Sidewalks in ADA case” --- Councilman Paul Krekorian said it was a historic victory not only for people with disabilities, but also for the elderly and “anyone who is ever a ... --- Los Angeles Times --- April 1, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/PPToy9
 
11.   “Family Wants Dash Cam Video Released in Mentally Disabled Man's Killing” --- Nearly two months after a mentally impaired man was shot and killed by a Miami Gardens police officer, the attorney for the family is talking about ... --- Local 10 --- April 6, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/JmKpPM
 
12.   “Mental Health Facility Employee Arrested” --- While employed at Sunland, Holmes allegedly antagonized a wheelchair-bound resident to charge his wheelchair into Holmes. According to the ... --- The News Herald --- April 1, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/yk3wda
 
13.   “Deputies: Medical Facility Employee Beat Disabled Patient He Was Transporting” --- A man who was hired to care for patients at an Orange County medical facility is accused of beating a severely disabled woman. Charles Hewett faced ... --- WFTV Orlando --- March 31, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/MCSxQ6
 
14.   “Disabled Man Called 'Deaf and Dumb' Before Being Shot, Family Says” --- The victim in a neighborhood shooting, a deaf man, said the shooter mocked his disability before firing the gun, ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- March 31, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/34P1Xx
 
15.   “Guilty Verdicts Reached for 11 of 12 in APS Cheating Trial” --- Former special education teacher Dessa Curb spoke to Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne outside the courtroom after the verdicts were ... --- WSB Atlanta --- April 1, 2015  (GEORGIA) http://is.gd/SYXqS3
 
16.   “2nd Death Reported at Murray Developmental Center” --- A second resident's death is under investigation at Murray Developmental Center less than one week after another death there led to a ... --- The Southern --- April 8, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/ZV15du
 
17.   “Inmates Seek 3rd Party to Enforce Mental Health Mandate” --- Lawyers for thousands of mentally ill state prisoners are asking that a third party be named to enforce court-ordered improvements to ... --- Bloomington Pantagraph --- April 7, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/kOQZo6
 
18.   “State Police Investigating Death at State Run Facility” --- The Murray Developmental Center was a big issue in Southern Illinois during ... Former Governor Pat Quinn had vowed to close the residential center, ... --- Peoria Public Radio --- April 6, 2015  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/AjmMQv
 
19.   “Man Held in Attack on Blind Wife — Again” --- Anthony Edward Jett Sr. has already served time in prison for battering his wife, who is blind. Early Tuesday, city police said, the ... --- Muncie Star Press --- April 7, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/Njvzdh
 
20.   “Autistic Son's Injuries Prompt Suit Against JCPS Principals, Parents” --- But Tracy Davenport maintains that pictures can't even begin to detail the trauma that her 14-year-old autistic son, named in court documents only as ... --- WAVE 3 --- April 1, 2015  (KENTUCKY) http://is.gd/ri1MXK
 
21.   “Ex-ARC Staffer Charged after Group Home Injury” --- A now-former employee of the Northeast ARC is facing a criminal charge after a 54-year-old woman with Down syndrome and ... --- The Salem News --- April 7, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/F7owtn
 
22.   “Tewksbury Schools Chief Apologizes for Release of Special-Education Information” --- Both state and federal law prohibits schools from releasing personally identifiable information about special-education students without parental ... --- Lowell Sun --- April 7, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/tVYqS1
 
23.   “Transit Police Seek Man Who Stole from Person in Wheelchair” --- Transit police are searching for a man who they say stole from a person in a wheelchair on an MBTA bus. --- My Fox Boston --- April 2, 2015  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/IfKWv4
 
24.   “Trenton Man Charged after Allegedly Punching Deaf Woman” --- A 19-year-old Trenton man was arraigned March 28 after he allegedly took multiple Xanax pills and punched two women, one of whom is deaf. --- Southgate News Herald --- April 6, 2015  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/Hsw0cm
 
25.   “Deaf Inmates Sue Michigan over Lack of Prison Services” --- Deaf prisoners and other inmates who have trouble hearing have filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan, accusing officials of failing to meet their ... --- Detroit Free Press --- April 1, 2015  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/Z1Mz3E
 
26.   “Thief Steals Cookie Money from Wheelchair-bound Girl Scout” --- A wheelchair-bound 19-year-old who has Cerebral Palsy that was selling Girl Scout Cookies had her cash box stolen right in front of her. --- minbcnews.com --- March 31, 2015  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/EaZ9C9
 
27.   “Minnesota Company Settles Disability Discrimination Claim” --- The lawsuit alleged that Baldwin Supply violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to allow Timothy E. Collins to return to work after his ... --- TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press --- April 6, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/ObFPUy
 
28.   “Rochester Symphony President No Longer Being Paid” --- According to court documents, Amundson said he paid for the vulnerable adult's apartment and helped him get Social Security benefits and medical ... --- KIMT 3 --- March 31, 2015  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/FdgRTJ
 
29.   “Former LCSD Teacher Charged with Abusing Student” --- Lauderdale County Superintendent Randy Hodges said Annie Orum, 57, a special education teacher, was given a letter of termination effective ... --- Meridian Star --- April 1, 2015  (MISSISSIPPI)  http://is.gd/xplrcq
 
30.   “Van Driver Accused of Sex Crimes Against Woman with Developmental Disabilities” --- A van driver is accused of sex crimes against a woman with developmental disabilities in a school district van and the man's actions were recorded. --- KCTV Kansas City --- April 1, 2015  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/uSykVY
 
31.   “A Billings Man Was Arrested for Striking ‘A Special-needs Child’ Wednesday Evening” --- A Billings man was arrested for striking “a special-needs child” Wednesday evening. John Milton Damm, 59, appeared by video Thursday ... --- The Missoulian --- April 3, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/BwXxaK
 
32.   “Woman Cited when Autistic Child Wanders Away” --- Police cited an Omaha woman for child neglect when her four-year old autistic, 4-year old son wandered from their midtown home. --- KETV Omaha --- April 6, 2015  (NEBRASKA)  http://is.gd/nFZDYU
 
33.   “Teacher Fired after Allegedly Hitting, Screaming at Students with Autism” --- A teacher with the Morris-Union Jointure Commission lost her tenure and her job working with students with autism because, officials say, she ... --- NJ.com --- April 8, 2015  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/qgTyC4
 
34.   “Trial Date Set for Pair in Autistic Man's Jetty Jump” --- The trial of two Howell men accused of enticing an autistic, diabetic teen to jump off a jetty into the frigid ocean here is tentatively ... --- Asbury Park Press --- April 6, 2015  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/RuFDcD
 
35.   “Teacher Arrested on Lewdness Charges Involving Mentally Challenged Child” --- Teacher arrested on lewdness charges involving mentally challenged child ... luring a child with a mental illness and kidnapping of a child under 14. --- MyNews3 Las Vegas KSNV --- April 6, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/cmFs1W
 
36.  “Teacher of Autistic Kids Fired for Corporal Punishment” --- Jennifer Filo fired from Developmental Learning Center for pattern of ... justified in firing a tenured teacher at its Developmental Learning Center for ... --- MyCentralJersey.com --- April 6, 2015  (NEW JERSEY) http://is.gd/XRZaBK
 
37.   “Woman Offered Plea Deal in Disabled Daughter's Death” --- A Long Island woman charged with killing her disabled daughter has been offered a plea deal that would put her behind bars ... --- Glens Falls Post-Star --- April 9, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/COVse4
 
38.   “Police and the Mentally Ill: Albany Death after Taser Use Raises Training Issue” --- When she called police because her 22-year-old son, Elijah, had become agitated during a holiday dinner, Neketa Roberts of Albany explained that ... --- Albany Times Union --- April 5, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/NbRRs8
 
39.   “Report: Manager at NY Center to Protect Disabled Charged with Sex Crime” --- An Albany County man -- who is a manager at the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs ... --- Syracuse.com --- March 31, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/jGVfw6
 
40.   “Daughter Arrested for Injuring Her Handicapped Father” --- Greta Dawn Couch is facing a felony assault charged that involves injuring her father. Couch was arrested Tuesday by ... --- WFMY News 2 --- April 8, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/PTvR8l
 
41.   “Parents Accused of Neglecting Their Disabled Child” --- An attorney for the child's mother and stepfather says his clients are accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter in a cold basement with no running ... --- KRMG --- April 7, 2015  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/4l5nK3
 
42.   “Family: Bus Driver Dropped off Man with Severe Disabilities at Wrong House” --- The family of an Allegheny County man with severe disabilities say he was dropped off at the wrong house and left alone after being discharged last ... --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- April 6, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/Y9Xbpp
 
43.   “Disability Discrimination Claims Still Dominate Agenda for the State's Human Rights Commission” --- Disability discrimination claims continue to dominate the agenda for Rhode Island's human rights commission, ... --- Greenfield Daily Reporter --- April 1, 2015  (RHODE ISLAND)  http://is.gd/YC8p2C
 
44.   “Day 2: 20 Year Old on Trial for Shooting Handicapped Man” --- Day 2: 20 year old on trial for shooting handicapped man ... in the trial for a 20-year-old accused of killing a mentally handicapped man in 2012. --- WRCB-TV --- April 7, 2015  (TENNESSEE)  http://is.gd/Ui6U5y
 
45.   “Special Needs Child from Shelbyville Allegedly Beat by Relative” --- A 9-year-old special needs child from Shelbyville continues to recover from injuries allegedly inflicted by a caregiver. Maurice and Rochelle Clayton ... --- Wgnsradio --- April 5, 2015  (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/grKT7L
 
46.   “Knox Schools Present Case in Discrimination Complaint” --- "And we know that direct instruction for Jack is the special education setting whether we have Jack in a resource room or whether we have him ... --- Knoxville News Sentinel --- April 1, 2015  (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/V38lKo
 
47.   “Harris Jailers Indicted in Case Involving Treatment of Inmate” --- When a Sheriff's Office compliance team found Terry Goodwin in his Harris County jail cell, the mentally ill inmate had been left there for unattended ... --- Chron.com --- April 7, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/4wSans
 
48.   “Grandmother Alleges Special Education's 'Culture of Restraint' ” --- A Fannin County guardian has sued 10 independent school districts and two individual employees for injuries allegedly inflicted on her ward. --- Southeast Texas Record --- April 1, 2015  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/MPJK3x
 
49.   “Former Utah School Bus Driver Accused of Child Sex Abuse Headed to Trial” --- A Utah man accused of abusing two special needs children who rode his school bus was supposed to have his final pretrial ... --- fox13now.com --- April 7, 2015  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/FEWZEF
 
50.   “Trial Delayed for Woman Accused of Sexually Abusing Disabled Family Member” --- A Jackson County woman accused of sexually abusing a disabled family member won't go to trial for another two ... --- WSAZ-TV --- April 6, 2015  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/5IZFpe
 
51.   “Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Special Ed Student Pleads Not Guilty” --- A North Fond du Lac teacher entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to multiple counts of sexually assaulting a special education student and now faces ... --- Fond du Lac Reporter --- April 1, 2015  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/3jlyRP
 
52.   “Vietnam Veteran Files Class-Action Suit Against VA over Claims Backlog” --- The veteran has waited years for disability benefits from the VA for claims of post-traumatic stress disorder and exposure to toxic chemicals. Monk is a ... --- Fox News --- April 7, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/2bxMo2
 
53.   “Scam Targeting Hearing Impaired” --- You've probably never heard of the U.S.A. Deaf Lottery and it's for good reason: It doesn't exist. But that's not stopping cyber crooks. An e-mail ... --- 19 Action News --- March 31, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/oHX7Y4
 
54.   “Mental Health Group Wants BMW to Pull Ad Featuring 'Crazy' Woman” --- First, it features an inaccurate caricature of a mentally ill person, one the group and its 2,000 member organizations have been trying to expunge from ... --- Washington Post --- March 31, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/tSEte9
 
Seeking Improved Support
 
55.   “Some Families Seek Alternative for Mentally Ill Loved Ones” --- Some Alabama families who have considered committing mentally ill relatives are asking judges to consider something ... --- Times Daily --- April 5, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/8wWYCa
 
56.   “Former Inmates in Tucson Get Help, Pass it On” --- Now, he's a case manager specializing in helping veterans with mental ... “He was a big, strapping, drug-using, unmedicated, mentally ill person,” ... --- Arizona Daily Star --- April 5, 2015  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/wYuDCE
 
57.   “Kaiser to Search for Causes of Autism in Large-scale Study” --- Scientists have long suspected that autism results from a combination of genetics and environmental factors, but no one knows for sure. They hope a ... --- SFGate --- March 31, 2015  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/hybLhb
 
58.   “Insanity Defense: Many Colorado Killers Walk Free from State Hospital” --- They question the sometimes-rapid progress of mentally ill patients from locked hospital wards to limited or unfettered freedom, court records show. --- The Denver Post --- April 5, 2015  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/Gbhrj8
 
59.   “Funding Woes Shutter Larimer County Special Needs Homes” --- Foothills Gateway is trying to move the six affected residents into host homes, which would place one individual with special needs in the equivalent of ... --- The Coloradoan --- April 1, 2015  (COLORADO) http://is.gd/CYQIET
 
60.   “Groups Differ Vastly on Closing of Developmental Centers” --- The coalition says Illinois is spending about $429 million annually to serve state center residents. It says community-based caregivers can do that job ... --- Jacksonville Journal Courier --- April 2, 2015  (ILLINOIS) http://is.gd/1T7WGW
 
61.   “Clere, Donnelly Honored by Arc of Indiana” --- Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., for the work they have done on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the annual legislative ... --- Evening News and Tribune --- April 1, 2015  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/SrpWI8
 
62.   “Expect Less Service for Muskegon County Individuals with Developmentally Disabled, Families Told” --- HealthWest Executive Director Julia Rupp on Wednesday, April 1, talks to the families of developmentally disabled individuals about changes in ... --- MLive.com --- April 2, 2015  (MICHIGAN) http://is.gd/hRCxDF
 
63.   “Mom's Push to Help Poor Kids with Autism Brings New Federal Benefits” --- A Somali immigrant mother's relentless campaign to expand care for poor children with autism has achieved a major triumph, as Minnesota becomes ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- April 1, 2015  (MINNESOTA) http://is.gd/NHdZc3
 
64.   “Missouri Struggles to Integrate Special Education Students” --- This story is one of five in a series on Special Education. ... to fight to get their children with special needs the free, appropriate education they deserve. --- KBIA --- April 7, 2015  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/VFZgq1
 
65.   “In Tucson, Special Unit Handles Mental Health Calls” --- The agreement was the result of a DOJ investigation sparked by numerous officer-involved shootings, many of them involving mentally ill suspects. --- Albuquerque Journal --- April 5, 2015  (NEW MEXICO) http://is.gd/PSVHHy
 
66.   “Grand Opening of Bakery and Café in Schenectady that Will Raise Autism Awareness” --- According to business owner Sarah Mae Hickey her eatery not only serves up delicious food, it also raises autism awareness, a disorder that affects ... --- NEWS10 ABC --- April 2, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/v9Xz90
 
67.   “Aging Parents Worry about the Future of Their Developmentally Challenged Children” --- For the aging parents of adults who have developmental disabilities, the conditions at an unlicensed rooming house recently shut down in Buffalo ... --- Buffalo News --- March 31, 2015  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/q4NJip
 
68.   “Rockland Launches Mental-Health Crisis Team” --- Each BHRT unit consists of two members; a trained behavioral health clinician and an emergency medical service technician or a psychiatric ... --- The Journal News | LoHud.com --- March 31, 2015  (NEW YORK) http://is.gd/NotnoH
 
69.   “Oklahoma Would Benefit from Continued Investment in Mental Health” --- As director of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance ... and reimburse law enforcement for transporting mentally ill offenders to ... --- NewsOK.com --- April 5, 2015  (OKLAHOMA) http://is.gd/3Zl3GL
 
70.   “Solitary Confinement of Oregon Inmates with Most Severe Mental Illnesses Must Stop, Advocacy ...” ---  The Disability Rights Oregon investigation, which began last spring, relied on interviews with 19 inmates; an examination of 4,500 pages of ... --- OregonLive.com --- April 8, 2015  (OREGON) http://is.gd/qEHmxQ
 
71.   “Western Pa.'s Missing Adults Easily Fall Off Police Radar” --- A large percentage of missing adults are mentally ill or addicted to drugs. Law enforcement often assumes they left on their own, and experience ... --- Tribune-Review --- April 4, 2015  (PENNSYLVANIA) http://is.gd/BOEYTt
 
72.   “Citing Larger Problems, Tomblin Vetoes Funds for Schools for Deaf and Blind” --- The needs fund provides money to the state's 55 county school districts, but the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind aren't part of the district in ... --- Charleston Gazette --- April 5, 2015  (SOUTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/FpPTJQ
 
73.   “Chattanooga Man Teaches Lip Reading to Hard of Hearing, but Technique is Controversial in Some ...” --- Many deaf activists argue that the hearing disabled should use their energy to learn American Sign ... --- Chattanooga Times Free Press --- April 2, 2015  (TENNESSEE) http://is.gd/JxueK9
 
74.   “Search for Autistic Teen Underscores Need for Increased Awareness” --- A 12-hour search for a Spokane teen with autism Monday night has other parents of children with the disorder asking the community to educate ... --- KXLY Spokane --- April 7, 2015  (WASHINGTON) http://is.gd/sLdBGE
 
75.   “Spokane Co. Deputies Search for Missing Autistic Teen” --- Spokane County Sheriff's deputies were searching Monday night for a missing autistic teen. Officials said Jacob Lauffer, 16, left a ... --- KREM.com --- April 6, 2015  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/O9E5xA
 
76.   “Ex-Troops with Highest Suicide Risk Often Don't Qualify for Mental Care” --- The suicide analysis, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, included all 3.9 million troops who served between 2001 and 2007. Using military ... --- Los Angeles Times --- April 1, 2015  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/8BwJAt
 
Proposed Legislation and New Laws
 
77.   “Alabama House Passes Bill Allowing Voters over 70, Disabled Skip Line at Polling Places” --- A piece of legislation that would allow voters over the age of 70 and the disabled to avoid waiting in line at polling places passed in the Alabama ... --- AL.com --- March 31, 2015  (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/nL685Y
 
78.   “New State Law Sees Dyslexia as Prime Disability, Offers Students More Services” --- The differences between Kelly Howard's twin daughters appeared in preschool. Katie easily learned her ABCs, but Zoey ... --- Waterbury Republican American --- April 6, 2015  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/vDUKSX
 
79.   “House Panel Presses Ahead with its Plan for Florida Prisons Reform” --- Her son, Kristopher Rodriguez, had been treated for mental illness for years when he was convicted of shooting someone during a drug deal. Now ... --- Tampabay.com --- April 7, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/qk6gNq
 
80.   “Senator's Child with Down Syndrome Inspires Legislation” --- A third bill increases funding for vouchers for special education programs for disabled children, currently about $14 million, to as much as $50 million. --- Charlotte Observer --- April 6, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/uO8lvz
 
81.   “Senate Approves Bills to Help Disabled Children” --- A package of bills moving through the Florida Legislature seeks to enhance the education and employment prospects for disabled ... --- St. Augustine Record --- April 1, 2015  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/J2oiCj
 
82.   “Senate Legislation Bolsters Hiring of Developmentally Disabled” --- More people with developmental disabilities will be able to get jobs with the state government, and private businesses will be rewarded for hiring them ... --- Sarasota Herald-Tribune --- April 1, 2015  (FLORIDA) http://is.gd/vp5pS5
 
83.   “Autism Compromise Passes Senate” --- The legislation in a nutshell: Insurers could not exclude coverage for children with autism 6 years and younger; annual payouts would be limited to ... --- Atlanta Journal Constitution --- March 31, 2015  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/XacWpj
 
84.   “Bill Attempts to Address Lack of Mental Health Treatment” --- Supporters of a bill to allow psychologists to prescribe medications in Hawaii gathered at the capitol on Tuesday to plead with state lawmakers to hear ... --- West Hawaii Today --- April 1, 2015  (HAWAII) http://is.gd/8sYwp5
 
85.   “Advocates Say Illinois Must Stop 'Warehousing' Disabled” --- The Clyde L. Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna is set to receive repairs to its water tower in Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget. --- The Southern --- April 2, 2015  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/nDGKND
 
86.   “Montana Developmental Center: Don't Let Legislature Close Facility” --- It was clear at the March 23 Senate hearing how naive the proponents of closing the Montana Developmental Center are. --- The Missoulian --- April 6, 2015  (MONTANA)  http://is.gd/0HNMhx
 
87.   “Vegas Mental Hospital Regains Accreditation after Patient Dumping Scandal” --- State officials Tuesday announced the Joint Commission’s decision, which came last Thursday. --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- March 31, 2015  (NEVADA)  http://is.gd/fKZa45
 
88.   “NY Budget Funds Police Training on the Mentally Ill” --- Mental health advocates say New York lawmakers have added $1.5 million to the state budget for more pilot programs to train ... --- Washington Times --- April 2, 2015  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/sYvDIq
 
89.   “Mom Seeks Change in NC Laws on Reporting Sexual Abuse in Group Homes” --- Vicki Smith, executive director of Disability Rights North Carolina, which provides legal services for the disabled, said Burt's law would be a good step ... --- News & Observer --- April 4, 2015  (NORTH CAROLINA) http://is.gd/KEiLNr
 
International Articles
 
90.   “Inquiry Announced into Canberra School that Caged Autistic Student” --- The ACT has also followed a national trend towards increased autism awareness and diagnoses. Anecdotal evidence also suggests interstate parents ... --- The Canberra Times --- April 7, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/SP2pLp
 
91.   “Australian Police Hail 'Miracle' of Autistic Boy's Outback Survival” --- A young boy who suffers from autism has been found alive, walking through inhospitable brush days after wandering away from a campsite in ... --- CNN International --- April 7, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/1pdBub
 
92.   “Treating Mentally Ill Prisoners Would Save Enormous Sums” --- A considerable proportion of those inmates - estimates vary from 25 up to 70 per cent - have a diagnosable mental illness. In varying degrees, this is ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- April 7, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/bbn4BK
 
93.   “Disability Groups Back Call for Inquiry into Education of Children with a Disability” --- Disability groups have backed calls for a broad inquiry into the education of children with a disability, following revelations an autistic Canberra school ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- April 6, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/y5BnLR 
 
94.   “Search for Missing Victorian Boy Luke Shambrook Continues” --- Emergency services responded to a possible sighting of the young boy, who has autism, after a family who were four-wheel-driving reported seeing a ... --- The Age --- April 5, 2015  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/VuWtKB
 
95.   “Special Needs Child Put in 'Cage' in Australian School” --- Investigations are underway into a school in Australia that placed a child with special needs and behavioural issues in a ... --- Daijiworld.com --- April 2, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/lRZU5P
 
96.   “NSW Man Allegedly Assaulted Disabled Woman” --- NSW man allegedly assaulted disabled woman ... man will face court accused of the long-term sexual assault of an intellectually disabled woman. --- NEWS.com.au --- April 1, 2015  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/ocVbvD
 
97.   “Parents, People with Disabilities to Stage Demonstration in Bulgaria's Varna” --- Parents of children with disabilities and adults with disabilities intend to stage a demonstration at the entrance to the Sea Garden in the biggest ... --- Focus News --- April 1, 2015  (BULGARIA) http://is.gd/sktLVV
 
98.   “Canadian Couple Sues Sperm Bank, Allege Donor Was Schizophrenic” --- It was only years after the birth of their son that the Port Hope, Ont., couple learned they hadn't been told their donor was a schizophrenic college ... --- CTV News --- April 6, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/GMc7J9
 
99.   “ 'Conversion Therapy' Bill Opposed” --- ... help from mental health practitioners with living in their biological sex. It appears that Di Novo's bill would withhold OHIP coverage for such patients. --- Toronto Star --- April 5, 2015  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/47oa65
 
100.   “Armed Female Carjacker Fled Marlborough Mall Area Lot with Disabled Woman Still Inside” --- Police are on the hunt for a brazen female carjacker who took off in a SUV with a disabled woman still inside. Calgary police Det. Jack Russell said ... --- Calgary Sun --- April 1, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/Fw4xDe 
 
101.   “Autistic Boy, 13, Assaulted, Threatened with Scissors in Manitoba Class” --- A Riverton, Man. couple is weighing whether to sue the Evergreen School Division in Gimli because they say their 13-year-old son, who is autistic, has ... --- CBC.ca --- March 31, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/G0yMqP
 
102.   “Montreal Police Looking for Suspects Who Stole Money from Man with Mental Illness” --- Montreal police are looking for the public's help to find a suspect who stole hundreds of dollars from a mentally ill man on New Year's Eve while he ... --- CBC.ca --- March 31, 2015  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/dsJg4P
 
103.   “Autistic Student Wants to Go Back to School after Being Suspended 4 Months Ago” --- A Fredericton mother believes her autistic son's human rights are being violated. Tiffany Boudreau says her 11-year-old son has ... --- Globalnews.ca --- March 31, 2015  (CANADA) http://is.gd/NIoJwu
 
104.   “More than 2,000 Are Autistic” --- Over 2,000 young people in Cyprus are autistic, according to NGO statements in lieu of Thursday's World Autism Awareness Day. This is a huge ... --- Cyprus Mail --- April 2, 2015  (CYPRUS)  http://is.gd/bU43Gc
 
105.   “BBC Election Panel Member Mocked David Cameron over Disabled Son Ivan” --- The BBC faced angry criticism last night for giving an Election platform to a 'mini Russell Brand' who has mocked David Cameron over his disabled ... --- Daily Mail --- April 4, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/SXG6vT
 
106.   “Attacked Deaf Homeless Woman 'Well-known in the Community' ” --- Workers at Wanstead Tube station, where a deaf homeless woman was attacked, have spoken of their shock and sadness at the incident. --- East London and West Essex Guardian Series --- April 1, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/3dgvtZ
 
107.   “Teachers' Union Warns on Funding Gaps for Special Needs” --- Special needs provision in England has been "drastically damaged" by cuts to support services, said Mary Bousted leader of the ATL teachers' union. --- BBC News --- April 1, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/3yLckU
 
108.   “Remploy Hit Back at Claims Its 'Making a Pretty Profit' from Disabled People's Misfortune” --- A Wigan company has hit back at claims it is 'making a pretty profit' from disabled peoples' misfortune in the wake of the notorious … ---             mancunianmatters.co.uk --- Mancunian Matters --- March 31, 2015  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/QfqyQx
 
109.   “Nick Clegg: Don't Let Andreas Lubitz Distort Views about Mental Illness” --- Nick Clegg meets children taking part in Tuesday's launch of the The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation at the Oval in south London. --- The Guardian --- March 31, 2015  (ENGLAND) http://is.gd/dDGKKW
 
110.   “8,000 Handicapped People Stage Protest in Kolkata” --- Around 8,000 handicapped people on Monday staged a law violation programme in the city to press for a four-point charter of demands including ... --- Business Standard --- April 6, 2015  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/5HXwNF
 
111.   “Thousands of Mentally Ill People Wander the Streets as State Turns a Blind Eye” --- A distressed, half-naked woman was seen running on the streets of Anna Nagar. Her clothes were torn, her face was covered with dirt and ... --- Times of India --- April 6, 2015  (INDIA) http://is.gd/CfV65o
 
112.   “Mentally Ill Patients Still Being Shackled” --- She said family support was instrumental in determining a mentally-ill patient's recovery prospects, and that it was important for families to understand ... --- Jakarta Post --- April 2, 2015  (INDONESIA)  http://is.gd/jmXi4q
 
113.   “State Criticised for Not Changing 150-Year-Old Lunacy Act” --- Dr Eilionóir Flynn, acting director of the centre for disability and law at NUI ... Ireland must ratify UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities ... --- Irish Times --- April 1, 2015  (IRELAND) http://is.gd/1i0R5J
 
114.  “Teen Gang Forces Twigs Down the Throat of Boy with Special Needs” --- The video, which has since been removed from the social media site, showed four or five boys forcing twigs down the vulnerable child's throat. --- Irish Independent --- March 31, 2015  (IRELAND) http://is.gd/SZvxMd
 
115.   “Ambassador Inaugurates Kuwait-funded Center for Autistic” --- The Ambassador to Albania has inaugurated the Kuwaiti-financed "Kuwait Center for Autism and Child Growth" in the ... --- Kuwait News Agency --- April 4, 2015  (KUWAIT)  http://is.gd/DzZLXd
 
116.   “Patients, Prisoners Filling Wellington Night Shelter” --- Reduced availability of supported accommodation has resulted in more released prisoners and psychiatric patients going straight to the Night Shelter. --- Stuff.co.nz --- April 2, 2015  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/NwNabC
 
117.   “Lack of English Meant Puerto Ricans Got Disability Benefits” --- A federal audit has found that some Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory have received disability benefits in part because they could not speak ... --- ABC News --- April 7, 2015  (PUERTO RICO) http://is.gd/PWinkK
 
118.   “Discrimination Against Autistic Persons” --- Two United Nations human rights experts today called for an end to discrimination against autistic persons and a ... --- Scoop.co.nz (press release) --- April 1, 2015  (SWITZERLAND)   http://is.gd/RebCHT
 
119.   “Jail for Man in Dubai Who Molested Girl in Wheelchair” --- A man who molested a 10-year-old girl in a wheelchair will spend three months in jail then be deported after Dubai Criminal Court found him ... --- The National --- April 1, 2015  (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) http://is.gd/QFBbLp
 
120.   “Dubai Autism Centre Observes World Autism Day” --- The recent donation made by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Autism ... --- gulfnews.com --- April 1, 2015  (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)  http://is.gd/xHFYFk
 
121.   “ 'Your Kid is So Stubborn': How Vietnam's Mainstream Schools Fail Autistic Children” --- Children join a musical performance at a school for those with special needs in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Kieu Oanh ... --- Thanh Nien Daily --- April 5, 2015  (VIETNAM)  http://is.gd/2JbB2L
 
122.   “Oversimplifying the Severity of Mental Illnesses” --- Perhaps the simplification of the mentally ill Lubitz as a suicidal psychopath, hell bent on taking 149 innocent lives down with him, serves to make ... --- Daily Athenaeum --- March 31, 2015  (INTERNATIONAL) http://is.gd/VyPtQ1
 
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New Blog Posting from B-itch on Wheels: The Grocery Shopping Episode


A new news article on abuse in state developmental centers

 
From the Disability and Abuse Prevention networkThe extent of the cover up of institutional abuse and neglect by state agencies is revealed in this report and it is almost beyond belief.  When there is no accountability or consequences, things can go very wrong.  This article is very disturbing.  The Lanterman Coalition, a group of 21 statewide advocacy agencies, quickly responded with a Press Release.  It is attached.  I am urging our state Arc office to issue one and the hope is that it will be stronger.http://www.revealnews.org/article/13-deaths-blamed-on-abuse-and-neglect-at-california-state-run-homes/

Craft Festival

. Saturday, April 18th, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. First English Lutheran Church, 501 James Street. Come early (8:30 – 12:00) to participate in the Central New York Pride Pancake Breakfast for only $5.

End Child Sexual Abuse Workshop.

Fee of $15. Register for one of the following dates. Tuesday, April 7th, 11:30 – 2:00 PM at Vera House. Thursday, April 9th, 4:30 – 7:00 PM at Vera House. Thursday, April 16th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at Child Care Solutions. Saturday, April 18th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Downtown YMCA. Tuesday, April 21st, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. Wednesday, April 29th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. Email Vera House to register for sessions at that location. Email Child Care Solutions to register for sessions at that location. Email the Downtown YMCA to register for sessions at that location. Call 315-701-2985 to register for sessions at the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.    

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies: Volume 9, Issue 1


JLCDS is available from Liverpool University Press, online and in print, to institutional and individual subscribers; it is also part of the Project MUSE collection to which the links below point.   

Articles
Life with Dead Metaphors: Impairment Rhetoric in Social Justice Praxis 
Tanya Titchkosky 
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_literary_and_cultural_disability_studies/v009/9.1.titchkosky.pdf

Utopian Possibilities: Disability, Norms, and Eugenics in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis 
Claire P. Curtis 
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_literary_and_cultural_disability_studies/v009/9.1.curtis.pdf

A Painfully “Nice Family”: Reconstructing Interdependence in Wilkie Collins’s The Law and the Lady 
Rachel Herzl-Betz 
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_literary_and_cultural_disability_studies/v009/9.1.herzl-betz.pdf

Body Arts: OCD’s Perceptual Challenges and Tehching Hsieh’s “Time Clock Piece”
Sarah Orem
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_literary_and_cultural_disability_studies/v009/9.1.orem.pdf

Geniuses without Imagination: Discourses of Autism, Ability, and Achievement 
Marion Quirici 
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_literary_and_cultural_disability_studies/v009/9.1.quirici.pdf

Conflicting Models of Care for People with Mental Disabilities in Charles Dickens’s Fiction and Journalism 
Gillian Ray-Barruel 
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_literary_and_cultural_disability_studies/v009/9.1.ray-barruel.pdf

Comment from the Field
Gender and Disability, Asking Difficult Questions, University of Sheffield 
Anna Wates and Hari Byles 
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_literary_and_cultural_disability_studies/v009/9.1.wates.pdf

Book Reviews
Shakin’ All Over: Popular Music and Disability by George McKay (review) 
Owen Barden 
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_literary_and_cultural_disability_studies/v009/9.1.barden.pdf

Disability and Passing: Blurring the Lines of Identity ed. by Jeffrey A. 
Brune and Daniel J. Wilson (review)
Hannah Tweed
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_literary_and_cultural_disability_studies/v009/9.1.tweed.pdf

Education policy associate position at TCF

Dear colleagues,
 
I hope this email finds you well. I'm writing to ask your help identifying talent for an opening in our education policy team.
 
The Century Foundation is hiring an education policy associate to work in our DC office. This is a great position for a recent graduate or young professional with a couple of years of experience in education or policy, looking to transition to a research role. (See attached PDF or our website for job announcement.)
 
I wonder if you would be willing to forward to any students or mentees who might be interested in the position. We're looking for excellent researchers and writers with a passion for progressive education policy and school integration, and your recommendation would mean a lot. If you know anyone who would be a good fit, please make sure you or the applicant also email me directly at potter@tcf.org so that I can make sure to flag the application.
 
Many thanks for your help spreading the word!
 
Best,
Halley
 
 
Halley Potter
Fellow
 
The Century Foundation
One Whitehall Street, 15th Floor, New York, New York 10004
P:212.452.7794  potter@tcf.org @HalleyTCF
Newsfeed for April 13, 2015 (The Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute)


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