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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 Monday with your submission.

 

SU HAPPENINGS

DEAF-INITELY IRONIC....? "CRIPPING" THE COMIC CON

The Campus Climate Survey Deadline extended to March 28!

UPDATES FROM THE DISABILITY STUDENT UNION (DSU)

Feminist Encounters with Research: Seminar w/ Azza Basarudin & Ala Reyes-Santos

Safer People, Safer Spaces allyship training

Take Back the Night 2016

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Community Ambassador Program Application deadline extended to March 28!

Submit a nomination for the Rainbow Recognition Awards

From the LGBT Resource Center

Opportunity For All Doctoral Students: The Productive and Inspired Academic 

ITS adds walk-in consulting and expands workshops for improving the accessibility of documents, web pages, and videos

Maymester 2016 Course: Women, Rap, and Hip Hop Feminism

SU NEWS

SU CLIMATE ASSESSMENT SURVEY EXTENDED THROUGH 3.28

Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity & Inclusion Finalizes Report on Creating More Inclusive Campus

Neuroscience expert shares loves for dance with people with Parkinson's Disease

CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

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

CFP & RSVP for Pacific & Western Disability Studies Symposium, May 12-14, University of Washington

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

SU in DC Summer Scholarship

Survey for Autistic College Students

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Competition

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

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

Registration now open for the 16th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference

Research study on the stories and experiences LGBQ international students

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: March 6-19, 2016

New Blog Entry from Sit Down, Fight Back

"Eye Snobbery in ASD & Dyslexia"

Resource allocation and social justice at the UI | The Gazette

Health Law Insurance Plans to be Rated by Network Size

What Makes a Story - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Access is in the Air | Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability Blog

Senate committee proposes Mental Health Reform Act of 2016

Ethicists To Examine Mental Health Care Behind Bars

House mental health bill author criticizes Senate bill

Disability.gov Update

Disability Scoop

DarkMatter Poetry @ Cornell University

ACR Health’s 2016 walk/run events

Laverne Cox: Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood


SU HAPPENINGS

DEAF-INITELY IRONIC…? “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON

GUESS WHAT?

If you join us at "Cripping" the Comic Con on 4/1/16, you will meet AL, the newest member of the Access Avengers (our team of superheroes with disabilities). AL is very happy and proud to be joining the team to celebrate AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Heritage Month. ‪#‎cripcon ‪#‎SU_AAPIMonth

2016 “Cripping” the Comic Con Facebook EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1711487872469155/

“Cripping” the Comic Con on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrippingTheCon/

“Cripping” the Comic Con on Twitter: @CRIPCON

 “Cripping” the Comic Con online registration: http://crippingthecon.com/2016-cripping-the-comic-con-registration/

DEAF-INITELY IRONIC…? “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON 

April 1, 2016, 8:30 am to 8:30 pm

304ABC & Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center  

Syracuse University

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

COMPLETE PROGRAM WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE ON OUR SYMPOSIUM WEBSITE (http://crippingthecon.com)

REGISTER ONLINE OR ON-SITE

REGISTER ONLINE, HERE: http://crippingthecon.com/2016-cripping-the-comic-con-registration/

KEYNOTE: How I Met That Deaf Guy. How I Met That Hearing Girl.

Matt and Kay Daigle, Creators of Webcomic, That Deaf Guy

KEYNOTE: Writing on My Own Behalf: The Creation of El Deafo and Its Impact on Myself and Others

Cece Bell, Newbery Medal Recipient 

Author and Illustrator

PLENARY SESSION: Deaf-initely Ironic...?  Notes from the Field

Moderated by Dr. Diane Wiener, with Matt and Kay Daigle, Kanisha Ffriend, Kate Pollack, Carlisle Robinson, and Gilles Stromberg 

PLUS: A LATE NIGHT SCREENING!

Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, with open captions and audio description. In collaboration with Orange After Dark (Gifford Auditorium, HBC)

Inclusive Snacks 9:15 

Film 10:00  

Discussion @ Midnight

http://oad.syr.edu

#ORANGEAFTERDARK

FOOD, NERDS, EXHIBITORS, ARTISTS, GAMING, WORKSHOPS, PHOTO BOOTH, QUIET AREA, GREAT PRESENTATIONS, AND MORE!!!

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for the entire symposium.  Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided during the keynote addresses and plenary session.  Other accommodations can be requested using our online registration form by 3/25/16.  Questions (including parking)?  Email: sudcc@syr.edu

This symposium is made possible by the Cocurricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs, and cosponsored by the Disability Cultural Center, the Center on Human Policy, and the Disability Student Union. 

Special thanks to Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri, DSA Technical Services, Student Centers and Programming Services, and the awesome Orange After Dark team in the Office of Student Activities.


 
 

The Campus Climate Survey Deadline extended to March 28!

SU is committed to the assessment of our Learning, Living and Working Environment and we need YOUR input! Different accessibility options are available.

The survey is vitally important because data from it will help inform future plans to foster a more inclusive learning, living and working environment at the University.

Accessibility options:

The survey can be completed online and is available in Spanish as well as English. Participation is voluntary and confidential; no information will be collected that personally identifies respondents.

For those who wish to complete a paper-and-pencil version of the survey, copies are available at the information desks in the Schine Student Center, the Goldstein Student Center and the Nancy Cantor Warehouse.

The survey takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete. You may skip questions, but you must answer at least 50% for your responses to be included in the final analyses. Some questions are for students. Some questions are for faculty and/or staff. Some are for all.

At the conclusion of the survey, you may follow a link from the online survey to a separate website (on the paper-and-pencil version the URL website is listed) to submit your name, syr.edu email address and/or phone number to enter a drawing for one of many survey awards (gift certificates and other items). In providing your contact information on this separate website, you are in no way linked or identified with the survey information you have submitted; your survey responses remain confidential.

Take the Syracuse University Climate Assessment SurveyDeadline extended to March 28, 2016!


 

UPDATES FROM THE DISABILITY STUDENT UNION (DSU)

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

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

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

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


 
 

Feminist Encounters with Research: Seminar w/ Azza Basarudin & Ala Reyes-Santos

WGS is excited to present a workshop style research seminar with Dr. Azza Basaruddin and Dr. Alai Reyes-Santos on March 31, 2016 from 12:30-4:30 pm, at 319 Sims Hall. 
This seminar aims to provide students the opportunity to engage feminist research ‘on the ground’—that is, to provide an opportunity to study the scholarship of the two seminar leaders with whom they can actually discuss the nature of feminist research and the intellectual, methodological, and institutional factors that have shaped their work. Recommended readings and author bios will be distributed a week in advance.
For more information please contact: hbhattac@syr.edu

*Refreshments will be provided​ 

http://goo.gl/forms/lHq3STmKGu and if for some reason the shortened link doesn't work, then here's the full link: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1F7Jb2Nu2XImHIzhjBbV0AmNCmyiOES5TAFBO35OICTs/viewform

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Safer People, Safer Spaces allyship training

Safer People, Safer Spaces allyship training
Friday, March 25th, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Location TBA 

For more information or to sign up, please email lgbt@syr.edu.

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Take Back the Night 2016

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

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

Please join us.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs Presents: 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Commemorative Lecture with Christine Ha 

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

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

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

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

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

#SU_AAPIMonth

2016 Cultural Reading Group

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

Mindy Kaling

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

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

Food will be provided. 

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

#SU_AAPIMonth

Community Ambassador Program Application deadline extended to March 28!

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

Blocks participating in the Community Ambassador Program:

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

Requirements for students applying to be a Community Ambassador:

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

Compensation:

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

Community Ambassador position responsibilities:

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

Application deadline extended to March 28, 2016.

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

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Submit a nomination for the Rainbow Recognition Awards

The Rainbow Recognition Awards acknowledge those who have made a significant contribution to people with marginalized genders and sexualities. Awards are given for Awareness, Community-Building, Accountability, and Social Justice. Additionally, there is an award to recognize an Emerging Leader in LGBTQA communities. Nominations are open to all members of Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, and the city of Syracuse communities.

We strongly encourage you to submit a nomination for one of more of these categories! Please submit your online Rainbow Recognition nomination form by Friday, March 25th, 2016.

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From the LGBT Resource Center:

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

Free tickets available at the Schine Box Office during April.

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

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center.

***Be recognized at the Rainbow Banquet! 

Are you graduating this year? Fill out our graduating student survey to ensure that you're recognized at this year's Rainbow Banquet! You can also sign up to be in our graduating student video or apply to be our student keynote. 

https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe5/form/SV_da2cMl8RSznEf9H

***Clothing donations will be appreciated for any season, occasion, age, and gender. Please donate any type of clothing, including shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, skirts, belts, swimwear, purses, shoes, binders, undergarments, stockings, hair accessories, and jewelry. Donations will be accepted until April 26th.

Please email Laurie Field for more information.

***Transgender clothing drive. April 29th, 11 AM – 4 PM. 601 East Genesee Street, room 111. Safe area to pick out clothes; private fitting rooms with mirrors. For more information, please email Laurie Field.  

 

 

Opportunity For All Doctoral Students: The Productive and Inspired Academic 

School of Education Professor Julie Causton is offering a series of eight 2-hour seminars during the Spring 2016 semester that aim to provide doctoral students in ANY program with the tools and inspiration to improve their productivity and effectiveness in the world of academia. Sessions will cover everything from engaging teaching strategies in college classrooms, to finishing in-progress writing projects, to issues of vulnerability, happiness, and authenticity. These sessions are designed to create a collaborative community of scholars as we examine and address the real challenges of becoming an academic and a scholar.

Come to one seminar, a few, or all of them - the choice is yours!

All seminars held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in 056 Huntington Hall

Writing Boot Camp
1 remaining sessions: Tuesday, March 29
This pomodoro-based work session is for seminar members who wish to meet and work in a structured and supportive environment. We will begin with 5 minutes of rule setting followed by a two-hour productive working session.

Landing the Job

Monday, March 28
This seminar session will be centered on thoughtful advice for going on the market and obtaining your dream job. We will discuss everything from CVs to cover letters to job talks. Seminar participants will leave with concrete strategies for planning for and executing a successful job search.

Register for Productive and Inspired Academic Seminars

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ITS adds walk-in consulting and expands workshops for improving the accessibility of documents, web pages, and videos 

SU seeks to ensure that all people regardless of individual ability or disability can effectively access University communications and technology.  Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce their new Walk-in IT Accessibility Help Desk hours. New this semester, the IT Accessibility Help Desk provides consultation on related topics, including video captioning, remediation of your PDF, PowerPoint, or Word documents to ensure accessibility, and identifying and fixing accessibility issues on your website. This new service is available Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the ITS Service Center, in room 1-227 Center for Science and Technology. 

Accessibility training workshops available 

ITS is accepting registrations for three training workshops that will build faculty and staff awareness of, sensitivity to, and proficiency in ensuring the accessibility of information communications and technologies. Creating Accessible Documents focuses on course materials and documents, Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility focuses on websites and online resources, and a new workshop called Video Captioning covers the basics of adding captions to video content. The workshops will help participants understand accessibility, put it into practice on the job, and support Syracuse University’s efforts to ensure accessibility of documents, systems, and communications across campus. 

The workshops will be presented by Sharon Trerise and Kara Patten from ITS’s Academic Services team at the dates, times, and locations shown below. Each session has space for 12 participants. Seating is limited, so register early! There is high demand for this training, so registration is on a first-submitted, first-enrolled basis. Use the links below to register. 

About the workshops 

Register here for any of the workshops 

Creating Accessible Documents   

Overview

This three-hour workshop provides a fundamental overview of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC on Windows or Mac computers. At successful completion, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain and demonstrate the importance of creating accessible documents
  • Understand basic concepts of creating accessible documents
  • Understand best practices for creating accessible Word and PDF documents
  • Remediate legacy Word and PDF documents to make them accessible
  • Utilize the Office accessibility checker
  • Identify and correct common accessibility errors
  • Use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC’s accessibility checker 

All sessions are held Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. – noon as follows: 

Operating System     Day and Date                          Location          

Windows                  Wednesday, April 13                Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, May 25                Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, June 22                Steele Hall, room 001   

Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility 

Overview:

Designed for anyone who manages, creates or maintains web content, this workshop will discuss relevant concepts and coach participants through evaluating their pages against the accessibility checkpoints. The workshop will cover basic techniques for evaluating web content, including: 

  • Accessibility resources and tools at SU
  • Applicable legislation and compliance
  • Automated accessibility checkers
  • Steps for manually checking web page accessibility
  • A brief introduction to screen readers
  • Design considerations
  • Captioning vendors and tools 

Workshop Dates (all take place Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – noon in Steele Hall 001)

March 30

May 11

June 8

Video Captioning 

Overview:

The video captioning workshop is designed for anyone who manages, creates or maintains video content and is offered in two parts. Part one covers the basics of captioning as well as considerations when purchasing captioning services from third party vendors. Part two is optional and designed for those who wish to know more about creating their own captions. 

Part One: Captioning basics and third party services

  • Audience considerations
  • Caption types and terminology
  • Cost and resource considerations for DIY vs. captioning vendors
  • Vendor comparisons 

Part Two: DIY captioning

  • Hands-on experience with captioning tools
  • Caption file formats
  • Captioning rules and quality control
  • Costs and resources 

All video captioning workshops take place in Steele Hall 001 at these dates and times: 

Workshop Dates           Part 1 (Basics)           Part 2 (DIY)

Friday, April 15             9:30 – 10:45 a.m.        11:00 a.m. – noon

Tuesday, May 24          9:30 – 10:45 a.m.        11:00 a.m. – noon 

Register here for any of the workshops 

Other topics 

If you are interested in learning about ensuring the accessibility of online and mobile applications, or other services and communications, please send an email to accessibleIT@syr.edu with a description of your interest and with any questions. Your input will guide the development of coming programs. 

For more information 

ITS offers a growing variety of resources to ensure accessibility for all members of the Syracuse University community. Visit the Technology Accessibility web page and check out the Accessible Technology Toolkit. If you have any questions about workshops, or other accessibility and technology issues, please send them in an email to accessibleIT@syr.edu.


 

Maymester 2016 Course: Women, Rap, and Hip Hop Feminism

Maymester 2016 Course: Women, Rap, and Hip Hop Feminism

WGS 473 (#74107)/HOM (#74108)/WGS 673 (#74109)

May 16-27; Monday - Friday 1:00-5:00pm

Dr. Gwendolyn Pough

Feminism, rap music, and Hip Hop culture, at first glance, do not appear to be likely cohorts. In the male-driven, testosterone filled world of Hip Hop culture and rap music, labeling oneself a feminist is not a political stance easily taken. Thus, many women involved with Hip Hop culture do not take on the label of feminist even as their actions imply feminist beliefs and leanings. Much of the strong criticisms of rap music have been about the music's sexism and misogyny. And much of the attention focused on sex and gender have been in terms of constructions of Black masculinity, and rap music as a vehicle for Black male posturing. This course links feminism, rap music, and Hip Hop Culture.

Texts for the course include: Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation; When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down; That White Girl; Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip-Hop's Hold on Young Black Women; Home with Hip Hop Feminism.

 
 


SU NEWS

SU CLIMATE ASSESSMENT SURVEY EXTENDED THROUGH 3.28

Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity & Inclusion Finalizes Report on Creating More Inclusive Campus 

http://news.syr.edu/chancellors-workgroup-on-diversity-inclusion-finalizes-report-on-creating-more-inclusive-campus-56290/

The workgroup's full report, which has been sent to Chancellor Kent Syverud, can be found here.

    

  

 

Neuroscience expert shares loves for dance with people with Parkinson’s Disease

 

 
 


CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

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

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

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

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

School of Information Studies

Syracuse University

 

CFP & RSVP for Pacific & Western Disability Studies Symposium, May 12-14, University of Washington 

MAKING DISABILITY PUBLIC: ARTS, SCHOLARSHIP, AND ACTIVISM

Free public events will take place May 12-14, 2016, on the Seattle and Bothell campuses of the University of Washington.  Sponsored by the UW Disability Studies Program.

        • Proposal deadline: April 1st.  We are accepting manuscripts to be workshopped in small groups, posters, and art.
        • We request that you register by April 1st for any parts of the symposium you wish to attend.
 
REGISTRATION AND CALL FOR PROPOSALS: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/hdevans/294811

Symposium program: https://depts.washington.edu/disstud/pacific-western-ds-symposium
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/205542253141341/

The Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium 2016: Making Disability Public: Arts, Scholarship, and Activism, involves several events that are free and open to the public at the University of Washington.  This year, the symposium will feature events that showcase talented artists, highlight advocacy being done on our campuses and in our communities, and provide space for scholars to share work in the field of Disability Studies.  We are pleased to welcome artist Riva Lehrer, an award-winning painter, writer, and speaker whose work explores issues of physical identity and cultural depictions of disability.  Our keynote panels will address how to integrate DS into curricula and pedagogy, and offer perspectives on a state apology for eugenics and forced sterilization.  Emerging scholars and activists are especially encouraged to submit manuscripts on any topic in Disability Studies, as well as posters and art pieces.  All are invited to attend the full symposium in which we engage with ways of making disability public through arts, scholarship, and activism.
 
IMPORTANT DATES:
        • April 1, 11:59 pm PST: Deadline for proposals and registration
        • May 1: Workshop participants submit final papers
        • May 12 & 13: Community events featuring Riva Lehrer
        • May 14: Symposium panels & workshops & poster session
 
QUESTIONS? Please email Joanne Woiak and Heather Evans: uwdisabilitystudies@gmail.com 

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office, preferably at least 10 days in advance, at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@uw.edu.

 
  

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

Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal

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

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on April 12th, 2016

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

Registration will open in February 

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

Who Should Attend:

·       web designers

·       instructional designers

·       arts managers

·       curators

·       educators

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

·       experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher session. 

Topics Include:

·       audio description history and theory

·       the "Four Fundamentals of Audio Description"

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

·       the art of "editing" what you see

·       vivid language: "The Visual Made Verbal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

SU in DC Summer Scholarship

SU in DC Alumni Club's annual summer intern/student scholarship. Please feel free to forward it to any students that you know who might be interested.

Details

Award: At least $1,500 in scholarships awarded

Designation: Can be used for any costs

Who: Any current student (grad or undergrad) studying or interning in DC as part of their degree program

Where: Washington DC

 


 

 

Survey for Autistic College Students 

Received from Dawn Marcotte www.ASD-DR.com 

I have launched the Autistic College Student survey for 2016. This short survey was given in 2015 and the response was so positive that I am running it again this year. 

Any college student who is on the spectrum is welcome to take this anonymous survey. 

The results will be shared on the website,   http://www.asd-dr.com/index.php/advice-from-autistic-adults where last year’s survey results are still available. 

The goal for 2016 is to get 100 responses. 

Here is the link to the survey – please feel free to share on social media or with anyone you think might be interested in participating. 

Survey Link 

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Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Competition

The Rockefeller Foundation is pleased to announce the annual spring competition for academic writing residency applications at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center.

As a Bellagio alumni you have experienced the unique international and interdisciplinary community brought together at the Center and the incredible opportunity a Bellagio residency presents to individuals who want to engage in a month of focused, self-directed work, while being exposed to a broad spectrum of new thinking and ideas in the serene atmosphere of Lake Como. We hope you will support our effort to spread the word about the latest competition which opened on March 1, 2016 with a final deadline for applications on May 2, 2016. Applicants accepted during this open call will be awarded residencies between February and August of 2017. 

We invite you to share the outreach flyer widely in your networks and to post the flyer on faculty listservs in addition to other communication channels. You may also want to direct prospective academic writing applicants to the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center website for additional information. 

In terms of the resident profiles we aim to attract, the following criteria may help to provide some greater clarity:

  • Well-established and highly accomplished academics whose work is aligned with or may inform the discourse around the Rockefeller Foundation’s goals to build resilience and more inclusive economies. Those working on projects that relate to our focus areas are also highly encouraged (Transform Cities, Secure Livelihoods, Revalue Ecosystems and Advance Health).
  • Academics who are at an inflection point in their work—they may be ready to pivot and experiment with something new, or may be in a position to reflect and generate insights from a lifetime of experience
  • Academics whose work has the potential for significant impact—perhaps by shifting thinking in a field, or sparking new ideas
  • Academics who want to engage in a diverse cross-sector community, who are good listeners and collaborators, and who are highly intellectually curious

In addition to these criteria, we are particularly interested in attracting more applicants working in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

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

The Multicultural Life and Diversity Office and our Conference Committee would like to invite all students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Syracuse University to our 7th Annual Student Conference for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Grab the World. This academic conference will be held on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 in Corey Union on the Cortland Campus. The purpose of this conference is to give students an academic conference experience that is directly connected to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as it intersects with their discipline. Faculty and staff are asked to mentor their students through the CFP and presentation processes. This conference is one of the ways that we, at the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, fulfill one of the missions of our office: to promote and explore all aspects of diversity, especially as it relates to each students discipline.

Registration is now open!

Please Click Here for Individual Registration 

Please Click Here for Group Registration 

Deadline to register is March 25, 2016.

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


 

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

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

Registration Rates 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Rate:

JW Marriott Hotel Rate: $189 per night

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/indjw-jw-marriott-indianapolis/ 

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


  

 

Registration now open for the 16th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference

Registration is open http://www.cvent.com/d/gfqw61

The 2016 Multiple Perspectives Conference will be April 12-14 and will include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/gfqw61 

This year’s conference and preconference fees have been lowered due to generous support from Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment Fund, The Office of Distance and Electronic Education, The Student Disability Services Office, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and VSA Ohio. 

  

Research study on the stories and experiences LGBQ international students

International students who identify as homosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or feel unsure and questioning their sexuality are invited to participate in this study through one to one interviews (60-90 minutes), reflections (30 minutes), and forum post (30 minutes). Confidentiality is strictly protected.

Participants receive a $15 Amazon gift card after the first interview and reflection and a $35 Amazon gift card after second interview and reflection or an anonymous forum post.

For more information, please email Hoa N. Nguyen, doctoral student in human development at Virginia Tech.


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: March 6-19, 2016

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

Sponsored by the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

Click here for the Weekly Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education 

Week of March 6-19, 2016

  

 

New Blog Entry from Sit Down, Fight Back


"Eye Snobbery in ASD & Dyslexia" 

"Eye Snobbery in ASD & Dyslexia" BY BARB RENTENBACH & LOIS PRISLOVSKY 

 

   

 

Resource allocation and social justice at the UI | The Gazette

 

   

Health Law Insurance Plans to be Rated by Network Size

Article from The New York Times that explains that health insurance plans will be rated by size. The article also reports on some other changes being made to the health insurance plans.

 
 

  

What Makes a Story - The Chronicle of Higher Education

 

  

Access is in the Air | Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability Blog 

https://longmoreinstitute.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/access-is-in-the-air/

 
 


  

Senate committee proposes Mental Health Reform Act of 2016



  

Ethicists To Examine Mental Health Care Behind Bars

Group of researchers examine ethical issues

NYAPRS Note: The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics is funding a pilot project that will look at the ethical issues surrounding mental health care in jails and prisons. Those conducting the examination include criminologists, therapists, ethicists, and former inmates who have received mental heath care in prison.

As referenced in this article, one of the traditional failings of prison is the lack of appropriate, effective discharge planning which often leads to repeat contact with the criminal justice system. That is why NYAPRS is advocating so strongly for presumptive Medicaid eligibility, which would allow Medicaid to be turned on 30-60 days in advance of an inmate’s release in an effort to facilitate warm handoffs to community providers.

  

 
 

House mental health bill author criticizes Senate bill 

Author of proposed mental health legislation in the U.S. house of representatives has criticized the bipartisan U.S. senate bill.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/272212-house-mental-health-bill-author-slams-senate-bill

  

Disability.gov Update

Justice Department Settles with Texas YMCA over Discrimination against Child with Diabetes

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

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

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


Disability Scoop

Disability Scoop 3.11.16

For more information, check out the Facebook event

DarkMatter Poetry @ Cornell University
Saturday, March 12th, 7:30 PM
Klarman Hall Auditorium

#ItGetsBitter is an interruption: a hybrid mixture of art and activism, poetry and polemic, giggles and gasps. #ItGetsBitter is a remix of spoken word, standup comedy, fashion, and nursery rhymes. DarkMatter shares stories of navigating the world in all of its ordinariness and peculiarity as trans South Asians, taking the audience on an emotional roller coaster all of the way from the personal to the political. Join us for an evening of poetry and healing as we not only critique but imagine new ways of being and resisting together.

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ACR Health’s 2016 walk/run events 

ACR Health’s 2016 walk/run events are now open for registration!

Events include April's AIDS Hike for Life in the Utica/Mahawl Valley, June's AIDS Walk/Run in the Syracuse/CNY area, August's Bubble Blast Run at The New York State Fair, and October's First Frost AIDS Walk/Run in the Watertown/North Country area. Signing up early helps increase fundraising for ACR Health's programs & services. Please consider participating!

Laverne Cox: Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood

Presented by SUNY Jefferson.

Saturday, May 7th, 8 PM.

JCC McVean Gym

For more information call 315 786 2431 or go to www.sunyjefferson.edu

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