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March, 08 2018


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

Please email sudcc@syr.edu  by 9AM each Monday with your submission.



The Campus Climate Survey will help inform future plans to foster a more inclusive learning, living and working environment at the University


Veterans Academic Honors Ceremony and Reception

Safer People, Safer Spaces allyship training

Take Back the Night 2016

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

News and events from the DSA

The Rights of Women with Disabilities: An International, Legal, Disability Rights and Feminist Activist Approach

This Week at the Humanities Center

Call for Nominations: New Student Convocation Faculty Speaker

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

Community Ambassador Program

Submit a nomination for the Rainbow Recognition Awards

Black Graduation Announcement

Dimensions Mentoring Program recruiting Peer Mentors for 2016-2017

From the LGBT Resource Center

Opportunity For All Doctoral Students: The Productive and Inspired Academic 

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

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


Michele G. Wheatly Appointed Vice Chancellor and Provost at Syracuse University

Jonathan Martinis, Nationally Recognized Disability Legal and Policy Advocate, Joins the Burton Blatt Institute


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

Statement announcing cancellation of June 2016 Phoenix SDS Conference

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

Scholarships Corner: disability-related financial opportunities available

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

Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Poster Reception and the Multiple Perspectives Conference

"The ADA Café," a 90-minute webinar

Professional Grant Development Workshop

AAA 2016: Call for Paper Abstracts & Feminist Conference

Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference

Call for Writers: Musa - a multilingual publication project

Research study on the stories and experiences LGBQ international students


Council Seeks Assistant Executive Director as Himmelsbach Prepares for Retirement

Cloud Computing Can Assist Workers with Disabilities

ADA Network Webinar on Workplace Accommodations for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities

Meaningful participation for people with disabilities: a pending challenge for an invisible billion

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



The Campus Climate Survey will help inform future plans to foster a more inclusive learning, living and working environment at the University

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 Survey.



"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.


Veterans Academic Honors Ceremony and Reception

Syracuse University Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, Veterans Resource Center and University College invites you to a


Thursday, March 24, 2016
6 p.m.

Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center
2nd floor, 401 University Place

Including new scholar induction to National S.A.L.U.T.E. honor society

Recognizing student veterans who have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher for 12 or more credits completed.

R.S.V.P. by Monday, March 21.
Business Attire

Questions? Call 315-443-0358.



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.



Take Back the Night 2016

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

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

Please join us.



Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs Presents: 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Commemorative Lecture with Christine Ha 

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

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

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

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

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


2016 Cultural Reading Group

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

Mindy Kaling

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

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

Food will be provided. 

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


News and Events from the DSA

Housing Lottery Learning Opportunities

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

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

Ask the Experts Table Session

Brockway Dining Center

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

Ask the Experts Table Session

Graham Dining Center

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

Ask the Experts Table Session

Sadler Dining Center

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

South Campus Apartments Open House

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


Syracuse Alumni and Friends NASPA Reception

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

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


New Campus Resources from the Contemplative Collaborative

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




The Rights of Women with Disabilities: An International, Legal, Disability Rights and Feminist Activist Approach


Stephanie Ortoleva

President, Women Enabled International, Inc.


5:00pm - Tuesday, March 22nd

Fallon Lecture Hall, Dineen Hall Room 106

Co-sponsored by: Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences, Falk College, School of Education and Cultural Foundations of Education, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Transnational NGO Initiative of the Maxwell School, Disability Cultural Center, Renée Crown Honors Program, Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies, Disability Law Society, and Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, & Resolution Services.



This Week at the Humanities Center 


Thursday March 10
Curated Screening & Panel Talk: "Between SpeciesCNY Humanities Corridor Mellon Distinguished Visiting Collaborator Series

6:30-8:30pm - Everson Museum of Art, Hosmer Auditorium
401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY

Curated screening of video and film works in conjunction with the group show “Between Species” at Urban Video Project’s Everson Museum of Art outdoor architectural venue. The screening will be followed by a presentation and conversation between theorist Cary Wolfe and artist Maria Whiteman. The program includes additional work by Sam Easterson; Leslie Thornton; Robert Todd; and by SU faculty Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, as well as Susannah Sayler and Ed Morris (The Canary Project), among others.

Co-Sponsored by Urban Video Project    

Friday March 11

Mini-Seminar: “After BiopoliticsCNY Humanities Corridor Mellon Distinguished Visiting Collaborator Series

9:00am-12 noon - 304 Tolley

Advance registration required*

Co-Sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center

*Register today by contacting Mi Ditmar: mmditmar@syr.edu (315) 443-5944. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.



Call for Nominations: New Student Convocation Faculty Speaker 

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

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

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



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

Message of Encouragement from Eddie Zaremba

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

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

·        Individual

·        First-Year

·        Residence Life

·        Groups of Students and official Student Organizations

·        Academic Projects, Classes, or Individual Impacts 

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

Anouncement from the Chancellor: 

Dear Members of the Syracuse University Community:

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

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

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

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

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


Chancellor Kent Syverud



Community Ambassador Program

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

Blocks participating in the Community Ambassador Program:

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

Requirements for students applying to be a Community Ambassador:

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


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

Community Ambassador position responsibilities:

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

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



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.



Black Graduation Announcement 

Dear Graduating Seniors, 

The Student African American Society would like to cordially invite all matriculated graduating seniors, and (master's PhD students) in the Class of 2016 that identify as Black or Latino to RSVP for a cultural and celebratory graduation ceremony called Itanwa Orinwa, commonly referred to as Black Graduation. The theme of this year’s celebration is Instruments of Inspiration and Innovation. The event will take place on Friday May 13, 2016 at 8 pm in Hendricks Chapel with a reception in the Heroy Geology Building lobby afterward. 

Students must RSVP to attend Itanwa Orinwa by February 29 in order to participate. Once students RSVP, they will receive more updates and details on stole pricing and auditions for student speakers and performances. If graduating students do not RSVP by February 29, they will not be able to participate in Black Graduation. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Itanwa Orinwa, please contact LaRandi Lowe at llowe@.syr.edu .

Please click the link below to RSVP. 


Dimensions Mentoring Program recruiting Peer Mentors for 2016-2017 

Dimensions Mentoring Program, housed in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, has begun recruitment of Peer Mentors for the 2016-17 year. 
Dimensions is a women of color mentoring program serving first-year and upper-class students, which addresses issues that impact women from diverse backgrounds through facilitated dialogue. Applications are due Friday,
March 11, and can be submitted through the Dimensions online application or hard copy, which are available at 105 Schine.  For more information, contact Marissa L. Willingham.




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. 


***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.

Happiness and Academia
Tuesday, March 22
Inspired by Harvard scholar Dr. Sean Achor, this session focuses on cultivating the Seven Principles that fuel success and performance. Seminar participants will leave with research-based strategies to boost happiness, productivity and effectiveness.

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

Register for Productive and Inspired Academic Seminars


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

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

Accessibility training workshops available 

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

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

About the workshops 

Register here for any of the workshops 

Creating Accessible Documents   


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

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

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

Operating System     Day and Date                          Location          

Mac                         Wednesday, March 16              Huntington Hall, room 070A

Windows                  Wednesday, March 9               Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, April 13                Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, May 25                Steele Hall, room 001

Windows                  Wednesday, June 22                Steele Hall, room 001   

Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility 


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

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

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

March 30

May 11

June 8

Video Captioning 


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

Part One: Captioning basics and third party services

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

Part Two: DIY captioning

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

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

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

Thursday, March 10       1:00 – 2:15 p.m.         2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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

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

Register here for any of the workshops 

Other topics 

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

For more information 

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


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.



Michele G. Wheatly Appointed Vice Chancellor and Provost at Syracuse University

Described as a dynamic leader, an internationally recognized scholar and a true champion of a liberal education, Michele G. Wheatly has been named Vice Chancellor and Provost of Syracuse University. Wheatly will assume her new role on May 16, 2016.


Jonathan Martinis, Nationally Recognized Disability Legal and Policy Advocate, Joins the Burton Blatt Institute

Jonathan Martinis, Esq., J.D., has joined the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University as Senior Director for Law and Policy. Mr. Martinis has over 20 years' experience representing and advocating for people with disabilities to ensure that they receive the services and supports they need and want to live full, meaningful, and community integrated lives.





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


Statement announcing cancellation of June 2016 Phoenix SDS Conference 

Received from The Board of Directors of SDS: 

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely yours, 

The Board of Directors of SDS: 

Funmi Akinpelu, funmiakinpelu2000@yahoo.com

Juliann Anesi, jtanesi@syr.edu

Brenda Brueggemann, brendabrueggemann@gmail.com (Chair)

Mel Y. Chen, melychen@gmail.com

Ibby Grace, ibby.grace@gmail.com

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

Mallory Kay Nelson, malloryk@gmail.com

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

Phil Smith, psmith16@emich.edu (Treasurer)

Joanne Woiak, jwoiak@uw.edu

Frank Wyman, chips314@aol.com


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

Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal

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

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on April 12th, 2016

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

Registration will open in February 

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

Who Should Attend:

·       web designers

·       instructional designers

·       arts managers

·       curators

·       educators

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

·       experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher session. 

Topics Include:

·       audio description history and theory

·       the "Four Fundamentals of Audio Description"

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

·       the art of "editing" what you see

·       vivid language: "The Visual Made Verbal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Scholarships Corner: disability-related financial opportunities available

Scholarships Corner: (mostly) disability-related financial opportunities available with upcoming due dates.

Due March, 2016 (no specific date posted), The National Down Syndrome Society O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund scholarship, offering financial assistance to young adults (18+) with Down Syndrome who are taking classes or enrolling in postsecondary educational programs. Read more and download the application here: http://www.ndss.org/Resources/Education/College--Postsecondary-Options1/ONeill-Tabani-Enrichment-Fund/.

Deadline March 31: National Federation of the Blind student scholarships, all levels. $3,000 and up. For details on application and national scholarships, visit www.nfb.org/scholarships

Due April 1: The American Foundation for the Blind offers several scholarships. See the website below for details on who may apply for each. https://www.afb.org/info/afb-2015-scholarship-application/5

Deadline April 5: Great Lakes National Scholarship Program. $2,500 for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math. https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/greatlakes/

Deadline April 17: The Independence Foundation $500 Scholarships; awarded to individuals with a significant physical disability. http://www.theindependencefoundation.org/programs/independence-foundation-scholarship/

Deadline April:  Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans may learn details and apply for several scholarships here: http://bva.org/BVA/Programs/Scholarships_and_Awards/Scholarships_Awards.aspx

Little People of America Scholarships primarily for those with dwarfism in college or technical school.  http://www.lpaonline.org/college-scholarship-applications

Deadline May 2: Organization for Autism Research offering numerous scholarships including Schwallie Family Scholarship Program, and others including life skills as well as college support.  http://researchautism.org/news/otherevents/Scholarship.asp

Deadline May 15: National Federation of the Blind Ohio Scholarships; students, all levels. See www.nfbohio.org

Deadline May 16:  For those whose colleges have an ASL Honor Society, from American Sign Language Teachers Association scholarships for students majoring or minoring in ASL, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, or Interpreting. http://www.aslhonorsociety.org/Honor_Society_scholarship.html

Deadline May – coming soon: TheAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation invites full-time students joining or currently enrolled in a graduate program in communication sciences and disorders to submit applications for graduate scholarships. Scholarships are available to undergraduate seniors or students currently pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees. Various funding opportunities available here:


Deadline May 31: 2017-18 Peace Scholarships. Every year, Rotary selects up to 50 individuals from around the world to receive fully-funded master's degree fellowships at one of its peace centers in the USA, Japan, England, Australia, and Sweden.  Fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. <http://miusa.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d39e81314218b930d5315426a&id=8c9d636144&e=e26e5dba48

Deadline June 1: 180 Medical Scholarship Program for those pursuing higher education and who have spinal cord injuries, Spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy).  http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships

Deadline June 30, December 31 and other dates: Association of Blind Citizens: Assistive Technology Fund for up to 50% of A.T. purchase cost. See details here: http://www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm




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 



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.



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

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

Registration is now open!

Please Click Here for Individual Registration 

Please Click Here for Group Registration 

Deadline to register is March 25, 2016.

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


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

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

Registration Rates 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Rate:

JW Marriott Hotel Rate: $189 per night


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



Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Poster Reception and the Multiple Perspectives Conference

Ethel Louise Armstrong Student Perspectives Poster Reception

April 13, 2016 at the Sixteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability held on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus

Poster Submissions are Due no later than March 15, 2016

The Multiple Perspectives Conference encourages students to network with professionals, the community, and scholars who share their interests in the science, art, culture, politics and realities of disability.  A generous gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation funds a reception and awards for graduate research, undergraduate research, art & performance, community service and class projects. Submissions may focus on any aspect of disability and may be based on independent or supervised student projects including research, art, performance, class projects or community service. Click here for full details.

The full conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for presenters of accepted proposals. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture and Student Poster Competition are free and open to the public.  Held annually at The Ohio State University's Multiple Perspectives Conference it is made possible through the generosity of ELA Foundation and its founder Margaret Stanton.  The Lecture honors Ms. Stanton's grandmother, Ethel Louise Armstrong, who exemplified self-determination and resistance in the face of socially imposed constraints. As a young woman with a physical disability growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Margaret was inspired by her grandmother's insistence on excelling in postsecondary education despite social conventions during her time that denied women, particularly those with disabilities, opportunities for school and work. Ms. Staton, a lifelong advocate worked in Washington DC promoting accessibility after earning her M.Ed.  In 1994 she founded the ELA Foundation to promote full inclusion of people with disabilities in the world.

The 2016 Multiple Perspectives Conference will be April 13th and 14th and will include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



"The ADA Café," a 90-minute webinar

AHEAD is excited to partner with Ohio AHEAD to bring you:

Hosted by L. Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University

March 23, 2016

2:00-3:30 EDT

Scott will offer guidance on popular "hot topics" in disability services, including Trends in Web Accessibility Enforcement; Assistance Animals; Attendance as an Accommodation; Alternate Media and Format Choices; Accommodation vs. Alteration; Interpreting and CART; Practica and Placements; Study Abroad; and Dual Enrollment.

This webinar is priced at $139 but discounted to $99 for AHEAD members. Register at: http://www.cvent.com/d/3fqsgk using the discount registration code: ahdwebada. The code is also available in the Members-Only section of the AHEAD Website. Log in at http://ahead.org, go to the members area, and find the code in the featured links in the box on the right side of the page. There are only 90 registrations available for this event so be sure to register soon! 

Ohio AHEAD members should contact Caity McCandless at mccandless.8@osu.edu for discount code for Ohio members.   




Professional Grant Development Workshop

Taking Place at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

April 7-8, 2016

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

Hosted by the Grant Training Center

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

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

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


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

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

We hope that you will join us for this opportunity!

Can't make it?

Check Out Our 3-week Online Course

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




AAA 2016: Call for Paper Abstracts 

Gendering Time: Feminist Considerations of Temporality  

Panel organizers: Elise Andaya (University at Albany, State University of NY) and Rachel Fleming (University of Colorado at Boulder)

This panel seeks to place gender squarely in the anthropological analysis of time. Studies of time and temporality have been addressed through different theoretical trajectories in the discipline, from Clifford Geertz on ritual time, to Marxist analyses of labor, to ontological studies of time. In particular, feminist anthropologists have made important contributions to our understanding of time and gendered labor, particularly in the (neoliberal) workplace. In recent years, however, research on time and gender has largely moved to other disciplines, especially those concerned with questions of work/life balance. We seek to broaden existing anthropological inquiry to ask: how is time gendered? What does a feminist anthropological lens bring to the study of time? We invite papers that combine theory and ethnography to think critically about different scales and regimes of time, such as daily routines, bureaucratic time, lifecourse time, historical time, and other, perhaps conflicting temporalities. What are gendered experiences of different forms of time? How does gender, broadly considered, structure the ontology of time? How might time and conflicts around forms of time be constitutive of gendered subjects? How are masculinities and femininities produced through experiences of time? 

Please send paper abstracts to Elise Andaya (eandaya@albany.edu) or Rachel Fleming (rachel.fleming@colorado.edu) by March 20, 2016.



Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference

Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference

Hosted by New York University

April 1-2, 2016 

For more information, please visit the Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color Conference website.


Call for Writers: Musa - a multilingual publication project

La Casita Cultural Center welcomes original poetry and prose to be included in its first edition of Musa, a multilingual publication project.This new collection of works by Syracuse University students, faculty, staff and alumni, will be presented at an open mic and book release event. 


EVENT DATE: APRIL 9, 2016 @ 8:00PM



This project is part of a campaign to support of La Casita's Bilingual Library and Dual Language Youth Literacy Programs.

Your participation will help support bilingual education at La Casita!


Please send your submission and contact information to lacasita@syr.edu 


- Individual submissions must not exceed 500 words
- If not in English, submissions must include English translation
- Translation service available (English / Spanish) 

- Must include contact information (name, email & phone)

- Submit via email as attachment  

For more information please call 315-443-2151 or email La Casita: lacasita@syr.edu

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.


Council Seeks Assistant Executive Director as Himmelsbach Prepares for Retirement 

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is seeking an Assistant Executive Director with the expressed intent that the chosen candidate will become the Executive Director upon the incumbent’s retirement in 2016. If you or someone you know might be qualified for this exceptional opportunity, please apply by April 1st by sending your cover letter and resume to searchcommittee@wcblind.org.

Click here to view the job posting and qualifications: http://wcblind.org/index.php/who-we-are/employment-opportunities

Loretta Himmelsbach will retire from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired in 2016.   Ms. Himmelsbach has directed the Council for the past six years, culminating a 40 year career in nonprofit leadership.  She leaves a legacy of furthering the Council’s presence within the state, creating a compassionate and cooperative culture, and establishing a strong infrastructure while building governance and accountability.   Chris Richmond, Board President, states, “"Loretta has been an outstanding leader, director, and ambassador for the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired.  Her ability to meet the challenges associated with her role is exceeded only by the positive attitude she brings to her job." 


Join us on Tuesday, April 19th for our “Low Vision Forum: Community Involvement and Business Enterprise Program” presentation. This event will take place at the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County (ADRC) in Green Bay from 10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. For more details, go to http://www.wcblind.org



Cloud Computing Can Assist Workers with Disabilities

ADA Network Webinar on Workplace Accommodations for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities 


Event Date/Time:

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

2:00 PM EDT - 3:30 PM EDT




The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to both physical and psychiatric disabilities; however, the statute as applied to physical disabilities tends to receive more attention. An estimated 61.5 million Americans have experienced a mental health impairment in a given year (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2013). This session will discuss the employment rights of persons with psychiatric disabilities under the ADA with emphasis on workplace accommodations. Topics will include: determining when a person with a psychiatric disability is qualified for a job; common workplace issues involving persons with psychiatric disabilities; and resources for both employers and employees.


Diego Demaya JD, Legal Specialist, Southwest ADA Center at ILRU




Meaningful participation for people with disabilities: a pending challenge for an invisible billion

GENEVA (4 March 2016) – “People with disabilities constitute at least 15 percent of the world population – the equivalent of the entire population of the Americas,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, who presented a report* today at the Human Rights Council on the participation of people with disabilities in public life and decision-making.

“Due to stigma we are mostly invisible, we rarely occupy positions in governments, and we are normally not consulted about policy-making, even when the issue directly affects us,” said Ms. Devandas Aguilar.

The human rights expert recalled that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been ratified by 162 countries, obliges States to consult closely with people with disabilities, recognizing their right to participate in all areas of public decision-making, not just those related to their disabilities.

However, according to the Special Rapporteur this is still a distant dream. “Our voices are simply not heard. Our exclusion is a loss for society as a whole. And it goes against the idea of ‘leaving no one behind’. At this rate we won`t meet the new Sustainable Development Goals unless people with disabilities are treated differently,” she warned.

In her report, Ms. Devandas Aguilar urges all governments to engage in direct consultation with organizations of people with disabilities, rather than only those that advocate on their behalf. “States must prioritize the participation of organizations led and operated by persons with disabilities and support their establishment and functioning,” she explained.

The Special Rapporteur stressed the importance of engaging with groups who need considerable support, such as autistic people and those with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities.

“States must consult everyone and take their views into account; it’s simply not acceptable to exclude some people”, she said. Ms. Devandas Aguilar also raised concerns about the precarious situation of women and girls with disabilities, pointing out that in many places it is still unsafe for them to take part in open consultations. 

(*) Check the Special Rapporteur’s full report (A/HRC/31/62)

The Special Rapporteur also presented her report on the Republic of Moldova (A/HRC/31/62/Add.2) 

Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar (Costa Rica) was designated as the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities in June 2014 by the UN Human Rights Council. Ms. Devandas Aguilar has worked extensively on disability issues at the national, regional and international level with the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, the UN unit responsible for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the World Bank. Her work has focused on the rights of women with disabilities and the rights of indigenous peoples with disabilities. Learn more, log on to: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Disability/SRDisabilities/Pages/SRDisabilitiesIndex.aspx 

The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

Read the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/ConventionRightsPersonsWithDisabilities.aspx 

For more information and media requests, please contact: Ms. Cristina Michels (+41 22 928 9866 / cmichels@ohchr.org) or write to srdisability@ohchr.org

For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts: Xabier Celaya, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+41 22 917 9383 / xcelaya@ohchr.org

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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 




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.



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 3.4.16


DarkMatter Poetry @ Cornell University

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.



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



Disability Cultural Center
105 Hoople Building
805 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244

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

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