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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.



Photographs of "Cripping" the Comic Con and OrangeAbility 2016

Join the Goon Squad!

Ten Tons of Love Needs Volunteers

Duck Race to End Racism - Purchase a Raffle Ticket

SU Graduate History Conference: Is Hegemony Dead?

CFE Defense - Lauren Shallish, May 4, 2016 

Register for Intergroup Dialogue’s Fall 2016 courses

From La Casita Cultural Center

Register for SU's On My Own Time art exhibit

From the LGBT Resource Center

New Accessibility Training and Consulting Now Available from ITS

Maymester and Summer 2016 Courses offered

Course listings for the Fall 2016 semester for the Consortium for Culture and Medicine


It’s On Us: Addressing Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence


Volume 12 Issue 1 of RDS is Now Live!

Early-bird Registration for the AHEAD 2016 Conference & pepnet 2.0 Postsecondary Training

Academic Impressions Webcast: Universal Design - Proactively Addressing Accessibility on Campus

Forum for Inclusive Technology in Higher Education for Learners with Disabilities & Faculty

Latinos with Disabilities

Disability Studies Programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Position available: Acessibility Coordinator in Student Accessibility Services at Ohio University

Special issue of Transformations out: Teaching Disability

First US Caption Studies conference

Disability-related scholarship from Disability Law & Policy e-Newsletter, Vol 13, No. 3

NYS DDPC - State Plan Public Review Survey

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network

Post Doc Positions -  Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of Inequality, University of Denver

Call for Research Participants

Apply for Fulbright Programs 2017-18 to the Middle East and North Africa


DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: April 17-30, 2016

Irish startup wants to be a Google Maps for people with disabilities

Reading Sounds - Closed-Captioned Media and Popular Culturere

Free webinar: Future of Closed Captioning in Higher Education

Gleanings: Free Webinars, Not free conferences, families and the future, interesting articles

Disability.gov Update

Disability Scoop

OCL Annual Meeting June 8 - Save the Date


Photographs of "Cripping" the Comic Con and OrangeAbility 2016

Professional photographs of “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON 2016

Professional photographs (by SU Imaging) of the DCC's 2016 "Cripping" the Comic Con and late night screening of Inside Out (film event hosted by Orange After Dark). Those images selected to be shared via DCC social media will have accompanying image descriptions.   


Professional photographs of ORANGEABILITY 2016

Professional photographs (by SU Imaging) of Orangeability 2016. Those images selected to be shared via DCC social media will have accompanying image descriptions.   




Join the Goon Squad!

Everyone wins when you help with new student move-in. Move into your residence hall early (August 23); help greet new students and families; recruit for your student organization; be part of an SU tradition. Register for the Goon Squad online.



Ten Tons of Love Needs Volunteers

Volunteer for the Annual Ten Tons of Love Charity Drive


Duck Race to End Racism - Purchase a Raffle Ticket

Duck Race to End Racism

Saturday, June 11, 2016

NOON to 4 p.m.

Syracuse Inner Harbor

The 14th Annual Duck Race to End Racism will be held on Saturday, June 11, noon-4 p.m., at the Syracuse Inner Harbor. As the weather turns, Quackers was recently spotted migrating his way up the east coast back to the Inner Harbor. He’s looking forward to June and the Duck Race!

The Duck Race to End Racism is a free family festival that brings together people from all over the community. It features a huge line-up of children’s entertainment, cooperative games, face painting, community information booths and duck races galore. It is a celebration with people of many colors, many different backgrounds, and many different walks of life coming together to demonstrate what the world would look like if racism did not exist. Byrne Dairy provides free ice cream for all attending the event. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each to participate in the general public Community Duck Race, featuring a grand prize of $1,000 shopping spree at the DestiNY USA mall.


You can contact Marissa L. Willingham in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at mlwill07@syr.edu or 315-443-9676

-  OR  -

ONLINE: http://www.interfaithworkscny.org/event/duck-race-to-end-racism/



SU Graduate History Conference: Is Hegemony Dead? 

April 29, 2016

Sponsors: The Graduate School, the GSO, Public Humanities Prof. Harvey Teres, and the Departments of History, Sociology, Religion, and Anthropology

Welcome: 8:30-9:15am Tolley 300 followed by 3 additional sessions in Eggers 151 and Tolley 304

Keynote 2:15-3:15pm “Cultural Hegemony: A History of Unfulfilled Promise” Maxwell 204

Keynote and Public Humanities Lecture: Jackson Lears, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University


Session 1 9:15 — 10:45 Representing America’s Others Eggers 151

Navigating Geopolitical Hegemonies Tolley 304

Session II 11:00 — 12:30 Producing and Reproducing Hegemony in the Classroom Eggers 151

Gendered Voices of Disruption in North and West Africa Tolley 304

Keynote 2:15-3:15pm “Cultural Hegemony: A History of Unfulfilled Promise” Maxwell 204

Session III 3:30 — 5:00 Making Secular Religions Eggers 151

Finding Peace Through Hegemony Tolley 304

Reception 5:00 — 6:15 Maxwell 204



CFE Defense - Lauren Shallish, May 4, 2016 

Lauren Shallish --- CFE – HED defense! 

May 4, 2016  (Wed)

10:00am – 12:00 noon

364 HH, TGR 

Title:  Is disability a diversity Issue?:  Diversity workers and the construction of disability in higher education

Dr. Cathy Engstrom, PhD Dissertation advisor



Register for Intergroup Dialogue’s Fall 2016 courses

Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity, Tuesday, 3:30 – 6:15.

Women’s Dialogue on Race and Gender, Wednesday, 3:45 – 6:30.

Dialogue on Sexuality and Gender, Thursday, 3:30 – 6:15.

Register for Intergroup Dialogue online



From La Casita Cultural Center


is a new campaign in support of La Casita's Bilingual Library throughout the month of April.

La Casita will be hosting special events beginning with the release of two new publications and a dance performance, all part of this month-long campaign.


La Casita's Bilingual Library serves nearly 60 children in its weekly dual language literacy programs. Children's books are always in demand! You can make an easy and affordable donation through our online wish list. Just CLICK HERE.


Looking for an academic internship or volunteer opportunity? La Casita has openings! Opportunities in education, social sciences, non-profit management, museum studies, library sciences, event planning, public relations, advertising, marketing, graphic design, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and more.  

For more information visit our website: lacasita.syr.edu

Tel: 315-443-2151 / Email: lacasita@syr.edu



Register for SU's On My Own Time art exhibit

Each spring, dozens of Syracuse University faculty and staff share their talent and creativity by displaying paintings, photos, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and other creations in the On My Own Time (OMOT) exhibit in the Noble Room at Hendricks Chapel.

Maybe you are one of them, or maybe you’ve thought about sharing something you have made, something unique or interesting or beautiful – maybe all three – with an audience.

Well, now is the time. Syracuse University’s OMOT exhibit is Friday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 18. If you’d like to enter a piece of work– the limit is three – you will find the necessary form, as well as criteria and guidelines for preparing art for exhibit, attached to this email.

Please return the registration form to Jim Reilly jmreill@syr.edu, the University’s OMOT coordinator.

Want to volunteer? If you can help with the show, we need a few hands to check in art on Thursday, April 28, and to set up the show on Friday, April 29.

This is the 43rd year for On My Own Time, a collaboration between CNY Arts and the Everson Museum of Art. Judges from CNY Arts will select a small number of pieces from each worksite exhibit to include in an Everson show this fall.

If you’ve made art, please consider sharing it with the campus community through On My Own Time. We hope to showcase a broad range of work from faculty and staff from all parts of Syracuse University.

Jim Reilly | Director, Communications

Office of Human Resources
Skytop Office Building, Suite 101
t 315.443.4042 f 315.443.1063 e jmreill@syr.edu 



From the LGBT Resource Center:

***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.  

***Movie Night with The OutCrowd Magazine featuring Carol. Friday, April 29th, 7:30 PM. LGBT Resource Center, 750 Ostrom Avenue.   

***The OutCrowd Magazine is coming out! Join us to celebrate, eat, and schmooze at the Launch Party. May 4th, 6 – 8 PM. LGBT Resource Center, 750 Ostrom Avenue. 

***Queer-ious ‘Cuse. Tuesday, May 10th, 6:00 PM. Rescue Mission Food Service Center, 148 Gifford Street. Come discuss the landscape of social services for the LGBTQ community. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, request accommodations, or for more information, please email Junior Morse.

***Central New York Pride presents the Queer Queens of Comedy: Emma Willmann, Poppy Champlin, and Karen Williams. Wednesday, June 8th at 7 PM. Syracuse University Funny Bone at Destiny USA. General admission $25, VIP $40.
For more information, check out Funny Bone's website.

New Accessibility Training and Consulting Now Available from ITS

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, or by emailing accessibleIT@syr.edu.

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          

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)

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)

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.

ITS Accessibility Team

1-205 Center for Science & Technology

t 315.443.2677 e accessibleIT@syr.edu 



Maymester and Summer 2016 Courses offered

Deafness and Disability

DSP/600, class# 71522  M803

Summer Session II: July 5 – August 12, 2015

-online class-

Instructors: Steve J. Singer Ed.M C.A.S Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), Cultural Foundations of Education/Disabilities Studies                                                          

Katherine Vroman, MS Education,  PhD candidate Cultural Foundations of Education / Disability Studies

Course Description:

Deafhood is not “a 'static' medical condition like 'deafness.' Instead, it represents a process - the struggle by each Deaf child, Deaf family and Deaf adult to explain to themselves and each other their own existence in the world. In sharing their lives with each other as a community, and enacting those explanations rather than writing books about them, Deaf people are engaged in a daily praxis, a continuing internal and external dialogue" (Ladd, 2003).

Deafhood confronts the colonization of an identity and language. The course tracks the emergence of Deafhood, juxtaposing it with deafness and disability. As a class, we begin by reviewing the history of Deaf people in America including educational and sociopolitical contexts. We then investigate the Deaf community’s claim as a cultural and linguistic minority rather than deafness as category of disability, excavating the significance and implications of this act. Drawing from Disability Studies Theory and Deaf Studies, the course moves between praxis and theory in order to gain a broader understanding of the emergence of disability cultures through the study of Deaf culture. 

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.


CFE 700: Troubling Silence

May 16th-May 27th, Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm

Dr. Dalia Rodriguez

106 Huntington Hall 

Silence has been conceptualized as antithetical to the liberation of oppressed groups. However, some scholars argue that such interpretations fail to recognize the different forms of and meanings silence take, as well as the ways in which speech acts are lim­ited. Educators have yet to understand the com­plexity behind the issue of silence (Montoya, 2000). We also do not understand how both voice and silence work together to illuminate the experiences of marginalized populations (Boler, 2005).  Rather than thinking about silence in opposition to voice, what if we were to think about silence as voice?  In this course we trouble silence by re-theorizing silence as oppression, resistance, and empowerment.  We will grapple with various questions including, but not limited to: What are the multiple meanings of silence in various educational contexts?  How does white silence function to reproduce racial micro-aggressions in predominantly white classrooms, and how can educators disrupt white silence?  How can we complicate how we think about voice and silence—For example when silence is misrecognized as the silence of the excluded other, rather than the silence being in the ears of the powerful.  When is the demand for the racialized “Other” to speak/remain silent considered empowering?  And when can speaking be considered a “strategy of surveillance and exploitation” (Bhabha 1994), reinsuring the authority of the dominant?  How do we listen for silence, and interpret these silences?  How can educators use silence as a form of pedagogical knowledge? 

We will be reading across disciplines to get at the complexity of silence (Lugones, Sherry Marx, Christine Sleeter, Hommi K. Bhabha, Linda Alcoff, Megan Boler, Audre Lorde, Alison Jones, Sherene Razack, Montoya, Lisa Mazzei, Franz Fanon, de Castell, among others), complicating what silence (and voice) means for the racialized “Other.”​

CRS 347: Mindful Communication Skills

Summer Session 1: May 23- June 30

Mon-Thurs Noon– 1:45pm

123 Sims Hall

Professor Diane Grimes

Activities include:

• Yoga

• Journaling

• Daily meditation

• Sharing mindfulness practices

3 credits

For more information:



AED 400 / 600

Creative Leadership and Social Responsibility

July 5 - July 30

(an online course offering)

 Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr.

This online course addresses ways in which leaders and change agents perceive, make sense of, and affect their social worlds through the lens of creative practices emerging from the visual arts, design, and other creative disciplines. Coursework will explore systems for creative organization and activity, as well as metaphors for communicating leadership influence—two significant methods that leaders throughout society employ to grasp complex issues and prompt sustainable change. Moreover, this course is designed to acquaint and equip students with strategies for a socially responsible approach to creative leadership in diverse areas of teaching, leadership, and management. This course is for students interested in expanding and promoting the role of creative leadership in global society grounded in both theory and practice, and assembles the ideas of a community of arts & design educators as well as thought leaders from multiple creative and entrepreneurial sectors.

Creative leadership requires “complicated conversation”—the genesis of new paradigms for living, working, or doing are best aided by multiple perspectives and vantage points.

Course Title: PPE 700/EDU-700 - Meta-analysis 

The Meta-analysis course for the Maymester is open to registration.

The course is a 700 level that students can use for their masters or PhD program and it is a great opportunity to use the introduction of their research projects, thesis, or dissertation to generate a presentation or publication.

# of credits: 3

Maymester, M-F 8 am -12 pm

Description of the class: In this class, students will learn about the theory and application of meta-analytic techniques for quantitative analysis and review of scientific literature. The conceptual and statistical bases of meta-analysis will be reviewed, selected meta-analysis articles will be critiqued, and basic skills of meta-analysis will be applied. Students will learn how to use statistical software specifically design for meta-analysis. The objective of the course is to provide the student with the skills necessary to be a critical quantitative consumer of existing literature in an area of interest. Each student will independently conduct a meta-analysis in a literature of his or her choice.

Tiago V Barreira | Assistant Professor tvbarrei@syr.edu


Course listings for the Fall 2016 semester for the Consortium for Culture and Medicine

Consortium for Culture and Medicine


A Cooperative Program of Le Moyne College, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University

Fall Courses

August 29 – December 9, 2016

Ethics & the Health Professions

Paul Prescott, PhD

Wednesdays 4:30-7:30 PM                                                

Room: TBD                                             

Upstate Campus

This course examines the origins and the use of ethical theories in the clinical, professional, organizational, and political-economic fields of action in health care. 3 credits

Death and Dying In American Literature

Deirdre Neilen, PhD

Wednesdays 4:15-7:15 PM                                               

Room: TBD                                      

Upstate Campus

This course intends to provoke thoughtful discussion and analysis about how we approach the subject of death and how we actually do or do not prepare ourselves for its actuality. Some controversy surrounding current health care issues is connected to the proposition that physicians should have end of life treatment and goals.  What do people mean when they say, “do everything”? What do physicians mean when they say “treatment would be futile”? What does it mean to be a health care proxy? We will explore these and other questions through our analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, memoir and film. 3 credits

Public Health Ethics

Sandra Lane, PhD, MPH

Mondays 5:15- 8:00 PM                                                      

Room 104 Falk Bldg.                            

SU Campus                         

This course addresses ethical issues in public health.  Public health ethics is a new area of scholarship practice that addresses population-level health issues, such as issues food stamps and health insurance, immunizations, public health research, legal and policy responses to infectious diseases and epidemics, and the role of religious and social values in setting health policy.  3 credits

CCM courses are open to upper division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty from the cooperating institutions, UUP members at Upstate, and members of the public who hold Bachelor’s Degrees.  For members of the public, permission of the instructor is required. 


Le Moyne students:  WebAdvisor    

Syracuse University students: My Slice

SUNY Upstate Medical University students: MyUpstate                           

Members of the public can register through any of the three institutions.



It’s On Us: Addressing Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence




Volume 12 Issue 1 of RDS is Now Live!

The latest issue of RDS is out! You won't want to miss this edition featuring research articles on the built environment and disability studies in education, as well as a film review of the film Becoming Bulletproof. Become a subscriber today - subscriptions start at just $25.00. 

The Review of Disability Studies – Vol. 12, Num. 1 (2016) now online

To visit our website featuring the latest issue click here: http://www.rds.hawaii.edu/

Check out our blog featuring an editorial by Associate Editor for Research Tim Lillie reflecting on the future of disability studies click here: http://rdsinternationaljournal.blogspot.com/

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Early-bird Registration for the AHEAD 2016 Conference & pepnet 2.0 Postsecondary Training

Toward Equity & Access: Illuminating the Pathways AHEAD

Early-bird Registration for the AHEAD 2016 Conference & pepnet 2.0 Postsecondary Training is available until May 31, 2016. 

Take advantage of these discount rates while you can! 

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 AHEAD Conference in conjunction with the pepnet 2 Postsecondary Training Institute(PTI)! 

Join us July 11-16 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana!

This year will be full of new information regarding disability resources and services' best practices, legal updates, plenty of time to interact with colleagues from around the globe, and access to the wonderful city of Indianapolis and all it has to offer. In addition to Preconference, Concurrent, Lunch & Learn, and Poster Sessions, we're featuring a Mini-Conference on Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education. Our colleagues at Think College assisted in the development of this Mini-Conference. Find full details on the Conference website.

Questions? Feel free to contact Howard Kramer at hkramer@ahead.org

Schedule & Program
Monday, July 11, 2016 9:00 AM - Saturday, July 16, 2016 11:00 AM
US Eastern Time

JW Marriott
10 S West Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, USA

More Information

View Event Summary
View Event Agenda
View Event Fees

Early Registration Deadline
May 31, 2016



Academic Impressions Webcast: Universal Design - Proactively Addressing Accessibility on Campus

Universal Design: Proactively Addressing Accessibility on Campus

June 22, 2016 | 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT

Move beyond reacting to accessibility issues on campus.

Learn how you can create a truly inclusive learning environment by applying universal design concepts. You will leave this training better prepared to design learning experiences that allow all students to achieve academic success regardless of their abilities.

To make this webcast accessible, we will offer captioning and transcript services. We will also distribute all materials in a format compatible with screen readers. Should you need any additional accommodations to participate, please contact Bridget Dattilo at bridget@academicimpressions.com.

Get More Event Information


Forum for Inclusive Technology in Higher Education for Learners with Disabilities & Faculty

Mobile Enabling Solutions, Trends in Accessibility for Business & Government, Innovation Across the Spectrum

The 5th edition of the annual M-Enabling Summit Series, scheduled to be held on June 13-14, Washington, DC, will include an unprecedented array of innovations with the participation of corporations, government agencies, academic institutions, IT vendors, and professionals supporting seniors and persons with disabilities from around the world.
Early bird discount is on till April 30: Register today!

With its focus on "Accessible Technologies and Environments for All" the 2016 M-Enabling Summit Conference & Showcase will highlight the latest empowering mobile technologies, NextGen innovations and breakthroughs for seniors and persons with disabilities. 

Institutions of Higher Education all over the world are at the forefront of innovation and of addressing the challenges of implementing inclusive environments for faculty and students. The M-Enabling Summit is proud to launch the Inclusive Higher Education Forum as a day-long track for attendees on June 14.

Opening Remarks

  • Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division (CI/KDS), Communication and Information Sector (CI), UNESCO
  • Christopher M. Lee, Ph.D., Executive Director, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict

Other sessions in the forum: 

  • New Tech Enablers for Accessible Learning Tools
  • Innovative Paths for Accessible Contents in Higher Education
  • Roadmap towards Equal Access in Higher Education

Global Status of Inclusive Technology in Higher Education, Compliance and Good Practice  

This June 14 session will include a presentation and discussion among academic leaders of the results of an AMAC – G3ict global survey of the current state of advancement and practices of institutions of higher education in building an accessible digital environment on campus and for life-long and distance learning and which gaps present the most opportunities for all stakeholders.
Session Chair: Amy Goldman
Co-Director and Associate Professor, Institute on Disabilities, Temple University

  • Joy Kniskern, Strategic Initiatives, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Zerrin Ondin, Research Analyst, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Licia Sbattella, Ph.D., Associate  Professor of Accessibility/Natural Language Processing and President's Delegate for Disability, Politecnico di Milano (G3ict Education Task Force Chair)
  • Alireza Darvishy, Ph.D., Head of the ICT Accessibility Lab, Zurich University for Applied Sciences 
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Browse through the detailed agenda: m-enabling.com/agenda.html.

M-Enabling Smart Living Contest  

Are you a person with a disability or a senior citizen? Do you rely on mobile apps and services every day for work, education, navigation, entertainment, banking, travel, and other tasks? We have a special contest just for you: The 2016 M-Enabling Summit Smart Living Contest!
Send us a screenshot or picture of the app that makes your life accessible. Two free passes to the conference are up for grabs! 
Contest runs from March 1-April 30. Visit: m-enabling.com/smarterlivingcontest.html



Latinos with Disabilities

A group in Chicago is building a national coalition of individuals/organizations dedicated to empowering/serving Latinos with Disabilities. They are planning a May conference in Chicago, but the website has links to join their  contact list for future news/events regarding the newly formed coalition.


Mailing List: http://latinxdisabilityconference.weebly.com/join-mailing-list.html



Disability Studies Programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies 

The disability studies programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) have been recognized by The New York Times as being among the top three in the country, and are the first of their kind in the nation. Developed by expert practitioners and leaders in the disability industry, their programs offer an avenue for you to develop new skills, deepen your understanding of disability, and earn valuable credentials that can lead to career advancement. 

At CUNY SPS, you will learn how to assume greater responsibility and leadership as a service provider, advocate, researcher, or policy maker through convenient courses offered online and on campus at their mid-town New York City location. Additionally, the School's affordable tuition rates make access to education even easier. 

They offer programs suited for students of all academic levels, including:

Visit our YouTube channel to hear Academic Director Mariette Bates speak about the disabilities studies faculty, the field, and our current students. 

CUNY SPS is happy to answer any questions that you may have about these programs. You can contact them at information@sps.cuny.edu or 212.652.CUNY.

Position available: Acessibility Coordinator in Student Accessibility Services at Ohio University

Accessibility Coordinator in Student Accessibility Services at Ohio University. The position is in our Athens office and serves as the primary point person for an assigned caseload of students. This includes review of documentation, determination of reasonable accommodations, conducting intake appointments, coordinating accommodations, coaching and advocacy. Other areas of responsibility will include outreach to prospective students and families as well as the coordination of assistive technology. Minimum qualifications are a masters degree in counseling, special education, college student personnel, vocational rehabilitation or a closely related area with 1-2 years experience.

Those interested must apply online no later than April 24: 


Special issue of Transformations out: Teaching Disability

Special issue of Transformations out: Teaching Disability

Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, a journal that invites college teachers to take pedagogy seriously as a topic of scholarly writing, is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue, Teaching Disability.  This issue explores how teachers and scholars engage with disability in the classroom, whether their own disabilities or their students’, and as larger cultural and political questions. Sarah Chinn joins editors Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey as Guest Editor for the issue.

  • When his ASL interpreters seem to drive a wedge between Joseph Michael Valente and his international students, Valente works through solutions, as he embraces his Deaf identity.
  • What does it mean to embody disability in the classroom? Ellen Samuels discusses how she connects Disability Studies with feminist pedagogy in a Teacher’s Talk with Sarah Chinn.
  • Bryan Villa brings his experience as a wheelchair user to design a booklet with the deceptively simple title, “Assisting a Person in a Wheelchair.”
  • “The ADD Generation,” a term that has been used to derogate millennials, leads Sarah Senk to develop a pedagogy of deliberation and delay.
  •  Seven shorter Methods and Texts pieces each take up a specific course or teaching suggestion.

If you're in disability studies, literature, anthropology, education studies, women's and gender studies, or experiential learning, you will especially want to read this issue.

Individual copies of this issue are $10 - quantities are limited. Visit our website (below) for subscription information. You can also find this issue on JSTOR and EBSCO. Past issues, available via JSTOR and in paper form for $10 from Transformations, include Teaching and Religion, Teaching Food, Teaching Popular Culture (double issue, $20), Teaching Under Attack, Teaching Sex, Teaching Digital Media.

Forthcoming issues include: 25th Anniversary Issue, Teaching Community, and Teaching Creativity

Contact:  Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey, Editors

New Jersey City University /Academic Affairs, Hepburn Hall, 309

2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Tel: (201) 200-3071  ·  Fax: (201) 200-3051  ·  Email: transformations@njcu.edu

Website: http://www.psupress.org/journals/jnls_Transformations.html



First US Caption Studies conference

The first US Caption Studies conference takes place August 1-2, 2016 at Western Oregon University, this conference will feature speakers and panels presenting on an array of different caption-related topics—from closed-captioning to captioning research to CART to a caption user focus group. The three strands emphasized at the conference are advocacy, practice, and academic/research. The keynote is Dr. Sean Zdenek, long-time closed caption and accessibility researcher whose book, Reading Sounds, was recently released to much support and acclaim. For more information go to: https://www.wou.edu/wp/zobelg2/caption-studies-conference/



Disability-related scholarship from Disability Law & Policy e-Newsletter, Vol 13, No. 3

Deadline: May 26: Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation Scholarship, open to Any US citizen or permanent resident with significant bilateral hearing loss who is currently or becoming a college  undergraduate. Note: with appropriate conditions, scholarship may continue throughout college. http://www.ltzfoundation.org/scholarships.php



NYS DDPC - State Plan Public Review Survey

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC) has worked over the last year to draft our next 5-year State Plan. Based on data and input from over 1,000 diverse New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family members, staff, service providers, and others, we have developed our proposed 2017- 2021 NYS DDPC State Plan.
We are now asking the public to review our recommended plan and provide final comments via the below survey links. We would greatly appreciate your input.
The survey should take about 5-10 minutes of your time and will be open until May 31, 2016.
Thank you for your participation and please feel free to circulate the survey to others.
English Survey Link:
Spanish Survey Link:
Simplified Chinese Survey Link:
Traditional Chinese Survey Link:



CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network

The Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network (IPWDGN) is a network of indigenous persons with disabilities that was founded in May 2013 in order to promote the rights of indigenous persons with disabilities, reach out to new communities and engage with international and regional human rights and development processes. The IPWDGN is guided by the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP). 

The IPWDGN is hiring two Regional Coordinators to support the work of the Network in Asia and Latin America for the period 16 May – 16 December 2016. 

Please find the Terms of Reference for the Regional Coordinator (Asia) and Regional Coordinator (Latin America) attached in both MS Word and PDF formats. 

Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter to regionalcoordinator@ida-secretariat.org with "Application: IPWDGN Regional Coordinator" and please specify "Asia" OR "Latin America” in the subject line, by Friday 6 May 2016.  

Indigenous persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

View attachments on the web



Post Doc Positions -  Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of Inequality, University of Denver 

There are five post doc positions (3 posted already, 2 being posted by the end of the week) open at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of Inequality at the University of Denver.  The start date is September 1, 2016.  




Call for Research Participants

April Trotman, a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Rhode Island, is conducting a dissertation study on relationships and power dynamics. April is seeking women who have experienced domestic violence in a previous same sex relationship to participate. Domestic violence includes verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual acts that a partner uses to hurt, control, or manipulate another partner. This research aims to understand the forms and patterns of abuse that occur in the LGBTQ community to better inform assessment and treatment. Participation includes a brief online screen and then a 45-60 minute phone interview. Participants are eligible to win an Amazon Kindle Fire. For more information, check out the online survey.



Apply for Fulbright Programs 2017-18 to the Middle East and North Africa

Fulbright Scholar awards to the Middle East and North Africa are available in all disciplines, and open to scholars at many career levels.

Awards this year include, but are not limited to:

  • Algeria – Multiple Disciplines Award
  • Bahrain – Educational Administration and Teacher Education Award
  • Egypt – Visual and Performing Arts Award
  • Israel – Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
  • Jordan – Public Policy and International Relations Award
  • Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Award (to research in two or more countries)
  • Morocco – All Disciplines Award
  • Palestinian Territories (West Bank only) – All Disciplines Award
  • Qatar – International Relations Award
  • Saudi Arabia – All Disciplines Award
  • Tunisia – Engineering Award
  • United Arab Emirates – All Disciplines Awards

Our Application Guidelines provide helpful tips and we also encourage all applicants to reach out to us for assistance throughout the application process. Contact information is listed with each specific award, and you can also reach our team at middleeastnorthafrica@iie.org with any questions.


DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: April 17-30, 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 April 17-30, 2016



Irish startup wants to be a Google Maps for people with disabilities 


Reading Sounds - Closed-Captioned Media and Popular Culture


Free webinar: Future of Closed Captioning in Higher Education

May 12, 2016

11:00am to 12:00pm

Stanford Online Accessibility Program invites you to register for the free webinar The Future of Closed Captioning in Higher Education

In this webinar, Sean Zdenek, author of the book Reading Sounds: Closed Captioned Media and Popular Culture and an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University, will answer exactly that question.



Gleanings: Free Webinars, Not free conferences, families and the future, interesting articles 

Free Webinars, Not free conferences, families and the future, interesting articles

Gleanings is a new bi-weekly (or so) resource, available as a free subscription from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Religion and Spirituality Division, and edited by the Rev. Bill Gaventa. To subscribe go to http://www.aaiddreligion.org/newsletter It includes annotated links to blogs, videos, books, articles, and conferences on disability issues touching on politics, theology, faith, culture, science, and more. Contributions welcome. Email: bill.gaventa@gmail.com.


Guide to Accessible Publishing Now Available!

AHEAD would like to bring to your attention a recent publication by the Book Industry Study Group titled "BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing." This guide was created as a resource for Publishers and other "content creators" on how to produce accessible content. While we recognize that most of our members are not Publishers, you may find the information useful. We also know that there are many people on your campus who do create content or instructional materials. This guide addresses why and how to create, distribute, and display accessible digital content. It includes many practical strategies for creating accessible content, including coding samples which cover most of the cases that are commonly "problems" in code and can be used not only in document creation but in other web cases as well.

This is a resource you can share with others on your campus who create content or design for the web. If you are interested, use this link to download the Guide https://www.bisg.org/publications/bisg-quick-start-guide-accessible-publishing




Disability.gov Update

Disability.Blog: The Disabled Parenting Project: An Online Community by and for Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities by Guest Blogger Robyn Powell, Team Leader, Disabled Parenting Project

Disability.Blog: Accessible Workplace Technology: Signed, Sealed, Delivered - This blog was cross-posted from the U.S. Department of Labor’s blog.

Disability.Blog: The Power of “Side by Side” by Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living. This blog has been cross-posted from the Administration for Community Living’s blog.

Disability.Blog: What is an Invisible Disability? by Guest Blogger Wayne Connell, Founder, Invisible Disabilities Association

Disability.Blog: The Foundation for Inclusion: The Interactive Process by Guest Blogger Lou Orslene, Co-director, Job Accommodation Network (JAN)


Disability Scoop

OCL Annual Meeting June 8 - Save the Date

Onondaga Citizens League, Annual Meeting Luncheon, June 8, 2016, 12:00 – 1:30pm (check-in 11:30am)

Join us at the beautifully restored Hotel Syracuse (now the Marriott Syracuse Downtown) for our annual meeting. Our keynote speaker, Sean Kershaw, executive director of the Citizens League in St. Paul, MN, will share his insights and experiences on enacting change, creating policy public, and solving problems for the common good in and across all institutions.

Click here if you don't see our announcement below.


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