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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.




SIGN UP FOR ORANGEABILITY 2016 on Saturday April 16, 2016!!

Wheelchair Basketball @SU on April 9th!



This Week at the Humanities Center

Conversation on Mental Health, Marginalization, and Oppression

Think Inclusively: Diversity in the Workplace 

It Takes A Village…

CFE Defense - Lauren Shallish, May 4, 2016 

Senior Workshops

Travesti Rage: Political Articulation of Argentina’s Sexual Dissidence Movements

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

From La Casita Cultural Center

The New Politics of Race on Campus

From the LGBT Resource Center


CFAC's Annual Jazz and Wine

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


Symposium speaker address diversity and inclusion on university campuses

It’s On Us Week of Action Includes Visit by White House Advisor on Violence Against Women

Syracuse University continues work on accessibility, but some say more needs to be done | The Daily Orange – The Independent Student Newspaper of Syracuse, New York

InclusiveU director helps rethink Syracuse University academics | The Daily Orange – The Independent Student Newspaper of Syracuse, New York


"Access the World" Scholarships Available

Conference 2016: AHEAD & pepnet 2 Co-Convene in July!

Community Integration at the 16th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference

CFP - Autism and the Arts: Supporting Students in a Post-Secondary Studio Environments

2016 USC UCEDD Webinar Series: The Rules of Sex for People With Developmental Disabilities

Disability Studies Programs at the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Future Professoriate Program conference CFP extended, other opportunities

CFP: 4th Annual International Conference on Advances in Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCS) 2016 

CFP: AAA Meetings, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20, 2016

28th Annual Developmental Disabilities Day Workshop and Conference

Youth with Disabilities Survey

Seeking international disabled students for #Access2USA campaign

CFP: Inaugural BGSA Celebration of Scholarship Conference

Three disability-related scholarships from Disability Law & Policy e-Newsletter, Vol 13, No. 3

The Kenneth W. Payne Prize for outstanding anthropological scholarship by a student on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered topic

Teaching Media Quarterly: “Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Media, Race, and Social Movements” now online

Class Interview Project

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


DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: March 27-April 2, 2016

PAID - Actors/Actresses Needed for April 23-24th Shoot in Syracuse, NY

Artists with Disabilities Access Program

The ADA Café Recording is Now Available!

An FAQ on disability and higher education in Spanish and English

ADA Center April webinars on digital accessibility

"Rethinking Home: A Powerful Look at Return Migration via Film"

Guide to Accessible Publishing Now Available!

UBER Accessibility

Court Delivers Judgment in a Landmark Disability Case

Access-Able's List of Magazines

What you see is not what you get: life as a female autistic - Standard Issue

New issue of GLEANINGS

Disability.gov Update

Disability Scoop

PING CHONG AND COMPANY Summer Training Institute and upcoming Beyond Sacred performances

ACR Health’s 2016 walk/run events

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



Commemorative Lecture with Christine Ha 

Celebrating Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

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. 




SIGN UP FOR ORANGEABILITY 2016 on Saturday April 16, 2016!!


Hello All, 

My name is Jordan Feldman and I am the Vice President of the Disability Student Union (DSU) at Syracuse University.  I wanted to you all know about our upcoming event, OrangeAbility 2016!  We are happy to put on this event in conjunction with Move Along Incorporated and the Syracuse University DCC. 

OrangeAbility is an accessible, adaptive, and inclusive sports exposition held on the Syracuse University campus.  On Saturday, April 16 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Syracuse University Women's Building, you will have the opportunity to learn about and participate in wheelchair basketball, power soccer, sled hockey, and more! 

If you would like to come to this event please follow this link to sign-up: http://orangeability.syr.edu/ by clicking the underlined "Sign Up" icon in the middle of the page.  You can sign up as a team or as an individual.  If you work or volunteer for an organization that would like to table at OrangeAbility 2016, please sign up by using the same form. 

If you have any requests for accommodations, questions, comments, concerns, etc. regarding this event, please email orangeability@gmail.com.  ASL interpreting will be provided. We look forward to seeing at the event!  Thank you very much for your time! 





Wheelchair Basketball @SU on April 9th!

It is time to come and join the Blended Wheelchair Basketball initiative on SU Campus again!

Join Move Along an inclusive adaptive sports organization (www.movealonginc.org)‚ the Syracuse VA and students & staff from Syracuse University and other community members in a fun and energetic game of wheelchair basketball.  This program offers its participants an opportunity to have fun while keeping fit and learning to play wheelchair basketball.  No experience required except a desire to participate and socialize playing wheelchair basketball.  Each year our team plays other NY state teams at the State Fair and you can have an opportunity to act as peer mentor for our youth rebound wheelchair basketball program.  If there is interest this team can travel to play other NY State wheelchair basketball teams.

This program is for ages eighteen and up. Specialized basketball wheelchairs are provided but limited. Participants may need to rotate in and out throughout the practice to allow everyone a chance to enjoy this great physical activity. 

The activity will take place on the campus of Syracuse University!

Cost:  Free entry and participation with a SU ID card.

$5 per session for community members. 

A team jersey will be developed and available at cost for interested individuals

Times:  9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturdays: April 9 and 30

Season: January 23rd thru April 30th, 2016

For more information please contact Jeff Wright of Move Along jeff_wright@movealonginc.org or the SUDCC sudcc@syr.edu.




Community, Food, Access

Co-facilitated by Melda Rodriguez (Brainfeeders) and Christy Kalebic (Disability Student Union)

Date: Friday, April 15th 

Time: 11:30AM-1:00PM

Location: Hoople 106

Inclusive (gluten-free and Kosher) food and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.  For any questions re: accommodations, please contact sudcc@syr.edu by 4/8/16. 

Sponsors: Disability Cultural Center, Disability Student Union, Brainfeeders, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Food Studies Program, and Lisa Thomas in Health Services 

This event is made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.

A Place at the Table

Food is an incredibly important part of many cultures around the world. In what ways do cultures shape our relationships with food? What happens when dietary restrictions, allergies, disabilities, ethics, values, principals, religion, and preferences collide with the cultural norms about food and eating? This ongoing luncheon series will explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. In other words, everyone has a place at the table. 




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.   


Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations: Disability As Part of the Story

Monday, 4/18/16, 6 to 8 p.m., Watson Theater

Poetry reading with Ona Gritz and Dan Simpson, followed by a reception and book signing.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided during entire event.  CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) provided during reading.

For other accommodation requests, or if you have any questions, please contact sudcc@syr.edu by 4/11/16.

This event was made possible by the Cocurricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs.  Cosponsored by the Disability Cultural Center and the Renee Crown University Honors Program. 

Common and Diverse Ground: Raising Consciousnesses by Acknowledging the “Hidden” Things that Divide Us

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series

Stress and Wellness: What is “Mental Health”?

Wednesday, 4/27/16

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Central to our identity at Hendricks Chapel is our belief in the power of encouraging peaceful discourse across difference. In a nation and world of increasing polarization and conflict, we believe it is essential for us to facilitate and model peaceful discourse for our students. Our interfaith dialogue dinner series seeks to embody this commitment. Exploring the intersections of spirituality, secularism, and timely issues of our day, each interfaith dialogue dinner will encourage intentional dialogue across difference. It is our hope that by gathering together on common ground over a shared meal, we can create a vibrant environment of peaceful and life-giving conversation around important and potentially divisive issues.

Each two hour gathering will include a shared meal, facilitated dialogue, and a time of mindful meditation.  Sessions will be co-facilitated by chaplains, staff, and students.

This series is cosponsored by Hendricks Chapel, the Disability Cultural Center (DCC), the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the LGBT Resource Center, and the Slutzker Center, is made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and inclusive food will be provided. Requests for accommodations or food queries should be made by 4/20/16 by contacting cpreunin@syr.edu.

Lectures Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Disability Law and Policy Program

(Co-sponsored by the DCC, among many others!)

Questions? Email Prof. Arlene Kanter: Kantera@law.syr.edu or Chris Ramsdell: ceramsde@law.syr.edu

April 12: Professor Sagit Mor,  5-6:30. Collaboratory. "From misfortune to injustice: Disability, Torts and Inequality."

Her bio: http://weblaw.haifa.ac.il/en/pages/home.aspx

April 18: Sue Swenson, Deputy Asst. Sec'y, Special Education, US Dept of Ed, 5-6:30. Collaboratory. "Making progress toward inclusion in education."

Her bio:http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/swenson-bio.html



This Week at the Humanities Center

Friday, April 8

"The Pitfalls and Promises of Translation (a workshop conducted in Spanish)

9:00 a.m. – Noon, Tolley 304Registration closed; this session has filled to capacity.

Registered participants will gain insight into the process of professional translation from English to Spanish through close textual readings from Elizabeth Smart’s By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, translated by Laura Freixas.

And, it's not too soon to Jumpstart Your Summer Research and Gain an Edge for Pursuing Fellowships and Funding.  As the semester winds down, consider attending one of our faculty workshops or set up an individual consultation with Humanities fellowship advisor Alan Rutenberg (University of Tennessee), visiting SU May 4 - 6 (see attached flier).  Note that the deadline is April 15 to set up an individual appointment with Mr. Rutenberg. Inquire at humcenter@syr.edu.



Conversation on Mental Health, Marginalization, and Oppression 

Join us for “A Conversation on Mental Health, Marginalization, and Oppression” to be held on Tuesday, April 12, 9-11 AM, in Shemin Auditorium (which is located in the Shaffer Art Building). 

Our intent in hosting this gathering is to share with the community some information regarding the impact of marginalization and oppression on mental health, provide a general overview of the Counseling Center services,  lead a conversation around barriers that individuals from traditionally marginalized identities may face in accessing mental health services, share with the community ways in which the Counseling Center is attempting to address these barriers, and as a community begin a conversation about ways in which we can better support the mental health needs of students from traditionally marginalized identities.   

CART services will be provided. 

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to me at cwallack@syr.edu, as we would like to have a general estimate of the number of people who will be joining us. 



Think Inclusively: Diversity in the Workplace 

Tuesday, April 12th, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center.

Engage and connect with employers in round table discussions Explore ideas for creating safe spaces and expressing identity at work.

To register, please email Ryan Smith.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.



It Takes A Village…

Good Afternoon!

My name is Kanisha Ffriend and I am the Vice-President of the Theta Tau chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. on campus. I am reaching out to you to inform you about our   biggest community event this semester: It Takes a Village... ( our community baby shower )

 Sigma Gamma Rho aims to improve the quality of life in the community by providing access to leadership development and education though public service through impacting the community civically, economically and educationally. 

On April 19th, we have high hopes to provide two expectant teen mothers  (ages 18 and 19) who are also homeless with a baby shower with your support. We humbly ask your department to donate $20 or individually donate toward our mission through www.gofundme.com/ttbabyshower . These young mothers have fought hard battles to be where they are and do not have strong biological family support. The young ladies of the Theta Tau chapter seeks funding to provide an unforgettable experience of community love. 



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



Senior Workshops

Graduating is right around the corner! Use this time to build and polish your job hunting skills. All workshops held in Hall of Languages 202 at 4 PM.

April 11th: Creating a Resume.

April 18th: Effective Interviewing.

April 25th: Conducting a Job Search.

For more information, please email Tracy Tillapaugh.



Travesti Rage: Political Articulation of Argentina’s Sexual Dissidence Movements

The Latino-Latin American Studies Program at Syracuse University presents:

with co-sponsorship by: Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program; and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. 

April 11, 12:30 – 2:00 PM -Sims Hall 319 (Refreshments will be served) 

Travesti Rage: Political Articulation of Argentina’s Sexual Dissidence Movements

A Public Lecture by Dr. Carlos Fígari

Professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Researcher, CONICET (Argentina’s National Council of Scientific and Technological Research)

Associate Researcher, RELAM (Réseau d’études latino-américain de Montréal) 

Dr. Fígari’s teaching and research focus on sexual politics, queer and trans theory, and critical epistemologies. He has written or co-authored several books including La construcción de la sexualidad. Políticas y regulaciones sexuales en la Argentina (2012); Eróticas de la disidencia en América Latina (2009); Prazeres dissidentes (2009); and @s outr@s cariocas: interpelações, experiências e identidades homoeróticas no Rio de Janeiro (2007). 

This lecture offers a brief survey of the context of emergence for the experiences and identities of transsexual people in Argentina. The specific processes of that emergence rely on political actions and ideological frames related to different historical moments. Characterized by different modes of entry into the public sphere, and complex modes of visibility, they highlight both integration and marginalization with respect to the state. Several theoretical traditions, including queer and trans theory, play decisive roles in such processes, but the particularity of these dynamics in the Southern Cone contributes not only to developing but also challenging these theories.



Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

The annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration officially began on Thursday, March 31, in the Schine Student Center Atrium. 

Events continue throughout the month, including a talk with former US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and MSNBC and NBC News Anchor Richard Lui; the commemorative lecture with Christine Ha, first blind contestant and season three winner of MasterChef; and the book club discussion of Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” 

The month also includes workshops, a documentary film screening, and performances. 

The full calendar will be available on the Office of Multicultural Affairs website and hard copies are available in OMA (105 Schine).  For questions, contact Huey Hsiao

Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs Presents: 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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. 


The Sikh Coalition 

Fighting Bias and Microaggressions on Campus: Workshop with Harjot Kaur, Sikh Coalition  

Followed by unveiling of the Anti‐Asian Hate Crime Exhibit 

Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 5:00pm Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Bird 114) 

The workshop will discuss bullying and microaggressions affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander students. It aims to define bias‐based discrimination and microaggressions; clarify relevant policy and law; identify the roots and effects of these issues; share experiences of students with microaggressions; and recognize opportunities for action. The Anti‐Asian Hate Crime Exhibit is an exhibit that remembers the Denny’s incident that occurred 19 years ago in Syracuse, in hopes of remembrance and promoting awareness within the wider SU community. 

Harjot Kaur is the community development manager with The Sikh Coalition. She currently leads the Sikh Coalition’s youth leadership development program, the Junior Sikh Coalition. The Sikh Coalition is a community‐based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. 

This event is made possible by Co‐Curricular Fee funding and is co‐sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and South Asia Center. 

Questions? Contact Huey Hsiao, huhsiao@syr.edu. 


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.

Upcoming events:

A Night of Expression

APRIL 8, 2016 @ 7:00PM



Enrichment through the art of DANCE!

A special performance by Syracuse University's RAICES DANCE TROUPE with guest dancers from the local community including LA CASITA'S DANZA TROUPE.   


Proceeds from this event will go to support La Casita Cultural Center's Bilingual Library.

Multilingual Open Mic & Book Release

APRIL 9, 2016 @ 8:00PM



Celebrating the release of MUSA, a multilingual publication of original work by Syracuse University students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Come and enjoy a GREAT night of spoken word and music.


Co-hosted with Syracuse University's Residence Hall Association.  


These events are all part of the DIVERSITY IN READING 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!

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


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



The New Politics of Race on Campus

Thursday, April 7

3:30-5:00 pm

Hall of Languages 500 

The nationwide resurgence of explicitly race-based activism on college campuses recalls the heyday of Black Power. Yet student demographics and the landscape of racial identity in America have undergone profound changes since the 1960s. What is the meaning of the current racial unrest, and how—if at all—will it change higher education? Featured speaker Prof. Stefan Bradley will examine today’s protest movement in historical context, and consider the possible futures of race relations on college campuses.

Speaker: Dr. Stefan Bradley is Associate Professor of History at Saint Louis University and the author of Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s. His article “Black Activism on Campus” appeared in the New York Times on February 1, 2016.

Respondent: Dr. Belisa Gonzalez is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College, whose president recently resigned following racial protests on campus.

Refreshments provided. Click here to register.



From the LGBT Resource Center:

***Free tickets are now available for the LGBT Resource Center’s 14th Annual Rainbow Banquet.

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

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center.

Get your ticket at the Schine Box Office before they’re gone!

***Complete the Graduating Student Survey!

If you are graduating in 2016, please complete the graduating student survey! This will allow you to have your name printed in the program, to be recognized onstage, to receive a rainbow cord, to sign up to be in the grad video, and/or to sign up to be this year’s student keynote speaker.

***Taco Tuesday @ Café Q. April 12th, 2016. 6 – 8 PM. LGBT Resource Center, 750 Ostrom Avenue.

***Register for QSX 111: Queer Histories, Communities, Politics

Monday and Wednesday, 2:15 – 3:35 PM
Dr. Robin Riley

What does it mean to be LGBT in an age of gay marriage? Is anyone still having sex? What would #BlackLivesMatter transgender activists have to say to Caitlyn Jenner? Will thinking about a shared history help us? Can we imagine a future? If these questions are interesting to you, consider registering for QSX 111 today! 

Reel Queer Film Festival

April 15 – 17. Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Hall, Syracuse University.

Friday, April 15th: Sins Invalid @ 7 PM, kickoff reception @ 8 PM, Kumu Hina @ 8:40 PM.

Saturday, April 16th: Out In The Night @ 3 PM, Lunch @ 4:30 PM, In The Turn @ 6 PM.

Sunday, April 17th: While You Weren’t Looking @ 1 PM, Naz and Maalik @ 3 PM, closing reception @ 5 PM.

For more information, check out the Reel Queer Film Festival website.

***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.  




Written and performed by U.S. ARMY, ’86-’93, MEDIC & INFANTRY OFFICER STEPHAN WOLFERT

With material by William Shakespeare

Directed by Eric Tucker


4:00 P.M.


(820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY)

FREE Admission

Tickets are available at Syracuse University Box Office and Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

For more information, please contact James Clark at jaclark@syr.edu

Sponsored by The College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Drama, and Office of Veteran and Military Affairs.


CFAC's Annual Jazz and Wine 

Community Folk Art Center presents:

Jazz and wine

Grammy Award-Winning Ben Williams

April 22, 2016


805 E. Genesee Street | 315.442.2230 | cfac@syr.edu | 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, 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)

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)

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.

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 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.



Symposium speaker address diversity and inclusion on university campuses

It’s On Us Week of Action Includes Visit by White House Advisor on Violence Against Women





Syracuse University continues work on accessibility, but some say more needs to be done | The Daily Orange – The Independent Student Newspaper of Syracuse, New York






InclusiveU director helps rethink Syracuse University academics | The Daily Orange – The Independent Student Newspaper of Syracuse, New York




"Access the World" Scholarships Available

"Access the World" Scholarships Available

In partnership with MIUSA and in honor of the ADA, the study abroad organization CIEE pledged to provide 25 "Access the World" scholarships for U.S. college students with disabilities to study abroad. Now, only 5 out of the 25 scholarships remain! U.S. undergraduate students with diverse disabilities may apply for select CIEE programs in summer 2016.
Previous "Access the World" scholarship recipients studied abroad in countries as diverse as Morocco, Jordan, and Czech Republic and have described benefitting academically and personally.
"To be honest, I never thought in a million years that I would be able to leave the U.S. and experience something different. The scholarship has allowed me to overcome my fears of traveling alone. As a visually impaired person there are a host of challenges, some I can expect and some I could not even fathom. Jumping in head first allowed me to really see what I am capable of." - Antoine Craig, Access the World scholarship recipient who studied on CIEE's program in Spain
Encourage a U.S. student with a disability to apply for the Access the World scholarship by April 15, 2016.

Link to more info about the CIEE Access the World Scholarship: http://www.miusa.org/news/2015/scholarships

Link to info about other scholarships for going abroad: http://www.miusa.org/resource/tipsheet/tenscholarships

Spread the Word on Social Media with these Sample Posts & Tweets:

CIEE wants students with diverse disabilities to study abroad this summer, and are even providing full scholarships to #AccessTheWorld - will you be one of them? Apply at https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/miusa/ by April 15th.

Students w/ #disability have been underrep'd in study abroad. #AccessTheWorld scholarship aims to change that. ow.ly/ZMuyo

5 out of 25 #AccessTheWorld Scholarships remain for students w/ disabilities to #StudyAbroad! http://www.miusa.org/news/2015/scholarships



Conference 2016: AHEAD & pepnet 2 Co-Convene in July! 

Toward Equity and Access: Illuminating the Pathways AHEAD 

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.  

If you're a first-time attendee, you may want to consider registering for the First-Time Attendee Breakfast (sponsored by Sonocent), Wednesday July 13 at 7:30 am. You can sign up when you register for the Conference.  

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

Click here to register for Conference 2016! 

Important Dates to Remember:

  1. Register for the Conference by May 31, 2016 to receive the very lowest price.
  2. Be sure to place accommodations requests by June 10, 2016. You can make requests in the Conference Registration Portal.
  3. Make your JW Marriott reservations no later than June 14, 2016.

We can't wait to meet you in Indianapolis this July! If you have questions, please contact AHEAD at 704-947-7779 or ahead@ahead.org



Community Integration at the 16th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference

Lawsuit on Community Integration or People with Developmental Disabilities: 

On March 31, 2016, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO), the law firm of Sidley Austin, the Center for Public Representation (CPR), and attorney Sam Bagenstos filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Ohio in Federal Court on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities claiming  that the state is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead v. L.C. because of systemic barriers pathing citizens into institutions and maintaining barriers to community living.  The details of the complaint can be found at Disability Rights Ohio.

You can learn more about community integration at this year’s Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability held on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus April 12-14, 2016.

THINK COLLEGE: A strand of five conference sessions on Ohio’s statewide consortia of college programs for students with developmental & intellectual disabilities. The goal of the Consortia is to build, enhance, and sustain a network of inclusive postsecondary programs for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities across Ohio to improve academic, employment and adult living outcomes. Program Directors, staff and participants from five different urban and rural areas of Ohio will share their programs deliver options including career exploration, inclusive college classes, internships, housing, and social experiences that result in improved employment and independent living outcomes. 

Inclusive Cities: A free public plenary presented by Victor Santiago Pineda Based on his international work with the disability organizations, city governments and the private sector Victor has developed a conceptual and practical approach to urban planning shaped by the U.N. Convention on Disability.  Distilling the principles of planning, sustainability and social justice into conceptual framework that can be understood as personal narrative. Victor presents a preview of his upcoming book “Inclusive Cities: Governance and the Transformation of Disability Rights”.   

Community Integration for People with Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities: a concurrent session presented by Kevin Truitt, Attorney, & Adonna Wilson, Senior Advocate, Disability Rights Ohio.  Nearly 17 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held that it is discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act to unduly segregate people with disabilities in institutions. This presentation will cover the importance and benefits of integration in the lives of people with disabilities and the work of Disability Rights Ohio to reform Ohio’s system. 

Designing the Arts and Autisim Institute: a concurrent session presented by Dr. Leslie A. Bostic and The Arts and Autism Institute team.  The institute is a new and innovative program that seeks to build career, communications, and social skills using latent interests in art with individual’s that have autism. Working artists, in a myriad of disciplines, will be mentor participants in the creative process. The presenters will describe the start-up program and its ability to gather empirical evidence as a base for future development and breakthrough approaches. 

Visitable Housing: Policies and Possibilities. Julia R. Elmer, PhD Candidate, & Jack L. Nasar, Professor Emeritus, City & Regional Planning, The Ohio State University. 

When Rights are not Enough: ‘Compassion’ and the ‘Politicised’ Educator a concurrent session by Dr. Suanne Gibson, Associate Professor of Education, Plymouth University, U.K. 

View all 28 sessions and 3 free public events at 2016  Multiple Perspectives Conference, hosted by Ohio State University’s ADA Coordinator’s Office.

Registration is open for the 2016 Sixteenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability.

This past July marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act; November was the 20th Anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act in Brittan; and December 2016 will be the 10th anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.  

“It is time to move beyond the letter of the law to the spirit of the law; to shift our focus from redressing human and environmental problems through remedial design to preventing problems through holistic design.”  Leslie Kanes Weisman

Multiple Perspectives is an ongoing exploration of disability, a conversation including many voices and reflecting perspectives gained through experience and research; theory and practice, arts and sciences.

Featured Public Events at the 2016 Multiple Perspectives Conference will include: 

 - April 12th 9:00-5:00pm in the Ohio Union

 - Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal: Facilitated by Joel Snyder, President, Audio Description Associates, LLC & Director, Audio Description Project American Council of the Blind. Will lead a training in Audio Description, an increasingly important tool in providing access to the wide range of instructional and entertainment media arts (graphics, video, paintings, television, images, performing arts, museums…) for individuals who are blind. 

Registration Requires, Free to OSU Faculty & Staff through generous subsidies from the Offices of Distance Education & ELearning and Student Disability Services.  A Discounted rate of $25 for the general public is made possible by the support of VSA OHIO

 - April 13th 3:00-6:00pm in the Blackwell’s ball room

 - 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.

Autism disclosure can be taken by others as an opportunity to tally our symptoms, to compare our disclosures against autism stereotypes or misinformed ideas about diagnostic criteria. In this talk, Melanie examines the ways in which disability disclosures are often read as invitations to refute diagnosis. The ability to say, “I have autism,” for example, is often viewed as evidence that one does not have autism — or, at least, not “real” or “severe” autism. As a means of speaking back to these stereotypes, Melanie examines the ways in which autistic bloggers redefine what diagnosis can mean for autistic people.

 - The Ethel Louise Armstrong Student Perspectives Poster Reception  Featuring graduate research & undergraduate research, art & performance, community service and class projects the reception encourages students to network with professionals, the community, and scholars who share their interests in the science, art, culture, politics and realities of disability.

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.

 - April 14th 3:30-5:00pm in Pfhal Hall 140.

 - “Inclusive Cities”  Presented by Victor Santiago Pineda Based on his international work with the disability organizations, city governments and the private sector Victor has developed a conceptual and practical approach to urban planning shaped by the U.N. Convention on Disability.  Distilling the principles of planning, sustainability and social justice into conceptual framework that can be understood as personal narrative. Victor presents a preview of his upcoming book “Inclusive Cities: Governance and the Transformation of Disability Rights”.  

Initiated by the Columbus Advisory Committee on Disability to honor Ken Campbell’s life time of service and advocacy the Ken Campbell Lecture is free and open to the public as a featured event at The Ohio State University’s the Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability. A highlight of the annual conference the Ken Campbell Lecture focuses on disability policy honors Campbell’s life’s work, including over twenty years guiding the City of Columbus’ disability policies as it’s ADA Coordinator.

 - Concurrent sessions include presenters from across the country, Japan, Canada, Australia and the UK  - Registration Required

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


CFP - Autism and the Arts: Supporting Students in a Post-Secondary Studio Environment

This conference, organized by Daemen College and supported by The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, invites proposals for presentations focusing on the specific topic of the studio art learning environments for non-traditional learners, particularly those on the autism spectrum in higher education institutions.

Presentations may address issues surrounding the difficulties of non-structured learning environments for a neurologically diverse student body, strategies for adapting the studio to multiple learning styles, training studio faculty in accommodating neurodiversity, or beginning a support program for non-traditional learners in the studio or theater/rehearsal environments. This conference will also host a panel of artists, higher education student service professionals, and experts in the field of neurodiversity within higher education.

Interested participants for presentation sessions or a panel should submit a 400 word proposal, along with CV, to Jennifer Runco (jrunco@daemen.edu) or Laura Watts Sommer (lsommer@daemen.edu) by June 1st, 2016.




2016 USC UCEDD Webinar Series: The Rules of Sex for People With Developmental Disabilities

University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Issues in Intellectual & Developmental Disability (I/DD) - What Self-Advocates and Families Need to Know

Webinar: The Rules of Sex for People With Developmental Disabilities

You are invited to the next *FREE* webinar in the USC UCEDD series:

The Rules of Sex for People With Developmental Disabilities
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:00am PST
​Register Here: http://www.uscucedd.org/upcoming-events

In this webinar, Dr. Nora Baladerian, Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities, and author, will discuss:

  • The Do's and Don'ts of having sex
  • Different kinds of sexuality
  • Possible outcomes of having sex
  • When, where and with whom it's OK to have sex




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:

We invite you to learn more by attending an online information session on Tuesday, April 19 at 12:00 pm EST. Register here

Also, 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.



Future Professoriate Program conference CFP extended, other opportunities

Please know that the deadline to submit proposals for sessions at the FPP Conference (May 19-20 at the White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY) has been extended until this Friday, April 8. FPP Conference sessions are 1 hour in length, may follow any standard format (panel, workshop, solo presentation, etc.), and must engage an FPP-friendly theme like job search preparation, teaching, academic professionalization, trends in higher ed, etc. Research talks are appropriate only if the content relates to one of these areas. (Want to present on your research? See below.) All you need do is reply to this email with your title, a brief description, and any co-presenters or technical requirements. Plump up your CV and lock in a spot at the conference at the same time!

Keep reading for two other excellent opportunities:

1) a CFP for the inaugural grad/undergrad Celebration of Scholarship Conference on April 30 (proposal deadline is April 15); and

2) an invitations for minority graduate students to participate in the RIT Future Faculty Career Exploration Program next Fall.


CFP: 4th Annual International Conference on Advances in Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCS) 2016


CFP: AAA Meetings, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20, 2016 

Panel Title: The Politics of Indignation, Resistance, and Reconstitution of the Moral Self 

Organizer: Natasa Garic-Humphrey (University of California, San Diego) 

This panel explores the intersections of governmentality, citizenship, political subjectivity, activism, ethics, and morality, and critically examines the importance of inserting "the moral self" within political theory to better understand how citizens come to confront political organizations and policies. Recent years have provided unprecedented examples of large-scale resistance, uprising, protest, and violent confrontation to authoritarian regimes, invidious state policies, and localized manifestations of neoliberal political-economics. To explain current confrontations to prevailing forms of state power, scholars have successfully highlighted the gaps between policy making from above and people's on-the-ground experiences, resulting in citizens' alienation from governmental ideologies, programs, and practices, while another line of research explored the various ways in which experiences of subjectivity and suffering are shaped within particular contexts of political economy. 

This panel however, takes a closer look at the ways people manage to change their moral orientations within the context of hegemonic power and (re)make their moral selves to engage in and confront larger political and socioeconomic processes. How do specific situations, events, and visceral experiences in people’s lives evoke moments of self-reflection, engender reorientations towards the self, and inspire courses of action that cultivate a new sense of moral personhood? How does this experience of generating a new moral self shape one’s perceptions of government ineptitude and prepare them to engage in citizen-based action to confront political injustices and socio-political reforms? What motivates people to resist, initiate change, and form new senses of themselves as moral actors in the midst of stifling crisis brought by socioeconomic and political transformations, war, genocide, fear, and other examples of structural violence? 

If interested, please send abstracts to Natasa Garic-Humphrey at ngaric@ucsd.edu by April 10th.



28th Annual Developmental Disabilities Day Workshop and Conference

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Doors open at 8:00 am

The Conference Center Niagara Falls

101 Old Falls Street - Niagara Falls NY 14303

Visit www.ddday.org for the program and to register online

2016 Features: Innovative Workshops - Concession Service - Agency and Vendor Fair Art Gallery - Live Performance/Interactive Area - Parents Corner Awards Luncheon - Open Reception

2016 DD Day Registration Form

Youth with Disabilities Survey 

Received from: Independent Living of the Genesee Region 

The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) is collecting data on independent living services available in the community across New York State for youth and young people with disabilities.  Additionally NYSILC wants to know where the gaps in services are for youth and what they can do to create and/or enhance programming in order to meets these needs.  A survey was created to receive this information.  I have attached the survey to this email, and it is available on-line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SRY8XR8

We would appreciate it if any of the individuals you work with would be able and willing to participate in filling out the survey.  For the purposes of this survey, youth is identified as high school up to the age of thirty. Participants do NOT need to be working with an Independent Living Center to fill out the survey.



Seeking international disabled students for #Access2USA campaign 

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, have put together plans for an exciting campaign to spread awareness and information to encourage international students with disabilities to study in the United States. It is called the  #Access2USA campaign, and we think it’s going to be great, but we can’t do this alone. We need your help.

Read more about the campaign: http://www.miusa.org/news/2016/access2usa

We are inviting current or former international students with disabilities to share their stories and tips about studying in the United States. If you could connect us with individuals that you know, we would appreciate it.

Another way to help out is by posting resources and information about exchange in the United States using our hashtag #Access2USA. Here are some sample postings. You can come up with your own or copy and paste.

Sample Tweets:

• How will you achieve #Access2USA for international student with disabilities? http://ow.ly/Y8o0w

• For intl students w/ #disabilities, access 2 education & employment starts w/ #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w

• The best part about #Access2USA was ___

• We promote #Access2USA for intl students w/ disabilities by ___

Sample Facebook Posts:

• When a student with a disability begins studying here in the U.S., sometimes after overcoming a number of challenges, they are a wonderful asset to host campuses. #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w

• Practice saying “yes” to welcoming international students with disabilities to your campus #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w

• According to Open Doors data, about 5% of international students in the United States have a disability and that figure will likely grow. #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w

• "The fact that I am studying in the U.S. makes me happy all the time. I used to long for studying abroad and now here I am, seeing my dreams come true." Samson, a Deaf student from Rwanda, on his #Access2USA story. http://www.miusa.org/resource/story/samson

Help us make #Access2USA a reality for more international students with disabilities.


CFP: Inaugural BGSA Celebration of Scholarship Conference

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is pleased to announce the Inaugural Celebration of Scholarship Conference, which will take place on April 30th 2016 in Schine 304 at noon. We welcome a variety of proposals from all academic disciplines. The focus of the conference is to bring together graduate and undergraduate students to connect and present a diverse set of research projects conducted at Syracuse University. The conference is intended to be a vehicle for graduate students to practice presenting in a more relaxed conference environment and to a general audience. Graduate students will present through round tables and poster presentations. 

Undergraduates interested in graduate school are encouraged to attend to connect with graduate students and learn more about the process. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please submit your name, email, department, title, and 100-250 word abstract to the online portal (see below) by April 15th

Online Portal: 




Three disability-related scholarships from Disability Law & Policy e-Newsletter, Vol 13, No. 3

Deadline: April 14, Beth Carew Memorial Scholarship Program, open to undergraduates at a US college with hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, or a related inherited bleeding disorder. $3,000-$6,000, with possibility of reapplying yearly.  http://www.colkeen.org/?page_id=123

Deadline: April 15: Diabetes Scholars Foundation's scholarship program, for incoming college freshmen with type 1 diabetes at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school. Targeted, students with high academic performance, involved in the diabetes community, participate in community and/or extra-curricular activities and demonstrated successfully managing living with diabetes. Not based on financial need. http://diabetesscholars.org/college-scholarship/

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




The Kenneth W. Payne Prize for outstanding anthropological scholarship by a student on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered topic

Deadline for submission: June 1, 2016                                                                        

The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize is presented each year by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) to a graduate or undergraduate student in acknowledgment of outstanding anthropological work on 1) a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans* topic, or 2) a critical interrogation of sexualities and genders more broadly defined. The Prize includes a cash award in the amount of $400. Submissions are encouraged from graduate or undergraduate students in any of the four fields of anthropology. To be eligible for consideration, work should have been completed since June 2014 and while the applicant was still enrolled as a student. Research papers as well as visual media (e.g. documentary film) are eligible for submission for this competition. Papers should be no longer than 40 pages, double-spaced, and typed in 11 or 12 point font; published papers or works accepted for publication will not be accepted for review. Visual media should run no longer than 60 minutes; media projects already under contract for commercial distribution will not be accepted for review.    

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JUNE 1, 2016. Submit an electronic copy of the print submission as a Word (*.doc) or RTF (rich text format or *.rtf) attachment to rfphillips@bsu.edu AND jolaosho@usf.edu on or before the indicated deadline. Visual media projects should be available for download from an accessible website; send an email to rfphillips@bsu.edu AND jolaosho@usf.edu identifying the visual media project and indicating its accessibility. In either case, include with your email message a statement showing your intent to enter the 2016 Kenneth W. Payne Prize competition. Include your name, address, department and university, telephone number, and email address in the body of the email; in addition, indicate the stage of your graduate or undergraduate work at the time the submission was developed. You will receive a confirmation email that your submission has been received within a week of its receipt. Please only send duplicate copies or emails if you have not received a response after two weeks. 

Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria: use of relevant L/G/B/T/Q and/or feminist anthropological theory and literature, potential for contribution to and advancement of L/G/B/T/Q studies and our understanding of sexualities worldwide, attention to difference (such as gender, class, race, ethnicity, nation), originality, organization and coherence, and timeliness. The award will be presented to the winner at the AQA Business meeting during the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (Minneapolis, MN) November 16-20, 2016.   

Members of the 2016 Payne Prize Committee: Lawrence Cohen (UC Berkeley), Michael Connors Jackman (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Tayo Jolaosho (University of South Florida - 2016 Payne Prize Committee co-chair) Richard J. Martin (Harvard University), and Robert Phillips (Ball State University – 2016 Payne Prize Committee co-chair).



Teaching Media Quarterly: “Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Media, Race, and Social Movements” now online

The editorial board of Teaching Media Quarterly is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 4, Edition 1, “Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Media, Race, and Social Movements.” It features exciting lesson plans by Joel Geske, Allissa V. Richardson, Joel Saxe, Tia Tyree, and Heather Woods and James Alexander McVey.

The issue can be viewed at:




Class Interview Project

My name is Ehsan Rabbani and I am a Graduate Student getting my Masters in Global Health at Syracuse University Falk College. I am currently in Disability, Food and Health (HTW 669) class with Dr. McDonald. I am currently working on a project which requires me to interview a person with a disability. For the Interview, I want to learn more about what life is like for a person living with a disability and if they feel included. For example, do they feel included in social gatherings, parties and events or whether they receive the same treatment in the hospital as a person without a disability. I will share what I learn in class but I will not share your name or any information that may identify you.

If you would like to be interviewed for this class project, please feel free to email me at erabbani@syr.edu Thank you very much for helping me with this project and I am looking forward to learning from you. 



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: March 27-April 2, 2016

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

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

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

Week of March 27-April 2, 2016



PAID - Actors/Actresses Needed for April 23-24th Shoot in Syracuse, NY 


My name is James Fazio and I'm the Production Coordinator for DON BAPTISTE PRODUCTIONS LLC.  We are currently looking for 12 actors/actresses of various demographics to act in a commercial for a diversity summit for our client, JPS Health Network.  The shoot dates are 4/23 and 4/24 and we will need you for 2-6 hours.  We will only need you for 1 of the 2 days.   

The shoot will be at the sound stage in East Syracuse, NY.  You will play different characters that exists in the hospitals of JPS Health Network.  The subject is cultural competence.  Our client has researched this issue and is paying actors to portray the voices of concern of patients, employees and other related parties. 

The shoot is on a white cyc wall and you will be reading off a teleprompter.  It's about 1-3 minutes of dialogue.   

Attached is the demographics of people we are looking for.  You will be paid $300. 

If interested, please call or e-mail James Fazio at jtfcreativeproductions@gmail.com or 315-882-8896. 

Looking forward to working with you all! 


James Fazio 




Artists with Disabilities Access Program

The Artists with Disabilities Access Program provides support both to individual artists with disabilities, and to organizations that support artists advancing their artistic practice, develop their career, or move to a higher level of artistic development. Funds awarded on a quarterly basis are available for a variety of activities, materials and services.

Click here to read revised Guidelines


The ADA Café Recording is Now Available! 

AHEAD is pleased to let you know that a full recording (audio, slides, captioning, and chat comments) of the recent ADA Café webinar with Scott Lissner is now available. 

To access the recording, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/7fqd0k. The cost has been set at $99, but as an AHEAD member, use the code ahdwebada to purchase the webinar for $79. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that will contain the link to the webinar so you can watch immediately... and as often as you'd like. 

In the 90-minute webinar, Scott responded to the most frequently asked questions about issues in disability services, ranging from service/therapy animals to attendance accommodations to accommodations in study abroad experiences and online courses. Feedback from those who listened live was extremely positive, with many making plans to listen again with staff and/or campus colleagues. 




An FAQ on disability and higher education in Spanish and English 




ADA Center April webinars on digital accessibility 

Thanks to “Ability Front” of Ohio for forwarding these!  Please contact the ADA Center with questions.  

April 6, WEBINAR Part 1 of 2. The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center will review the five core phases of a digital accessibility program in the workplace. Hear more about strategies for planning, implementing, piloting and rolling out the program.  Register here: http://www.adainfo.org/training/webinar-building-accessibility-program  

April 20, 2016     In part 2, Bill Curtis-Davidson, Senior Director of Policy & Program Services, SSB BART Group, will discuss the Digital Accessibility Maturity Model (DAMM) and how it can help companies design, manage and improve digital accessibility operations.  Register here: http://www.adainfo.org/training/ada-focus-webinar-series-digital-accessibility-maturity-model-enabling-accessibility




"Rethinking Home: A Powerful Look at Return Migration via Film"

YouthCirculations.com is pleased to share "Rethinking Home: A Powerful Look at Return Migration via Film" a blog by Tatyana Kleyn about her new documentary film. Una Vida, Dos Países: Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico explores the experiences of US-born or raised students who have spent all or most of their lives in the US and returned with their family to Oaxaca, Mexico. 


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




UBER Accessibility



European Court Delivers Judgment in a Landmark Disability Case 

Received from the European Network on Independent Living

I wanted to bring to your attention the case of Guberina v. Croatia at the European Court of Human Rights, in which the Court used the CRPD to interpret the States' obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights. You can find more information about the case here http://www.enil.eu/news/european-court-delivers-judgment-in-a-landmark-disability-case/ and at the website of the European Court of Human Rights.



Access-Able's List of Magazines 


What you see is not what you get: life as a female autistic - Standard Issue



New issue of GLEANINGS

Spirituality, Religion, and Disability Resources from the Religion and Spirituality Division of the AAIDD.



Disability.gov Update

Seniors May Be Taking Dangerous Combinations of Medications, Supplements

New Tool Helps Employers Ensure Accessibility of Online Job Applications

Disability.Blog: Voice Rising: The Accidental Advocate by Guest Blogger Xian Horn

Disability.Blog: A Passion for Accessibility in the Performing Arts  - This blog was cross-posted from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Blog. 

Disability.Blog: What It Means to Be Right-Footed  by Jessica Cox, Right Footed

Disability.Blog: My Jenga-Block Wrist by Guest Blogger Iris Pedowitz

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

Disability.Blog: The CEED Project: The Potential of Entrepreneurship by Guest Blogger Kate Caldwell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Disability.Blog: Tea Cures Captchas: Accessible Online Job Applications are More Than a Best Practice  - This blog was cross-posted from the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) 

Disability Scoop

Disability Scoop 4.1.16

Summer Training Institute: Now Accepting Applications
AUGUST 9-14, 2016 in Queens, NY

The Ping Chong + Company Summer Institute is designed to engage and inspire artists, teachers, students, and community practitioners interested in developing unique performance projects that explore oral history, art, and community engagement. This intensive week-long workshop, led by Ping Chong, Sara Zatz, and Ryan Conarro will explore Ping Chong + Company's innovative community-based performance and documentary theatre practices, with specific focus on the award-winning Undesirable Elements series.

Hosted by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center's Stages of Change
A LaGuardia Community College/CUNY Institute of Theatre for Social Transformation

Applications due April 18, 2016 - APPLY HERE
Tuition: $750 - limited financial aid available.
For more information,contact training@pingchong.org 

Upcoming Beyond Sacred performances in April and May

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

The New York Times calls Beyond Sacred "a lesson in human understanding, drawn from real lives" and a "probing and persuasive new work of interview-based theater" (Read full review)

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City. The five young participants in Beyond Sacred vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City. The goal of Beyond Sacred is to use theater and personal testimony to foster greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in New York and beyond. Watch a short documentary about Beyond Sacred HERE.

April/May Performances:


Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Brooklyn Public Library
Central Library, Dweck Center

Friday, May 20, 2016
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
The Music Hall at Snug Harbor

Additional National 2016 Dates Coming Soon

Beyond Sacred was commissioned as part of LPAC's 2014-15 Beyond Sacred season with the generous support of APAP and the Doris Duke Foundation Building Bridges Grant. 2015-2016 presentations are supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. 

Collidescope 2.0: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America
April 14-23 at UMass Amherst

What would visitors from another world think if they looked at the race history of the United States?

In Collidescope 2.0: Adventures in Pre and Post Racial America, created by Ping Chong and Talvin Wilks, an alien species attempts to make sense of a subject fraught with inherent misperceptions, ironies and contradictions. Taking an “alien” view of this aspect of human behavior, the gaze of Collidescope places these issues under a microscope. Traveling from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, exploring the Pre-Revolutionary War era when freedmen and slaves contemplated their rights in a soon-to-be independent nation, then back to the present day, this work creates a cubistic frame, revealing different angles from which to observe America’s troubled “peculiar” history and its ongoing, violent consequences.

Presented by the UMass Amherst Department of Theater. 
Tickets and performance schedule HERE



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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