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September, 25 2017

INDEX

SU HAPPENINGS

SU Cultural Centers Welcome Event

Wendy Brown Lecture: Women or Persons? The Naming Debate in Reproductive Freedom Campaigns

SU Human Rights Film Festival

CHP Welcome Back BBQ

SU NEWS

Fall 2014 Seat openings in course: Femininst Narrative: Theory and Practice

Please join us in welcoming Michael Riley as Interim Associate Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center!

CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century

Accessing Higher Ground Conference

2014 ANNUAL RIGHTS CONFERENCE

Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Inspire Independent Reading

Implementing Accessibility for WordPress Online Course Announcement

StoryCorps Looks To Record Disability Experience

The Closed Captioning Project - Captioning for Everyone

Help a student leader and activist get to the TASH conference in December!

Department of Justice Reaches Settlement Agreement with the Louisiana Supreme Court

SAGE Upstate Bisexual Social/Support Group

Job Opportunity: Literature review for DREDF

An article that reports the results of research that has found that poor sleep quality in older persons is associated with an increased risk of suicide.

Airport Accessibility Committee Planning Meeting

Back to School with PEPNET

Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective - August Social

Duty to WarnThe Suicide of Robin Williams: Why We Need a Grand Jury Inquest to Investigate It (by Gary G. Kohls, MD)


SU HAPPENINGS

SU Cultural Centers Welcome Event

Caring, Understanding, Connecting. Please join the Slutzker Center for International Services, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Disability Cultural Center, and the LGBT Resource Center for the Cultural Centers Welcome on Thursday, August 28 from 3 to 5 P. M. at Schine 304 ABC. Free food will be available. American Sign Language provided. Cosponsored by the Office of First Year and Transfer Programs.

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Wendy Brown Lecture: Women or Persons? The Naming Debate in Reproductive Freedom Campaigns

Monday, September 15th, 4:00 PM
Maxwell Auditorium
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Wendy Brown will give a public lecture on "Women or Persons?  The Naming Debate in Reproductive Freedom Campaigns." All are welcome. Brown’s work is situated at the interstices of political theory, critical theory, and feminism. For more information, please read Professor Brown's bio.

SU Human Rights Film Festival

SU HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2014
 
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
 
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available at all screenings. If you require other accommodations, please contact Karen Ortega (kmortega@syr.edu, 443-5708) by September 4.
 
OPENING NIGHT
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18 7PM Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3
THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE
Thomas Allen Harris
(92 min, USA, 2014, closed-captioned in English)
This poetic and deeply personal documentary examines how black photographers—both professional and amateur—have used the camera as a tool for social change from photography’s invention to the present.
Introduction and Q&A with director Thomas Allen Harris.
This event is made possible in part by public funds from NYSCA’s Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant Program (administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes).
 
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19 7PM 
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
LAKSHMI
Nagesh Kukunoor
(104 min, India, 2013, Hindi with English subtitles)
Inspired by a true story, this harrowing feature film charts the courageous struggle for freedom and justice by a young Indian woman who was abducted into sex trafficking at the age of thirteen.
This film contains scenes of sexual violence.
Introduction and Q&A with director Nagesh Kukunoor.
 
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20 1PM 
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
AMERICAN VAGABOND
Susanna Helke
(85 min, Denmark/Finland, 2013, closed-captioned in English)
This lyrical and evocative documentary illuminates the heartrending fate of James and Tyler, two homeless queer youth living in the shadows of San Francisco’s gentrified gay Mecca.
Skype Q&A with director Susanna Helke.
 
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20 4PM 
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
RETURN TO HOMS
Talal Derki
(87 min, Syria/Germany, 2013, Arabic with English subtitles)
Closely following two friends over two years, Return to Homs is a visceral and urgent account of the Syrian revolution from the perspective of young idealists pulled into combat as the country descends into civil war.
 
CLOSING NIGHT
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20 7PM 
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
THE MISSING PICTURE
Rithy Panh
(90 min, France, 2013, French with English subtitles)
This critically acclaimed and aesthetically groundbreaking film is Rithy Panh’s personal quest to re-imagine his childhood memories in the midst of the Khmer Rouge dictatorship in Cambodia.
Introduction by Prof. Roger Hallas (Syracuse University).
 
SU HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL IS PART OF Syracuse Symposium 2014: Perspective. SUHRFF is presented by the SU Humanities Center for the College of Arts and Sciences and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
 
CO-SPONSORED BY the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the Department of History; the International Relations Program; the LGBT Studies Program; the LGBT Resource Center.
 
SUPPORTED BY the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; the Department of Anthropology; the Department of English; the Department of Sociology; the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; the Asian/Asian-American Studies Program; the Office of Multicultural Affairs; the Disability Cultural Center; the South Asia Center; Light Work; the Community Folk Art Center; the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant Program (administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes); South Asian Students Association; and SASSE: Students Advocating Safe Sex and Empowerment.
 
 
ALSO BRINGING YOU
 
5TH DIGITAL WITNESS SYMPOSIUM
THURSDAY OCTOBER 2 7PM
Watson Theater, Robert B. Menschel Media Center,316 Waverly Ave
Sarah Wolozin (Open Documentary Lab, MIT) and Patricia Zimmermann (Ithaca College) discuss the capacities of computation and digital code for rethinking human rights media.
SPONSORED BY the Central New York Humanities Corridor, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CO-SPONSORED BY the SU Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.

CHP Welcome Back BBQ

The Center on Human Policy and the Disability Studies program will be hold an annual Welcome Back BBQ from 12 to 2 on Wednesday, September 10, in the Hoople Building.  Note from Prof. Steve Taylor: “Those who haven’t been to Hoople for a while should be impressed by physical changes through recent construction  We now have a fully accessible unisex bathroom on the first floor and the front entrance has been renovated to make it fully accessible. We provide all of the food and no RSVP is necessary.”  Steve has graciously extended this invitation to all DCC constituents.  Thanks. 


SU NEWS

Fast Forward Syracuse Update

http://fastforward.syr.edu/news/

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Fall 2014 Seat openings in course: Femininst Narrative: Theory and Practice

CCR 760/ WGS 700 Feminist Narratives: Theory and Practice
Fall 2014

Instructor:                     Minnie Bruce Pratt
Location & Time:            Tuesday  9:30-12:15

Course Description:              The poet Muriel Rukeyser said: "What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open." We'll look at some of the possibilities and limits of that idea as we read and write narratives. Students will read feminist research that uses narrative as an effective way to theorize and question "the truth" about women's and gendered lives. And students will write, intensively, using narrative to explore their own research questions in relation to themes of language, memory, history, "knowing," economics/work, and social and political relations.

For more info email:        mbpratt@syr.edu


Minnie Bruce Pratt
Professor, Syracuse University
Women's & Gender Studies
Writing & Rhetoric

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Please join us in welcoming Michael Riley as Interim Associate Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center!

Michael joins the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center staff after working for two years in the Office of Residence Life as an Assistant Residence Director for Watson Hall. During his tenure with the Office of Residence Life, Michael worked closely with several inclusion-focused initiatives, including serving as co-advisor for the Inclusion Committee as well as the mentor program for resident advisors of color, Underrepresented Resident Advisors United (URU). He was also a member of the planning committee for the Resident Advisor Diversity Drive-In conference.
In his role as Interim Associate Director, Michael will serve students with marginalized genders and sexualities on academic, personal, social, and cultural matters. Michael will also co-advise Fusion,  the discussion group for people of color who identify within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities. Additionally, he will work closely with the Generation Q Residential  Learning Community.  
Michael is a graduate student pursuing his Master’s in the School of Education’s Cultural Foundations of Education program. In his program, he focuses on social justice education and intergroup dialogue as a tool of liberation.
We are delighted to have him as a staff member and look forward to the wonderful work and energy he will bring to the Center!


CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century

 
2014 University of Rochester Disability Studies Cluster Symposium

Friday, November 14, 2014

University of Rochester

School of Nursing

601 Elmwood Avenue

Rochester, N.Y.


Proposal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. ET

Accessing Higher Ground Conference

Early-bird Registration for the 2014 Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) Conference
is available until September 24, 2014
Take advantage of these discount rates while you can! 
Join us November 17 -21 at the Westin Westminster in Colorado for a week of workshops, labs, and networking! AHG focuses on the implementation and benefits of accessible media, Universal Design, and Assistive Technology in the university, business, and public setting.
Conference attendees have access to over 70 of sessions, two luncheons featuring keynote speakers, and admission to our two-day Exhibit Hall highlighting innovative companies and products related to our industry.  
Visit http://accessinghigherground.org/ for complete conference and registration details.
 
Questions? Feel free to contact Howard Kramer at hkramer@ahead.org
 
We look forward to meeting you in the Rocky Mountains!


When
Monday, November 17, 2014 10:30 AM - Friday, November 21, 2014 2:00 PM 
Rocky Mountain Time Zone
Where
Westin Westminster 

10600 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster, Colorado 80020
More Information
View Event Summary
View Event Agenda
View Event Fees

Early Registration Deadline
September 24, 2014

2014 ANNUAL RIGHTS CONFERENCE

September 3-6, 2014
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
SeaTac Airport
Seattle, Washington

 Deadline 
You must reserve your hotel room by AUGUST 15
to get NARPA’s special rate.
Call the DoubleTree  now!
206–246–8600  or  888–235-4408 (toll-free)

NARPA SEATTLE 2014 
Link to Full Schedule

Conference Keynotes

Paula J. Caplan
Clinical and Research Psychologist and Author, including  

When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans

 Claudia Center, J.D.
Senior Staff Attorney, National ACLU Disability Rights Program
Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law


Irit Shimrat
and Author of 
Call Me Crazy: Stories from the Mad Movement

David Cohen
Social Work Professor, University of California, Los Angeles 

and CoAuthor of 
Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis & Drugs

Dennis Feld, J.D. & Arthur Baer, J.D.
NY Mental Hygiene Legal Service Special Litigation & Appeals Unit


Sam Bagenstos, J.D.
Significant Developments in Mental Health Law, 2013-14
Professor, University of Michigan School of Law & former
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

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Film Screenings from Directors & Filmmakers
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) units and Social Work CEUs will be available.
Advocate/attorney workshop presenters emphasizing NARPA’s mission of advocacy and civil rights:
Jennifer MathisOryx CohenDiane Smith HowardJim GottsteinJan E. FriedmanBill StewartTina MinkowitzAlexandra Adame, Mike Subit, Anupa Iyer Geevarghese,Margot MendelsonBeckie ChildDarby Penney, Steven Morgan, Carolyn Pettit-Lange, Jan E. FriedmanMartha LaffertyHeather McKimmieEmily CooperJ. Michael Diaz, Kathy Wilde, Ann Kasper, Rachael Seevers, David Walker, Pamela Cohen, the keynote speakers, and others.

 Workshops include:

The Unique Role of Peer Support/Trauma-Informed Peer Support, Darby Penney, M.L.S.
 
Challenging Use of Force: US Department of Justice Investigates Law Enforcement in Portland and SeattleJan E. Friedman, J.D. & Anne Kasper & J. Michael Diaz, J.D.
Advocating for Inmates with Mental Illness--The Role of the P&A, Heather McKimmie, J.D., & Rachael Seevers, J.D.
Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement, Margot Mendelson, J.D. & Ranjini Acharya, J.D.
Promoting and Developing Crisis Alternatives, Matthew Cohen
The Role of Litigation in a Strategic Approach to Mental Health System Change, James B. (Jim) Gottstein, J.D.
Ethical Psychopharmacology: David Cohen, Ph.D.
Mental Health Oppression & American Indian Youth: Challenging Generations of Harm, David Walker, Ph.D.
Outpatient Commitment Litigation, Pamela Cohen, J.D.Dennis Feld, J.D. & Arthur Baer, J.D.(in addition to the keynote on “The Twilight of Liberty: Psychiatric Outpatient Supervision & Control and Diminished Spheres of Personal Autonomy--an Expanding Front in the War for Personal Liberty”)
A Different Kind of Understanding: A Qualitative Exploration of Psychotherapy and Psychosis, Alexandra L. Adame, Ph.D.
Evidence-Based Malpractice in Psychiatric Diagnosis: Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D. & David Walker, Ph.D.
Medicaid Fraud Claims Challenging Practice of Prescribing Off Label Psychiatric Drugs to Children, James B. (Jim) Gottstein, J.D.
Intentional Peer Support as a Framework for Building Community: Steven Morgan
Recent Developments re Bar Admission Mental Health Questions, Martha Lafferty, J.D.Heather McKimmie, J.D., & Emily Cooper, J.D.
The Insanity Defense and Its Relatives, Tina Minkowitz, J.D.
Video: Welcoming Johnny and Jane HomePaula J. Caplan, Ph.D. (followed by discussion) 
Lane v. Kitzhaber: Challenging Segregated Sheltered Workshops, Kathy Wilde, J.D.
Children with Mental Health Needs in the Child Welfare System, Diane Smith Howard, J.D.
Strategies to Defeat H.R. 3717 (the Murphy Bill, aka the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act"), Jennifer Mathis, J.D.Beckie Child, & David Lord, J.D.
Practical Strategies & Specific Resources from the Social Justice Sisters, Carolyn Pettit-Lange & Ele Munjeli
Employment Discrimination, Anupa Iyer Geevarghese, J.D., Mike Subit, J.D. & Claudia Center, J.D.
Reel Change -- Video Advocacy: a powerful tool for systemic reform, Emily Cooper
and more.

Check NARPA’s website at www.narpa.org for conference updates and registration form!
Note: Presentations, presenters, and scheduled times are subject to change.

  Register Here:   (DOC)   (PDF)  

​NARPA Home​

Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program


Agency:
NAE National Academy of Education
Program:
Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
Due:
OCT 3
Abstract:
The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.
Web page:
E-mail:
Write:
National Academy of Education
Dissertation Fellowship Program
500 5th St, NW
#307
Washington, DC 20001
Phone:
202/334-2093
 
Eligibility:
·         Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States.
·         Fellowships are not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework, but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must document that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2015 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.
·         Applicants should have a demonstrated record of research experience in education.
·         Proposed project must be an education research project. NAEd/Spencer funds studies that examine the efficacy of curriculum and teaching methods, however, we do not fund the initial development of curriculum or instructional programs.
·         Applications will be judged on the applicant's past research record, career trajectory in education research, and the quality of the project described in the application.
·         Fellows may not accept employment other than as described in the application, nor may they accept other awards without prior approval (including awards from NAEd or Spencer) that would provide duplicate benefits.
Applications must be made by the individual applying for the fellowship; group applications will not be accepted.
 


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENT

Inspire Independent Reading

Meet Rushelle.

She is pursuing nursing studies in college 

and is an inspiration. 
According to her High School Assistive Technology Specialist, “When I met her, she was ready to bolt from her remedial classes. We signed her up for Bookshare, and I couldn’t believe how quickly her reading skills improved. The first time she heard the words of a digital book read aloud, her listening and comprehension skills soared.  It was such a relief for her!”
Are your students ready to have an inspired school year?

Implementing Accessibility for WordPress Online Course Announcement

Continuing Education at CU-Boulder is offering an online course on Implementing Accessibility for WordPress for the spring 2014 semester (starts January 21). This course is only offered as a "for credit" class. 

For details on enrollment and prerequisites, visit UCB'sContinuing Ed. site.

StoryCorps Looks To Record Disability Experience


The Closed Captioning Project - Captioning for Everyone



FYI.  Please feel free to share.


Greetings!

We've embarked on a closed captioning endeavor here at Accurate Secretarial LLC, The Closed Captioning Project.

As you know, one of the services we provide is the closed captioning of Internet videos.  There are many reasons to caption a video, one of which is to allow greater accessibility to people who are unable to experience the media in its intended form.

Traditional captions are good for certain types of videos, but for others (like music videos, for example), something more is needed.  We are demonstrating that we can approach parity by improving upon traditional captioning practices.  And that's what this project -- The Closed Captioning Project -- is about.

We're seeking input and feedback from video producers, academics, viewers (those with hearing, the hard-of-hearing and the Deaf), and even other captioners.

So, if you could check out our YouTube group, even subscribe if you have a want to, and watch some videos and tell us what you think, that would be fantastic.  Leave a comment, tell your friends, favorite professors and anyone who has an interest in moving captioning forward into the future.

http://www.youtube.com/user/accuratecaptioning?feature=watch

Together we can take captioning to the next level, and everyone benefits from that.

Thanks for reading!
The Closed Captioning Project
Closed Captioning for Everyone

View our work on YouTube at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/accuratecaptioning?feature=watch
or at [http://www.theclosedcaptioningproject.com<http://www.theclosedcaptioningproject.com]www.theclosedcaptioningproject.com<http://www.theclosedcaptioningproject.com> which redirects to YouTube.

Or just enter, The Closed Captioning Project into YouTube’s search engine.

Help a student leader and activist get to the TASH conference in December!

 
Note: DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, and Mentoring) is sponsored by the Taishoff Center: http://dream.syr.edu/
 
Hi all,
 
My name is Cara and I'm a DREAM board member.  I'm currently crowdfunding in order to raise money to present at the TASH conference in December.  Can you please help me out?  Last spring I conducted a highly successful crowdfunding campaign to present at the Society for Disability Studies conference.  Thanks in part to your generosity, I was able to raise my goal in less than 24 hours.  I'm hoping DREAM will come through for me again!  Even if you can't donate, please pass this on to your friends, colleagues, and networks.  Together, we can make TASH happen! Thank you in advance.
 
 
--
Cara Liebowitz -  Freelance Writer - http://www.cliebowitz.pressfolios.com
 

Department of Justice Reaches Settlement Agreement with the Louisiana Supreme Court

 
The Department of Justice announced today that it has entered a settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect the right of qualified bar applicants with mental health disabilities to have equal access to the legal profession.  The agreement prohibits the Louisiana Supreme Court (the Court) from asking unnecessary and intrusive questions about bar applicants’ mental health diagnosis or treatment.  The agreement also requires the Court to refrain from imposing unnecessary burdens on bar applicants with mental health disabilities, such as requests for medical records, compulsory medical examinations, or onerous monitoring and reporting requirements.
For more information about the ADA or to view a copy of the agreement, please visit our ADA website at www.ada.gov

SAGE Upstate Bisexual Social/Support Group

Second Saturday of each month, 7:00 pm SAGE Upstate Center, 431 E FayeƩ e St. Syracuse

*First MeeƟ ng: June 14*

This group provides a safe, social, supporƟ ve atmosphere for people who idenƟ fy as bisexual.

For more informaƟ on, please call 315-478-1923

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Job Opportunity: Literature review for DREDF

The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) and the National Council on Disability (NCD) are hosting a conference on October 6th and 7th in Atlanta, Georgia regarding the School-to-Prison Pipeline and students with disabilities.  The conference will bring together leaders in both the disability rights and civil rights communities to discuss strategies for addressing the current crisis, with an emphasis on unpacking the two communities' differing views on special education.  In preparation for this conference, DREDF is looking for a student from the School of Education to research and analyze articles addressing the "double stigma" of race and disability, and the feasibility of special education as a tool to address the current School-to-Prison Pipeline crisis. Specific assignments within this topic will be assigned by DREDF's Equal Justice Works Fellow, Robert Borrelle.  The project will require 10-15 hours a week over the next 4-6 weeks.  Payment details can be discussed by contacting Robert directly. 
 
 
Robert J. Borrelle, Jr.
 
Equal Justice Works Fellow | Staff Attorney
 
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
 
3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210, Berkeley, CA 94703
 
510.644.2555 ext. 5253 / rborrelle@dredf.org / fax and tty 510.841.8645

An article that reports the results of research that has found that poor sleep quality in older persons is associated with an increased risk of suicide.


 

Airport Accessibility Committee Planning Meeting

 
Hi Everyone,
 
I’ve spoken to all of you about serving on an Airport Accessibility Committee which, at a guess, will not meet for the first time until September.  In the meantime, I’d like to get us all together so that we can bring you up to speed on what we’ve been doing in the last 5 years and get your input on where we go from here.  Commissioner Callahan has designated a member of her staff to chair the committee and that staff member will bring in one person from each department at the airport.
 
I’d like to suggest that we get together next Thursday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. here at AURORA.  I’m asking the Interpreter Referral Service to arrange interpreters for a one hour meeting.  For those of you who haven’t been here before, there is plenty of parking on all 3 sides of 518 James Street, and we are in suite 100.
 
Sandy, Carole and Dan, we had discussed recruiting a consumer from each of your organizations who might be interested in serving on this committee.  Please extend this invitation to them to join us next Thursday. 
 
The airport is governed by a number of laws, regulations and federal agencies which makes things confusing sometimes.  We’ll be focusing on the ADA and whether the airport has met its obligation to build accessibility into its recent upgrade, including accessibility for people with vision or hearing loss; Section 382 of the Air Carrier Access Act, which regulates how the airlines serve passengers with disabilities; and the TSA policies and procedures. 
 
Please RSVP and let me know whether you will be able to attend by responding to this e-mail, calling 422-7263/voice or 422-9746/TDD. 
 
I look forward to seeing all of you next Thursday.
 
Starr
 
Starr Guckert
Advocacy Coordinator
Aurora of CNY
518 James Street
Syracuse, New York 13203
(315) 422-7263 ext 224
FAX: (315) 422-4792
[www.auroraofcny.org]www.auroraofcny.org

Back to School with PEPNET

Start your school year off right with pepnet 2!  It also means it’s back to “school” for all of you! QuickClass registration opens on Monday, August 11th.  Register early for the following free classes (with RID CEUs and CRCC education credits available following completion of the course):
  • Making Sense of Hearing Assistive Technology
  • Skill Building for New C-Print Captionists: Part 1
  • Skill Building for New TypeWell Transcribers
  • Interpreting in the VR Setting
  • Post-Production or Offline Captioning
  • Deaf Consumers with Additional Disabilities
  • Making Your Online Classes Accessible
To register, go to http://www.pepnet.org/quickclasses  (note: new users will need to create a pn2 account prior to registering for QuickClasses athttp://www.pepnet.org/user/register).

Pepnet 2 is also here to provide free resources.  If you have a question about working with a deaf and hard of hearing student in transition, please contact 
help@pepnet.org

Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective - August Social

 
The Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective invites you to our August social to welcome new and old friends. At our socials, we welcome non-disabled allies and non-students, but we ask that those who do not have disabilities be aware of their status when talking about disability experiences.
 
Time
Saturday, August 30th, 2014
12pm - 3pm
 
Place
Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill 
419 8th Street SE
Washington DC 20003
 
About Us
The Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective (WMDSC, pronounced "whim-disk") seeks to unite disabled students/students with disabilities throughout the Washington Metro area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia, to collaborate in organizing for disability access, equality, and inclusion on our campuses. We strive to work intersectionally across queer, trans*, gender, race, class, immigration, and faith issues through organizing for disability rights. Our board members are Lydia Brown, Nai Damato, LaVonnya Gardner, Deepa Goraya, and Natalia Rivera-Morales.
 
RSVP
You may RSVP via one or more of these methods. We encourage RSVPs by Monday, August 25th, if you are sure you will be attending.
 
Public Transit
The closest metro station is Eastern Market, on the Blue, Silver, and Orange lines. By bus, you can take the 90, 92, 93, 32, 34, or 36 to come within one block of the restaurant. Feel free to use the Facebook event page (link above) to arrange carpooling or other shared travel.
 
Noise Level
Low, but could rise to medium depending on other patrons. Other people will be there at the same time as us.
 
Menu
The menu has gluten-free and vegetarian options. The manager said that they often have patrons who have food allergies, GF/CF, or other dietary needs, and are happy to accommodate and point to the compatible items on the menu. All items are halal, but might not be kosher. Items range in spiciness from spicy to medium to mild. There is an excellent selection of delicious sweet desserts as well.
 
Mobility Access
Wide, low-incline ramp to enter restaurant. Plenty of space between and around tables. Bathrooms have room to turn and are wheelchair accessible inside. Bathroom doors are heavy and do not have an automatic button. 
 
Fragrances/Scents
In main restaurant area, you can smell all of the food scents, which are Pakistani/Indian. In bathrooms, you can smell strong cleaning chemicals. We are asking attendees not to wear anything with perfumes or scents, and will have baking soda on hand in case people arrive scented.
 
ASL Access
We will not have professional interpreters at the social event, but there will be at least one community member present who can mediate between spoken English and ASL (including tactile ASL). 
 
Name Tags
We will have name tags available for everyone with scent-free markers. You should write your preferred name. You can choose to write your pronouns on your name tag (encouraged but optional). Important: Even though we will have name tags, you must also introduce yourself verbally (if you use speech or AAC) or in ASL. 
 
Contact
Lydia Brown, WMDSC President
Voice or text message to (202) 618-0187.

“Duty to WarnThe Suicide of Robin Williams: Why We Need a Grand Jury Inquest to Investigate It (by Gary G. Kohls, MD)

Controversial Critical Analysis re: the Death of Robin Williams, Written by a Holistic Medical Practitioner (Connected with the “Mad Pride” Movement)
Note: The Staff of the SU Disability Cultural Center shares this essay for your interest, in the spirit of Free Speech.  We are not taking a “position” on the tragic death of Mr. Williams, nor are we commenting on the mental health profession or the psychopharmacology industry.  Please feel free to direct any questions or comments to SU DCC Director, Dr. Diane Wiener: dwiener@syr.edu.  Thank you.
Duty to WarnThe Suicide of Robin Williams: Why We Need a Grand Jury Inquest to Investigate It (by Gary G. Kohls, MD)


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Syracuse, NY 13244

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