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July, 28 2017

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

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

SU HAPPENINGS

Syracuse Announces Fall Carver Reading Series

Chalk the Quad for Deaf Awareness Week

SU NEWS

Taishoff Family Foundation Gives 3 Million to SOE to Support Expansion of InclusiveU

Seminar Gives Students Chance to Reflect on Study Abroad Experience

CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

Syracuse University Campus Climate Survey

ACL Grantee Seeks Supported Decision-Making Resources

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Disability Scoop 9.4.15

DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: August 30 - September 5, 2015

Academic Freedom, Disability, and a Little Thing Called Human Sexuality

Blog post of interest by SU Graduate Student (and DCC GA), Kate Pollack

Prof. Bill Peace on academic freedom, disability and sexuality

GIVE STIGMA THE BOOT!

8 NEW UPDATES TO THE DCC YOUTUBE CHANNEL:

Take Away the Suit, and What are You? Deibel & Al-Mohammed

Take Away the Suit, and What are You? Welcome To Our "CripCon"!

Take Away the Suit, and What are You? Becky Curran

Why I Am A Bioconservative: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Game Over...? Gilles Stromberg

Game Over...? Alec Frazier

Game Over...? Angela Smith

Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: Nora Johnsen

 
 


SU HAPPENINGS

Syracuse Announces Fall Carver Reading Series

http://asnews.syr.edu/newsevents_2015/releases/carver_series_fall.html

  


 

Chalk the Quad for Deaf Awareness Week

Invitation from Christy Kalebic, President of the Disability Student Union

Welcome Back! Get Ready to Chalk the Quad!!!

We are hard at work planning lots of cool events for this year, and we will be starting meetings very shortly. We have a few more things to sort out and then we will send out an email informing you all of our first meeting, so stay posted! Although we haven't started meeting yet, I just wanted to let everyone know that we will be chalking the quad for Deaf Awareness Week, on Sunday September 20th, from 5-7pm!!

This is always a fun way to get together and meet other people interested in disability and access. We will be on the steps of Hendricks with chalk and blasting music, so grab a friend, or two, and bring your creativity! No artistic ability necessary, trust me, I can't even draw stick people. Invite whomever you'd like, the more the merrier! We are also working on planning another event for Deaf Awareness Week, we will be sure to keep you updated and let you know as soon is it's finalized.  If you need any accommodations, including ASL interpretation, please email me, by September 13th. Christy Kalebic cqkalebi@syr.edu

See you on the quad!!

  


SU NEWS

Taishoff Family Foundation Gives 3 Million to SOE to Support Expansion of InclusiveU


CALLS FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND PARTICIPANTS

Syracuse University Campus Climate Survey: YOUR PARTICIPATION IS REQUESTED!

SU is developing an extensive survey to be distributed in Spring 2016 to assess "Campus Climate." An external consulting group is organizing the process and the survey creation leaders have begun to identify key questions that need to be asked. The planning group involves students, faculty, and staff from around the university.  The survey will be distributed to all students, staff, and faculty.

Currently, a survey instrument is under development. In order to get input from a wide variety of participants, extensive focus groups will be held on Monday, October 26. There are all sorts of different "categories": grad students, law students, tenure/tenure track faculty, hourly, international, LGBTQ, veterans, people with disabilities,  etc.

Assessing campus climate involves reviewing current attitudes, behaviors, and practices of employees and students here at SU.  It includes trying to capture personal experiences both in and out of the classroom, perceptions, and institutional efforts.  So, you can see why having input from a wide variety of campus members is key, especially as a survey instrument is being refined.

For more information, or if you want to help, please contact  Prof. Levey: lslevey@law.syr.edu or Dean Bea Gonzalez: bgonzale@uc.syr.edu.

 

 

ACL Grantee Seeks Supported Decision-Making Resources

Call for Submissions: Supported Decision-Making Tools and Best Practices

The National Resource Center for Supported Decision Making, operated by Quality Trust, an ACL grantee, is expanding its library of supported decision-making resources. Supported decision-making empowers older adults and people with disabilities by ensuring that they are the ultimate decision-makers in their  lives. In addition, the model is flexible enough to allow people to receive support from others in some areas of their lives, while still maintaining overall self-determination and control.

Supported decision-making tools can include durable powers-of-attorney, advance directives, health care proxies, representative payee regimes, direct bank deposit systems, and peer support programs. Please submit materials to Shirley Bondon, Quality Trust’s Health and Aging Policy Fellow.

  


NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Disability Scoop 9.4.15


DREAM Weekly Email, Disability and Higher Education in the News: August 30 - September 5, 2015 (with some summer catch-up!)  

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

Sponsored by the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University and the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

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Weekly Email Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education 

Week of August 30 – September 5, 2015

** WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE!  AS USUAL, THIS ISSUE AND THE NEXT FEW ISSUES ARE A LITTLE LONGER AS WE CATCH UP ON SUMMER NEWS. **

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 Disability and higher education in the news (in no particular order):

* After appeal of a 2014 decision, the US District court upheld the need for the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to offering better disability accommodation policies and practices:  http://casinstitute.org/news/law-school-admission-council-implement-sweeping-changes-testing-accommodation-procedures-test

* Professor Bill Peace of Syracuse University wrote about nurses teaching him to have sex after a spinal injury – the controversial piece for Northwestern University has led to censorship and resignation of a highly regarded professor: http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232765/

* Some incoming students at Duke University are boycotting the book Fun House on their recommended (and optional) reading list.  The book has nudity and discusses sexuality, mental health, suicide, and family dynamics (heads up - this article about the controversy may offend those of you with delicate sensibilities): http://www.dailydot.com/geek/duke-freshmen-fun-home-controversy/

* College with food allergies can be tricky, but one mom offers some solid advice to students and their parents (although colleges could learn a thing or two from her, as well): http://allergicliving.com/2015/08/20/college-with-food-allergies-lessons-from-a-seasoned-mom/

* Need a therapy animal on campus to treat a disability?  You should know about the agreement between the US Department of Justice and the University of Nebraska at Kearney, which says such animals may be allowed if needed for a disability, including mental health disorders: http://www.omaha.com/agreement-means-therapy-dogs-can-live-on-campus-with-mental/article_abed9424-5265-11e5-9927-4b10a06d3fe9.html

* Professor Gleb Tsipursky at The Ohio State University says everyone’s focused on mental health of students, but faculty with mental and emotional health concerns need to start coming out of the closet to talk about their needs and the stigma they face: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/09/coming_out_of_the_mental_healt.html

* A hard-of-hearing nurse with 15 years of experience is kicked out of Terra State Community College’s program for…you guessed it…trying to get a degree in nursing while being hard-of-hearing: http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/29926105/honors-student-at-terra-college-says-kicked-out-because-of-disability

* The trial of Rutgers-Newark professor Anna Stubblefield continues, with the judge now ruling that she may not explain studies of facilitated communication, even if these formed her opinions and actions.  She is accused of sexual abuse of a male research partner who uses facilitated communication, and the debate is whether or not he could give consent, and if he has mental/cognitive disabilities: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/08/judge_sets_rules_for_rutgers_professors_testimony.html (background for story is at https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/23/rutgers-philosophy-professor-accused-sexually-assaulting-disabled-research-partner)

* Austin Peay State University is piloting a new program offering coaching, tutoring, peer mentoring, and other intensive services to students with autism who are registered with disability services: http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/2015/08/11/apsu-starts-pilot-program-students-autism/31490271/

* There is a single case of measles at UC Berkeley: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28735558/uc-berkeley-student-diagnosed-measles

* New insurance policies are coming out to cover college tuition, including the costs of dropping out for reasons related to disabilities – but are they worth it? http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2015/08/27/should-you-take-out-an-insurance-policy-to-cover-college-tuition/

* The University of Toledo is the first campus to offer an undergraduate major in disability studies: http://independentcollegian.com/2015/08/19/news/the-university-of-toledos-disability-studies-is-the-first-program-of-its-kind/

* Life as an adjunct instructor with a disability – a double bind: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1107-the-double-bind-of-the-disabled-adjunct

* A Swarthmore newspaper article notes that students rarely hear about others taking a break during college or returning to campus after a leave, but this happens all the time: http://swarthmorephoenix.com/2015/09/03/returning-from-time-off-students-readjust-2/

* “Suffering the Silence” is a new Australia-based online community for people with chronic illnesses (like lupus, AIDS, endometriosis), set up by two friends who realized they never talked about having chronic illnesses until they went to college: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/suffering-the-silence-supports-people-living-with-invisible-illness-2015-8#/#the-portraits-have-also-inspired-people-to-share-their-own-sufferingthesilence-pictures-1111111

* Alopecia is not just hair loss – a grad student at the University of Alabama says it can have a profound impact on a person’s self-esteem: http://thoughtcatalog.com/melissa-alpuche/2015/02/living-with-alopecia-it-is-more-than-just-hair-loss/

* Six campuses piloted a summer program to help first-generation students arrive on campus early, get settled in and earn extra money with work study jobs.  At Penn State Fayette, their jobs involved making course materials accessible for students with disabilities arriving in the fall: http://news.psu.edu/story/367306/2015/08/27/academics/students-make-course-content-accessible-during-summer-program

* Sex and disability is a controversial topic – Taylor & Francis collected some of its academic articles on the topic and are making them free of charge to the public.  The collection is at http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/beh/sexdisability

* Mental health resources on campus can vary considerably: http://www.citypaper.com/bcp-090215-college-mental-health-20150901-story.html

* Ever heard of the Nemeth Code?  It’s Braille used in math and science, and one “visually-impaired math nerd” would like to tell you more about that, as well as the other blind math nerd (and mathematics professor) who created the system: http://casinstitute.org/news/law-school-admission-council-implement-sweeping-changes-testing-accommodation-procedures-test

* Do you stay awake pondering the meaning of life, love…or disability?  Are you a proud philosophy major? Check out Disability Dialogues, where disabled philosophers share their thoughts on a variety of topics that can fuel your late-night discussions better than caffeine and sugar (next one is September 16): http://philosophycommons.typepad.com/disability_and_disadvanta/2015/09/dialogues-on-disability-on-wednesday-september-16th-at-8am-est.html

* South Africa is hoping to start offering services to college students with disabilities, right after it figures out how many disabled students are already on its campuses: http://www.grocotts.co.za/content/news-disabled-emc-support-planned-disabled-students-20-08-2015

* The Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID) has created a new online forum for educational interpreters (Kdg through higher ed).  This month’s vlog features a discussion of STEM signs from a Deaf engineer from NASA.  You can learn more or join the discussion at: http://www.mrid.org/educational-interpreters-community

* The University of Toledo newspaper published some tips for students to help them deal with stress and mental health concerns – take a look here: http://independentcollegian.com/2015/09/02/news/stress-how-it-affects-college-students-and-possible-ways-to-deal-with-it/

* Dr. Stephan Hawking uses a computer to communicate, and now the software is available free online: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33991887

* Oregon college student Bekah Miles has a tattoo that’s gone viral – it says “I’m Fine” or “Save Me” depending on the perspective, to show how people with depression may be silenced by stigma: https://www.yahoo.com/health/womans-trick-tattoo-perfectly-captures-the-128053900797.html

And a few related items of possible interest to college students:

* Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks passed away at age 82, after a lifetime of trying to “discover potential in people who aren’t thought to have any”: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/science/oliver-sacks-dies-at-82-neurologist-and-author-explored-the-brains-quirks.html?_r=0

* Jaime Lutz uses her blog to talk about how her ADHD is worse than having depression or anxiety because of stigma and the way others talk about it.  She objects to a few jokes and myths about ADHD (although FYI, ADHD *is* recognized as a disability, so she’s not factually accurate there): http://www.bustle.com/articles/104769-what-its-like-to-live-with-adult-adhd-the-myths-vs-the-reality

* 10 years after Katrina, there have been a few items remembering – here is a captioned 10-minute video (with no audio description) about the impact on direct service providers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7EN81ZOhrw.

* New York fashion week featured Madeline Stuart, an 18-year old with Down syndrome, but fashion isn’t making real strides toward inclusivity: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/aug/29/fashion-industry-diversity-models-disabilities-jillian-mercado-jamie-brewer

* Blind chef Laura Martinez has opened a new restaurant in Chicago: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/24/434088387/chef-wants-diners-to-remember-her-cooking-not-her-blindness?sc=17&f=1001&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

* Actor Wil Wheaton talks about his depression and anxiety, gaming, and finding “handholds” when life puts up walls to climb: http://wilwheaton.net/2015/08/tears-in-rain/

* An all-disability political party forms in Argentina’s second largest city, and they’re going to take on access issues and more: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/sep/02/all-disabled-party-tenemos-much-para-dar-mayoral-election-cordoba-argentina

* Designer Heidi McKenzie is designing jeans for wheelchair users, with plans for a full line of clothing: http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/lifestyle/paralyzed-designer-creates-jeans-for-people-in-wheelchairs/article/441734

* Switched at birth has a new storyline about Down syndrome – read more about it at http://www.themarysue.com/switched-at-birth/

* Worried about flying home from break?  The US Department of Transportation has issued guidelines to airlines about travelers with disabilities, suggesting they stop thinking of us as a risk and safety problem: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/08/31/airlines-flyers-disabilities/20755/

* There is a new newsletter for direct support professionals – for more information, contact Dave Hingsburger: http://davehingsburger.blogspot.com/2015/09/service-support-and-success-september.html

* Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk seems to disappear from public eye, but has now disclosed she’s undergoing treatment for depression: http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/28/435496360/after-questions-over-whereabouts-dallas-da-in-treatment-for-mental-illness?sc=17&f=1001&utm_source=iosnewsapp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=app

For more information about DREAM, the Taishoff Center, or AHEAD contact Wendy Harbour (wendy@ahead.org).  Wendy can also handle requests to subscribe or unsubscribe, so tell your friends how much you love getting these emails. 

By the way, please don't presume DREAM, the Taishoff Center, Syracuse University, or AHEAD agree with everything in these links we send out - we're just passing along the information so you can form your own opinions and do your own research on anything of interest.  Thanks.

  

Academic Freedom, Disability, and a Little Thing Called Human Sexuality


 

Blog post of interest by SU Graduate Student (and DCC GA), Kate Pollack


Prof. Bill Peace on academic freedom, disability and sexuality

http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232765/


GIVE STIGMA THE BOOT

Forwarded by and adapted from AJ French, of the National Disability Leadership Alliance:

The Kenneth Cole Foundation has erected a very damaging billboard that perpetuates fear about persons living with mental health conditions as violent.  

Please help circulate the petition below to get this billboard removed. Any efforts made by individuals or organizations to write a well-worded letter to the Kenneth Cole Foundation would be extremely appreciated.  Also, I have included several links (including my own blog) for anyone who might be interested.  For those who are active on twitter, hashtags are #takeitdown and #makeitright and #givestigmatheboot

Thanks in advance for your support in circulating the petition.

#GIVE STIGMA THE BOOT PETITION  

https://www.change.org/p/bill-de-blasio-new-york-governor-kenneth-cole-kenneth-cole-take-down-your-billboard-linking-mental-illness-and-gun-violence?recruiter=60408607&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

"Our basic identity, the core of who we are as human beings, is valuable.  Our lives have meaning, purpose and significance.  Without this fundamental understanding that each and every one of us are people of unlimited worth who are created capable of reaching our greatest aspirations, we live in spiritual poverty." -AJ French 


The National Disability Leadership Alliance(NDLA) is a national cross-disability coalition that represents the authentic voice of people with disabilities.

To subscribe to the list, send a request to gary8970@gmail.com
 



 

8 NEW UPDATES TO THE DCC YOUTUBE CHANNEL:

Take Away the Suit, and What are You? Deibel & Al-Mohammed

Take Away the Suit, and What are You? "Cripping" the Comic Con 2014: Deibel & Al-Mohammed

Take Away the Suit, and What are You? Welcome To Our "CripCon"!

Take Away The Suit, and What are You? “Cripping” the Comic Con 2014: Welcome To Our "CripCon"!

Take Away the Suit, and What are You? Becky Curran 

Take Away the Suit, and What are You? "Cripping" the Comic Con 2014: Becky Curran

Why I Am A Bioconservative: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Why I Am A Bioconservative: A Public Lecture by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson 10/23/14

Game Over...? Gilles Stromberg

Game Over...? Cripping The Comic Con 2015 Gilles Stromberg

Game Over...? Alec Frazier

Game Over...? "Cripping" The Comic Con 2015 Alec Frazier

Game Over...? Angela Smith

Game Over...? "Cripping" The Comic Con 2015 Angela Smith

Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: Nora Johnsen

Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: I Dream a World by Nora Johnsen
 
 


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