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March, 08 2018

The First Issue!

The following is the first Disability Cultural Center weekly digest highlighting all of the events, announcements, and news that we have collected throughout the week.  Each Friday, the digest will be sent and posted on the DCC website.  Any contributions you wish to have posted, please submit to sudcc@syr.edu by 9:00AM every Thursday.  Enjoy!

Syracuse University Events

Disability Awareness Month Schedule of Events

9/30 Chalking the Quad to raise awareness of “Why Disability Matters,” with members of the Disability Student Union (DSU), an undergraduate group for students with and without disabilities. 7:30 p.m., near Hendricks Chapel.  For more information, contact DSU President Leah Nussbaum at: lmnussba@syr.edu.
Screening of Through the Same Door followed by Q & A session with Micah Fialka-Feldman. Hoople Building, room 108, 7 to 9 p.m.; light refreshments served; American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided; cosponsored by the Disability Cultural Center, the Disability Student Union, the Disability Law Society, and the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee. Film is closed-captioned in English.
Disability Cultural Center Open House. 
Hoople Building, rooms 105, 106, and 108, 5 to 7 p.m.; light refreshments served; American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided; information regarding Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) available.
Syracuse International Film Festival: The Image in Disability Showcase. Watson Auditorium, 3:30 p.m.; sponsored by the School of Education. Contact Dean Douglas Biklen (dpbiklen@syr.edu) with any questions. All films are closed-captioned in English.
What Does Queer Politics Have To Do With Disability Justice: A Keynote by Emi Koyama
October is Coming Out Month. Keynote Emi Koyama will explore the intersections of disability justice, queer/trans* rights, and feminism through critically examining social and medical practices around ‘queer’ bodies. Followed by a Q & A and dessert reception. Co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the LGBT Resource Center, the Disability Cultural Center, and the LGBT Studies Program & Minor. Watson Theater, 7:00 p.m.; American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided. Requests for accommodations and any questions can be directed to the LGBT Resource Center at: lgbt@syr.edu, by 10/9.

Student luncheon with Ethiopian disability rights activists, Wesenyelesh Admasu (Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association) and Meseret Mamo Kombolcha (Ethiopian Human Rights Commission).  Cosponsored by the Disability Cultural Center, the Slutzker Center for International Services, the Disability Rights Clinic, and the Disability Law and Policy Program. 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at Rachel’s in the Sheraton Hotel. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided. Please RSVP (including any accommodations requests) to sudcc@syr.edu by Oct. 21.
Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations, Part 3: Lives Worth Living 
with Adrienne Asch, William Peace, and Stephen Kuusisto. SU College of Law, MacNaughton Hall, Room104 at 5:30 p.m.; reception and book signing at 6:30 p.m. in Heritage Lounge, White Hall, Room 336. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be provided during the presentation; ASL interpretation will be provided during the reception and book signing. This event is made possible by the Cocurricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs, and cosponsorship by the Disability Cultural Center, the Renee Crown University Honors Program, the Center on Human Policy, the Disability Student Union, the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, the Disability Law Society, and others, to be confirmed.
Student Luncheon with Disabilities as Ways of Knowing, Part 3 presenters. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. at Rachel’s in the Sheraton Hotel. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided. Please RSVP (including any accommodations requests) tosudcc@syr.edu by Oct. 23.
Adrienne Asch presents a lunchtime talk at SUNY Upstate, sponsored by the Consortium for Culture and Medicine and the Disability Cultural Center. Contact Professor Rebecca Garden: gardenr@UPSTATE.EDU for details.  

Coming Out Day Participation

Please see the following announcement about our upcoming “You Are Not Alone” list, to be published in the Daily Orange in honor of Coming Out Month on October 10, 2013.
To submit your name for inclusion on this list, pleasee-mail lgbt@syr.eduby 5 PM on Friday, October 5th from your syr.edu e-mail accountwith the following:
-          Your name as you would like it to appear in the publication.  (Please note that due to space constraints, we cannot include campus affiliation or degree/professional credentials such as Ph.D., MSW, etc.)

In the fall of 2010, in response to the mainstream media’s focus on LGBT youth suicides across the country, the LGBT Resource Center launched the “You Are Not Alone” initiative on campus, giving away over 700 t-shirts. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members changed their online profile pictures to the “You Are Not Alone” logo for National Coming Out Day on October 11, 2010.

In an effort to sustain our message that there is support and resources across our University, we are changing our annual Out & Ally list to a list of Syracuse University students, faculty, staff, and alumni who want you to know that “You Are Not Alone.” The list will appear in the Daily Orange on October 11, 2012 with the following statement:

“We understand the importance of National Coming Out Day (October 11th) and what it means to “come out.” We also know that you don’t have to “come out” to find support. The names listed here are a declaration to Syracuse University/SUNY ESF of our celebration and recognition to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, asexual, communities (people with marginalized genders and sexualities) and their allies. Advocacy, support, and outreach are available through a variety of people, places, and resources…we want to make it clear that You Are Not Alone.

We acknowledge that we must work within and across our identities to demonstrate our commitment as a University community, and that isolation can happen regardless of whether there is support or outreach. Our names listed here demonstrate the importance of shedding our invisibility to anyone who is struggling to find support, to people with shared experiences, or to people who may be experiencing a lack of campus connection, we want you know You Are Not Alone”

"Through the Same Door" Film Viewing and Q&A with Micah Fialka-Feldman

Micah Fialka-Feldman
is a teacher assistant, peer trainer, national speaker, and pioneer who fights for disability-pride, justice, and inclusion. He is part of the first wave of adults with intellectual disabilities attending college and has been fully included in school and community.
What: Viewing of the documentary "Through the Same Door" (Closed Captioned in English) followed by Q&A with Micah
Where: Hoople Building Room 108
When: Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, 7-9PM
What Else: Light refreshments will be served and ASL interpretation provided.
Please contact sudcc@syr.edu or call (315)443-4486 for accommodations or questions by 9/24/13.
Sponsored by:
Disability Cultural Center
Disability Student Union
Disability Law Society
Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee
This inspiring film documents the new movement of fully inclusive education by exploring Micah’s desire for a life without boundaries. As a high school student, Micah wanted the college experience and he got it. See how it's done, learn how it works, and witness how Micah’s journey challenges us all to reexamine what we believe possible.

 Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) Open House and Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion—Continuing the Legacy: Syracuse University’s Commitment to Veterans
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM on Friday, October 4, 2013
Whitman School of Management, Helaine and Marvin Lender Auditorium 721 University Avenue, Syracuse, New York 13244 (View Map)
Open House
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Friday, October 4, 2013
Institute for Veterans and Military Familes 700 University Avenue, Suite 303, Syracuse, New York 13244-2530 (View Map)

Comedy Performance

A Performance and Lecture and Rant by Tim Miller
Tuesday, October 22, 7pm 500 Hall of Languages
A highly stimulating and opinionated rant with performance about identity, the culture wars, and queer strategies for the future. Q&A to follow.
Co-sponsored by Drama, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, LGBT Studies and the LGBT Resource Center

Syracuse and Regional Events

Move 5k Run, Walk, Roll at Green Lakes: SUNY Upstate Physical Therapy Education Dept & Move Along Inc.


Call for Papers and Conferences

Call for Papers:The Invisible Employee: Deviance and Work Mini Conference at this year's Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting 2014:

Good Morning All,
I am pleased to invite you to submit an abstract to  the The Invisible Employee: Deviance and Work Mini Conference at this year's Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting 2014:
Below you will find a call for proposals and submission requirements.
We look forward reading about your work and encourage you to distribute this to your networks
Call for Papers
Organizers: Natasha C. Pratt-Harris and Laurens Van Sluytman, Morgan State University
Harold Bailey, Open Society Institute
Nicole R. Williams, Anne Arundel Community College
We invite submissions of abstracts for a mini-conference entitled The Invisible Employee: Deviance and Work.  The mini-conference will be held in Baltimore Maryland from February 20th-23rd, 2014, during the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. We invite papers from faculty, students, and other professionals.  We are considering abstracts that cover the many aspects of deviance and work, but are particularly interested in papers related to prison and post-release employment in the 21st century, social capital and the underground economy, alternative labor for the alternative lifestyle, and the criminal professional. 
Prison and Post-release Employment in the 21st Century includes research related to employment for inmates and former inmates in the 21st century.  Papers should offer empirical evidence of employment within an examination of the economy, supported work initiatives/ employment programs, and advocacy for those who are incarcerated or have been released from jail/prison. 
Social Capital and the Underground Economy includes research related to the unrecognized labor force and markets that engage in the sale and purchase of untaxed, unregulated goods and services. Where community transformations, such as deindustrialization, devolution, urban renewal, and neighborhood decay have impacted communities, nationally, some rely on social capital and participation in informal markets to meet basic needs.
Alternative Labor for the Alternative Lifestyle includes research related to those who work within the alternative lifestyle industry.  This may include research on work within the following “invisible” professions: alternative medicine, alternative sexual lifestyle, alternative education, alternative living arrangements, alternative diet and nutrition, and alternative religions.
The Criminal Professional includes research related to those who work as professionals but simultaneously engage in criminal activity.  Social scientists have investigated contemporary examples of the criminal professional like the judge kickback scandal in Wilkes-Barr, PA involving Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan. We welcome papers related to the socio-cultural and psycho-social predictors and/or realities of life for men and women who work in upstanding professions but engage in criminal activity as well.
Abstracts must be submitted by October 1st, 2013 to Natasha.PrattHarris@morgan.edu.  Accepted abstracts will be announced by October 11th, 2013.  A full draft of accepted papers will be due by February 3rd, 2014.  All abstracts not accepted for the mini-conference will be forwarded for consideration in the regular paper session. Questions about the mini-conference should be directed to Natasha C. Pratt-Harris – Natasha.PrattHarris@morgan.edu or 443-885-3506.  
Submission Instructions:
Your abstract submission must have clearly stated:
  • Presentation Title
  • Lead Presenter and Abstract Contact (Name, job title or role (e.g., student), organization, address, phone #, email)  
    *All communication regarding presentations will be sent to the lead presenter only.
  • Additional Presenters and their Organization (up to 5)
  • Additional Non-presenting Authors and their Organization (up to 5)
  • Lead Presenter and Additional Presenters Biographies and Credentials
  • Learning Objectives of Session (up to 3). Describe, in measurable terms using a behavioral verb (such as describe, discuss, explain) what attendees will be able to do following participation in the session. The learning objectives should provide a clear focus for your session. Words to avoid: understand, know, learn.
  • Abstract Text:
  • In 500 words or less, clearly describe the purpose or need for the research/area of interest, the methods utilized, the results or lessons learned. Please include why the session is relevant to sociology and related disciplines (e.g., public health, social work), how the session relates to essential services (e.g., developing policy, mobilizing partnerships, etc), how your session supports the theme of the conference (Theme: Invisible Work). 
  • Include the following in your submission:
  • Purpose: Present main research questions, hypothesis, needs
  • Methods: Include descriptions of participants, procedures, instrumentation, data analysis, or the equivalent
  • Results: Results presented in the poster can be preliminary, incomplete (in process of data collection), and can include anticipated or speculated results
  • Implications: Clearly present the “take home messages” from your investigation


Laurens G. Van Sluytman, Ph.D. LCSW
Assistant Professor
Morgan State University
School of Social Work
1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Room 347
Baltimore, Maryland 21251

Tele: 443-885-3901
Fax: 443-885-8241

Call for Submissions: World Turning: Race Class, Gender, and Global Climate Change

We would like to invite you to become a part of a new edited volume addressing global climate change, tentatively titled
World Turning: Race, Class, Gender, and Global Climate Change! For this unique volume (publisher to be confirmed once submissions are), we are seeking contributions from academics and activists with experience and expertise in addressing the social dimensions of global climate change  in their work, with a particular focus on intersections of race, class, gender, and other social markers.
World Turningis intended to be a multidisciplinary reader that will introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the major issues and debates surrounding the study of intersectionality and global climate change. The volume will be broadly organized into sections on the social and natural sciences, as well as public health, art and literature.
Specifically, we are seeking essays or articles between 15-25 pages  (including notes) that address any aspect of climate change: legal, political, social, educational, agricultural, economic, religious, sexual, ideological, international, local, etc. and that incorporate an intersectional analysis. In addition, we are seeking original essays, poetry, investigative reporting or other creative works (including art) that also address climate change in relation to any form of activism.  Contributions may be visual, empirical, theoretical or any other creative form.

If you are interested in contributing, please submit as soon as possible a 500 word abstract of your piece (or details / examples of your art / activism) with the title, author, and institutional or organizational affiliation (if any) to
tcc.denise@yahoo.com(to avoid spam blocker please put in subject line: World Turning).
Denise & the WT Editors
Denise Torres, LCSW, ABD
Torres Counseling & Consulting

Doctoral Candidate, Social Welfare, GC-CUNY


Call for Papers ESS Mini-conference: Deafness and Society

\(Please respond directly to the organizers)
ESS Mini-conference: Deafness and Society
Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society
February 20-23, 2014
Baltimore Hilton
            This mini-conference will explore the sociology of deafness and d/Deaf cultural experience, and also the ways that including deaf people’s perspective can enrich sociological understandings across a variety of topics and fields. Sessions could include empirical papers, but they could also include ‘thought’ papers about proposed research, theoretical perspectives from sociology, or critical reviews of the state of knowledge in the area.  There could also be opportunities for poster sessions, especially if students are involved.
            Topics related to deafness and society might include:
1.      Family issues
2.      Educational issues, including the education of professionals
3.      Issues of identity, especially multiple identities
4.      Research methodology issues
5.      Legal or policy issues
6.      Criminology/crime/justice issues
7.      Health and health access issues
8.      Technology issues
We are also open to other topics.  If you are interested in working on a topic, please contact the organizer, Sharon Barnartt (Sharon.barnartt@gallaudet.edu).  If you know other people who present on an issue, please forward our call or send suggestions to Prof. Barnartt.  If you would like to be a discussant or presider, let her know that, also.
We need to have paper titles, names, and email addresses to Sharon.barnartt@gallaudet.edu  by October 10 so that any papers that are not accepted can be passed along to the general abstract system.  Email me at Sharon.barnartt@gallaudet.edu with ideas, questions, etc. 
Sharon Barnartt
Gallaudet University

Call for Abstracts: The Sociology of the Body and Embodiment Mini-Conference, ESS Meeting, February 20-23, Baltimore Hilton

The significance of body studies has been demonstrated in its first few decades by the plethora of attention the body has received from feminist theory, cultural studies, queer theory, and critical race studies; the expansive treatment of the body’s representations in nearly all areas of cultural life; a renewed interest in embodied experience and phenomenology; and a rethinking of the materiality of the body in disability studies, science studies, health and illness, and social studies of medicine. New issues in the field include the role of affect in embodiment theory, the renewal of interest in ontology, the rise of new materialism, post-positivism and critical realism, a rethinking of the legacies of postmodernism, and transformations in the relation of the humanities to the natural sciences. This mini-conference will draw attention to contemporary sociological work on the body, addressing such themes as:
·         the body and marginalized populations, and the embodiment of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, nation, or how does the sociology of the body contribute to understanding inequality?
·         sociological engagement with phenomenology, perception and embodiment
·         health and illness, bioethics and the sociology of the body
·         body projects and body modifications, including body-machine interfaces
·         critical engagements with biology, epigenetics, and the neurosciences as they relate to embodiment
·         assemblage and affect theories of the body and their applications
·         the new materialisms and body studies
·         the body in disability studies, including the prosthetics and assistive technologies related to disability, chronic illness and mobility, the role of the body in conceptualizing disability, and bodily variation
·         transembodiment and queer embodiment
·         fat studies
·         culture, aesthetics, performance, art and the body
·         the body and social theory now
·         the body and “invisible work” - invisible, unpaid, unacknowledged, and under-valued work
Other topics related to the sociology of the body are also welcome. Please send abstracts of up to 350 words directly to the mini-conference organizer, Victoria Pitts-Taylor, at vpitts@gc.cuny.edu . Submissions must have the subject line ESS Body Conference and be submitted by October 10, 2013. Abstracts that are not accepted will be forwarded to the main conference for general submission. 
Emily Mahon
Executive Officer
Eastern Sociological Society
Department of Sociology
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ  07470
Join us for the 2014 Annual Meeting:
"Invisible Work" February 20-23, 2014
Baltimore Hilton, Baltimore, MD

Announcements and News

News Update: WNUSP Team attending the UN High Level Meeting 23 September 2013 

The High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development  will be held at UN Headquarters in New York  on 23 September, the day prior to the commencement of the General Debate of the 68th session of the General Assembly. The theme of the High Level Meeting will be: “The way forward: A disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond.”
Robinah Alambuya, Board member of WNUSP and Chairperson of PANUSP has been invited by the President of the UN General Assembly to address this High Level Meeting. At the Meeting, Governments are expected to adopt an Outcome Documentcreated to support the aims of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities.
The Outcome Document is the result of extensive negotiations by Member States and input from organizations of persons with disabilities and other relevant stakeholders. Preparation has been ongoing since 2012, comprising of informal, online, and regional consultations. The agreed text of the Outcome Document is attached as an annex to this newsletter.
With Robinah at the events surrounding this important event next week are WNUSP international representative, Tina Minkowitz and Co-Chair of WNUSP, Salam Gomez.
An Advocacy Paper (attached) has been prepared by the Technical Resource Group of WNUSP,  for the discussions at this United Nations event where the main points are:
The WNUSP advocates that the legal barriers to full enjoyment of all human rights be removed, as a first step towards effective participation and full inclusion within theDevelopment process. Specifically:
 (1) repeal of any legal provisions that authorize detention or compulsory treatment in mental health settings;
(2) repeal of any legal provisions that authorize guardianship or substituted decision-making, a position that is congruent with provisions 12 and 14 of the CRPD.  And finally,
(3) In compliance with Article 19 of the CRPD, ensure the right of choice to live in the community and being able to access a variety of support and recovery servicesnecessary for full inclusion within the Development process and living a life of autonomy and dignity. 

AASPIRE's Healthcare Toolkit Goes Live and Research Participation

We are VERY excited to announce the opportunity to try out AASPIRE’s Healthcare Toolkit, an interactive web-based toolkit that may help improve healthcare for adults on the autism spectrum.
Be among the first to try out the toolkit, and participate in our research study to help us learn what you think of the toolkit. Visit our website to find out more:
Please feel free to share this opportunity far and wide throughout the US J
Katherine McDonald, PhD, FAAIDD| Associate Professor | Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition
                                                               | Faculty Fellow           | Burton Blatt Institute

Syracuse University
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

426 Ostrom Avenue, Room 215

Syracuse, New York 13244
(t)BBI: 315.443.6140 Falk: 315.443.5313(f)BBI: 315.443.9725Falk: 315.443.9807(e)kemcdona@syr.edu
Project ETHICS is recruiting focus group participants!http://bbi.syr.edu/projects/ethics

Book Announcement!

Congrats to Pam Walker (Center on Human Policy) on her new book:

A Surgeon's Story: The Autobiography of Robert T. Morris

Disney News

Disney tightens up resort disability program http://t.co/Ij8QGMFChe

Book and Website Announcement

I have been working on two projects, which I think will interest you. Both focus on the hundreds of thousands of adults, children, and combat veterans with mental disabilities, who, without reliable proof or sound empirical evidence, are deemed to be dangerous in often biased criminal, juvenile justice, and civil legal proceedings. As a result, these vulnerable, stigmatized, feared, and often despised adults and children are denied their fundamental rights, deprived of minimally decent care and treatment, abused, neglected, incarcerated, criminalized, executed, or otherwise mistreated. They comprise one of America’s most highly discriminated against populations, whose plight deserves careful scrutiny, particularly to reform the ever expanding laws and policies that we now use to confine them indefinitely and punitively, coercively, and inhumanely manage their lives. 
The first project—Mental Disability, Violence, and Future Dangerousness: Myths Behind the Presumption of Guilt (Rowman & Littlefield, October 2013)—explains and documents, using multi-disciplinary perspectives, how these travesties of justice arose and have been perpetuated in the United States, and what can be done to correct them. I think you will find these perspectives to be original, illuminating, and thought-provoking, whether or not you agree with each of the conclusions and recommendations.
The second project—mentaldisabilitylawreflections.com—is a personal website and blog featuring serialized essays, other materials, and opportunities for comments and interactive discussions on these critical—but woefully neglected—legal and public policy issues. The website also describes the book and its contents, quotes David DeMatteo, John Monahan, and Michael Perlin on what each of them thought about the book and the issues it covers, and informs potential readers how to purchase hardback or electronic copies.
The book and website/blog draw upon my thirty-five years of accumulated knowledge and experience as a lawyer, researcher, writer, substantive editor, and advocate for change in the mental disability law field. I hope you will take a moment to visit mentaldisabilitylawreflections.com where you can read more about my background and the purpose of the website.
I also would be very grateful if you would circulate this e-mail to your colleagues and those in your organizations and affiliated groups, who might be interested. Your contacts are the best way I know to spread the word. Currently, there is no legal, mental disability, public policy, public health, or social science organization addressing the special needs of this growing population, and very little movement towards making it a priority.
Please do not hesitate to e-mail me directly if you have questions, suggestions, comments, or would like to exchange website links. 
Thank youand take care. 
John Weston Parry, J.D. (mdlreflections@gmail.com)

SU Visiting Scholar Published Article! -Mujde Koca

Koca-Atabey, M. (latest articles). A personal validation of the social nature of disability: different environments, different experiences. Disability & Society.

MPAS Lawsuit

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc. (MPAS) has filed suit against a Roseville doctor who refused to treat a four-year-old boy for a common cold because the boy has cerebral palsy. The lawsuit was filed in Macomb County Circuit Court on Aug. 15 citing violations of the boy’s rights as a person with a disability under the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
“Access to medical care for persons with disabilities, free from discrimination, is an important and critical civil right that must be protected,” said Chris Davis,  MPAS attorney representing the boy and his family.
The mother of the boy took her son to see the Roseville doctor because her health insurance provider assigned the doctor as the boy’s primary care physician. The doctor informed the mother that they would not provide treatment for the boy because he was a “special needs” child and that their office was exempt from treating such patients. The doctor did not examine the boy or provide a referral to another doctor. In Michigan, there is no lawful exemption from the state, Medicaid or any insurance provider that would exempt a doctor from refusing treatment to a person solely based on their disability.
“It’s been a priority of both the Department of Justice and MPAS to protect the right of persons with disabilities to access health care and doctors need to be aware of their responsibilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the American with Disabilities Act and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act. Hopefully this case will serve to educate other health care providers,” said Mark Cody, Legal Director at MPAS. 
MPAS, the organization designated by the governor to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan, holds assuring equal access to affordable, quality health care as one of their main advocacy platforms.

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