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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.

OCTOBER IS DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH!! Please take note of all the wonderful events that we have lined up! Click here for the poster.


**PRESS RELEASE AND EVENTS CALENDER** Disability Awareness Month, 2015

**Reminder**: Student Diversity Summit Saturday October 3

October is also COMING OUT MONTH

Call for Names: YOU ARE NOT ALONE list

Multicultural Mixer for students, faculty and staff

12th Annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony

Dimensions Mentoring Program

Students of Color Leadership Retreat

fullCIRCLE mentoring

Latino Hispanic Heritage Month Commemorative Speaker


Nominations sought for Syracuse University Dr. King Unsung Heroes Award

Annual Disability Employment Month


Call for Proposals: Disability Studies Topic area, 2016 Pacific Rim Conferencerce

Call for Proposals: "Toward Equity & Access: Illuminating the Pathways AHEAD"

Information regarding the Review of Disability Studies (RDS)

College Scholarship for LGBTQ Youth and Allies

LGBTQ Families Weekend Conference

DEADLINE EXTENDED for Creating Change Conference Scholarship Application


Professor at Florida State University teaches class to combat stereotypes about the blind

Regal Destiny makes going to movies easier for autistic children

NYTimes: Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis That Divides the Medical World

'Department of Ability' Comic Book Heroes Shoot Down Disability Stereotypes

Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

DREAM: Disability and Higher Education in the News 



**PRESS RELEASE AND EVENTS CALENDER** Disability Awareness Month, 2015

Disability Awareness Month Begins with Open House and Screening of Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out”

By Gerard McTigue

The Disability Cultural Center (DCC), within the Division of Student Affairs, along with a number of Syracuse University partners, will play host to a wide range of events throughout October, designated as Disability Awareness Month. The exciting list of events starts with a DCC Open House and inclusive screening of Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” in partnership with Orange After Dark (OAD).


Disability Awareness Month is about bringing attention to disabilities as a part of the human experience. The hope is that, after attending a host of informative and interesting events held throughout October, people will carry this new knowledge and experience into their lives throughout the entire year. There is a lot to be said about the effects of disabilities on society and its members. Through film, guest lectures, meals and more, members of the Syracuse University community can learn more about a topic that touches everyone’s lives in some way.

This year’s events list starts off with an exciting new partnership on the SU campus. “It’s an immense pleasure and privilege to commence Disability Awareness Month 2015 by screening ‘Inside Out’, our signature event, as a collaboration between Orange After Dark and the Disability Cultural Center,” says Diane Wiener, director of the DCC. “‘Inside Out’ presents students and all members of the Syracuse University community with a vibrant and engaging opportunity to come together and talk about our inner and outer lives.”

Orange After Dark, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, is a series of late-night programming for SU undergraduates to enhance their college experience. It is therefore the perfect match to increase awareness among Syracuse University students and engage with them on the subject of disabilities. “Orange After Dark is proud to partner with the Disability Cultural Center to present a groundbreaking initiative between these offices within the DSA,” says Courtney Jones, assistant director in the Office of Student Activities and coordinator of OAD programming. “We look forward to many more opportunities for collaboration with this office and many more across campus.”

For any and all questions or comments regarding Disability Awareness month, please contact Diane Wiener via email.

#DisabilityAwarenessSU on Twitter

List of Events

Friday, October 2

4th Annual Disability Cultural Center (DCC) Open House, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Rooms 105, 106 and 108, Hoople Building

Come visit with the DCC staff and community members over inclusive snacks to start off Disability Awareness Month right. The DCC coordinates campus-wide social, educational and cultural activities on disability issues for students, faculty, staff and community members with and without disabilities. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.

Friday, October 2

Orange After Dark (OAD) and Disability Cultural Center (DCC) Screening of “Inside Out”, 10:00 p.m. on the Quad

In celebration of Disability Awareness Month and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, OAD and the DCC present an inclusive screening of Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” with open captioning! There will be free inclusive snacks starting at 9:15pm and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. A discussion facilitated by Courtney Jones and Diane Wiener will be held directly following the film. They want to learn from the little voices inside YOUR head! For any accommodation requests, please contact oad@syr.edu as soon as possible.

This event’s information can be found here and the complete list of Orange After Dark events can be found at the OAD website. In the event of inclement weather, the location may be changed. Check the OAD website for updates. You can also download the SU Guides app to access full OAD event details. Orange After Dark is on Twitter: @OAD_SU #OrangeAfterDark  

Monday, October 5

The ADA at 25: Public Lecture and Discussion, 5:00 p.m., Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114, Bird Library

Featuring Professor Lennard Davis, author of the new book Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest. The Arts and Sciences News website has a story on the event here. An Amazon.com book review notes, “in this riveting account, acclaimed disability scholar Lennard J. Davis delivers the first behind-the-scenes and on-the-ground narrative of how a band of leftist Berkeley hippies managed to make an alliance with upper-crust, conservative Republicans to bring about a truly bipartisan bill.”

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided. Please contact Kate Hanson via email with any questions regarding accommodations and parking, by Thursday, October 1.

This event is co-sponsored by The Renée Crown University Honors Program, the College of Law, the Disability Cultural Center and the Consortium for Culture and Medicine.


Wednesday, October 7

Steven J. Taylor Memorial Reading Series: A Series of Gatherings to Remember, Honor and Uphold the Legacy of Dr. Steven J Taylor, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Room 013, Hoople Building

Presented by The Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC). Readings for discussion will include: Cory, White and Stuckey (2010) “Using Disability Studies Theory to Change Disability Services: A Case Study in Student Activism” and Taylor (2003) “Accommodating Beyond Compliance: The Faculty Mindset”. Please contact Layla Dehaiman via email for copies of the two readings and to be added to the BCCC listserv. All files are in Word. BCCC will have a round-table discussion about these readings and more about Professor Taylor will be shared. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and snacks provided.

Friday, October 16

A Place at the Table: Food Justice, Disability Rights: Celebrating the ADA @ 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Room 106, Hoople Building

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 will be a “lunch and learn” panel moderated by Dr. Diane R. Wiener, director of the Disability Cultural Center, to explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. Everyone has a place at the table!

The panel includes Food Studies’ Graduate Program Director and Professor Dr. Anne Bellows and Assistant Professor Dr. Evan Weissman. Please note: Due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict, Professor Arlene Kanter will be unable to attend as a panel member.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, gluten free food, and Kosher food will be provided.  Please indicate any accommodation requests by Friday, October 9 to sudcc@syr.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by the Disability Cultural Center, Lisa Thomas of Health Services, the Disability Student Union, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, the Food Studies Program, and the Disability Law and Policy Program at the College of Law. This event is made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.

Tuesday, October 20

"Along the 'Edges' of Intersectionality" with Assistant Professor Eunjung Kim, Ph.D., 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., The Leonard and Ruth Sainsbury Library, Tolley Humanities Building

As part of the Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Brown Bag Series and Disability Studies Brown Bag Series, Professor Kim of WGS and Cultural Foundations of Education will lead this lunchtime discussion on this important and unique subject.

Please send accommodation requests to Susann DeMocker-Shedd via email by Tuesday, October 13. 

Wednesday, October 21

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series (with Time for Mindful Meditation): Disability Culture, Faith, and Secularism, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

Central to the identity at Hendricks Chapel is the belief in the power of encouraging peaceful discourse across difference. In a nation and world of increasing polarization and conflict, it is essential to facilitate and model peaceful discourse for students. “Common and Diverse Ground: Raising Consciousness with Discussion and Mindfulness” is an interfaith dialogue dinner series that seeks to embody this commitment. Exploring the intersections of spirituality, secularism, and timely issues of the day, each interfaith dialogue dinner encourages intentional dialogue across differences. It is hoped that by gathering together on common ground over a shared meal, a vibrant environment of peaceful and life-giving conversation around important and potentially divisive issues can be created.

The session will be co-facilitated by chaplains, staff and students and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be present. Inclusive food will be provided and requests for accommodations or food queries should be made by Wednesday, October 14 by contacting Colleen Preuninger via email.

This series is co-sponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Disability Cultural Center, made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.

Wednesday, October 21

Disability Mentoring Day

The Disability Cultural Center, along with many sponsors across and beyond Syracuse University, will again be hosting a mentee for Disability Mentoring Day! Disability Mentoring Day is an international event hosted by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in collaboration with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Disability Mentoring Day is held annually on the third Wednesday of October.

Did you know October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held each October, NDEAM is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities and this year NDEAM is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects college students and recent graduates with disabilities to US Government and private sector employers nationwide. An annual database is compiled by December that federal and other employers then use to identify and further interview qualified persons for paid positions. More information can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor website and Chuck Reutlinger, associate director of SU Career Services, can be contacted via email regarding the Workforce Recruitment Program. Deadline for students to apply is October 16.



**Reminder**: Student Diversity Summit Saturday October 3

Student Diversity Summit, this Saturday, 10/3/15, from 8:30am to 4:00pm.  Please sign up, here:



October is also COMING OUT MONTH

The LGBT Resource Center presents:

Thursday, October 1st, 8-10 PM, Jabberwocky Café

Members of the LGBTQA campus communities are invited to this Coming Out Month kickoff event. Come socialize, listen to music, and enjoy delicious free food to celebrate the beginning of the queerest month of the year!

Coming Out Stories & Chalk the Quad
Wednesday, October 7th, 6:30 PM, Shemin Auditorium (Shaffer)

Come be a part of an SU/ESF tradition! Pride Union provides a platform for you to tell your story (or part of your story) about coming out, being out, or how you came to identify as an ally. This is followed by another Coming Out Month tradition, Chalk the Quad. Write a statement or draw some art about LGBTQA identities and support at SU/ESF.

You Are Not Alone List Published in the Daily Orange
Monday, October 12th, 2015
Email lgbt@syr.edu to have your name included!

Safer People, Safer Spaces Training
Wednesday, October 14th, 6-9 PM
Email lgbt@syr.edu to sign up!

Safer People, Safer Spaces is a 3-hour training that is as close to comprehensive as we can provide in that time. The training incorporates many different activities that allow participants to engage and develop their sense of allyship. Safer People, Safer Spaces stickers will be provided at the end of this training. Students are highly encouraged to attend!

Open Mic Night @ Café Q
Thursday, October 15th, 6-7 PM, LGBT Resource Center (750 Ostrom)

Please join us for a fun coffeehouse night! Share poetry, songs, and stories, and listen to others do the same. Coffee and cookies will be provided!

Queer & Trans* Yoga
Friday, October 16th, 2-4 PM, Ernie Davis Exercise Room

Queer & Trans* Yoga is a playful and nourishing yoga class specifically for the LGBTQA community. This class builds and celebrates community as we create space for each other and all of our different bodies and genders. This is a yoga class to bring your whole queer self to! 

Out @ Work
Featuring Will Simpkins
Monday, October 19th, 6:30-8:30 PM, Hall of Languages 500

Making decisions about being “out” about your sexuality and/or gender can add stress to career considerations. Will Simpkins, the director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will share his professional expertise and personal experiences about navigating “outness” during job searches and in the workplace.  Refreshments provided!

Coming Out Month Keynote: Dear Straight People Poetry Slam
Featuring: Alix Olson, Danez Smith, Yazmin Monet Watkins, and Kit Yan as emcee
Tuesday, October 27th, 7-9 PM, Hendricks Chapel

Four queer and trans* spoken word poets, Alix Olson, Danez Smith, Yazmin Monet Watkins, and Kit Yan, will perform original work, including poems entitled “Dear Straight People.” This will be a slam poetry style event.

Our discussion groups will be meeting throughout the month.
Embody (a discussion group for genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gender questioning, and trans* identified people) will meet on 10/7 and 10/21.
Fusion (a discussion group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, and asexual people of color) will meet on 10/8 and 10/22.
New 2 ‘Quse (a discussion group for students who are new to SU/ESF and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, asexual, and ally campus communities) on 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, and 10/26).


Call for Names: YOU ARE NOT ALONE list

In honor of Coming Out Month, the annual You Are Not Alone list will be published in the Daily Orange on Monday, October 12th. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni are all encouraged to contribute their names to this list.

To submit your name for inclusion, please email lgbt@syr.edu by 5 PM on Monday, October 5th from your Syracuse University/SUNY-ESF email account. In the body of the email, please include 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.

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 of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, and 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 connect with people with shared experiences, or who is experiencing a lack of campus connection. We want you to know that You Are Not Alone.  



Multicultural Mixer for students, faculty and staff

Thursday, October 8th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.

This mixer, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural affairs, is an opportunity to meet people and share information. Free food will be provided! If you would like to table at this event, please email Marissa Willingham.


12th Annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony

12th Annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony. Keynote address by Dr. Sonia Nieto, a leader in multicultural and bilingual education. Friday, October 16th, 4 PM. Hendricks Chapel. For more information, please email Huey Hsiao.



Dimensions Mentoring Program

Dimensions is a mentoring program for self-identified women of color. Dimensions serves first-year and upper-class students with an emphasis on African American/ Black, Asian American/ Pacific Islander, Latin@/ Hispanic, and Native/ Indigenous women. Dimensions endeavors to bring awareness to the issues that impact women from diverse backgrounds through a facilitated mentoring program where women of color support each other, engage in dialogue on issues affecting their communities, and acquire leadership and professional skills.

Dimensions is currently accepting first year applications for the 2015-2016 academic year! Apply for Dimensions online!


Students of Color Leadership Retreat

October 16 – 18. Oswegatchie Education Center, Crochgan, New York. Online applications  Free, all-inclusive weekend event. Kayaking, bonfire, high ropes, move night, mentorships, team building. All are welcome, however events are geared towards transfer and first year students.



fullCIRCLE Mentoring

fullCIRCLE is a sustainable, multilayered program designed to assist students in effectively adjusting to the different challenges of college life, including those that are academic, social, professional and personal in nature, with the goal of building community. The program serves first-year and upper-class students with an emphasis on African American/ Black, Asian American/ Pacific Islander, Latin@/ Hispanic, and Native American/ Indigenous students. fullCIRCLE promotes academic success, identity development, community leadership and social responsibility.

Apply for fullCIRCLE online!


Latino Hispanic Heritage Month Commemorative Speaker

This year’s commemorative speaker for Latin@ Hispanic Heritage Month is Alexandra Lúgaro, Puerto Rico’s first female independent candidate for governor. Lúgaro is a lawyer and entrepreneur, most recently serving as the executive director of América Aponte y Asociados.  For the last 15 years, she has successfully directed dozens of educational projects, improving student academic achievement in more than 500 schools in Puerto Rico. Lúgaro’s keynote will discuss the history and current conditions of Latin@s, and unveil her plan for the future of Puerto Rico.

Lúgaro will speak on Thursday, October 1, at 6 p.m.  in Slocum 214.



Nominations sought for Syracuse University Dr. King Unsung Heroes Award


Deadline: Monday, October 12, 2015

Dear Friend and Colleague:

Each year, Syracuse University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee presents “Unsung Heroes” awards to members of the greater Syracuse community who exemplify the spirit, life, and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., but who are not widely recognized for their efforts. The individuals or groups are recognized during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held in the Carrier Dome. This year’s event will be held on January 31, 2016. 

We seek your organization’s help in identifying recipients for this award. We are looking for people who have made a positive difference in the lives of others. Past recipients have been recognized for their work to advance human rights, nonviolence, diversity, and nondiscrimination; organize soup kitchens; provide help and companionship for the elderly and people with disabilities; promote youth mentoring programs; advocate for peace and justice; build bridges between diverse communities; and provide opportunities for people living on the margins of society.

Nominations can be made online at http://hendricks.syr.edu (click on the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration button on the right) or by mailing the attached form to the address indicated. Nominations may be submitted in any or all of the following categories: “community youth/teen”, “community adult”, “SU/SUNY ESF student” or “SU/SUNY ESF faculty/staff member.”

The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, October 12, 2015.

Thank you for your time and contributions that enable the University to recognize outstanding members of the Central New York community.

For more information contact Michelle Singletary at msinglet@syr.edu.



Annual Disability Employment Month

October is **Annual Disability Employment Month**


Please contact Associate Director of Career Services, Chuck Reutlinger (clreutli@syr.edu), for information about the Workforce Recruitment Program.  

PLUS, on October 21st, the DCC, along with many sponsors across and beyond Syracuse University, will again be hosting a mentee for Disability Mentoring Day!!  



Call for Proposals: Disability Studies Topic area, 2016 Pacific Rim Conference

Disability Studies: Exploring the Margins from the Center and the Center from the Margins


Due Date: Dec. 17, 2015


Disability-related issues are becoming more and more mainstreamed. For instance, several universities are starting to offer Disability Studies as an undergraduate major option.  At the same time, people with various disabilities, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender issues, for example, expressly discuss how they remain at the margins and may be even at the margins of the margins.

Where does Disability Studies fit in these discussions of multiple oppressions/identities and social inequalities, and what are scholars doing to advance theories and understandings of intersectionality? We are interested in presentations that will address less discussed areas of contemplation, critical reflection and analysis. See below for some questions to spur ideas:

Examples of potential proposals include:

·       Is there a role for disability, and other, studies in academic situations to promote justice and equality?

·       Does it make sense for Disability Studies to be in its own academic department? If not, where does it make sense for Disability Studies to be located?

·       Best practices for how Disability Studies can serve as a space to spawn and invigorate a new generation of critical thinkers?

·       What is to be learned from the current explosion of Disability Studies-related books?

·       What audiences are being reached with Disability Studies? In what ways are scholars and activists measuring the impact of Disability Studies? Do we need to look at Disability Studies in innovative ways to understand whether it is having a broader impact on society? If so, what are some examples of these new means of measurement?

·       What is “Ability Studies”* and how does it intersect with Disability Studies?

·       ”Ability Studies is an emerging field that investigates ability expectation (want stage) and ableism (need stage) hierarchies, preferences, and their impact on human-human, human-animal, and human-nature relationships.”( Gregor Wolbring).

·       How does Disability Studies address the prevalent isms: ableism, racism, ethnocentrism, sexism and classism, and what might be done to go beyond and ameliorate these isms?

·       Best practices, recent research, advocacy and training initiatives addressing intersectional systems and multiple systems of discrimination; 

·       In what ways might Disability Studies make a positive impact on human life and activities?

·       How might Disability Studies, developed largely in western countries, be relevant in other countries and cultures with different histories and cultures?  Examples of different models would be welcomed;

·       Does media, including social media, bring disability into the center or move it back to the margins? How might Disability Studies impact all media to improve policy and social change? How do we know if it’s working (i.e. how do we measure whether the media is being impacted)?

·       What is the intersection of disability, diversity, and ethics? Does Disability Studies play a role, or have a role to play, in ethics discussions, policy implementation, or other socio-cultural intersections?

We welcome proposals that discuss these issues and more. If you have a proposal that may not fit in to the above targets, we will welcome them as part of our discussion. We welcome proposals in any presentation format. We also welcome presentations in innovative formats including readings, performance art, graphics and roundtables.

Please see presentation formats on our webpage at

http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/presenters/formats.  Please check the criteria for each format and ensure that you have the appropriate number of presenters for your chosen format. You may submit proposals online at: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions or send your proposals via email to prcall@hawaii.edu.

For more information about this topic area, contact the topic chair, Steve Brown, sebrown@hawaii.edu.

For general information on the conference, please contact Charmaine Crockett at cccrocke@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-7539. For registration questions, please contact the registration desk at (808) 956-8816, fax (808) 956-4437 or email prreg@hawaii.edu.


Call for Proposals: "Toward Equity & Access: Illuminating the Pathways AHEAD"


AHEAD is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for its 39th Annual Conference…

in conjunction with

The pepnet 2 Postsecondary Training Institute

to be held

July 11 - 16, 2016

JW Marriott Hotel - Indianapolis, Indiana USA

Submission Deadline:  November 13, 2015

To illuminate. To shine, to cast or shed light upon. This year, AHEAD draws inspiration from its host state, Indiana --a dynamic pathway for the United States, and home to one of the world's first cities glowing with electric lights. With that in mind, attendees are invited to consider the ways in which they can help illuminate fellow conference-goers with their insights and experiences, collaborations and undertakings, theoretical knowledge and research findings to further our collective work in meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities and our various constituents.

pepnet 2's goal is to improve postsecondary outcomes for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with co-occurring disabilities. To accomplish this, colleagues who are responsible for disability services in postsecondary education must have the appropriate knowledge and skills to provide effective services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Proposals are sought for Preconference, Concurrent and Poster sessions for both programs. We welcome programs that are innovative, interactive and reflect exemplary practice. 

Submit your AHEAD proposals: http://ahead.org/meet/2016-cfp

Submit your pepnet 2 proposals: http://www.pepnet.org/content/ahead-pti


Information regarding the Review of Disability Studies (RDS)

Happy Fall from RDS!

The Fall semester is well under way and our International journal is receiving submissions from all over the world! The newest issue of the Review of Disability Studies (RDS), Volume 11, Issue 3 has something for everyone. 

A few things from our exciting current issue:

Despite the passing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975 granting children with disabilities in the US access to education and integration in schools, many classrooms remain segregated today. Priya Lalvani from Montclair State University shares her research on this issue in the manuscript entitled: "Rethinking Disability and Inclusive Education: A Teacher Study Group." Exploring institutionalized ableism and the role of educators in the systematic segregation of students with disabilities in schools has important implications for inclusive education in democratic societies.

The tourism industry in Zimbabwe is booming. Despite the fact that tourism is a social right for all, and people with disabilities represent a substantial market for tourism, little has been done to ensure access to tourism facilities for those with disabilities. Oliver Chikuta draws attention to this topic and makes recommendations in his research article "Is There Room in the Inn? Towards Incorporating People with Disability in Tourism Planning." 

The internationally acclaimed artist Lee Mingwei gave the "gift of song" to Maria Timberlake, our Associate Editor for Creative Works. In Maria's article she shares how she felt receiving such a gift, and her experience later as artist for a day in Mingwei's Living Room exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Maria draws implications from Mingwei's art to her studies on inclusive education and his emphasis on human connection, paying sincere attention to others, and dissolving barriers. She describes her experiences and insights in her piece entitled, "Inclusion and the Gifts of Art." 

Remember, to view the current issue and any content from the past year, you must be a subscriber! So, what are you waiting for? It's a great time to give yourself the gift of knowledge with a subscription to the Review of Disability Studies!! 

Register and Subscribe today. 

We are always looking for submissions, so spread the word! We are anxious to receive your research articles but would also love to get your creative submissions- poetry, essays, short stories, art work, photography, anything in the area of disability studies that you want to share with an international audience. Send your work today! For more info, check out our website.

Wishing you a productive Fall. Until next time, mahalo nui loa!!

RDS Editorial Team


College Scholarship for LGBTQ Youth and Allies

The Q Center at ACR Health has introduced a scholarship for LGBTQ youth & allies who are matriculated in a college, university, or trade school. To apply for this scholarship, students are required to answer an essay question. 2 $500 scholarships are awarded each semester. For more information, please visit ACR Health's website


LGBTQ Families Weekend Conference

Join us! LGBTQ Families Weekend Conference. March 18-20, 2016. Binghamton, New York. For more information, please visit Pride and Joy's website or Pride and Joy's Facebook page.


DEADLINE EXTENDED for Creating Change Conference Scholarship Application

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 5TH! Creating Change Conference Scholarship Application. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center seeks the participation of full-time undergraduate students at the 2016 National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. Students who attend Creating Change will have the opportunity to develop leadership and advocacy skills as well as to build community within and beyond Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF. The 2016 National Conference will take place January 20-24, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Please apply online by October 5th.




Professor at Florida State University teaches class to combat stereotypes about the blind  


NYTimes: Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Diagnosis That Divides the Medical World



"For years, doctors swore by the symptoms of head trauma that were accepted as evidence of a crime against a child. Now, a growing number are not so sure."

'Department of Ability' Comic Book Heroes Shoot Down Disability Stereotypes


Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities



DREAM: Disability and Higher Education in the News


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)


Weekly Email Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education 

Week of September 13-19, 2015


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

* The state of California is likely to begin retroactively awarding diplomas to thousands of students who passed all their coursework but failed the state exit exam, which meant they were blocked from many employment and higher education opportunities.  This will be especially critical for students with disabilities who may have failed the exam for disability-related reasons: http://edsource.org/2015/bill-allowing-diplomas-for-students-who-failed-exit-exam-goes-to-governor/86521

* A college student in Wales will be compensated £20,000 after settling a lawsuit against his university, which had inadequate disability services, and built a library knowing it would not comply with the UK’s Disability Discrimination Act: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/disabled-student-wins-20k-after-university-built-library-it-knew-would-breach-dda/

* The Atlantic weighs in on trigger warnings and “coddling” of college students, suggesting that efforts to consider students’ emotions could be a problem for student learning and, ironically, for students’ mental health: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/

* Twenty years ago, Memorial University in Canada made an agreement with a professor, saying he would not have to wear FM systems due to religious reasons as a Hindu – now hard-of-hearing students are fighting back and wondering why this agreement still stands: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/hearing-memorial-university-1.3230439

* Tim Howard’s skills as a soccer goalkeeper have won him worldwide acclaim.  Could his Tourette’s syndrome be a key advantage?  http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28128439

* In a personal essay, an anonymous student at the University of British Columbia reflects on trying to navigate college, campus resources, and the medical system with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideations – and the effects of going public about it: http://thetalon.ca/putting-my-own-oxygen-mask-on-first-reflections-on-suicide-support-and-being-publicly-mentally-ill/

* Public forums for Gallaudet University president searches started yesterday – future sessions will be live-streamed at http://www.gallaudet.edu/news/psac-live-stream-links-and-feedback-forms.html and you can see yesterday’s session with candidate Bobbi Cordano on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72AsDw0OE0o (with captions and voice interpretation for non-signers): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72AsDw0OE0o

* Alheeha Dudley sued Miami University over course materials that were inaccessible to her as a blind student – now the federal government is joining her lawsuit, agreeing that the university discriminates against blind students (video would not load – unclear if it has captions or audio description): http://fox8.com/2015/09/13/us-joins-blind-students-lawsuit-against-miami-university/

* A bit early for Halloween, but University of Central Florida student Benjamin Carpenter’s “Mad Max” cosplay with his wheelchair is gaining him Internet fame: https://www.rt.com/news/315108-mad-max-wheelchair-costume/

* The CUNY School of Professional Studies is offering the first-ever graduate degree in higher education disability services, starting in spring 2016: http://sps.cuny.edu/programs/ms_disabilityservices?utm_source=disability%20scoop&utm_medium=eblast&utm_content=disability%20services%20disability%20scoop%20sept%209%20eblast&utm_campaign=disability%20services%20disability%20scoop%20sept%209%20eblast

* The NCAA has cleared Jake Olson to play football for USC – perhaps the first blind person to play in college football: http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=9030725

* The University of Illinois will have discussions about disability in higher education with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who hails the campus as one of the first to have disability services: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-09-16/education-secretary-visits-ui-part-national-tour.html

* Thanks to work by student activists and groups like Active Minds, is the stigma of mental illnesses slowly fading for college students? http://www.boston.com/news/education/2015/09/14/didn-need-pretend-anymore-the-fading-stigma-mental-illness-college/BbMRI2vDnIWs0AbFKMsdRN/story.html

* The White House will feature two “Champions of Change” from higher education who have disabilities: visually impaired Converse College freshman Meredith Boyce, who makes computer access more efficient for blind and visually impaired students (http://wspa.com/2015/09/14/local-college-student-to-be-honored-at-white-house/); and Talila Lewis, faculty member at RIT/NTID who works to improve the legal system for people with disabilities, including founding the only national database of Deaf prisoners (http://www.ntid.rit.edu/news/ritntid-professor-named-white-house-champions-change-honoree)

* This past spring, a group of GWU students took a course on disability and the Holocaust, which included travel to Europe to visit contemporary memorials – a video with students’ reflections is now online (do not turn on automatic captioning or it will block the view of captions; no audio description): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJadwVLA78A

* In the latest from the case with Rutgers-Newark professor Anna Stubblefield, the court heard taped phone calls of Stubblefield discussing how she had sex with the defendant (who has CP and uses facilitated communication), and that she loved him so much she was planning to leave her husband for him: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/09/professor_accused_of_sex_assault_declares_love_for.html

* The transition to college can be difficult for students dealing with mental and emotional health issues, but disability services and counseling services can help students and their families: http://wgbhnews.org/post/students-mental-health-issues-transition-college-complicated

* The government of Australia is supporting vocational and private higher education growth, but some recruiters are targeting people with intellectual disabilities and those receiving disability pensions, conning them into degree programs they don’t want or can’t complete (video not captioned or audio described): http://www.smh.com.au/national/disabled-and-living-in-public-housing-the-victims-of-a-private-training-college-20150916-gjo0il.html

* Faculty may not understand privacy laws for students with disabilities: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2015/09/11/educator-awareness-and-respect-of-privacy-is-vital-to-protecting-rights-of-students-with

* Brock University in Canada has designed a new performing arts facility to be universally designed, and put a disabled person (and former disability studies scholar) in charge of ensuring accessibility: http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2015/09/14/access-niagara-new-arts-centre-gorgeous-and-accessible

* Deaf Nigerian Ruth Momopariola-Bolarinwa got a scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology in the U.S., but her government refused to process her paperwork – she is now working on passage of the Nigerian Disability Rights Bill to help herself and other people with disabilities: http://venturesafrica.com/a-young-ladys-story-is-making-a-case-for-disabled-nigerians/

* With a $3 million gift from the Taishoff Family Foundation, Syracuse University will expand its InclusiveU services to college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities: http://news.syr.edu/taishoff-family-foundation-gives-3-million-to-school-of-education-to-support-expansion-of-inclusiveu-19381/

* The US Department of Health and Human Services has issued new guidelines to medical providers and insurers, to reduce discrimination against people with disabilities: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/09/08/proposal-curb-disability-bias/20780/

* A new video by Georgia Tech shows some of the students in its Inclusive Postsecondary Academy for students with disabilities (video is not captioned or audio described): https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaTechIPA/videos/1047089835372132/

* Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Judy Heumann spoke to college students in the Philippines and told them college is a time to learn about disability and break down barriers: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/721958/college-is-the-time-to-break-barriers-for-pwds

* Is it ethical for colleges to report student suicides or to hide the information?  One graduate student at Stony Brook University mulls over the responsibilities of colleges to disclose this information: http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/09/16/view-colleges-must-stop-hiding-suicide/72305610/

* University of Sydney student Chris Bunton is a gold medalist in Special Olympics gymnastics and stars in a new documentary about his life: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/gymnast-chris-bunton-may-have-down-syndrome-but-proves-no-dream-is-big-enough-to-achieve-in-new-film-keeping-up-with-chris/story-fngr8h4f-1227530140568

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

* The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University has created an online version of their exhibit about the Section 504 sit-in that led to passage of a law that has helped every college student with a disability (videos are captioned and audio-described): https://sites7.sfsu.edu/longmoreinstitute/patient-no-more

* The northern California wildfires claimed their first victim, and it was a woman with disabilities who was unable to flee her home: http://gazette.com/woman-who-died-in-california-fire-had-no-way-to-get-out/article/feed/271436

* In the current revival of “Spring Awakening” on Broadway, the production features Deaf cast members dancing to music they can’t hear: https://www.tdf.org/stages/article/1284/spring-awakenings-deaf-actors-dance-to-music-they-cant-hear

* There’s a new clothing line featuring clothing for male and female wheelchair users, including outerwear for the upcoming winter: http://izcollection.com/pages/about-us

* Comedian James Corden and Stevie Wonder go carpooling and do some Karaoke (video has no captions or audio description): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqrvm2XDvpQ

* Super cool dad uses his kids’ wheelchair to make awesome Halloween costumes, and has now created a non-profit so more kids with chairs can celebrate with the best costumes on the block: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dads-awesome-nonprofit-builds-wheelchair-based-halloween-costumes-for-kids/

* Scotland passed the BSL (Scotland) Bill, which will officially recognize and promote the use of British Sign Language in Scotland (video has a transcript of the signing): https://www.bda.org.uk/news/bsl-scotland-bill-becomes-act

* Photography by 21-year old Edward Honaker explores the experience of depression and anxiety in men: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/edward-honaker-photography-mental-illness_55f0759ce4b03784e2777fbb

* This year’s annual CatalystCon featured a presentation on sex toys and equipment for people with disabilities to have better sex lives (there’s  link to contact one of the presenters if you want more information): http://www.sexpert.com/sex-in-the-news/catalystcon-toys-for-a-sex-abled-life/

* The power of role models and music – a young boy ditches his prosthetic eye after learning about one-eyed rapper Fetty Wap: http://gawker.com/young-child-inspired-to-ditch-his-prosthetic-eye-by-one-1731513494

* Various disability groups in Washington State have worked together to release new videos explaining laws about service and companion animals (the videos are captioned and audio described): http://www.rootedinrights.org/serviceanimals/

* A chef was fired after revealing he had epilepsy, and Gordon Ramsay offered him a job, saying that’s “ridiculous” (note: article contains numerous GIFs with no captions): http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/hey-panini-head-are-you-listening#.uf2qRA08AD

* Ever wondered how you’re supposed to lead a blind person?  Hint: don’t just push them in the direction they’re supposed to go (apparently there is a need to state the obvious): http://www.differentlyfabled.com/2015/09/3-horrible-ways-to-lead-blind.html

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