DLPP 2016 Spring Lecture Series

Announcing the Syracuse University College of Law’s Spring Lecture Series in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP).  The DLPP was founded to provide law students the opportunity to specialize in disability law and to participate in innovative academic programs, interdisciplinary research, and experiential learning opportunities that advance the rights of people with disabilities in the U.S. and throughout the world.

The 2015-16 Spring Lecture Series also commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Individual with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the 10th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) by bringing to campus noted disability rights scholars and practitioners. The lectures will take place in the College of Law, Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue (Rooms TBA). CART and sign language interpreters will be available.

  • February 2: Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education: Making Progress Toward Inclusion in Education, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm.
  • February 25: Eric Rosenthal, Director, Disability Rights International: A Call for the End of Institutionalization and Trafficking of Children, Thursday, 12-1:30 pm.
  • March 3: Michael Waterstone, J. Howard Ziemann Fellow and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School: Olmstead Exceptionalism, COL Faculty Workshop, Thursday, 11:30-1 pm.
  • March 22: Stephanie Ortoleva, President, Women Enabled International, Inc.: The Rights of Women with Disabilities: An International, Legal, Disability Rights and Feminist Activist Approach, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm.
  • April 5: Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School: The Politics of Disability Identity at ADA +25, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm.
  • April 12: Sagit Mor, Teaching Fellow, University of Washington and Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa Faulty of Law: From Misfortune to Injustice: Disability, Torts and Inequality, Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm.

Co-sponsored by: Syracuse University College of Arts and DLPP Lecture Series PosterSciences, Falk College, School of Education and Cultural Foundations of Education, Women’s Studies, Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, Transnational NGO Initiative of the Maxwell School, Disability Cultural Center, and Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies.

For more information about the Lecture Series, please contact Professor Arlene Kanter, Director, DLPP at kantera@law.syr.edu or Chris Ramsdell at ceramsde@law.syr.edu, 443-9542.

SPRING 2016 Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series

Common and Diverse Ground: Raising Consciousnesses by Acknowledging the “Hidden” Things that Divide Us Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series
Common and Diverse Ground:
Raising Consciousnesses by Acknowledging the “Hidden” Things that Divide Us – Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series

COMMON AND DIVERSE GROUND: RAISING CONSCIOUSNESSES BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE “HIDDEN” THINGS THAT DIVIDE US

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series

Jan. 27:  Revisiting Privilege: The Intersections of Privileged and Marginalized Identities

Feb. 24:  Accommodations and Accessibility: Broadening Definitions; Changing Cultures

Mar. 23:  Racialized Campus Climates: Naming Racism and Healing Wounds

Apr. 27: Stress and Wellness: What is “Mental Health”?

6:30 to 8:30 PM

Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

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

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

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

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and inclusive food will be provided. Requests for accommodations or food queries should be made at least seven days before each gathering by contacting cpreunin@syr.edu.

FACULTY PROFILE: MICHAEL GILL

Michael Gill is assistant professor of disability studies in the department of Cultural Foundations of Education. He is also an affiliated faculty member with Women’s and Gender Studies. Gill has an impressive record as an educator and a researcher. He began his academic career in 2010 at the University of Connecticut as an assistant professor in residence, in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. He also taught in the department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and held an appointment in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at Grinnell College prior to his move to Syracuse. As a scholar, Gill is the author of the book Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency (University of Minnesota Press 2015) and has another book in progress. He also co-edited, with Cathy Schlund-Vials, Disability, Human Rights, and the Limits of Humanitarianism (Ashgate 2014). He has written an extensive number of journal articles, book chapters, and presented at numerous conferences, most recently at the American Studies Association Conference. Gill has a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies and Disability Ethics.

Research Interests:

His research and teaching interests include feminist and queer disability studies, intellectual disability and sexuality, reproductive justice, food allergies, intersections of gender, race, and science, and masculinity studies

Professor Michael Gill
Professor Michael Gill

Presentations (selected):

  • “Precarious Kisses: Allergic Reactions Through Fluid Exchanges.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference. Milwaukee, WI. November 2015.
  • “Kiss Me, Kill Me: Whiteness, Privilege, and Food Allergies.” American Studies Association Conference. Toronto, ON. October 2015.
  • “Not Just an Able-Bodied Privilege: Toward an Ethic of Parenting.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies. Minneapolis, MN. June 2014.
  • “Ambivalent Sexuality and Reproduction: Intellectual Disability and Ablest Exclusions.” American Studies Association Conference. Washington, DC. November 2013.
  • “Peanuts and Parents: Cripping Food Allergies.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies. Denver, CO. June 2012.
  • “Accessing the Masculine: Intellectual Disability, Sexuality, and Masculinity.” Annual American Men’s Studies Association Conference. Minneapolis, MN. March 2012.
  • “Confronting Ableism: Public Mocking and Regulation of Sexuality.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 2011.

Publications (selected):

Books:

  • Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency (The University of Minnesota Press 2015)

Edited Collection:

  • Disability, Human Rights and the Limits of Humanitarianism (Co-edited with Cathy Schlund-Vials, 2014 Ashgate Publishing).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Protesting ‘The Hardest Hit’: Disability Activism and the Limits of Human Rights and Humanitarianism” with Cathy-Schlund-Vials (co-author) in Disability, Human Rights and the Limits of Humanitarianism. Michael Gill and Cathy Schlund-Vials (Ed.) Farnham: Ashgate Publishing 2014: 1-14
  • The Specials Meet the Lady Boys of Bangkok: Sexual and Gender Transgression and Smashing Intellectual Disability.” The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 34(3-4) 2012: 156-169.
  • “Sex Can Wait, Masturbate: The Politics of Masturbation Training.” Sexualities 15(3-4) 2012: 472-493.
  •  “Rethinking Sexual Abuse, Questions of Consent, and Intellectual Disability.” Sexual Research and Social Policy. 7(3) September 2010: 201-213.
  • “Sex Education and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Crisis Response, Sexual Diversity, and Pleasure.” in The Myth of the Normal Curve. Curt Dudley-Marling and Alex Gurn (Ed). New York: Peter Lang. 2010: 171-186.

Courses:

  • DSP 200 Introduction to Disability Studies
  • DSP 400 Communities and Integration
  • DSP 614 Critical Issues in Dis/Ability
  • DSP 700 Intellectual Disability and Human Rights

 

ALUM PROFILE: DR. JESSICA K. BACON

Dr. Jessica Bacon is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Literacy and Special Education at Montclair State University, where she teaches classes on inclusive education and disability studies.  Prior to her arrival at Montclair State University, Dr. Bacon spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Lehman College, City University of New York. Dr. Bacon received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Syracuse University in 2012. Dr. Bacon’s dissertation and recent publications have investigated the impact of the standards-based reform movement on special and inclusive education. Her investigation of standards-based reform is part of a larger research agenda, which focuses on critical and intersectional examinations of inclusive and special education systems through a disability studies perspective. She has integrated her research and service commitments by collaborating with community members who are parent-advocates, self-advocates, teachers, and students with disabilities in order to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities within schooling and community systems.

Dissertation:
The Impact of Standards-Based Reform on Special Education: An Exploration of Westvale Elementary School.

Dr. Jessica K. Bacon
Dr. Jessica K. Bacon

Recent Presentations

  • Bacon, J. (April, 2015). Understanding Special Education and Standards-Based Reform as Biopolitical Systems. Foucault and Education SIG. American Educational Research Chicago, IL.
  • Bacon, J. (April, 2015). The Irony of School “Choice” in the New York City High School Application Process: A Systemic Interrogation of Inclusion. 2nd City Disability Studies in Education Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Bacon, J. (December, 2014). The impact of standards-based reform on special education in urban high schools. TASH Annual Conference. Washington DC.

Recent Publications

  • Bacon, J. (2015). The impact of standards-based reform on special education and the creation of the ‘dividual. Critical Studies in Education, 56(3), 366-383.
  • Bacon, J. & Ferri, B. (2013). The impact of standards-based reform on special education: Applying Brantliger’s critique of “hierarchical” ideologies. The International Journal of Inclusive Education, 17(12), 1312-1325.
  • Cowley, D. & Bacon, J. (2013). Self-determination in schools: Reconstructing the concept through a disability studies framework. Power Play: A Journal of Educational Justice, 5(1), 463-489.
  • Bacon, J. & Causton-Theoharis, J. (2012). “It should be teamwork:” An investigation of school practices and parent advocacy in special education. The International Journal of Inclusive Education, 17(7), 682-699.

Grant Funded Awards

  • Bacon (2014). Understanding special education and standards-based reform in urban high schools. PSC-CUNY Research Grant.
  • Bacon & G. Bayne (co-PI’s) and O. Athayde, L. Roberts, S. Levey, M. Parra, & A. Rothstein, (2013). Culturally Relevant Teaching and Universal Design for Learning. Diversity Projects Development Fund Award.
  • Rothstein (PI) and J. Bacon, Bayne, O, Athayde, L. Roberts, S. Levey, M. & Parra, (2013). Diversity Development in Teaching Seminar Grant. Bringing Theory to Practice (AAC&U) Seminar Grant.

Teaching Experience/ Sample Courses Taught

Assistant Professor. Montclair State University (June 2015- Present)

  • ECSE 502: The Sociocultural Context of Disability and Inclusive Education
  • ECSE 439 & 539: Pedagogy in Inclusive Elementary Education
  • ECSE 520: Research in Inclusive Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Assistant Professor. Lehman College, CUNY (August, 2012- May, 2015)

  • EDS 701: Understanding Individuals with Disabilities
  • EDS 709: Curriculum and Instructional Practices for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Childhood Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
  • EDS 710: Practicum in Curriculum and Instructional Practices for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Childhood Students with Disabilities
  • EDS 719/ 720: Student Teaching/ Student Teaching Seminar of Diverse Learners with Disabilities

Adjunct Professor. Nazareth College.  (August, 2009- May 2011)

  • EDU 520: Teacher-Researcher, Learner & Inquiry

Syracuse University. Instructor/ Co-Instructor/ Teaching Assistant (August, 2008- May, 2012)

  • EDU 203: Introduction to Elementary & Special Education (Instructor)
  • EED 308: Strategies of teaching for Inclusive Education (Instructor)
  • EDU 201: Practicum in inclusive Pre-K (Instructor)

 

STUDENT PROFILE: BRENT ELDER

Brent C. Elder is a doctoral student at Syracuse University in Special Education with Certificates of Advanced Study in Disability Studies and Leadership in International and Non-Governmental Organizations. He was a special education teacher at a public elementary school in California from 2004 to 2012. While there, he created a successful inclusive education program. He also taught courses from 2010 to 2012 in the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has collaborated with the US Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, and the Ministry of Education in Kenya as an education consultant. He is engaged in ongoing critical disability studies research focused on the intersections of disability, poverty, and education in post-colonial Kenya. More recently, Elder has been accepted into the Fulbright Scholar Program in Kenya for 2015-16. Elder will spend eight months conducting doctoral research in rural western Kenya, culminating in the completion of his dissertation.

Brent C. Elder
Brent C. Elder

Proposed Dissertation:
The Tensions of Western Imports: Disability and Inclusion in Kenyan Primary Education

Recent Presentations

  • Elder, B. C. & Foley, A. (2015, June). Working within the tensions of disability and education in post-colonial Kenya: Toward a praxis of critical disability studies. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Elder, B. C. & Foley, A. (2015, April). Working within the tensions of disability and education in post-colonial Kenya: Toward a praxis of critical disability studies. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Damiani, M., & Elder, B. C. (2015, April). From attitudes to practice: Utilizing inclusive teaching strategies in Kenyan primary schools. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Conference. Chicago, Illinois.

Recent Publications

  • Elder, B. C. & Foley, A. (in press). Working within the tensions of disability and education in post-colonial Kenya: Toward a praxis of critical disability studies. Disability and the Global South.
  • Elder, Brent C. (2015). Stories from the margins: Refugees with disabilities rebuilding lives. Societies Without Borders, 10(1). Available at: http://scholarlycommons.law.case.edu/swb/vol10/iss1/2
  • Elder, B. C. (2015). The right to inclusive education for students with disabilities in Kenya. Journal of International Special Needs Education, 18(1), 18-28.
  • Elder, B. C. (2014). Mzungu. Disability Studies Quarterly, 34(4). Available: http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/3810.

Awards

  • April 2015, Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Kenya, Fulbright Scholar Program
  • November 2014, International Center of Syracuse Citizenship Award for International Student Leadership, awarded by Syracuse University- Slutzker Center for International Services

Teaching Experiences

Instructor of Record

  • SPE 615: Student Teaching Seminar Spring 2014
    Syracuse Urban Inclusive Teacher Residents (SUITR): Special Education Generalist grades 7-12 grant project
  • EED 314: Teaching Strategies for Inclusive Education Spring 2013

Co-Instructor

  • CFE 614: Critical Issues in Dis/Ability and Inclusion Summer 2015
    Co-taught the course with Justin Freedman
  • SPE 724: Inclusive Professional Practices in Special Education Spring 2015
    Co-taught the course with Dr. Beth Ferri
  • SPE 311: Perspectives on Disabilities Fall 2014
    Co-taught the course with Dr. Beth Myers
  • SPE 324: Differentiation for Inclusion Education Fall 2013
    Co-taught the course with Dr. Julie Causton

Teaching Assistant

  • EED 314: Teaching Strategies for Inclusive Education Fall 2012
    TA for Dr. Mara Sapon-Shevin

ANNOUNCING THE STEVEN J. TAYLOR MEMORIAL READING SERIES

A series of gatherings to remember, honor, and uphold the legacy of Steven J. Taylor

First gathering: October 7th, 2015

11:00am

Where: 013 Hoople

Readings:

Presented by: Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC)

To be added to BCCC listserv or for copies of readings, please send an email to Layla M. Dehaiman at lmdehaim@syr.edu.

Image of Flyer for Steven J. Taylor Memorial Reading Series
Steven J. Taylor Memorial Reading Series

Welcome Back Barbeque 2015

You’re invited to…

The 2015 Center on Human Policy and Disability Studies Program Welcome Back Barbeque

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 12:00—1:30 pm

WHERE: Center on Human Policy, Hoople Building, 805 S Crouse Avenue

All family members and significant others are welcome!

No RSVP necessary.

You are invited to... the 2015 Center on Human Policy and Disability Studies Program Welcome Back Barbeque
Welcome Back Barbeque 2015 Flyer

 

Doctoral Student Selected as Fulbright Scholar

Brent C. Elder, a doctoral student in special education in the School of Education, has been accepted into the Fulbright Scholar Program in Kenya for 2015-16. Elder will spend eight months conducting doctoral research in rural western Kenya, culminating in the completion of his dissertation.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs in a participating country outside the United States.

Brent C. Elder
Brent C. Elder

Elder proposes to work with multiple local school communities to identify and outline a plan of action for implementation of inclusive education strategies. He will facilitate inclusion committees at each school site comprised of primary education teachers, head teachers, parents of children with and without disabilities, community members with and without disabilities, and students with and without disabilities. Their input, combined with classroom visits and other interviews will guide the direction of inclusive practices.

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen as a Fulbright scholar,” Elder says. “Without the urging and support of the School of Education and College of Law faculty, I would not have thought of applying. Now I get to do the research I love to do, with incredible people in Kenya.”

Elder’s research will include school observations, semi-structured interviews with participants and collaborative monitoring and adjustment of inclusive school plans. Throughout the project, Elder plans will visit a local university for up to a week at a time to assist in the development of an inclusive education methods course with teacher education faculty.

Elder is a doctoral student with certificates of advanced study in disability studies and leadership in international and nongovernmental organizations. He is engaged in ongoing critical disability studies research focused on the intersections of disability, poverty and education in post-colonial Kenya.

Source: http://news.syr.edu/students-selected-for-fulbright-program-scholarships-76511/

 

 

The Legacy Fund: Supporting Students

Acknowledging a kind inaugural gift from the late Professor Steven J. Taylor, The Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy was created to support the groundbreaking research, policy and activism that come from both Disability Studies and The Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University. The fund sponsors lectures, academic and policy conferences, students presenting at conferences, faculty developing courses, faculty and student research, and student-initiated projects from both undergraduate and graduate disability student groups.

This year a limited amount of funding has been made available to support student travel expenses for presentations at the meetings of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) annual conference in Atlanta, the Second City Disability Studies in Education (DSE) Conference in Chicago, and the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) 2015 Annual Meeting, also in Chicago.

Supported presentations include:

  • “Continuity and Difference: The Tensions of Disability and Education in Post-Colonial Kenya”
  • “Ramping it Up: Calling Attention to Dis/ability at the End of Education’s Social Contract”
  • “Understanding the Dynamics of Poverty and Disability in South African Township Schools”
  • “The Collision of Disability and Educational Rights in an Indigenous Context”
  • “A Recipe for Success: Active Ingredients of Presuming Competence”
  • “When Letters and Phone Calls Get Lost in the Shuffle… Disability Activism Turns to Video”
  • “Accountability for Inclusion: Critical Disability Studies as a Point of Resistance”
  • “Communication [Still] Under Fire: The Role of Disability Studies in Education in the Fight for Communication Access, Equity and Choice”
  • “The Wizard Behind the Curtain: Understanding the Teaching Experiences of Graduate Teaching Assistants With Disabilities”
  • “To What Extent Is Universal Design for Learning ‘Universal’? A Case Study in Township Special Education Schools in South Africa

Also scheduled during these conferences are events documenting the impact of Steve Taylor’s work, particularly around his book on conscientious objectors, his earlier work on deinstitutionalization, and his commitment to social justice and advocacy within the academy. These sessions will be convened by people whose work encompasses similar topics, who were also influenced by him, and will also offer an opportunity to reflect on how he has impacted the Disability Studies community.  Taylor received the Senior Scholar Award from SDS in 2008, and served on the SDS Board in 2005-2006.

Informal session at the Honors Program on Global Disability Rights

Join the Honors Program for pizza and conversation on global disability rights!

Professor Stephen Kuusisto, Director of The Renée Crown University Honors Program and Mirjahon Turdiyev, a Hubert H. Humphrey Visiting Scholar from Uzbekistan, will be discussing the triumphs and problems faced by disabled citizens around the world. This will be an informal give and take session open to anyone who has an interest in human rights, hosted by two globally recognized disability advocates.   Mirjahon Turdiyev is visiting the Maxwell School this year, studying partnerships between academia and disability organizations.

When and Where:

Thursday, April 9 @ 3:30 PM

Honors Program Suite

306 Bowne Hall

Mirjahon Turdiyev
Mirjahon Turdiyev

More about Mirjahon Turdiyev from The Maxwell School:

He joins the Maxwell School from Uzbekistan. Previously, he was the Consultant on Disability Affairs for the Japan International Cooperation Agency. While holding this position, he consulted Japanese experts on disability affairs in developing strategy and worked on collaborative projects encouraging action towards disability inclusive policy.  Prior to joining the Humphrey Fellowship Program, Mr. Turdiyev served as a Consultant on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for UNDP Uzbekistan where he most recently acted as the focal person between the UN in Uzbekistan and the Disabled People’s Organizations (DPO) in order to strengthen the collaboration between the two.  During his Fellowship, he wants to learn about the role of partnerships between academics and disability organizations, as well as advocacy and inclusion of the disabled in policy development.  Mr. Turdiyev holds a Bachelor’s degree in English-Philology from Karshi State University in Uzbekistan.

Disability Studies Scholars at Syracuse University Receive International Recognition

Associate Professor Alan Foley, who is jointly appointed in the departments of Cultural Foundations of Education and Teaching and Leadership and is the coordinator of the Disability Studies Program and acting director of the Center on Human Policy, was recognized with the ICS 2014 Citizenship Award for International Educator.

Professor Stephen Kuusisto, director of the Renée Crown University Honors Program and a Disability Studies Program faculty member, was also awarded the ICS 2014 Citizenship Award for International Educator.

Doctoral student Brent Elder, who is pursuing a degree in special education and disability studies, received the ICS 2014 Citizenship Award for International Student Leadership.

The recipients were recognized at the 2014 Central New York International Citizens Award Dinner at the Upstate University Institute for Human Performance.

Brent Elder, center
Brent Elder, center, receiving the ICS 2014 Citizenship Award for International Student Leadership