OrangeAbility 2015

When: Saturday, March 28th, 1-4 pm

Where: Flanagan Gym, SU Main Campus.  

What: Experience Relays, Sled Hockey, Wheelchair Basketball, Power Soccer, and more! Engage with local teams on the court, as well as organizations in our expo area. Try some equipment out yourself, and bring some friends along!

You don’t have to be able-bodied to play, and you don’t have to have a disability to play accessible sports!

Drop in to join or sign up online to:

  • play with a team
  • volunteer
  • table with your group
  • request specific accommodations (ASL Interpretation Provided)

Sign-Up Link

Free and open to the public. Parking and accessible parking available onsite, but please register in advanced if possible. Contact: or visit

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Powered by: The Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center, the Syracuse University Department of Recreation Services, Move Along, Inc, the Syracuse University Disability Student Union, and the Syracuse University Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee

Flyer for print, press release, and more available online at

Orange Ability

Student Travel Funds

The Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy was founded to help support the groundbreaking research, policy, and activism of Disability Studies and The Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University. The Legacy Fund is entirely supported by individual donations, and one of its goals is to provide student travel support.

This year there is a limited amount of funding available to support student travel expenses for presentations at the meetings of the Society for Disability Studies in Atlanta or Disability Studies in Education in Chicago (which is happening immediately before AERA in Chicago). Travel to present at other conferences will not be supported.

Please note:

  • This funding is also only available to students who have exhausted funding from other sources (i.e. SOE, department, GSO).
  • Funding is limited and any support offered will likely not cover one’s full expenses.

To apply for funding please submit:

  • A rough budget of your expenses and what your department (or other source) has offered you;
  • The amount you are requesting;
  • Notification of your presentation’s acceptance at DSE or SDS (be sure to include the title of your presentation.

Please submit your request to Professor Alan Foley via email ( by March 31, 2015.


Disability Studies Faculty Position @ SU

The Disability Studies Program ( in the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education in the School of Education at Syracuse University seeks a tenure track Assistant Professor of Disability Studies. We seek an interdisciplinary Disability Studies scholar whose areas of expertise and training lie within the social sciences, particularly sociology of disability and/or history of disability. The successful candidate may also have expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Race and Disability 
  • Queer Disability Studies
  • Transnational Disability Studies
  • Cultural Studies & Disability
  • Disability Advocacy/Activism
  • Participatory research or other inclusive modes of inquiry
  • Youth/media/popular culture and disability


Earned doctorate in Disability Studies or a closely related field is required (completed by August 2015). The successful candidate will show evidence of a strong research trajectory and potential for funded research.


The candidate will be expected to conduct research, seek external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Disability Studies, both in face-to-face and online formats. The candidate will also advise undergraduate and graduate students and supervise dissertation research.


Commensurate with education and experience.

Application Procedure: 

All candidates must complete an on-line application at and attach a current CV; cover letter explaining your interest in the position, research interests and teaching philosophy (one document); a representative publication or other work sample; and contact information for 3 references to provide letters of recommendation. 

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2015 and the position will remain open until filled. Questions about the position may be sent by email to the Search Chair, Alan Foley (  

Direct link to this posting: 

Second Annual Disabilifunk

Disability Student Union, SU’s student-led disability cultural organization comprised of students with and without disabilities, will host the second annual Disabilifunk.  This will be a night of karaoke and entertainment for everyone.  The goal is to engage in an inclusive atmosphere with an exciting series of performances. Disabilifunk will feature the campus improv comedy group, Zamboni Revolution, a cappella group, Main Squeeze, and student performer, Miracle Rogers.  The event will take place Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. in the Schine Underground.  Free tickets available at the Schine Box Office.

This event is cosponsored by the Disability Student Union, and the Disability Cultural Center. Please contact Kaylah Wicks at for any accommodation requests. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and light refreshments will be provided.  Facebook event page  has related information. 

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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

Mobile Technology in Kenya

The Fall/Winter 2014 issue of SU Magazine has a storyabout the work SU faculty and students have done in mobile assistive technology with students with visual impairment in Kenya through the Syracuse-KU partnership

Alan Foley and KU Student Mandela talking at Kibos School
SU Disability Studies professor Alan Foley and Kenyatta University student Mandela talking at Kibos School during a workshop with secondary students and teachers.








On the Shoulders of Giants. Reflections on Great Leaders of Our Time: Burton Blatt, Gunnar Dybwad and Wolf Wolfensberger

Description:   The period from the late 1960s to the late 1970s was a tumultuous era in the field of developmental disabilities.  Long-standing practices-specifically, institutionalization-came under increased attack.  Institutional conditions were exposed in the media and challenged in the courts.  This was not the first time in American history that institutions for people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities had been subjected to public criticism.  The history of institutions has been a seemingly endless cycle of exposes and reforms.  What made the criticisms of institutions in the 1960s and 70s different from earlier eras is that this questioned institutionalization itself.  New concepts were developed that called for all people with disabilities to be served in the community.  This webinar reviewed the history of attempts to reform institutions and examined how a small group of leaders in the 1960s and 70s helped to start a movement to end the institutionalization and segregation of people with developmental disabilities.  The webinar focused on the contributions of three leaders, in particular: Burton Blatt, Gunnar Dybwad, and Wolf Wolfensberger.  It also discussed the lessons for today that can be learned from this history.

Steve Taylor – Revolutionary Leader from Mark Friedman on Vimeo.

Planet Syracuse

The Syracuse University Disability Studies program was the first program of its type in the United States. Building on the tradition of Syracuse University’s School of Education in the area of disability, the program is designed to help students understand and work to overcome the barriers to full participation of people with disabilities in the community and society. Consistent with the Syracuse tradition, this program stands at the forefront of change and new ways of thinking about and accommodating people with disabilities.

Disability Studies Program Co-sponsors “Imagining Disability in Film”

On Sunday, October 12, the School of Education will continue its tradition of collaborating the Syracuse International Film Festival by presenting “Imaging Disability in Film,” and “Imagining Disability in Film: Focus on India” co-sponsored by the Disability Studies Program.
Each year, the Film Festival lives out the mission to “engage, entertain, inform, and inspire the community through innovative film and media programs and special film-based events” while also building partnerships and presenting programs that enrich the Syracuse and Central New York community through the world of international film. The collaboration with Syracuse University’s School of Education represents one such partnership and aims to engage the community in meaningful discussion around experiences with disability.

School of Education News – School of Education – Syracuse University.