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Art Beyond Sight: Multi-modal Approaches to Learning

Dates: October 14-15, 2005
Locations: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Dahesh Museum of Art.
Registration Fee: $50; $25 for students with current I.D.

This innovative, international conference will address the challenge faced by educators, artists, and museum professionals to create multi-modal learning opportunities that better serve all audiences. Psychologists and educators will explore ideas and recent research findings that relate to learning modalities beyond vision, including touch, sound, language, kinesthetics, and even smell. The conference will also examine the relationships among vision, non-vision, and the other senses through discussions focusing on blindness and learning. Issues raised include the communication of ideas about visual culture through non-visual means, cross-modal interaction, multi-sensory integration, and the implications of universal design for learning.

For further information, please visit the website: http://www.artbeyondsight.org/change/aw-nyc-conference.shtml

Disability, Narrative, and the Law

Dates: February 16-17, 2006
Location: Moritz College of Law, Saxbe Auditorium, Columbus, OH

This unique public interdisciplinary conference will draw together researchers from law and the humanities to explore how themes of autonomy and dependency, "normal" and "abnormal," innocence and fault, sameness and difference all play out in legal discussions about disability, and in the self-understanding of persons with disabilities. We will also feature outstanding practitioners to analyze how personal experience narratives concerned with disability bear on actual legal practice, how legal arguments get translated back into individuals' accounts of being disabled, and how tensions may arise between the highly individualized, personal experience of disability and the necessity of developing a pragmatic legal definition of disability under relevant statutory and case law.

For further information, please visit the website: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/cilps/conference/2005-06/060216-dnl.html

Canadian Disability Studies Association, 2006

Dates: May 27-28, 2006
Location: York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Disability Studies Association is holding its third annual conference at as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference theme is "The City: A Festival of Knowledge."

For further information, please contact Geoffrey Reaume through e-mail at: greaume@yorku.ca

Calls for Papers/Proposals

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability

Conference Theme: Personal Perspectives & Social Impact - The Stories We Tell
Dates: April 17-18, 2006
Location: Ohio State Univerisity
Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2005 - Early Submissions Encouraged

The goal is to encourage presenters and participants to reflect on how personal experiences create and transform social, cultural, and legal realities, and to look into what the psychologist Theodore Sarbin referred to as "the storied nature of human conduct."

Proposals must include:

  1. Names and (as appropriate) titles and institutions for each presenter.
  2. Contact information (phone, mailing address, and e-mail). If there is more than one presenter please indicate one individual as the lead presenter.
  3. Title of Presentation.
  4. Description: In 700 words or less please describe the proposed presentation being sure to not only describe the topic but to address the style of presentation (Panel, Discussion, Performance, etc.), the intended audience, the level audience it is geared for (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and what you hope the audience will gain as a result of participation.

Presentation proposals should be sent as a Word attachment to L. Scott Lissner:
E-mail: ADA-OSU@osu.edu
Fax: (614) 688-3665
University ADA Coordinator's Office
1849 Cannon Drive
Columbus, OH 43210.

For further information, please visit the website: http://ada.osu.edu/conferences.htm

Canadian Disability Studies Association, 2006

Conference Theme: "The City: A Festival of Knowledge".
Dates: May 27-28, 2006
Location: York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2005

Submissions are invited on the conference theme, as well as on other topics covering all aspects of disability. This can include community activism, arts, culture as well as studies from all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Individual abstracts as well as proposals for panel sessions, workshops and performances are welcome.

Proposals should be submitted as follows:

  1. Title of presentation
  2. Contact information: name, affiliation (if any), mailing address, phone number and email for each presenter.
  3. Format of your proposal:
    1. _____ Paper presentation (20 minutes)
    2. _____ Panel (90 minute block for presentation of 3 — 4 papers. Please note that panel proposals require BOTH an abstract that includes a 250 word description of the panel topic AND a 250 word abstract for each participant.)
    3. _____ Workshop (90 minutes for a specific program exercise — clearly specify how many people will be presenting the workshop.)
    4. _____ Performance (specify the amount of time you need, what will be performed, who will be performing, and what will be required for this performance.)
  4. Abstract — 250 words with the following: Title, thesis statement, significance of topic in relation to disability, how this topic will be accessible, audiovisual requirements (if any).

Applicants will be informed by January 31, 2006 of the decision by the CDSA Vetting Committee. Please note: abstracts will be reviewed anonymously with the author's identifying information removed before it is sent to the Vetting Committee.

Students are welcome to submit proposals in response to this Call for Papers. There will also be a poster session, organized by students, at the conference. A separate announcement will be sent out regarding the poster session at a later date.

Please send your abstract through e-mail to Geoffrey Reaume at: greaume@yorku.ca.

If you can not send your abstract electronically, please mail or fax it to:
Geoffrey Reaume
Assistant Professor
Critical Disability Studies
School of Health Policy and Management
Atkinson Faculty, HNES Room 428A
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3

Fax: 416-736-5227

Abstracts for a Collection on Disability and Philosophy

Editor: Dr. Shelley Tremain
Deadline for abstracts: November 15, 2005
Notification of acceptances by: January 15, 2006
Completed papers due by: May 15, 2006.

In recent years an increasing number of philosophers (including political philosophers, feminist philosophers, and cognitive scientists) have begun to think and write more critically about disability, about how philosophical discourses represent disabled people, how these discourses impact on this socially constituted and disadvantaged group, and how the discipline of philosophy must be modified in order to include disabled philosophers. These critical reflections have coincided with, and to a large extent have been motivated by, worldwide political changes with respect to disabled people's participation in and access to society. Furthermore, this new philosophical work on disability seems to have been influenced by, and to have influenced, the work of disability theorists and researchers in the growing field of Critical Disability Studies.

This call seeks detailed abstracts of 500-750 words for an edited collection on disability and philosophy that aims to bring together some of this exciting and path-breaking philosophical work. Topics suitable for inclusion in the collection include (but are not limited to):

  1. bioethics meets biopolitics
  2. feminist analyses of disability
  3. reconsidering prenatal testing, selective abortion, assisted suicide?
  4. what does equality for disabled people require?
  5. taking another look at Rawls, Dworkin, Sen, etc. on disability and distributive justice
  6. situated knowledges, epistemic privilege, and disability
  7. disability and intersectional approaches to oppression
  8. the ethics and politics of disabled people's narratives and the approaches of cognitive science
  9. phenomenological analyses of disability and shame, self-respect, and self-esteem
  10. disability and aesthetics, conceptions of beauty, ugliness, wholeness, and the abject
  11. philosophy of biology and the very idea of normal species-typical functioning
  12. integrating disability theory into philosophy

Abstracts and all inquiries about the collection should be directed to Dr. Shelley Tremain: e-mail: stremain@utm.utoronto.ca OR stremain@porchlight.ca.

Submissions for Anthology

Editor: Dr. Mary Lee Vance
Tentative Title: disABLED Women of Color in Higher Education: Multiple Voices and Identities Transcending Race, Gender and Disabilities
Potential Publisher: Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
Deadline for Submissions: December 16, 2005
Target Publication Date: Summer 2006

I am specifically seeking personal stories and/or scholarly works written by and about women of color with disabilities and their experiences in higher education. When submitting works, writers are requested to identify their racial backgrounds, their impairments (will be included in any published bio statements), as well as their status as either a current or past higher education student and/or employee.

Tentative topics may include works addressing: Education; Challenges; Passing (experiences related to invisibility, and/or shielding ones' identity); "Coming out" experiences related to becoming comfortable and "open" about any combination of identities); Relationships (may involve sexual orientation and other sexual experiences); Employment; Society, and we are open to "other" possibilities and experiences contributors might offer.

This publication has great potential to be appealing to those interested in disability studies, women's studies, diversity studies, psychology, sociology, and other academic departments, as well as AHEAD Members, and the students served.

Submissions must be typed as a Microsoft Word document, and submitted electronically to the editor. Articles should be no longer than 5,000 words in length. Please submit an original, unpublished manuscript to the editor, Dr. Mary Lee Vance, at e-mail address: mvance@uwsuper.edu.

Literature and Medicine: Special Issue on Health and Human Rights

Issue Editor: Priscilla Wald
Deadline for submission: June 1, 2006

We are interested in essays that explore the intersection of health and human rights. What questions are currently being asked at that juncture, and how and why might we ask them through the study of literature (broadly conceived)? We welcome essays that consider narratives about health and human rights as well as the narratives that structure the concepts of health and human rights. Essays might explore why certain stories have dominated the field (for example, narratives of heroism and/or atrocities), and with what effect? What other stories could be told and what might be the outcome of those retellings? We welcome essays that take a literary critical or cultural analytic approach to non-literary texts, exploring the language and images through which the concepts of health and human rights are currently imagined. We are especially interested in essays with a concentration on global health and the discourse of human rights and on questions of justice and access. This special issue is motivated by our sense that, in significant ways, health and human rights are reconstituting each other, and we believe that a study of this dynamic could yield important insight into contemporary understanding (and deployment) of both terms.

Manuscripts should be mailed to the address below and sent as an attachment to the e-mail address below. Text and notes should be double-spaced and prepared according to guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter. Literature and Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal. Authors' names should appear only on a cover letter and all identifiers in the text should be masked so that manuscripts can be reviewed anonymously. Manuscripts should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words of text in length. Literature and Medicine reviews only unpublished manuscripts that are not simultaneously under review for publication elsewhere.

Please direct all inquiries and manuscripts to Priscilla Wald: pwald@duke.edu
Send paper copies of the manuscript to:
Rita Charon & Maura Spiegel, Editors-in-Chief
Literature and Medicine
Program in Narrative Medicine,
College of P&S, Columbia University,
630 West 168th Street, PH9E--Room 105,
New York, NY 10032

New Journal: The Senses & Society

A heightened interest in the role of the senses in society is rapidly supplanting older paradigms and challenging conventional theories of representation, which to date have prioritized the visual over other forms of experience. The Senses & Society is an international, refereed journal that aims to provide a crucial forum for the exploration of the role the senses have played in culture throughout history and up to the present day. Highly interdisciplinary, it welcomes submissions from sensory history, the arts, sociology, anthropology, design, architecture, cultural and media studies. The first volume will publish in March 2006.

Please visit the website at: http://www.bergpublishers.com/us/senses/senses_about.htm


Announcing Launch of Disability History Dateline
August 18, 2005

The Disability History Dateline, an ongoing project of San Francisco State University's Institute on Disability, is now available online at http://bss.sfsu.edu/disability/dateline.html.

The Dateline is designed to serve as a teaching and research tool. This ever-expanding chronology encompasses all aspects of the history of disability: major events, issues, and themes, prominent individuals and organizations, cultural expressions and images, laws and public policies, activist and advocacy efforts, and more. The entries cover all historical eras and every geographical region, as well as referring to both disability-specific and cross-disability historical occurrences. Although many of the current entries have a U. S. focus, the Dateline is and increasingly will become world historical in scope.

We also welcome suggestions for additional entries. Please provide concise information and include a credible source or sources documenting that information. Please e-mail suggested entries to Paul K. Longmore at longmore@sfsu.edu.

Court Rules Against School
Excerpted from Amarillo Globe News - Amarillo, Texas
August 17, 2005
By Greg Cunningham

In what could be a major blow to states trying to avoid discrimination lawsuits, a New Orleans appeals court has ruled that two Amarillo women can sue the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy in federal court. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its decision Monday, ruling that Lucinda G. Miller and Dr. Elaine King-Miller could move forward with their 5-year-old discrimination suits against the pharmacy school.

Miller and King-Miller, who are not related, filed suit against the pharmacy school in 2000, alleging they were denied tenure at the school because of their sex and faced subsequent harassment. King-Miller also alleged she was fired after she was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, which she claimed violates federal disability laws.

The ruling rejects the school's contention that it is covered by the state's sovereign immunity from lawsuits, citing the school's acceptance of federal funds that are conditioned upon waiving that immunity.

Dennis Borel, executive director of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, said many states have been trying to claim sovereign immunity from suits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but having such a historically conservative court rule against the practice has the potential for sweeping change.  "This has national implications," Borel said. "The 5th Circuit Court is generally considered to be one of very strict Constitutional interpretation. For a court with such a strong reputation of siding with the states to take the side of the Millers kind of nullifies any criticism of this decision."

New Resources Will Ensure Safety During Emergencies for Workers With Disabilities
Excerpted from ODEP News Release - Washington D.C.
July 21, 2005
Contact: Dirk Fillpot or Lorette Post
Phone Number: (202) 693-4676 or x5052

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor Roy Grizzard, who heads the department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), today announced a comprehensive guide and related Web site to ensure federal government workplace emergency plans address the needs of individuals with disabilities.

In its first year, the subcommittee developed Preparing the Workplace for Everyone, a template of guidelines to help federal agencies integrate into emergency preparedness plans the needs of workers with disabilities. This comprehensive guide, available on ODEP's Web site at http://www.dol.gov/odep/, addresses employer and employee perspectives, viewpoints of first responders, successful practices and legal considerations. In connection with today's announcement, ODEP is launching a new Web page specially dedicated to workplace emergency preparedness issues and related resources.

Among the agencies contributing expertise to this collaborative effort are the Office of Personnel Management, the General Services Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice. The guidelines set forth in the template can be used to interest other employment sectors – state and local governments, non-profit organizations and the private sector – in replicating effective practices and policies that can be modified easily for their use.

The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities was established by Executive Order 13347, issued by President George W. Bush on July 22, 2004, to facilitate cooperation among federal, state, local and tribal governments, private organizations and individuals in the implementation of emergency preparedness plans as they relate to individuals with disabilities.

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases of Interest to the Disability Community
Schedule Announced July 20, 2005

Gonzales v. Oregon: Regarding assisted suicide and "controlled substances." For background on the case, please visit the website:

Schaffer v. Weast: Regarding the burden of proof under IDEA - parents or district? For background on the case, please visit the website:

Responsible Destination Development
Excerpted from Suite101.com
July 15, 2005
By Scott Paul Rains

Estate Concordia, a resort on the island of St. John, is aiming to attract people with disabilities. Kat Darula and Roseanne Ramos, both faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design, created Multi: Design for People to move design thinking in new directions. Their success lies in going back to the basics by eliminating the preconceptions that constrain projects and asking the question, "Who are we designing for?"

With the launch of a sustainable, inclusive eco-lodge project called Estate Concordia they have given public shape to their vision of "good design." Drawing from the tradition known in some places as inclusive design, design-for-all, human-centered design, or universal design, Darula and Ramos--who prefer to speak simply of "good design" to emphasize the broad applicability and common sense of their approach-—have begun to revolutionize the design of recreational and vacation space.

For further information, please visit the website: http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/18423/116993


Susan Gabel, a longtime member of SDS and a member of DSQ's editorial board, recently published the book, Disability Studies in Education: Readings in Theory and Method. Gabel brings together many prominent scholars to introduce graduate students, educational researchers, and teacher educators to the range of scholarly inquiry emerging from the exciting field of disability studies. The paperback is available from Peter Lang USA publishers. For further information, please visit the website: http://commerce.peterlangusa.com/genBook.asp?CategoryName=Education&CategoryType=All+Disciplines&ProductID=0-8204-5549-0

Opportunities to Get Involved

Call for Nominations for the 2006 Henry B. Betts Award

Submission Deadline: October 7, 2005 (5:00pm, eastern time)

The Henry B. Betts Award was created to annually honor an individual whose work and scope of influence have significantly improved the quality of life for people with disabilities in the past, and will be a force for change in the future. The recipient of The Henry B. Betts Award will be a person at the pinnacle of his or her career. Successful nominees will have demonstrated a strong vision and understanding of how to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities; possess a record of efforts and accomplishments that have affected a wide disability population; and have served as a powerful force for change, enhancing the opportunities for people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society.

The 2006 Betts laureate receives an unrestricted $50,000 cash award at AAPD's annual Leadership Gala in Washington, D.C. The Award will be presented at the fifth annual AAPD Leadership Gala on March 8, 2006 in Washington, D.C.

To learn more and obtain an application, please visit the AAPD website: http://www.AAPD.com./

Petition for a new Division of Disability Studies in the American Psychological Association (APA)

Psychologists with disabilities and psychologists working with clients with disabilities have unique concerns and challenges. In recognition of this, members of the APA seek to form a new division, the Division of Disability Studies. A minimum of 820 signed petitions are needed before the committee can take their request to the APA Council of Representatives.

Please contact Rhoda Olkin for further information:
E-mail: ROlkin@ispwest.com
Fax: (925) 944-1859
3000 Citrus Circle, Suite 120
Walnut Creek, CA,

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Poster

The NDEAM poster for 2005 is hot off the press and available as a free download off their website, or free for the asking via an email to ODEP. Please visit this webpage to see the poster, download, or order: http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/publicat.htm

Purchase Poster to Support Scholarship Fund

In order to support the academic efforts of a group of former middle-school students with disabilities, Santiago Solis is selling posters that feature their work as a fund-raiser for a scholarship fund.  As their teacher, Mr. Solis introduced his students to disability studies to help them challenge the negative implications that their disability labels connoted within the school setting. As a culminating project, the students created autobiographical picture books. Each poster features the covers of the picture books, and costs $20. 100% of the proceeds will go to the students. If you are interested in previewing a PDF file of the artwork or purchasing a poster, please contact Santiago Solis at: iispurfik@yahoo.com.

Connecting Disabled People Around the Globe and Around the Corner
Announced March 8th, 2005
Paul Hayes, Director, paul@disabledfriends.com

Disabledfriends.com opens a free, secure and robust portal to enable disabled and non-disabled people alike to communicate interactively in a fun and relaxing environment.  The ethos is to forge relationships both locally and worldwide through an online entertainment and message centre, interactive discussion forums, and geographic talk rooms with the use of visual and audio technology. Within 6 months the company has registered nearly 3,000 members in over 65 countries worldwide.

For the full press release, please visit the website: http://www.disabledfriends.com/

Announcing UK Disability Studies Network

Website: http://www.disabilitystudies.net/

The Disability Studies Association is a network of academics, researchers, and activists throughout the UK who share an interest in disability studies. The Association currently organizes a bi-annual conference at Lancaster University, hosts the Disability Studies Network website, is a nominating body for the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and is planning to launch an on-line newsletter.

Announcing New Australian Disability Studies Research Discussion List

Website: http://groups.msn.com/AustralianDisabilityStudiesResearchList

The list has been established as a networking forum for academics and students who are interested in disability studies research. While the list is interdisciplinary in focus, we understand the concept of disability to be historically and socially contingent as it is shaped, formed and demarcated by social, cultural and economic concerns. This list is a space for the sharing of information, ideas, and literature, and to debate pertinent issues related to disability studies research in the Australian context.

Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

Southwest Center for Independent Living
Springfield, MO

Application Deadline: Review begins October 15, 2005. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

The Board of Directors of the Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL) is seeking an Executive Director. SCIL is a community-based, private non-profit agency in Springfield, Missouri. Established in 1986, the Center actively advocates for accessibility and inclusion in the community for persons with all disabilities and of all ages. SCIL serves an eight-county area.

Position Summary: To serve as chief executive officer and administrator of all corporate operations, including the implementation and administration of center contracts, strategic planning, programs and policies. Responsible for overall management of SCIL, encompassing fiscal and personnel management, funding, governmental and community relations.


  1. Board Support -  Supports operations and administration of the Board by advising and informing  the Board members, interfacing between the Board and staff, and implementing  the strategic goals and objectives of the organization.  
  2. Program and Service  Delivery - Oversees the design, quality, marketing and  delivery of programs, products and services.  
  3. Financial, Tax, Risk, and  Facilities Management - Recommends and prepares yearly  budget for Board approval and manages the organization's resources within  those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations. Prepares  and negotiates contracts with all funding sources.  
  4. Human Resources -  Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to  approved personnel policies and procedures that conform to current laws and  regulations.  
  5. Community and Public Relations  - Assures that the organization's mission, programs, and  services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to the  community and relevant stakeholders.  
  6. Advocacy -  Directs systems advocacy efforts that promote the independent living  philosophy.  
  7. Fundraising -  Oversees fund-raising planning and implementation, including resource  identification, funding sources, strategies and proposals.  
  8. Supervision -  Supervises program and office supervisors (Personal Assistant Services,  Access, Program, Office Management).

Required Qualifications:

  1. Minimum of B.A./B.S. degree in administration, social work, counseling or a related field
  2. Minimum of two years experience in a management position of a non-profit organization that includes the following: Fund accounting, budgeting and resource allocation; Personnel management; Management Information Systems and general computer literacy; Program Evaluation and data management skills; Community based programming
  3. Planning, organizational structures and setting priorities
  4. Experience with grant writing and grant management
  5. Effective written and oral communication skills; comfortable in making presentations to both small and large groups
  6. Knowledge of, and commitment to the Independent Living Philosophy
  7. Personal experience with disability
  8. Ability and willingness to travel
  9. Ability to relate to diverse groups

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Master's degree in business management or human services-related field
  2. Minimum of four years experience in management position
  3. Previous management experience in an Independent Living Center
  4. Experience with Medicaid funded programs

Salary: $45,000 - $50,000 plus benefits, including medical, vision, dental, disability, and life insurance

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation to:
Executive Director Search Committee
Southwest Center for Independent Living
2864 S. Nettleton
Springfield, MO 65807

Persons with disabilities, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be made for applicants with disabilities when requested.

For further information, please visit the website: http://www.swcil.org/

Adjunct Instructor for a Course on Aging and Disability

Stony Brook University
School of Health Technology and Management
Health Science Program: Disability Studies Concentration
Aging and Disability
Employment Date:
Spring 2006

Course Description:
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of aging and disability, including an introduction to the field of geriatrics, disabilities that are age-related, and the experiences of disabled people as they age. The course will be taught from an interdisciplinary perspective, incorporating social, environmental, cultural, economic and historical issues related to disability and aging. Film, narrative, biography, and guest speakers will provide students with first-hand accounts of disabled elders.

Please contact Pamela Block, Ph.D. for further information:
Phone: (631) 444-3197
Fax: (631) 444-6305
E-Mail: Pamela.Block@stonybrook.edu

Tenure-Track Faculty

The Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Employment Date: to be negotiated, but beginning no later than Fall 2006.
Application Deadline: Review begins on January 9, 2006, and continues until the position is filled.

Applicants must have a focus on policy, law or related areas of disability research. Responsibilities include teaching of disability related topics, especially in the area of policy, supervising graduate students, and developing and sustaining an independent research program.

Qualified candidates should send a letter of application with a curriculum vita and contact information for three references to:
Search Chair, Faculty Search Committee
UIC, DHD (M/C 626)
1640 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, Illinois 60608

UIC is an AA/EOE. We encourage applications from persons with disabilities, other minorities and women.

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