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Monday, April 30, 2012

[U.K. Event] Seminar: Tackling Avoidance in the Academy

Liverpool Hope University Foundation Hour: From Formation to
Transformation - The Role of a University

Tackling Avoidance in the Academy

Date: May 2, 2012

Time: 1-2pm

Place: EDEN 130, Liverpool Hope University

Dr. David Bolt

Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

What is the role of a university? That is the question set for us by the
Dean of education and this paper ventures a short answer. The role of a
university is to bring together people and disciplines in the common goal
of learning, with mutual respect and a deliberate shift away from all forms
of prejudice. Positing an academic exemplar, the disciplines on which the
paper focuses are disability studies and cultural studies, and the form of
prejudice to which it refers is ableism – that is, prejudice specifically
aimed at people who are disabled.  All are welcome to attend this
Foundation Hour that sketches out a way forward for the academy that is
fully appreciative of disability.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. David Bolt

Director, Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Editor, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Lecturer and Recognised Researcher, Education

Founder, International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars


Telephone: 0151 291 3346

Office: EDEN 128

Postal address: Graduate School, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope
University, Liverpool, L16 9JD.

[U.K. Event] CCDS Seminar: Avatar and the Colonization of Bodies

Avatar and the Colonization of Bodies

Dr. Claire Molloy
Liverpool Hope University

Date: Wednesday 9 May 2012

Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm
Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University

In pursuing its eco-agenda the blockbuster science-fantasy film Avatar draws on various aspects of environmentalism for its ideological coherence. At the same time, the film’s envisioning of an idealised harmonious nature relies on intersecting constructions of difference. Framed by a critique of Avatar as a colonial narrative, this free and open seminar will address the film's engagement with representations of disability from an eco-feminist perspective.

To publicise this event, please display the attached notice in your office/institution.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. David Bolt
Director, Centre for Culture & Disability Studies
Editor, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies
Lecturer and Recognised Researcher, Education
Telephone: 0151 291 3346
Office: EDEN 128
Postal address: Graduate School, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, L16 9JD.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Deaf soldiers [not] in the military

Found this Tedx talk by Keith Nolan, a man who wants to join the military but has been continually rejected because he is deaf/Deaf.  The talk also discusses the role of people with disabilities in the military [it is a brief discussion of soldiers wounded in war - but who have returned in various roles].  Nolan also discusses interview he conducted with Deaf soldiers who are in the military in Israel. He is actively working to have the U.S. policy of rejecting disabled people changed.  So - if this is of interest:

Simi Linton
Disability/Arts Consultancy

Autism and Writing Survey

Dear Colleagues all,

We are interested in learning more about how individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Asperger's Syndrome (AS) manage writing tasks. If you have one of these conditions, we would like to invite you to participate in our survey. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.

This survey data will be useful for helping us understand better how to teach individuals with ASD or AS about writing.

Thank you for helping us. To take the survey, please click the following link or copy-paste it into your web browser:

Sara Newman, Professor
English/Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

Elizabeth Tomlinson, Ph.D.
Marketing Department
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6025
Morgantown, WV 26505

Friday, April 27, 2012

"Curious Incident" (Aspies In Fiction)

A general book club I'm in is reading "Curious Incident" next month.  Can any of you refer me to articles (preferably accessible online) about the myriad of fiction books with Aspies as characters and which authors get it right? Thanks.  Kathie

Katherine Schneider, Ph.D.
Senior Psychologist, Emerita
Counseling Service
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Author of To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities and a children's book Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold

Thursday, April 26, 2012

CUNY Neurocultures Seminar: Depression and Disability

For those of you in NYC:
I'll be speaking at the CUNY Grad Center's Neurocultures Seminar on the
topic of *Disability and Depression* on May 8 at 6pm..  Here's the link:
Lennard J. Davis
Spring Term 2012: Visiting Distinguished Professor, Department of English,
Fordham University, NY. <>

Distinguished Professor, College of Liberal  Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Department of Disability and Human Development
Department of Medical Education
Visiting Distinguished Professor, Fordham University (Spring 2012)
Director, Project Biocultures

Mailing Address:
Department of English (MC 162)
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7120
Office: UH 2020
Phone: 312 413 8910
Fax: 347-346-6619
Obsession: A History--website:
Go Ask Your Father--website:
Editor, Routledge Series Integrating Science and Culture

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Hurry Tomorrow" documentary about life on a locked psychiatric ward

I have mentioned this film before.

HURRY TOMORROW is a documentary I made and distribute.  It looks at life on a locked ward in a state run psychiatric hospital in 1975.  While they last...  I am selling The 35th Anniversary 2 disc set for big discounts to colleges and for private use.  The second disc includes the shortened version of my student documentary about a romance in a halfway house in Los Angeles (a pilot for Hurry Tomorrow), and a rough-cut documentary about the 1982 voter passed ban on shock treatment in Berkeley, California and the people behind the unprecedented election campaign.  Absent from this cut are news footage clips.  The film provides a glimpse into the early years of the psychiatric survivors political movement.  A visual treat too if you enjoy vestiges of the filmmaker's toil (emulsion scratches, splices, fingerprints, grease pencil marks, dust, scratch narration...). -- Richard

Scenes from Hurry Tomorrow can be viewed at my website.  There is a short written history about the film's distribution and how it helped to build a political movement.


"Highly Recommended.  The emotional impact of the documentary and its thought provoking scenes remain an effective introduction to the concept of total institutions....  The film itself is a part of history.  After its initial release in 1975, then California Governor Jerry Brown was so appalled...."
EDUCATIONAL MEDIA REVIEWS ONLINE  Timothy Kneeland, History & Political Science Dept., Nazareth College of Rochester (2010)- review linked at website

"A crucifying indictments of ward conditions, drug companies and the violations of present laws.  The film is an act of courage and a warning about mind control told with compassion and rage."

"A disturbing indictment of the assaults on human dignity practiced in many of this country's mental hospitals"  Mack. VARIETY

"HURRY TOMORROW is the most important film on hospital life to emerge in the last ten years and goes way beyond TITICUT FOLLIES or ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST in its indictment of mental hospital conditions ... beautifully made.", Alan Rosenthal, THE DOCUMENTARY CONSCIENCE  (UC Berkeley Press)

"Harrowing.... The film provoked outrage and changed laws"   Linda Gross, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
coming in late 2012: Keeps Me From Falling

Call For Papers: 3rd Annual MN Symposium in Disability Studies

Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies

University of Minnesota

July 27-28, 2012

*Call for Papers*

*Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies***

* *

The disability community is at a crossroads: many historic victories have
been made for rights and inclusion while the emergence of Disability
Studies as a field has expanded boundaries of knowledge, understanding and
experience. Yet, new demands and challenges at many crossroads threaten the
advances made by the disability community and force us to reconsider our
own assumptions and adapt to emerging issues.  This year’s Disability
Studies Symposium will focus on the history and future of disability rights
under the theme, “Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability
Studies.” This symposium will bring together scholars and professionals
working in disability studies or disability-related fields for a weekend of
shared research, community and dynamic interdisciplinary discussion.

*Paper Submissions*

Successful submissions for papers will reflect a nuanced, critical
understanding of: disability rights as an evolving concept, the
implications of disability studies on fields of practice over time, and the
changing influences people with disabilities have on society.  Authors may
submit scholarly articles or narratives/stories, but all submissions must
demonstrate thoughtful analysis and high quality scholarship.

Please submit a 250-word abstract of your paper to be considered. Authors
of selected abstracts will be asked to submit an 8-page (double-spaced)
version or summary of their full papers.

*Dates and Location*

The Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies will take place at the
University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus on July 27-28th. This
symposium is the result of collaboration between the Interdisciplinary
Graduate Group in Disability Studies, the School of Music, Disability
Services and the Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of
Minnesota. Rooms at the University Days Inn will be reserved for symposium
participants at the very reasonable conference rate of $75 but participants
will have to cover the full cost of lodging.  The hotel provides breakfast
and has a free local shuttle service.

Thanks to the generosity of The Office of Graduate Education, there will be
no registration fee for participants at the symposium and most additional
meals will be provided. Updates about the symposium will be posted at:

* *

*Abstracts are due by May 30, 2012 and should be sent as an attachment to
both Joanna O’Connell ( and Rachel Garaghty (**  **Questions may be addressed to either of the above.**

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Out of Sight!" May 18th, OISE University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street W. Toronto

Hi Everyone,

Likely you won't be able to make it to this "Out of Sight!" event described below.  However, I wanted to make sure you knew of it and thus know that Rod Michalko (University of Toronto) is retiring from university teaching.  If you would like to send a message please see email below or send directly to his email:<>

All the best,

Tanya Titchkosky, PhD
Associate Professor, Disability Studies
Associate Chair and Graduate Co-ordinator
Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education,

New Book:

Equity Matters blog

Office: 12th floor OISE, 12-236
Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6
Phone: 416-978-0451
Fax: 416-926-4751

Subject: May 18th, Out of Sight! OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, TO, 5-160 followed by 12th floor reception

Hi & apologies if you have already received this and please forward to those who should receive this,

Attached you will find a poster regarding a May 18th half day symposium, "Out of Sight," followed by a reception all of which is at OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (above the St. George Subway stop).

"Out of Sight!" is partly an exploration of blindness and creative expression and partly a celebration of Dr. Rod Michalko's scholarship and teaching in disability studies as he retires from 25 years of university teaching.
"Out of Sight!" begins at 3:00 pm on the fifth floor, 5-160 of OISE, with Dr. Rinaldo Walcott and I discussing some of the implications of Rod's work.  Then poet, playwright and actor, Lynn Manning and Rod are hosting a seminar called, "Writing Blind: Blindness Inspired Writing & Writing Inspired Blindness."  Their seminar is also in room 5-160 and is from 4:30 till 6:00.  We end the day with a reception and celebration.  There will be an open bar, food, a few speeches, perhaps an open mic all in the new 12th floor OISE lounge (far south off the 12th floor elevator) till about 10pm!

Feel free to come for any part of this event or send a message that we will collect, read at the reception and maybe even record.  So, please feel free to send a message.

Looking forward to thinking and celebrating with you and please forward this,

Tanya Titchkosky, OISE/UT

Please RSVP for reception and/or to request info or accommodation...<>  or 416-978-0451

There is also a face book page!/events/212156102220260/

Spring 2012 issue of Disability Studies Quarterly is now live!

Vol. 32.2 (2012) of Disability Studies Quarterly
Spring 2012 issue--is now live!   Read the introduction and view the Table
of Contents below!

Editor's Introduction, Spring 2012

Hello *DSQ* Readers!

It has been some time since we've offered an Editorial letter to front an
issue. We tend to think the issues published these days speak (and very
well) for themselves! But this time around, we wanted to make a few

  - This issue carries a slate of international papers. We are seeing
  something quite unprecedented at the *DSQ* Editorial desk these days—a
  considerably higher number of submissions from locations around the globe
  in the past 1-2 years. This trend no doubt has at least two major factors
  contributing to it:
  - The global engagement with disability issues, disability policy, and
  disability studies that is likely brought about by both the world-wide
  circulation and ratification of the UNCRPD (United Convention on the Rights
  of People with Disabilities) and the continued engagement over disability
  taking place with The World Health Organization in conjunction with The
  World Bank.
  - An increased global readership of *Disability Studies
Quarterly*itself since we have gone completely online with the Ohio
State University
  Libraries as our "publisher" and we have also become a free and open access
  journal, with no paid subscription required.

There are no doubt other factors—both large and small—but those are the two
we believe are now playing a significant role in the remarkable rise of
international submission to the journal.

These submissions do, however, often (but not always) pose several kinds of
challenges. First, it is hard to sometimes find known reviewers for them
since they come from countries where we have no reviewer base or little, if
any, established Disability Studies scholarship. We've applied several
creative methods to this problem and we think it has produced good
reviews—and results. Second, many of the authors of this important material
are not native English speakers/writers and this poses some additional
layers of care with both reviewers and, once accepted for publication, with
editing. It has, however, been an invigorating and rewarding challenge to
address these issues of language and writing style in making *DSQ t*he
truly international journal we hope it will continue to become. Third,
because many scholars in international locations are just coming to
Disability Studies, and because they also work in places where access to
libraries and databases are neither as deep or as broad as what we
experience in the more developed world when we endeavor to write or study
about disability, the reference and citation interface is not always what
we might expect with a comparative article from the stronghold locations of
Disability Studies in the English-speaking world (the world that is
primarily documented in the important Cushing and Smith 2002 [v. 29.3]
Multinational Review of English Language Disability Studies Degrees and

Still. We believe the scholarly approach and the knowledge gained from the
international papers we've clustered together in this issue are crucial to
the further global development of Disability Studies. And we hope, too,
that their collective publication will only encourage even more
international scholars to submit their work to *Disability Studies

Brenda Brueggemann & Scot Danforth
Co-Editors, *Disability Studies Quarterly*

Table of Contents Prefatory Matter  Editors' Introduction
HTML<>  Brenda Brueggemann,
Scot Danforth
 Schedule of Future DSQ Special Issues
HTML<>  Brenda Brueggemann,
Scot Danforth
 Special Topic: International Articles  Setting the Stage of ‘Ab/normality’
in Rehabilitative Narratives: Rethinking Medicalization of the Disabled
African Body <>
HTML<>  Alfred Ndi
 Pulled towards the Border: Creating a Disability Identity at the
Interstices of Society <>
HTML<>  Jori de Coster
 Past and Present Perceptions Towards Disability: A Historical
HTML <>   Chomba Wa Munyi
 Making Inclusive Education Work in Nigeria: Evaluation of Special
Educators' Attitudes <>
HTML<>  Paul M. Ajuwon
 Economic Satisfaction of the Elderly in Rural Tamil Nadu: A Study with
Special Reference to the Madurai District<>
HTML <>   Ramu Hariharan
 Welfare Reform and Disability in Slovakia: exploring neoliberalism,
social justice and employment policy <>
HTML <>   Robert Gould, Sarah
Parker Harris
 Articles  The Effects of Market-based School Reforms on Students with
Disabilities <>
HTML<>  Curt Dudley-Marling,
Diana Baker
 Intersections of Disability Studies and Critical Trauma Studies: A
Provocation <>
HTML<>  Daniel R. Morrison,
Monica J. Casper
 "Sweetheart, I wish you Could Text without Help": Mediating Emotional
Communication within the Context of Close Personal
HTML <>   Sara E. Green, Beth
Brightman, Katie Kassner
 Practice, practice: notions of adaptation and normality among adults with
Asperger Syndrome <>
HTML<>  Hanna Bertilsdotter
 Perceptions of Inclusion by U.S. Virgin Island
HTML <>   Yegin Habtes, Lois
Hassell-Habtes, Charles H. Beady, Jr.
 Writing with Dyslexia: The Education and Early Work of Wendy
HTML <>   Ken Gobbo
 True Story Project: I Am Heard: Empowering Female Adolescents with
Physical Disabilities through Creative
HTML <>   Nancy Xenakis, Judith
Goldberg, Elizabeth Treston
 Creative Works  Echo HTML <>
 Constance Richard
 Book and Film Reviews  Review of Erevelles, Disability and Difference in
Global Contexts HTML <>   Harold
 Review of Hall, Feminist Disability Studies
HTML<>  Kristina Knoll
 Review of Original Minds HTML
<>  Craig A. Meyer
 Review of Carlson, The Faces of Intellectual Disability
HTML<>  Carol Moeller
 Review of Ferris, Slouching Toward Guantanamo and Bartlett, Black &
Northen, Beauty Is a Verb HTML
<>  Sami Schalk

Brenda Jo Brueggemann

Professor, English
Vice-Chair, Rhetoric Composition & Literacy (RCL) Program

Associate Faculty: Comparative Studies
Associate Faculty: Women's Studies

Co-Editor, Disability Studies Quarterly

National Forum on Disability Issues: Invitees include President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, September 28, 2012

National Forum on Disability Issues

Invitees include President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney

Hyatt Regency Columbus, Ohio

350 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43215

A non-partisan forum where presidential contenders are scheduled to offer their visions of policy that affects people with disabilities

More details coming soon on those attending, keynote speakers and agenda

*Forum Planning Committee:  American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD),

The Arc, Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD),

National Council on Aging (NCOA), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL),

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) and Ohio Disability Vote Coalition (ODVC)

General Information Contact: Sue Hetrick / 866-575-8055 /

Sponsorship Information Contact: Kate Josephson / 202-776-0406 /

Media Contact:

Paul Carringer / 614-599-0416 /

Kate McAndrews / 614-560-5028 /

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Internationalization in education (18th – 20th centuries) International Standing Conference for the History of Education 34 Society for the History of Children and Youth & Disability History Association 27-30 juin 2012 Geneva

Greetings Disability History Colleagues!

This is an update from the 3 co-sponsoring organizations of ISCHE 34, Kate Rousmaniere, President of International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE), Bengt Sandin, President of Society for the History of Children and Youth  (SHCY), and Cathy Kudlick, former President of the Disability History Association (DHA) (If you have any questions about the conference not answered here, feel free to write to me off-list:

Geneva is an especially wonderful place to host ISCHE this year, as the city is proudly celebrating the 300th birthday of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (born in Geneva on June 28, 1712).  In addition, the ISCHE conference is part of the events organised for the Centenary of the Institute J.J. Rousseau & Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva.

A few highlights of the conference to consider as you plan, plus additional accessibility information below :

Conference Website:

Conference Registration :   Note the early registration deadline of April 30 (registration and banquet prices increase after this date!)

Conference Presentations

The Geneva conference organizers are thrilled to have received over 500 proposals  from over 48 different nationalities.

Of the 30 special symposia accepted, topics include:

+ The history of children/childhood in Latin America

+  Savoir savant, savoir militant: la circulation des idées sur l’éducation (1920-1980)

+  Women teachers and disability in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century

+  Translating Froebel: The cases of Greece, Brazil, Japan and Canada

+  Traveling Blindness – Blind Travellers: The internationalization of Blindness in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe

+  Governing Education Systems by Shaping Data : From the past to the present, from national to international perspectives

Speakers for Keynote and special plenary sessions include :

=  Eckhardt Fuchs (Georg Eckert Institut, Braunschweig / Mannheim Universität, Deutschland)

=  Sandrine Kott (Université de Genève, Suisse)

=  Anne-Françoise Praz (Université de Fribourg, Suisse)

=  Marcelo Caruso (Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Deutschland)

=  Barnita Bagchi (Universiteit Utrecht, Nederland / Institut of Development Studies Kolkata, India)

=  Paula Fass (University of California, Berkeley, USA, former President of SCHY)

=  Catherine Kudlick (Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, San Francisco State University, USA, past President of DHA)

=  Maria del Mar del Pozo (Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain)

=  Martin Lawn (University of Edinburgh, England)

=  António Nóvoa (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)

Student and young scholar lunch :  A meeting-lunch for postgraduate students and young scholars is scheduled for June 28th, between 13h and 14h30. The information will on the website soon.

Standing Working Groups: 3 Standing Working Group sessions are planned: Educational Media in Comparative Perspective, Teachers and Teachers Associations Critical Thinking,  and Gender & Education

Two cultural trips are planned on Saturday, June 30, directly after the conference :

~  Visit to the “Palais des Nations” (office of the League of Nations) in Geneva including a special visit to the Archives

~  Guided walk in the city of Geneva on various theme related to Rousseau Tricentenary (

The Banquet will be held Friday June 29 at Restaurant le Parc des Bastions ( located in one of the most beautiful parks in the center of the city (note special banquet fee on the registration form)

Other Conference information.

See the ISCHE website for more about the conference, including the final program when it is posted in mid-May, registration and hotel information, and accessibility for people with disabilities on the link to  « practical Information »

For further questions about accessibility and disability accommodations at the conference, see below and contact Cathy Kudlick at

                        HAU – INFO ACCESSIBILITE GENEVE



Association Genevoise des Malentendants

Voir pour comprendre

Lors des réunions impliquant la présence de plusieurs personnes, lors de conférences ou de cours, il est très difficile pour la personne sourde ou malentendant de suivre ce qu'il se dit de façon satisfaisante.
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Friday, April 20, 2012

CNBC's Larry Kudlow and the CLASS Act

Dear Larry Kudlow,

I urge you to read the article cited in my tweet below.

Home-care for the severely disabled is of paramount importance:

As a disabled person (born with cerebral palsy), I haven't yet forgiven your apparent delight, some time ago, at the demise of the CLASS Act (Community Living Assistance Services and Supports), although I do continue to watch your show because I trade the stock market. (Sorry for that off-putting endorsement!)

Yes, home-care is costly, but can't you at least grudgingly admit that severely disabled people are better off at home, in familiar surroundings with their loved ones, rather than wasting away and at high risk of maltreatment and abuse in institutions—which, as it turns out, are prohibitively more expensive than home-care alternatives.

Last, I know that you support the Ryan plan, but it would harm sick and disabled people, according to this recent article:

Ryan plan would hurt people with disabilities

Read more here:

Samuel Miller
Blog: Hephaestus: Disability Studies
Blog: My Disability Studies Blackboard
(Montreal, Canada)

An Open Letter To Sick And Disabled People In The U.K.

Yesterday, I posted my letter to Minister Chris Grayling ( and I have been profoundly moved by your e-mails and tweets of gratitude and thanks. 

 Although I reside across the pond in Canada, I've been following the crisis for Britain's sick and disabled with keen interest since the first "Hardest Hit" march last May and am striving to build a Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) complaint against the United Kingdom with the United Nations.  I'm disabled myself (born with cerebral palsy), and have been reporting to the UN's CRPD Secretariat for several months, as it is critical that they be fully informed about the crushing austerity measures, the welfare reforms, and the means-testing (i.e. Atos)—all of which has resulted in a calamity of deaths and suicides of sick and disabled people due to destitution and withdrawn disability benefits.  
I followed the Welfare Reform Bill debates via BBC Democracy Live, read verbatim Parliamentary Hansard transcripts, and watched with horror as the Tory Government defeated all of the House of Lords amendments through the heavy-handed use of "financial privilege."  In early March, I wrote to the Queen and appealed to her not to give the Welfare Reform Bill her royal assent—a last ditch effort which, of course, ended in failure on March 8th when that legislation officially was signed into law.

I supported the Spartacus Report campaign on Twitter from the outset, often getting up very early in the morning to "tweet" because Britain is five hours ahead of Montreal, Canada where I reside.  (I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the outstanding efforts of disability activists and campaigners in the U.K., many of whom are fighting the government in spite of their own severe ill health, particularly Sue Marsh, who has been hospitalized several times recently.  (Her battle against the government's austerity measures and reforms has taken a very high cost on her health.)  I want to thank both her and Kaliya Franklin for taking me under their wing. 

I've railed against The Sun's and Daily Mail's "benefit cheats" campaign, which has been endorsed by the government.  It has done incalculable harm to the reputation of genuine sick and disabled people, who have been vilified as "scroungers" and verbally and physically attacked in public as a direct consequence.  Reports from the government and the police indicate that disability hate crime is rising.  (Months ago, I wrote to Maria Miller, Minister for the Disabled, asking her to send cease and desist letters to the offending newspapers publishing "benefit cheat" stories, but she never bothered to respond.  And I am not hopeful either that Minister Chris Grayling will reply to my latest missive.)  

I've read numerous articles and reports pertaining to the Welfare Reform Bill, including two Joint Committee on Human Rights reports to the government—as well as a plethora of news articles on the plight of the long-term sick and disabled.  There is no doubt in my mind that Britain is violating United Nations, CRPD, and European human rights treaties.  

I consulted with a Canadian law professor who specializes in human rights legislation who's physically disabled himself, and he queried a solicitor in Britain. They both believe that a judicial review of the Welfare Reform bill is sorely needed—but that's an expensive proposition since the plaintiff might be ordered to pay the court costs of the defendant (i.e. the government) as well as his own.  

I have asked Paul Farmer, CEO of the health charity Mind, who recently resigned from the oversight work capability assessment (WCA) panel, to verify if a judicial review is required before a court injunction can be sought to slow, or even halt, the assessments by Atos until they are deemed fit for purpose.  His response, just two days ago, was that he would consult with his team and get back to me with an answer.

I would like to encourage sick and disabled people in Britain to e-mail me at with stories of their plight.  I may share your letters and documents with officials of the United Nations, but will seek your permission to do so in advance.  There is an encouraging development that I would like to bring to your attention:

Again, I want to thank you for your kind support.

In solidarity,

Samuel Miller.

Samuel Miller
Blog: Hephaestus: Disability Studies
Blog: My Disability Studies Blackboard
(Montreal, Canada)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program

These grants are wonderful opportunities for students from many many disciplines!

Please forward to all student lists!


Flyer attached for posting



The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program*

awards $10,000 stipends for graduate-level research on improving disability determination processes.

The DDP Small Grant Program is a one-year stipend program that allows graduate students to conduct supervised independent research on improving the efficiency and reducing the complexity of disability determination processes. Policy Research, Inc (PRI) is pleased to announce the second round of this federally-funded stipend program. See below for SSA's Press Release announcing the first round of funded research projects.

For more information and to apply visit <> Please contact PRI at <> with any questions.


Pamela Root, Program Coordinator

Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program

Policy Research, Inc.

Delmar, NY 12054

p: (518) 439-7415 ext. 5246


Contact Information:

Devva Kasnitz, PhD

Research Associate, Association of Higher Education and Disability, <>
President, Society for Disability Studies,
Devvaco Consulting/New Focus Partnerships
Coordinator, Disability Research Interest Group, Society for Medical Anthropology
Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology, American Anthropological Association


Mailing Address:
1614 D St
Eureka, CA 95501
Voice: 707-443-1973
Cell Phone: 510-206-5767
I recommend email or text as a first method of contact if you do not know me. 

"Push Girls" Sneak Peek

I just wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to catch the sneak peek of
the new Sundance Channel reality show "Push Girls," a show that follows
four lovely wheelchair users around in their amazing lives.  I had the
opportunity last night to watch the preview with the push girls themselves
and celebrate this amazing accomplishment.  I would love to hear anyone's
feed back on the sneak peek.  If anyone has any questions about the show I
would be happy to pass them along to the ladies.  Check it out on hulu now!



San Francisco Bay Area disability justice performance project call for interns

My name is Brooke and I am a grad student intern with the SF Bay Area
disability justice and sexual freedom performance project *Sins Invalid*.
We are seeking interns who know they have skills to contribute, are
passionate about social justice, understand the importance of cultural work
as a means of making change, and are excited about putting their beliefs
into practice!

Last summer I was very fortunate to work alongside two amazing undergrad
disability studies students who traveled to the bay from the east coast
just to work with *Sins* - they were also fortunate to get stipend/funding
through their colleges to support their internships.  I say this because
this internship should not be limited to students who only live nearby.

Can you help us spread the word by posting this to your department
listservs and/or e-newsletters, and making announcements about it in your
classrooms?  Thanks so much!

Sincerely, Brooke Willock

Intern @ *Sins*

*Are you a ROCKSTAR?*

*Do you want to be a part of a team that creates GROUND BREAKING WORK?*

*Then apply for an internship with Sins Invalid!*

*Cultural and Political Programs Internships for Summer 2012*

*Sins Invalid *is a San Francisco/Bay Area based performance project that
incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of
color and queer and gender-variant artists as members of communities who
have been historically marginalized.  Our performance work explores the
themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body.  Conceived and led
by disabled people of color, we develop and present cutting-edge work where
normative paradigms of “normal” and “sexy” are challenged, offering instead
a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all individuals and

We are seeking interns who know they have skills to contribute, are
passionate about social justice, understand the importance of cultural work
as a means of making change, and are excited about putting their beliefs
into practice!

The Cultural and Political Programs Internship will give you hands-on
experience with community relations and outreach, organizational
development and fundraising.


  - A minimum commitment of 3 days per week, from 1 – 6pm; shift
  days/times are negotiable for a minimum of 3 months.
  - Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs; our hope is that everyone
  has their own laptop/computer to work on.
  - A strong attention to detail and ability to work independently.
  - An interest in disability justice, racial justice and disrupting
  - If you are in school, either at a junior or senior level in college or
  the equivalent in life experience.
  - Professional behavior at the worksite.


  - Opportunities to build relationships with people from a wide variety
  of justice and performance related fields.
  - Opportunities to learn deeply about the intersections of disability,
  race, gender and sexuality.
  - Experience in non-profit administration.
  - Opportunities to engage with Disability justice praxis.

*To apply*, please send an email to  We will send you
an intern application to be returned to us along with a current resume.

*Our Summer 2012 projects open for intern involvement include:*

*Film Distribution Planning*: We are completing a 41-minute film that
reflects our one-of-a-kind performance work, weaving interviews of artists
and co-founders alongside unreleased performance footage to serve as an
entryway into the absurdly taboo topic of sexuality and disability.  We
will be premiering the film in Fall 2012 and are currently developing a
distribution strategy that includes self-distribution, partnering with a
non-exclusive distributor and screening at film festivals.

*Webstreaming a Sins Invalid Performance*: Many *Sins Invalid *community
members who have connected with us through our web presence or our
education work around the country are unable to attend a live *Sins Invalid
*event.  Additionally, due to the isolation of ableism, even local
community members may face difficulties attending a live performance.  In
response to these challenges, we will offer our 2009 performance to be
viewed on-line 24 hours/day during an allotted time.

*Community Workshops*: We organize performance workshops for community
members with and without disabilities.  In the past, these workshops have
included poetry, dance, storytelling, erotic writing, dance, and
vocalization workshops.

*Movement Building*: Through our invite-only series of “MAKING CONNECTIONS:
Conversations Within and Between Communities,” we bring together political
artists, cultural activists, and movement-building allies involved with
radical social justice projects to cross-pollinate our politically and
creatively informed works.

*What a past intern had to say about their experience at Sins Invalid:*

“Nothing short of fabulous… *Sins* pulls the pain and traumas from ableist
oppression and turns it inside out into a complex celebration of beauty and
sexiness.  This doesn’t just happen on the *Sins* stage, but also in our
program work: I’ve had exciting opportunities to interview on behalf of *
Sins* live on the radio, learned invaluable lessons about what it takes to
make base building happen, helped plan and launch a successful fundraising
campaign to finish *Sins* – The Film (we surpassed our $15k goal!), I’ve
developed my networking skills, I’ve participated in political dialogues I
wouldn’t otherwise have been exposed to (like developing best practices for
being a politically radical mixed ability organization, or how we negotiate
the legacy of the freak show in disability performance)… Interning is
nothing short of fabulous, sure, but don’t get me wrong—it’s also hard
work.  But that’s what *Sins* is about as a performance project *and* a
disability justice movement-building organization: collaboratively building
an approach towards increasing accessibility, towards making a space where
we can co-exist as uniquely embodied subjects as we work to maximize our
own skills—*as they are*—and develop them as such in a way that is
sustainable, accountable, responsible, and interconnected.  Whew.  Might
sound ambitious, and it certainly is but that’s the kind of hard work of
historical pains and revolutionary pleasures.”

—Brooke, Intern @ *Sins* from June 2011 – June 2012.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Call for Submissions: Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival

Call for Submissions: Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival

November 9-17, 2012 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rendezvous with Madness Program Deadline: August 17th, 2012

Rendezvous with Madness (RWM) is the world’s first and longest running film festival showcasing films that address issues of mental health and/or addiction. The festival provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers to screen their work and has grown into a filmmaker favourite over the past eighteen years.

The objectives of the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival are:

− To explore the facts and mythologies of mental illness and/or addiction, as presented by Canadian and international filmmakers.
− To facilitate discussions amongst filmmakers and audiences with respect to these cinematic representations.
− To provide filmmakers an opportunity to screen their films that may otherwise not be seen.
− To increase awareness, and advocacy for mental health and addiction issues and concerns.

RWM brings independent Canadian and International film and video to the public. RWM features strong programs that address the facts and mythologies of mental illness and addiction.

Each of the various programs focuses on different themes and includes panel discussions involving the filmmakers, artists and people with professional and personal experience with mental illness and addiction.

Rendezvous in the ClassroomSince 2001, Rendezvous with Madness has programmed films specifically for high school students through Rendezvous in the Classroom program. All films submitted to the festival by the deadline will automatically be considered for the Rendezvous in the Classroom program.

Rendezvous with Madness accepts short and feature length films of any genre, that touch on issues of mental health and addiction, from anywhere in the world. Special consideration will be given to films that:

−Present issues of mental health and addiction from local, multicultural or youth perspectives.
−Premiere at Rendezvous with Madness

Entry Rules and Regulations− All festival entries must be submitted by August 17th, 2012.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Online Graduate Level Disability Studies Course for Fall, 2012



INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Megan Conway
Email: Tel: 808-956-6166


This course is designed for graduate students and professionals in a
variety of disciplines concerned with disability and diversity issues.
The course is open to currently enrolled UH students and to non-UH
students (via the UH Outreach College).
This is a core course for the interdisciplinary Disability and
Diversity Studies Certificate Program but can also be taken as
an elective.  Emphasis will be placed on introducing students to
knowledge and theories about disability rights, policy, and culture
from a diversity perspective in the context of multiple disciplines.

WHEN:  Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm HST, August 22th - December 5th


REGISTRATION INFO: (UH Students only) Fall 2012 CRN 75967; Out of
State and others can also register via Outreach College, Fall Extension 2012 CRN TBA.

COST: Non-UH students please contact the Outreach College for cost per
credit amounts.

WHERE: Via Elluminate (live online interactive sessions) and Laulima
(online course materials and discussion board)

Megan A. Conway, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Center on Disability Studies

Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa
1776 University Avenue, UA 4-7, Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-956-6166 Fax: 808-956-7878 Email:

Talk by Judith Heumann at UC Berkeley


Judith E. Heumann
On the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Monday April 30, 2012 4-5:30 pm (Reception at 3:30), Alumni House, UC

Internationally acclaimed leader in the disability rights movement Judith
E. Heumann, Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State for
International Disability Rights, will speak at a briefing on the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, at 4 p.m. on
Monday, April 30, in the Tillman room at Alumni House. A reception to
greet this honored Berkeley alumna will precede the briefing at 3:30 pm.
Judith Heumann, one of Berkeley’s most influential alums (she received her
Masters of Public Health here in 1975), is an internationally recognized
leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate
for disadvantaged people. Before being appointed as the first Special
Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of
State, she served as the Director for the Department on Disability
Services for the District of Columbia, as the World Bank's first Adviser
on Disability and Development, and in the Clinton Administration as the
Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative
Services in the Department of Education. For more than 30 years, Heumann
has been involved on the international front working with disabled
people’s organizations and governments around the world to advance the
human rights of disabled people. She co-founded the pioneering Center for
Independent Living and the World Institute on Disability in Berkeley.
Heumann will be joined at this briefing by three respondents: Susan
Henderson, Executive Director of Disability Rights Education and Defense
Fund; Bruce Curtis, Director of International programs at World Institute
on Disability; and Victor Pineda, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, City
and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley.
This event is wheelchair accessible. To request an accommodation, please
email Please refrain from wearing scented
CONTACT: Susan Schweik, Professor, English Department, UC Berkeley,
Berkeley CA 94720.; Victor Pineda, City and Regional
Planning, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 94720.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

[Event] Schweik lecture at Syracuse Thursday April 5

For anyone in the Central New York area:

The SU Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies presents

The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public

A Public Lecture by  Susan M. Schweik

April 5, 2012

4:00-5:30 pm

500 Hall of Languages

Syracuse University Campus

On July 9, 1867, the San Francisco City Council approved the first known
ugly law: "Any person who is diseased, maimed,  mutilated, or in any way
deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object...shall not...expose
himself to public view." These ordinances spread throughout the United
States. The last known arrest was in 1974. In The Ugly Laws (NYU, 2009),
English professor Susan Schweik, co-director of UC Berkeley's Disabilities
Studies Program, discusses the origins and consequences of these nineteenth
century unsightly beggar ordinances, showing how their  dynamics--harsh
policing, systematized suspicion, and structural and institutional repulsion
of poor disabled people--persist into the present. In this talk she will
address some recent examples.

ASL will be provided.  This lecture is free and open to the public. Parking
is available at Irving Garage for a small fee.  For more information on this
lecture, please contact Jeff Brune at

This lecture is also co-sponsored by the Beyond Compliance Coordinating
Committee (BCCC), the SU Disability Cultural Center, the Department of
English, the Department of History, the Department of Geography, the Renée
Crown Honors Program, the Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics, the School
of Education, Cultural Foundations of Education, and the Department of
Women’s and Gender Studies.



Jeffrey A. Brune

2011-2012 Fellow, The Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies,
Syracuse University

Assistant Professor of History, Gallaudet University