DREAM Weekly: February 17-23, 2019
DREAM Weekly on Disability and Higher Education in the News: February 17-23, 2019
From DREAM: Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring
Sponsored by the National Center for College Students with Disabilities and the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)
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Disability and higher education in the news (in no particular order):
* Once viewed as out-of-date, the philosophy of in loco parentis (“in place of the parent”) is making a comeback on many campuses, as colleges become more concerned about the mental health of students and their behavior in many different kinds of situations: https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/Trend19-InLoco-Main?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en&elqTrackId=bcfeceb76b6842daad93c15734c0d607&elq=dcdfa43d573d4820b561cbee215c03ef&elqaid=22287&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=10969
* Trinity University in Dublin is creating an “Ability Hub” in a fully accessible new building, with the disability services center, a drop-in center, six meeting rooms, social space for the disability community, and the university health center: http://www.universitytimes.ie/2019/02/inside-printing-house-square-the-colleges-newest-building/
* “Buff” the bison at Arkansas’ Harding University is a big hit with the fans, but few people know the mascot is a student with autism: https://katv.com/sports/beyond-the-game/beyond-the-game-despite-battling-autism-31-year-old-student-thrives-as-college-mascot
* Over three dozen advocacy groups are asking the VA to monitor for-profit colleges, with many of them actively recruiting and then misleading wounded warriors and vets at hospitals: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/02/20/veterans-groups-ask-va-secretary-keep-gi-benefits-out-hands-predatory-colleges/?utm_term=.670e64fd02e8
* Dartmouth’s new policies for students with disabilities and training of faculty will be named “The Manella Protocol” after Staci Mannella, whose lawsuit led to their creation: http://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2019/02/mannella-students-with-disabilities-policies
* UCLA student Nathan Mallipeddi used his experiences to create online resources for students who stutter, earning him a $15,000 scholarship and an additional $15,000 in funds to expand his program: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/two-ucla-students-win-strauss-scholarships-for-public-service-projects
* Next week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week:
* The University of Colorado Boulder hosted its second annual Inclusive Sports Summit about issues of disability, gender, and race in athletics: https://cuindependent.com/2019/02/20/disability-gender-race-inclusive-sports-summit/
* College enrollment increased 5%, but use of campus counseling centers has increased more than 30%, leaving colleges trying to figure out creative ways to address the demand, even as research shows money spent on counseling services is a good investment: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/education/learning/mental-health-counseling-on-campus.html?login=smartlock&auth=login-smartlock
* Students at Rollins are struggling with physical access to campus, including inaccessible doors to the Office of Accessibility: http://www.thesandspur.org/accessibility-issues-plague-rollins/
* Thanks to the Disability Resource Center, University of Minnesota employees in facilities management are doing group stretching every morning to build teamwork, prevent injuries, and help employees come back to work after injuries or illnesses: https://www.mndaily.com/article/2019/02/n-early-morning-stretch-program-aids-umn-staff
* Liberty University professor James Jones asked for accommodations for his autism and believes he was fired for it, but the university says the termination was due to his performance: https://www.virginiafirst.com/news/local-news/lawsuit-filed-against-liberty-university-alleges-employee-fired-because-of-his-disability/1799775858
* Philip Sullivan, a deaf man in New York City, has filed lawsuits against five art schools for allegedly not having accessible websites: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-schools-targeted-ada-website-lawsuits-1466275
* Gallaudet University professor Carolyn McCaskill discusses her work on Black ASL and why there are only 14 Black Deaf Americans with PhDs: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/08/gallaudet-franklin-jones-carolyn-mccaskill/536949/
* Skye Dunfied is a blind UNLV junior who is helping the campus make its social media posts more accessible to people with disabilities: https://news3lv.com/news/local/legally-blind-unlv-works-to-make-social-media-more-accessible-for-the-disabled
* Naima Lowe was a professor at The Evergreen State College who experienced racist trolls that threatened her life, and now she tells her side of the story and her ongoing struggles with PTSD from the situation (heads up that the story has very graphic descriptions of violence and quotes from the threats she received): https://medium.com/@yourstrulynaima/academias-cult-of-civility-30007869d4d4
* Former Harvard employee Melissa Defay has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against her as an African American woman, failure to accommodate her disability, and retaliation for complaining: https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2019/2/19/former-employee-sues-discrimination/
* A two-part series in Taylor University’s student newspaper asks why there aren’t more students with visible disabilities on campus: http://theechonews.com/accessibility-comes-slowly-part-1/
* An elevator outage at the University of Maryland points to “a lack of communication an consideration for people with disabilities on campus”: http://www.dbknews.com/2019/02/18/umd-students-disabilities-accessibility-elevator-outage-facilities-management/
* After a traumatic home invasion, Wheaton College senior and RA Janelys Pimentel experienced a severe mental health crisis and this month she was arrested for setting a half-dozen fires in her dorm: http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/suspect-in-wheaton-fires-had-emergency-psychiatric-evaluation-prior-to/article_11fff1b6-e25b-5cfb-ba7e-d86354c4db89.html
* StudyInternational.com ranked five of the most disability-friendly universities in the U.S., with the University of Arizona, Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and UC Berkeley making the list: https://www.studyinternational.com/news/5-of-the-most-disabled-friendly-universities-in-the-us/
* Professor Christine Stewart from South Dakota State University won the 2018 Whirling Prize in Poetry for her book Bluewords Greening, about her experiences raising a child with disabilities: https://sdsucollegian.com/6092/news/english-professor-receives-whirling-award-for-poetry-book/
* Three “unconventional” and “older” students at the University of Minnesota share their experiences, including how their disabilities affected their studies: https://www.wakemag.org/features/2019/2/18/college-through-the-agesnbsp
* The Students for Disability Advocacy Group at Fordham College is working to improve disability access on campus while creating a “safe space for students with disabilities”: https://fordhamobserver.com/38087/features/group-strives-for-disability-awareness-on-campus/
* The New York Times collected short paragraphs by college students with disabilities, talking about mental health on campus: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/education/learning/student-responses-mental-health-on-campus.html
* As a wounded vet, Alex Nguyen thought his athletic days were over until he learned about wheelchair basketball at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where he is pursuing his degree: https://www.wdsu.com/article/veteran-rediscovers-love-of-sports-with-college-wheelchair-basketball-team/26374208
* Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha talked about queerness, disability, and people of color at the University of Michigan: https://www.michigandaily.com/section/campus-life/leah-lakshmi-piepzna-samarasinha-%E2%80%9Cdreaming-disabled-queer-colored-future%E2%80%9D
* The student group Disability Education for Awareness and Leadership (DEAL) is working to raise awareness about disability at Georgia Southern University: http://www.thegeorgeanne.com/news/article_1e9554b4-b7bb-55bb-94d9-80a519579bab.html
* When faculty think students’ intelligence isn’t a fixed trait, students (especially students of color) tend to do better: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/02/18/study-links-faculty-attitudes-intelligence-student-success-stem-large-impact?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=2d90265356-WNU_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-2d90265356-225808461&mc_cid=2d90265356&mc_eid=d5645fe552
A Few Other Items of Possible Interest:
* Sci fi author Octavia Butler was a Black lesbian with dyslexia who became famous for transforming the field, writing books featuring Black women (video is captioned but not audio described): https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/02/overcame-dyslexia-become-award-winning-sci-fi-author/
* Over 62.7 million voters in the U.S. are living with a disability or have a household member with a disability, but will political candidates remember that in 2020? https://rewire.news/article/2019/02/20/will-presidential-candidates-remember-the-voting-power-of-people-with-disabilities/
* In 1969, seven blind people climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to “help create a new image of blindness in Africa”: https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-47278655
* Marvel hero the Wasp is going to announce he’s bipolar in this week’s issue of the Wasp comic book series: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/arts/design/the-wasp-marvel-issue-5.html
* An autistic man with a college degree and three years in the National Guard asks why the U.S. military excludes “high-functioning” autistic people if they disclose their autism: https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2019/02/17/why-the-military-should-consider-a-waiver-for-high-functioning-autism/
* Elsa Sjunneson-Henry has multiple disabilities from Rubella, and now she has a message about MMR vaccine safety and ableism of anti-vaxxers: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/19/opinions/measles-outbreak-anti-vaccine-movement-disability-sjunneson-henry/index.html?utm_term=image&utm_content=2019-02-20T11%3A07%3A15&utm_source=twCNN&utm_medium=social
* Actress Jameela Jamil from the TV show “The Good Place” has shared that she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: https://themighty.com/2019/02/jameela-jamil-confirms-ehlers-danlos-syndrome/
* Aaron Philip is taking on the fashion industry as the first Black, trans, disabled model to sign with a major agency: https://www.cnn.com/style/article/aaron-philip-dazed-beauty/index.html
* Wisconsin state Representative Jonathan Brostoff hasn’t cut his hair in a year, and won’t cut it until a bill passes to address the state’s shortage of sign language interpreters: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/wisconsin-lawmaker-refuses-to-cut-hair-until-bill-for-deaf-community-passes_n_5c6d675fe4b0e2f4d8a17165
* Adam Catlin worked as a Walmart greeter for more than ten years, but he may lose his job because Walmart changed his job description to include things he is physically unable to do with cerebral palsy: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/walmart-greeter-with-cerebral-palsy-fears-losing-his-job-after-policy-change/
* Haley Moss is getting attention as the first openly autistic lawyer in the state of Florida: https://www.today.com/health/haley-moss-first-lawyer-florida-open-about-having-autism-t149068 and https://cbs12.com/news/local/autistic-lawyer-breaking-barriers (video is captioned but not audio described)
* The new 2018 Disability Statistics Compendium shows employment gaps for people with disabilities, with especially low rates for African Americans with disabilities: https://www.fastcompany.com/90309504/people-with-disabilities-face-a-massive-employment-gap
* What’s it like to be autistic, working in an office designed for autistic people? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/02/21/magazine/autism-office-design.html
* More employers are monitoring employee health and wellness through fitness trackers: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/with-fitness-trackers-in-the-workplace-bosses-can-monitor-your-every-step--and-possibly-more/2019/02/15/75ee0848-2a45-11e9-b011-d8500644dc98_story.html?utm_term=.c336a44db5b6
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