DREAM Weekly on Disability and Higher Education in the News: October 14-27, 2018
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):
* Edinboro University students protested elimination of the attendant program for students with physical disabilities (video captioned but not audio described): https://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/edinboro-university-students-with-disabilities-protest-changes-to-assistance-program/1541633032
* Christie’s is auctioning off researcher and professor Stephan Hawking’s wheelchair, his thesis, and other personal items of the late physicist, including letters of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein: https://qz.com/1432377/stephen-hawkings-wheelchair-will-be-auctioned-off-by-christies/
* Rutgers engineering students and its 3D Printing Club created a tactile map for the campus library: http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2018/10/made-by-students-for-student-tactile-maps-lead-blind-students-through-this-rutgers-library
* A criminal with Down syndrome, an anti-social wheelchair user, and other characters with disabilities are featured in a series of detective novels by David Ewens, a deaf UK professor who wants to challenge mainstream depictions of people with disabilities: https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2018/10/22/thanet-college-lecturer-turned-crime-writer-champions-disability-in-fiction/
* A new report compares graduate students with and without disabilities in Canada; among other findings, the most common type of disability was mental health and the least common was autism: http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=668
* Vassar College has had student disability organizations since 1978, but an editorial in the student newspaper says administrators – not just students – must also work for accessibility and inclusion: http://miscellanynews.org/2018/10/24/opinions/vassar-admin-must-play-more-active-role-in-campus-accessibility/
* McMaster University produced an “Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Update” for 2017-2018, reporting on all access and inclusion efforts across campus: https://equity.mcmaster.ca/news/accessibility-and-disability-inclusion-update-2017-2018
* Sharps containers for safe needle disposal are needed in campus bathrooms, says an editorial in the University of Pittsburgh student newspaper: https://pittnews.com/article/136877/opinions/pitt-needs-needle-disposal-containers/
* “Degrees When Due” is a new program encouraging campuses to help students return to college and finish their degrees, including students who left for health reasons: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/24/colleges-find-new-ways-coax-former-students-return?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=27df997269-DNU20181022_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-27df997269-198891893&mc_cid=27df997269&mc_eid=a51c972f65
* A coffee shop at Temple University is under fire for having a neon sign saying “Up All Night on Adderall”: https://www.thedp.com/article/2018/10/temple-university-adderall-sign-common-grounds-coffee-upenn-penn-philadelphia
* Learn more about women’s wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois, and head coach Stephanie Wheeler, who has wanted the job since she attended a U of I Wheelchair Sport Camp at age 13: http://www.smilepolitely.com/culture/illinois_wheelchair_basketball_shooting_for_sustainable_excellence/
* New research with students at Arizona State University says that many college students had “clinically significant” levels of stress after the 2016 election: https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/10/23/clinically-significant-stress-students-after-election?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=f54e70366d-DNU20181022_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-f54e70366d-198891893&mc_cid=f54e70366d&mc_eid=a51c972f65
* No Australians had done a wheelchair backflip, but he did it first; his high school teachers told him not to bother applying to a university, but he’s now in his second year at Southern Cross University: https://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/sun-community/first-aussie-to-land-a-wheelchair-backflip-inspires-others-with-a-disability-to-live-life-to-the-full/news-story/e7a7cebe3c50cbdd7a6921bcc4a99ef8
* A new concierge program at New Mexico State University helps students book vacations, do their laundry, do cleaning and more with the goal of alleviating stress: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/23/college-concierge-expansion-horizon?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=f54e70366d-DNU20181022_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-f54e70366d-198891893&mc_cid=f54e70366d&mc_eid=a51c972f65
* Who produces knowledge and has power in research? Colgate University professor Ashley Taylor talks about how people with intellectual disabilities are marginalized by academic researchers (transcript of podcast available): https://www.insidehighered.com/audio/2018/10/22/intellectual-disability-and-production-knowledge
* With a focus on Edgar Allen Poe, Empire State College students and local adults with intellectual disabilities worked together in class to create new spooky poems (video is captioned but not audio described): https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/learning/reader-idea-college-students-and-disabled-adults-create-spooky-found-poetry-together.html
* “I have been told my whole life to be something that I am not” – Grand Valley State University freshman Brooke Simtob shares her experience of being an autistic student: http://jewishjournal.com/blogs/240695/understanding-autism-college-student-spectrum/
* Joel Jarosz was a football player at Slippery Rock University from 1976-1978, and now he’s suing the NCAA, claiming that football contributed to the Parkinson’s disease he is experiencing over 30 years later: https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14203009-74/irwin-man-sues-ncaa-says-college-football-contributed-to-his-parkinsons
* The first Miss Deaf Asia from India is Nishtha Dudeja, a student at the University of Mumbai: https://www.apherald.com/Politics/ViewArticle/323572/Nishtha-Dudeja-proved-that-disability-cannot-come-in-Way-of-Success/
* A review of academic and news articles related to college mental health looked at trends in the field, including how many campuses are expanding “rapid-access” services and scaling back traditional services, leaving students without ongoing care: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/25/new-study-shows-causes-college-student-mental-health-problems?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=358132427d-DNU20181022_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-358132427d-225808461&mc_cid=358132427d&mc_eid=d5645fe552
* Gonzaga University hosted a Students of Color Conference that was only open to students with marginalized identities, including students with disabilities: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11420
* Delhi University in India approved a new graduate-level disability studies course: https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/news/story/delhi-university-just-approved-nine-new-courses-html-1375345-2018-10-25
* A few new student organizations have formed:
* Syracuse University may soon accept American Sign Language in fulfillment of the foreign language requirement, thanks to efforts by the SU Student Association and the Disability Cultural Center: http://dailyorange.com/2018/10/asl-may-recognized-official-language-su/
* A UCLA podcast looks at mental health on campus and challenges facing counseling services (transcript provided): https://dailybruin.com/2018/10/18/in-the-know-uclas-counseling-crisis/
* An “Autism Allies” training at the University of Houston-Clear Lake trains students, faculty and staff to better support students with autism: https://uhclthesignal.com/wordpress/2018/10/24/new-autism-allies-trainings-this-semester/
A Few Other Items of Possible Interest:
* Starbucks opened its first signing store in the United States, near Gallaudet University in DC: http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/starbucks-opens-first-signing-store-in-us-near-gallaudet-university-in-dc
* “Dear Disablist…” begins a poster by the Scottish Government and police, part of an ad campaign confronting hate crimes including transphobia and racism: https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2018/39/scotland-ad-campaign-confronts-homophobes-racists
* Queer 22 year-old activist Divya Kandukuri dropped out of college after struggling with mental health, and her new organization, Blue Dawn, is helping other people in India and building a network of resources: https://www.news18.com/news/india/how-a-22-year-old-is-helping-the-marginalised-fight-their-mental-health-battles-1917403.html
* The 2018 Invictus Games for injured and ill soldiers and veterans were held in Sydney, Australia: https://www.invictusgames2018.org/the-games/the-story/
* Frida Kahlo is not just a symbol for white women or a feminist hashtag, says Ayoola Solarin, who argues that her image has become everything she fought against: http://www.dazeddigital.com/art-photography/article/40259/1/frida-kahlo-is-not-your-symbol
* Jacqueline Boxx is a burlesque dancer with a wheelchair, fighting stereotypes about people with disabilities not being sexy (video is captioned but not audio described): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpyxeR9vL_8
* Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan is promoting diabetes awareness after being diagnosed with Type I diabetes as an adult: https://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/greensboro-mayor-nancy-vaughan-wants-her-type-i-diabetes-to/article_7e6ed6a7-8834-564c-a17f-acb9b9ada4ec.html
* Six feet tall with a golden eye, a priestess from 5,000 years ago is impressing archeologists with the earliest prosthetic eye ever found: https://nweyedesign.com/5000-year-old-artificial-eye/
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