DREAM Weekly, Disability and Higher Education in the News: January 22 - 29, 2017
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)
Weekly Update on Issues Related to Disability and Higher Education
Weeks of January 22 - 29, 2017
Disability and higher education in the news (in no particular order):
* A new frontier: US academia under President Trump - George Washington University president and provost lead panel discussion on “campus climate” with students and members of the campus community: https://goo.gl/6wnZi1
* Jamie Principato, a college student and National Federation of the Blind Advocate, has launched a petition calling on congressional leaders to swiftly pass the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HE) when it is resubmitted to the 115th Congress: http://ow.ly/yf8E308qmCu. The text of HR 6122 (AIM HE Act), introduced to the 114th Congress, called for a commission to establish voluntary accessiblity standards for online curriculum and related technologies and was supported by many organizations including NFB and AHEAD: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/6122/text
* Students at Kenyon College push for accessible dining services for students with disabilities and food allergies: http://go.shr.lc/2jx76gy
* Trump’s election has stirred up “right-wing and racist propaganda” in Canada, writes Steven Zhou, especially on Canadian university campuses. OPINION: Canadian campuses see an alarming rise in right-wing populism: https://goo.gl/0BJhQw
* Program announced to allow children of wounded, disabled, deceased, or MIA veterans and Purple Heart recipients to attend eligible state-run post-secondary institutions in Indiana for free: https://goo.gl/vW5hP6
*Six students in the Eye to Eye, a mentoring network run by and for people with learning disabilites, share accommodations that helped them succeed in college: https://goo.gl/YC4mRY
* Fordham University denied a student’s request for a service dog to live with her on campus, despite her documented disability with the Office of Disability Services. She filed a complaint with the Department of Education, which has been turned over to the Office of Civil Rights: https://goo.gl/nS4F8G
* “Gallaudet President Navigates From World Of Hearing To Sound Leadership Of The Deaf” tells the story of how Roberta Cordano, who attended public schools often as the only deaf student, became the first deaf woman to lead Gallaudet in its 152-year history: https://goo.gl/UrtdPQ
* Many private U.S. postsecondary schools are voluntarily making their online classrooms accessible to students with disabilities. Court decisions regarding the accessibility of commercial websites can provide some guidance to what accessibility standards might be legally expected of private schools: https://goo.gl/KosW7N
Celebrations of Ed Roberts’ 78th birthday on January 23, 2017 were noted by Disability Rights activists and others in the media:
Of possible interest to college students with disabilities:
* Students with disabilities are at a higher risk for bullying, according to this University of Florida study that shows 1 in 5 students with disabilities reported being bullied: https://goo.gl/EOo4HP
* The author of Trans* in College discusses why increasing numbers of trans* students need more support on campuses in the Trump era: http://ihenow.com/2jan90j
* From “The Forgotten Lessons of the American Eugenics Movement:” “The 2016 Presidential campaign has reverberated with appeals to strength and victory and virility and contempt for weakness and failure and foreigners, hitting notes of blatant ugliness that we’re not used to hearing in the public sphere:” https://goo.gl/lglrqS
* The creators of #CripTheVote put together an oral history of the 2016 hashtag campaign for the Disability Visibility Project. There is also a transcript available. They discuss the creation of the movement, the impact of social media activism, and the importance of intersectionality to their movement. https://goo.gl/tkQKz0
* Laws and programs designed to benefit vulnerable groups, such as the disabled or people of color, often end up benefiting all of society as Angela Glover Blackwell argues in “The Curb-Cut Effect.” Opening with the story behind curb cuts, Blackwell demonstrates how curb cuts also work as a metaphor for the acts that enable fair inclusion and opportunity throughout society to the benefit of everyone. “The curb-cut effect underscores the foundational belief that we are one nation, that we rise or fall together. Without equity, there can be neither progress nor prosperity:” https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_curb_cut_effect
* Life, Animated, a film chronicling the coming-of-age story of a man on the autism spectrum, has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary: https://goo.gl/YbIueH
* “Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60” provides interesting statistics on the enrollment of individual postsecondary institutions according to students’ family income. The top-ten tables are interactive, allowing the reader to add colleges and universities through a search window: https://goo.gl/PV1V9S
* A man was shot at a University of Washington protest as tensions and protests grow over speeches by racist, misogynist, provocateur and Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos. UC Davis talk called off: http://ihenow.com/2jain2O
* “Will Disability Rights Have a Permanent Place in the White House?” is an interview with Maria Town, outgoing disability liaison at the Office of Public Engagement (OPE). She tells David Perry about her tenure at the OPE and the role of the disability liaison in this office: https://goo.gl/xjzGyn
* Julia Bascom, Executive Director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, expresses her greatest fears for disability-related policy issues as the Trump administration takes control of the White House: the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and block-granting Medicaid and a disregard for the civil rights and inclusion of people with disabilities gained through decisions of the Departments of Justice and Education during Obama’s administration: https://goo.gl/FKppLF
* Senator Tammy Duckworth, disabled Iraq War veteran, questioned whether the nominee for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is fit to fill the position amidst ADA concerns, referring to his 2012 opposition to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD): https://goo.gl/6yD7jJ
* In honor of the many disabled women activists she was proud to join at the Womens’ March in Los Angeles, this Autostraddle writer put together her list of “ten more resistance heroes who are already preparing the way to make sure the movement belongs to everybody:” https://goo.gl/pasqGB
* Scientists are planning their own march in Washington, D.C. Organizers want the march to be a non-partisan protest that addresses issues including government funding for scientists, transparency, climate change and evolution: https://goo.gl/pPZZwf
Last Saturday nearly half a million people attended the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. joined by over 3 million in over 600 sister marches in cities in the U.S. and around the world. Here are a few of the articles that spotlight disabled, Deaf, mad, and neurodiverse marchers:
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