DREAM Weekly on Disability and Higher Education in the News: February 3-9, 2019
From DREAM: Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring
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Disability and higher education in the news (in no particular order):
* Loyola Law School hopes to create a “pipeline” for lawyers with disabilities, including recruiting of students with disabilities, pre-law boot camps, and a summer conference, thanks to a $1 million donation from Representative Tony Coelho: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/loyola-university-los-angeles-plans-to-build-pipeline-of-lawyers-with-identified-disabilities
* Paralympian Staci Mannella sued Dartmouth after professors refused to implement her classroom accommodations, and she won, with a consent decree forcing Dartmouth to provide services (video is captioned but not audio described): https://www.vnews.com/Blind-Olympic-Skier-Settles-Lawsuit-with-Dartmouth-23105943
* HBCUs are taking the lead on addressing the impact of HIV and AIDS on young Black people; 80% of newly diagnosed people between the ages of 20-24 are Black, and rates are even higher for Black gay and bisexual men and Black transgender women: https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2019/2/07/beat-hiv-trump-should-take-cue-historically-black-colleges
* Grad school is brutal and stressful, but when students with disabilities are not getting accommodations or support, it’s even worse – and professions are needlessly losing smart people in the process: https://psmag.com/ideas/grad-school-continues-to-ignore-students-with-disabilities
* A federal court heard oral arguments in the case of Skylar Jar, a transgender University of Georgia employee (and former guest on Queer Eye) who argues his health insurance and short-term disability should have covered the cost of medically-necessary transition surgeries and treatments: https://www.metroweekly.com/2019/02/transgender-man-queer-eye-guest-sues-university-of-georgia-over-health-care-discrimination/
* A professor befriends a student during his final months in hospice, and reflects on how academic lives are often their best outside of the classroom: https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Lesson-Before-Dying/245583?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en&elqTrackId=f19e74514cdb4688ac80702bb6784496&elq=da1e4dc3791549acb720fabbde385212&elqaid=22199&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=10903
* One student shares experiences starting psychiatric medications in college, and weighs out the pros and cons: https://reporter.rit.edu/wellness/reality-psychiatric-medication
* Think College published its three-year report on the national TPSID demonstration projects in inclusive higher education: https://thinkcollege.net/sites/default/files/files/resources/TCReports_Year3_TPSID17-18.pdf?utm_source=February+2019+NCC+Newsletter&utm_campaign=February+2019+NCC+newsletter&utm_medium=email
* A coalition of student labor organizations led protests at the DisAbility Counseling and Consulting Center (DCC) at UC San Diego, after a grad student with MS was fired as a TA for having a disability, and then lost a temporary job at the DCC – meaning he also lost his healthcare: http://triton.news/2019/02/student-workers-stand-behind-graduate-student-facing-unemployment-due-disability/
* Should a university accommodate kleptomania? Dr. Edris Haghir has sued the University of Saskatchewan, alleging they did not accommodate him, but instead kicked him out of the neurology program after he was caught stealing on campus: https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/u-of-s-appeal-board-ordered-to-rehear-case-of-shoplifting-medical-resident
* What happens when you’re the president of a college and you’re burning out physically and mentally? Montgomery College responded by giving President DeRionne P. Pollard a six-month sabbatical and orders to rest (video is captioned but not audio described): https://www.chronicle.com/article/When-the-President-Needs-a/245588?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en&elqTrackId=25541ec0f1af4a0396862a3e19827d02&elq=291b643919c54b38b75b16296b449148&elqaid=22163&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=10879
* Small acts of kindness matter when you’re a homeless college instructor with a disability, teaching an online course from a women’s shelter: https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/2019/02/05/small-gesture-metro-goes-long-way-homeless-college-instructor/?utm_term=.7dc711538d5e
* Meet the InclusiveU athletes in Syracuse University’s inclusive higher education program (video is not captioned or audio described): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4seREipnOvA
* Erin Pritchard, a lecturer at Liverpool Hope University in the UK, talks about her negative experiences in the community as a woman with dwarfism: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shocking-horrible-ways-people-treat-15778909
* The American Indian College Fund published a new guide Creating Visibility and Health Learning Environments for Native Americans in Higher Education, although the guide contains general information about promoting a supportive environment, it does not have any information on Native students with disabilities: https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/02/06/new-guide-native-american-students?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=5baf5a9cb0-DNU_2019_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-5baf5a9cb0-198891893&mc_cid=5baf5a9cb0&mc_eid=a51c972f65
A Few Other Items of Possible Interest:
* “Accessibility “just gets us in the door,” but disability justice “is what happens after we are all in the room together:” https://medium.com/@katietastrom/accessibility-is-not-disability-justice-im-tired-of-fighting-ca93b393fa49
* Le Chéile in Ireland is creating the first youth orchestra in the country that is exclusively for musicians with disabilities, with specialized conducting gestures and music composed by the artists using adaptive music technology: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/first-orchestra-for-disabled-people-a-game-changer-for-teaching-music-1.3784559
* South African athlete Mhlengi Gwala almost lost his leg after being attacked, but now he’s training for the 2020 Paralympics (video is captioned but not audio described): https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/06/sport/triathlete-chainsaw-attack-makes-comeback-spt-intl/index.html
* Major League Baseball is changing the “disabled list” for players to the “injury list,” after disability activists pointed out that disabled people can still play sports: https://sports.yahoo.com/mlb-changes-name-disabled-list-request-disability-advocates-004157739.html
* On April 12, the semi-autobiographic show Special will premiere on Netflix, starring Ryan O’Connell, who is gay and has cerebral Palsy: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2019/02/07/cerebral-palsy-center-netflix/26006/
* In Toronto, Shakespeare’s Hamlet is being adapted into a play in American Sign Language, and an interview with the lead actress, Jani Birley, sheds light on difficulties for Deaf actors, and challenges of interpreting Shakespearean English into ASL: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/wednesday-feb-6-2019-joe-berlinger-william-ferris-and-more-1.5006457/if-shakespeare-knew-sign-language-in-this-take-on-hamlet-the-story-is-literally-in-horatio-s-hands-1.5006464
* Black people account for almost half of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year, and are more likely to die from the virus, and actor Jay Ellis from Insecure is hoping to change that: https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/blacks-nearly-half-new-hiv-infections-jay-ellis-amfar/
* Excited to see disability emojis coming out in the fall? Some disabled people think there should be even more inclusive tech: https://www.forbes.com/sites/denisebrodey/2019/02/07/new-emojis-coming-to-phones-in-2019-get-mixed-reactions-from-people-with-disabilities/#b210375de7af
* Alexander the Great’s body supposedly didn’t decay for seven days after he died, but one researcher now things he may have been in a coma from Guillain-Barré syndrome: https://www.yahoo.com/news/why-alexander-great-may-declared-211100294.html
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