DREAM Weekly on Disability and Higher Education in the News: December 2-8, 2018
From DREAM: Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring
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Disability and higher education in the news (in no particular order):
* A new report on graduate students’ mental health says departments must change, noting that rates of depression and other mental illnesses varied widely across programs, “suggesting environmental factors are at play:” https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/12/06/new-research-graduate-student-mental-well-being-says-departments-have-important?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=70dd21541c-DNU_WO20181203_PREV_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-70dd21541c-225808461&mc_cid=70dd21541c&mc_eid=d5645fe552
* University of Georgia students may now qualify for academic honors like the Dean’s list, even if they take lighter course loads because of a disability: https://www.onlineathens.com/news/20181201/uga-eases-academic-honor-rules-for-students-with-disabilities
* Saint Joseph’s University has created an “Autism Break Room” at the basketball arena for students and children who are autistic, including sensory objects and game-day staff with training in disabilities: https://www.phillyvoice.com/autism-break-room-basketball-arena-saint-josephs-university/
* What happens when mentors and advisors have great advice about everything except disability? https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/disabled-graduate-school-mentorship-complicated?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=7ecf161916-DNU_WO20181203_PREV_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-7ecf161916-197632649&mc_cid=7ecf161916&mc_eid=380f80e351
* Students can have their student loans discharged for “total and permanent disability,” but if a parent took out the loan, there’s no options when a student becomes disabled; a new bipartisan bill seeks to change that: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/05/she-took-out-20000-in-loans-for-her-sons-college-then-he-went-blind-.html
* “The Angus Project” is a new TV pilot in Australia that follows a sports journalist with cerebral palsy and his personal care attendant, a university student who tries to undermine her mean supervisor at the disability services agency; the series draws on the lead actors’ experiences at Charles Sturt University: https://thewest.com.au/entertainment/tv/the-angus-project-diversity-meets-comedy-in-groundbreaking-abc-tv-pilot-ng-b881023369z
* Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness by Melanie Yergeau of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has received the prestigious Prize for a First Book from the Modern Language Association of America: https://forms.mla.org/FIR-Press-Release.pdf
* Students at Brigham Young University are calling out the lack of mental health services after one student attempted suicide in a public place and a second student wrote an anonymous open letter about counseling services that went viral: https://themighty.com/2018/12/brigham-young-university-anonymous-letter-mental-health-resources-suicide/
* “Call the Midwife” actress and activist Sarah Gordy will become the first person with Down syndrome to be awarded an honorary doctorate by a UK university: https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/call-midwife-actress-become-first-2280990
* The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) in Canada has released another report on graduate students with disabilities, comparing specific populations, including their satisfaction with programs, research and advising experiences, and social life: http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/CombinedReport_Nov28.pdf
* Professor Peter Kaufman of State University of New York at New Paltz had Stage IV lung cancer, and wrote about being a scholar with a terminal illness, with advice for others in similar situations: https://www.chronicle.com/article/WritingTeaching-With-a/245183
* Vanderbilt started an InclusAbility initiative and created an Advisory Accessibility Task Force, but students are still concerned about a “compliance mindset” among administrators that fails to address basic student needs: https://vanderbilthustler.com/featured/vanderbilt-accommodated-students-with-disabilities-express-concerns-as-university-begins-to-address-accessibility.html
* As an autistic student, “Joseph M.” experienced teasing and pranks by students at Becker College, which escalated and led to Becker police transporting him for psychiatric evaluation; despite the hospital saying he was a low risk, Joseph was expelled for violating campus conduct policies and is now suing the college for not providing accommodations first: https://www.telegram.com/news/20181129/becker-college-denies-suits-claims-of-violating-disability-laws
* Wittenberg student Maia Grandy has released her first album, which is centered around healing and living with her eating disorders and depression, including a song called “Scars to Your Beautiful” about being perfect just the way you are: http://thewittenbergtorch.com/?p=19418
* Blind professor Mona Goyal from Guru Nanak Dev University in India was one of three people with disabilities honored with the National Disability Award of 2018 in India: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jalandhar/city-based-assistant-professor-to-get-national-disability-award-today/692672.html
* Manhattan College’s student newspaper looks at the history of disability access efforts on campus, and how compliance with the law hasn’t made Manhattan as accessible as it could be: https://mcquad.org/2018/12/05/a-look-into-accessibility-at-manhattan/
* Butte College was closed for 18 days during the California fires, and now they’ve opened a support center in nearby Chico, offering hundreds of displaced students everything from mental health services to food and fuel: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/12/06/camp-fire-brings-turmoil-change-community-college?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=70dd21541c-DNU_WO20181203_PREV_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-70dd21541c-225808461&mc_cid=70dd21541c&mc_eid=d5645fe552
* Four professors discuss disability and “Being Disabled” in a podcast by the Forum for Philosophy (podcast is not transcribed or captioned): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtG0DwC_6T8&feature=youtu.be
* Bar-Ilan University in Israel introduced new technology that automatically opens doors for anyone with an app that works as a remote control: https://www1.biu.ac.il/indexE.php?id=33&pt=20&pid=117&level=2&cPath=33&type=1&news=3242
* Jay Summer is working on his MFA in creative writing while dealing with multiple chronic illnesses, and he has some tips about managing grad school: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2018/12/05/firsthand-lessons-how-succeed-grad-school-despite-being-chronically-ill-opinion?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=768e921e12-DNU_WO20181203_PREV_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-768e921e12-198891893&mc_cid=768e921e12&mc_eid=a51c972f65
* University of Aukland criminology and Māori studies student Alicia Kapa was honored for her “Wheely Whacky Adventures” YouTube channel, showing her adventures and travels in the U.S., Fiji, and Australia: captioned video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHYgpYBAHns and article at http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2018/12/arts-student-wont-let-disability-hold-her-back/
* A new “History of Disability” course is being taught by JoDell Heroux at Central Michigan University, and it fulfills undergraduate course and writing requirements: http://www.cm-life.com/article/2018/12/new-disability-history-course
* Flooding crises across the U.S. are also creating problems with mold, including problems in South Carolina and the relocation of more than 300 students at the University of Maryland: https://www.postandcourier.com/features/after-recent-flooding-health-experts-emphasize-the-risk-of-mold/article_3f6ecad8-f358-11e8-b0ca-3f6923e14357.html
* Suraya Gabel’s diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes during college led to her new career in food science: https://www.nwherald.com/2018/11/27/marian-central-grad-has-traveled-the-world-as-a-food-scientist/awyyld0/
* British university student Oliver Downey is Deaf and living with effects of a brain injury, but neither affect his love of surfing: http://buzz.bournemouth.ac.uk/2018/12/surfing-with-a-disability/
A Few Other Items of Possible Interest:
* Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush died November 30, at age 94, and was honored for his work in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are related stories:
* December 3 was the International Day of Persons with Disability:
* “The Bitch 50” celebrates 50 creators, artists, and activists who advanced equity and access, and the list includes people with disabilities, like Aria Mia Loberti, Alice Wong, Tammy Duckworth, Porochista Khakpour, Aaron Philip, and Julia Bascom – learn more about their work at: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/2018-bitch-50?fbclid=IwAR1aF3TqWpPaS8N1Lzu0Dq0wcyZ0q8V-8F2cX3tygbFUzXe_JUGvLt3lLNo
* Looking for a great gift this holiday season? Check out the 2018 Disability Holiday Gift Guide by Emily Ladau: https://wordsiwheelby.com/2018/12/2018-disability-holiday-gift-guide/?fbclid=IwAR1glyAIMlvMnByr92jzJcT4exhinjkYAF9NdZ7HdNFEsO1_zbjV5gkkL0M
* The Brooklyn Museum is opening a 2019 exhibition dedicated to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, with many items never before shown in the U.S.: https://www.facebook.com/WatchBLtv/videos/600880423681989/
* A disabled critic says that finding disability representation is much easier on TV instead of the movies, with Speechless being a particularly good example: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristenlopez/2018/12/01/disabled-representation-may-be-absent-on-screen-but-not-on-television/#184a30bf5f2e
* Judge Joseph Tauro of Massachusetts died last week at age 87; he was responsible for many rulings that led to the de-institutionalization of people with disabilities and his decisions helped expand the rights of developmentally disabled and mentally ill people: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/11/30/joseph-tauro-federal-judge-whose-landmark-rulings-protected-developmentally-disabled-dies/OxFcSVhkaXQ7IXRMXWgSTP/story.html
* An archeologist with cerebral palsy finds a clay jar that gives her superpowers through her crutches – that’s the premise of a new comic series by Ghanian disability activist, author, and software engineer Farida Bedwei, who also has CP: http://www.africanews.com/2018/12/04/farida-bedwei-ghana-s-disability-rights-advocate-speaks-to-africanews/
* Players and students in the crowd mocked high school basketball player James Franklin’s epilepsy during a game, shouting taunts and flopping on the floor as if having seizures (video is captioned but not audio described): https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/12/04/video-student-reportedly-mocking-basketball-player-with-epilepsy-tarnished-image-community-school-says/?utm_term=.92bd590fc924
* Next year, Microsoft is adding real-time captions and subititles to PowerPoint (https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/3/18123475/microsoft-powerpoint-captions-subtitles-real-time-feature) and Skype (https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/03/skype-launches-real-time-captions-and-subtitles/)
* Stella Young was a disability activist, comedian, and journalist whose works have been republished in celebration of the International Day of People with Disability: https://www.abc.net.au/life/celebrating-stella-young-writer-disability-advocate/10571372
* Chula Vista’s Veteran of the Year is a Wounded Warrior, graduate of Southwestern College, and a member of the Chula Vista police force: http://news.swccd.edu/2018/12/chula-vista-veteran-of-the-year-is-proud-southwestern-college-graduate/
* Two autistic brothers in the UK run their own comics book shop, and now are also supporting young people with disabilities in their community: https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-46236942
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