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ArtBreak Dec 5, 2pm, Henry Galler

Comics events coming up

Dec 3 talk by Jose Alaniz; Dec 5 workshop by ET Russian. Free & open to the public.

Disability and Comic Studies: Conversation with Jose Alaniz

DATE Thursday, December 03, 2015
TIME 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm PST

EVENT SPONSOR Comics Studies Graduate Student Interest Group

Jose Alaniz, UW Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media will present his article "Standing Orders: Oracle, Disability and Retconning"

Please join me for an ArtBreak

ART TALK and COMIC SURGERY workshop with E.T. Russian

DECEMBER 5, 2015 • 2-3:30PM • Saturday • The Henry Art Gallery (@ University of WA)  15th Ave NE & NE 41st St 

E.T. Russian, Seattle-based artist, author, filmmaker, performer, educator, and healthcare provider, leads a gallery and studio-based workshop inspired by the themes and intimate processes of Body Parts.  'BODY PARTS' is a new exhibit at the Henry Art Museum featuring collage-based paintings, sculptures and pieces by Wangechi Mutu, Thomas Hirschhorn, Annette Messager, Eva Kotatkova, and Daniel Gordon among others.

Russian introduces "comic surgery" techniques that use drawing and writing to explore themes of identity, fragmentation, evolution, future, and resilience. Leave with an eight-page comic created by you! This workshop is recommended for ages 13 and up.

1990 picture from bottom of stairs up to Red Square, white male wheelchair user in foreground, protest in background

Give feedback UW accessibility, Dec 4, 12pm, MGH 024

Share your experiences in person or online!

When: Friday, Dec 4, 12-1pm 

Meeting location: MGH 024 (the UW D Center)

What: The Campus Mobility Framework (CMF) Initiative will host a discussion in which all are invited to share your thoughts and concerns.

The CMF is seeking your feedback about accessibility issues on UW Seattle campus including parking, pedestrian routes, signage, shuttle services, and public transportation connections.  Please join us for this meeting!  An online survey will also be made available for sharing suggestions and experiences.

Background: The Campus Mobility Framework Initiative is being undertaken by the Office of the University Architect and Transportation Services.  It aims to develop a plan for maintaining and enhancing the network of transportation resources including pedestrian, bicycle, vehicular, and transit.  The CMF is currently in the information gathering phase.  The goal for the Dec 4th discussion is to reach out to the campus disability community and others interested in and impacted by issues relating to campus mobility and accessibility, to inform the design team about what’s working and what’s not, and to discuss opportunities for improvement.

Access information for this event:

Mary Gates Hall is not kept scent-free. Please limit/do not wear fragranced products or essential oils in the D Center, to make the space more accessible for those with chemical injury or multiple chemical sensitivity. There will be scent-free soap in the bathrooms. For more info,

Mary Gates Hall north and east entrances are wheelchair accessible.

The bathrooms on this floor will be temporary labeled gender neutral for this event.

ASL interpreters and captioning (CART) are *not* currently provided at the event. If you wish to make an accommodation request, contact

Questions? Contact Bree (Disability Resources for Students), or Joanne (Disability Studies).

Sagit Mor

Disability in Israel new class!

Exciting opportunity for DS and LSJ students. Professor Mor is a leading scholar of disability critique of law and bioethics from Haifa.

JSIS C 489 B/ LSJ 491 B/ DIST ST 430 B

Professor: Sagit Mor
MW 11:30am-1:20pm
Credits: 5 I&S

In recent years, Israel has witnessed a growing movement of people with disabilities who claim their rights and fight for their place in society through legal and other means. This development was a result of changes in Israeli society, in the disability community, and in the legal arena – both locally and globally. This course introduces disability as an important, yet largely neglected, perspective to the understanding of Israeli society and the place of disabled people in it. Students will read contemporary scholarship on disability in Israeli society and culture from multidisciplinary perspectives, including sociology, anthropology, history, cultural studies, law, and bioethics. Students will learn about the history of Israeli disability policy, the turn from charity and welfare to rights, the changing forms of disability activism, and the conflicts and tensions that shape the structure of the disability community in Israel. A special emphasis will be given to the legal arena and the role of law in bringing about social change. After several introductory classes, students will examine specific issues, including: employment, accessibility, education, independent living, disability allowances, prenatal testing, and abortion policy. The examination of these issues will introduce the students to some significant challenges that Israeli society is facing today.

For more information, see:


Instructor's Bio:

Sagit Mor is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law, Israel. She is an Israel Institute Teaching Fellow visiting the University of Washington for the 2015-2016 academic year (affiliated with Law Societies and Justice program (LSJ) and the Jewish Studies program). Following the completion of her doctoral studies at New York University School of Law, she was an Ed Roberts postdoctoral fellow in disability studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral dissertation won the Association for the Study of Law Culture and the Humanities 2007 Dissertation Award.

Mor is the co-founder of the Collaborative Research Network of Disability Legal Studies at the Law and Society Association (LSA) and of IDSN, the Israeli Disability Studies Network, and is the Director of the Law and Health LL.M. Program at the Haifa Faculty of Law.

Mor’s areas of interest include disability critique of law, law and society, law and social change, torts, bioethics, and health law. Her publications examine social, legal, and historical aspects of disability rights, social welfare policy, employment discrimination, the right to access, access to justice, prenatal screening wrongful life claims, and intersex surgeries. Her current research focuses on disability and torts. She is co-editor of the Hebrew Disability Studies Reader (forthcoming).

Graphic Narrative workshop, Nov 17, 3pm, HUB

LEARN. CREATE. SHARE: a workshop on nonfiction trauma storytelling and resilience through the unique medium of graphic novels and comics.

Please register through this Eventbrite link.  FREE event.

WHEN Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST) - Add to Calendar

WHERE Husky Union Building 214 - 4001 East Stevens Way Northeast Seattle, WA 98195 - View Map

LEARN. CREATE. SHARE: a workshop on nonfiction trauma storytelling and resilience through the unique medium of graphic novels and comics. Express your personal story of hardship and survival. Topics can include disability, mental health, sexual violence, and more. Art supplies provided.  Come to make your own art, to think about making your own artistic story later, or just to support others.  Open to students, non-students, faculty and staff. Bring friends and colleagues.  Free event.

Learn more by emailing FB UW SWAT:

Accessibility information: TBA. See contact info above.

This event is part of a project sponsored by a UW Harlan Hahn Disability Studies Award.

Fri Nov 13 DS brown bag double-header!

@12pm, Anne Ordway on WA long-term care services policy, @12:30pm, Carrie Basas on Seattle education policy.

Location: MGH 024 (the D Center)

Date: Friday, Nov 13, 12-1pm.


Please arrive fragrance-free for this event.  CART captioning will be provided.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email

Title: Consumers’ and Providers’ Perspectives on the Home Care Aide Certification Training in Washington State

Presenter: Anne Ordway


In 2011 Washington State voters passed Initiative 1163 (I-1163), which requires that long-term care workers providing personal care assistance for seniors and people with disabilities are certified as home care aides (HCAs).  This exploratory study on I-1163 was undertaken by researchers in the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education to provide a rich description of consumer satisfaction with home care services, the consumer-HCA relationship, and the experiences of consumers and HCAs with the training program.  Findings suggest that consumers had expectations for the caregiving relationship based on the quality of services and the compatibility with the home care aide, and a good consumer-home care aide relationship was thought to significantly impact consumers’ health and well-being.  Additionally, consumers put a high premium on managing their home care services.  Finally, consumers and HCAs were equivocal in their evaluation of the benefits of the training.  It is anticipated that the results of this pilot study will be used by consumers of long-term care services, home care workers, policymakers, and other interested parties as a basis to conduct a more comprehensive evaluation of the implementation and impact of I-1163.


Anne Ordway is a doctoral student in rehabilitation science at the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  She is interested in disability research and evidence-based policy.  Current research projects include the reuse and recycling of durable medical equipment and the impact of organizational structure on the professional practice of rehabilitation counselors.

Title: The Pain of Difference:  Quieting the Un-American and/or Disabled in Seattle’s Schools through Corporal Punishment

Presenter: Carrie Griffin Basas


This project builds on archival research from state archives, Seattle Schools’ archives, and the UW Special Collection to explore how early 20th century Americanization efforts affected the treatment of students that were foreign-born or considered to be disabled or impaired.  Americanization efforts in Seattle took the form of special classrooms where non-native students were taught the ways of American life and encouraged to adopt behaviors and customs that reflected the dominant culture.  These classrooms also became hubs of intellectual and ability sorting, where foreign-born students were marked as less than their white, American-born peers.  When the lessons of Americanization failed, white teachers attempted to discipline these different students into obedience and the path of citizenship through corporal methods.  This culture of observation and control pervaded Seattle civic life as well, with women-led groups targeting non-native mothers for social reform and intervention.  The end goal was a student that would fit just as well into the dominant white culture, as function in Seattle’s economy according to his or her abilities. 


Carrie Griffin Basas is the Director of the Office of Education Ombuds. She is a former civil rights and labor law attorney, and was a law professor specializing in disability rights, criminal justice, and ethics. In 2014, Carrie returned to graduate school to attain a MEd from UW in Education Policy, Organizations, and Leadership. This project was supported by a UW Harlan Hahn Disability Studies award.

Questions? Contact Joanne,

SDS conference: proposals due Dec 1

Consider going to the Society for Disability Studies annual conference in Phoenix!  June 8-11, 2016.

Great opportunity to give a paper & network. And dance.

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2015.

Conference website:

Theme: Disability in the Public Sphere

The Program Committee of the 29th annual meeting of the Society for Disability Studies invites you to consider the multiple and significant possibilities at the intersections of disability, media, education, and public policy.  Please join us in Phoenix and make your voice heard.


·      Communities and Cultures

·      Critical Design, Media, & Technology Studies

·      Power, privilege and state policies

·      Professional development

·      Translational research in health sciences and disability studies

·      Disability History

We welcome proposals in all areas of disability studies, but especially those submissions premised on this year's theme.

Communities, activists, artists, advocates, students, scholars, and allies—local, national, international—are encouraged to participate in the SDS conference.

NOTE: We strongly encourage full panel submissions (3-4 papers).  Individual paper submissions on any theme are welcomed as well.

Contact for questions : SDSCONF2016@GMAIL.COM

Please go to the conference website for the full CFP with detailed instructions on how to submit your proposal.

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Deadline: Nov 15, 2015.  Conference in Ann Arbor, Feb 11-12, 2016.

Crip Futurities: The Then and There of Disability Studies
February 11-12, 2016
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


** Keynote speakers: Ellen Samuels (UW-Madison) and Alison Kafer (Southwestern)

When we imagine future worlds, will they be accessible? What might crip future(s) entail? Following Alison Kafer's “politics of crip futurity” outlined in Feminist, Queer, Crip, this conference centers the then-and-there of Disability Studies, wherein disability is not understood as lack or impediment, but as a "potential site for collective reimagining" (Kafer 9). We seek to nurture coalitions between scholars, artists, and activists who collectively aim to articulate the future of Disability Studies.

We also take this opportunity to honor the legacy of Tobin Siebers, whose foundational work in Disability Studies continues to enrich new scholarship.

We invite a broad range of proposals for individual presentations and for full 90-minute sessions in ANY format, from traditional papers to performances, collaborative panels to workshops. We welcome contributions from all disciplines and global/historical contexts that engage with the future of Disability Studies and/or Tobin Siebers’ legacy in literature, film, art, design, philosophy, performance, social science, and so forth. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • crip time and temporality
  • the beginning and end of life
  • disability and speculative fiction
  • disability and utopia
  • disability and new media or genres of inquiry
  • emerging interdisciplinary directions
  • global and transnational expansions of the field
  • redefinitions and revisions of concepts such as health and illness
  • bioethics, eugenics, and genetics
  • developing medical/scientific technologies
  • new design (i.e. assistive devices, universal design, architecture, etc. )
  • new pedagogies and platforms of scholarship
  • future visions of disability history and theory
  • Tobin Siebers’ life and legacy:
  • engagements with his academic scholarship or personal essays
  • the impact of his teaching
  • personal memories

We are also calling for 5-minute lightning talks presenting works-in-progress related to the conference theme; and poster presentations from faculty, staff, students, and community members, showcasing current, local projects and happenings. Conference participants are eligible to present a lightning talk or poster in addition to a main-session presentation.

Please submit a CV and 250-300 word proposal with title, institutional affiliation, and contact information as an e-mail attachment to by November 15, 2015, and feel free to contact us at that address with any questions or concerns.

This 8th annual UMInDS (University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies) conference is hosted by members of the UM Disability Studies Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop, a Graduate Student Interest Group within the Department of English Language and Literature.

DS Graduate Interest Group

Supported by the Simpson Center for the Humanities in 2015-2016. Contact Heather Evans to learn more!

The University of Washington has no graduate-level program for scholars working in the field of critical disability studies (known as disability studies or DS.) Disability studies is a quickly growing field that approaches disability from a social-justice perspective. TheDisability Studies Graduate Interest Group (DS GIG) brings together young scholars from an array of fields—including sociology, social work, public policy, education, law and society, gender and sexuality, rehabilitation medicine, information and technology—to nourish each other’s scholarship, build an intellectual community, and support graduate student publication in the field.

The group has three main functions. First, it serves as a writing accountability group. Participation from students at differing stages of their graduate careers and from different departmental homes enrich the ability of participants to draft, workshop, and polish publication-worthy manuscripts targeted toward interdisciplinary academic journals. Second, in addition to building networks laterally among graduate students, the group works to increase vertical networking opportunities through quarterly interactive Skype sessions with leading disability studies scholars throughout the country. Lastly, the group partners with UW Disability Studies faculty to organize a symposium at the end of the academic year to engage with the larger DS community on campus and in our region to strengthen the existing undergraduate DS program and promote the intellectual mentoring of our senior colleagues.

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Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

The 32nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on April 25-26, 2016.

The conference will be at the Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu this year. Their Call for Proposals applications are NOW OPEN, so be sure to submit your ideas early. For more information, please visit, email, or call 1-808-956-7539.

Riva Lehrer portrait of Neil Marcus

DIS ST 430: Disability in World Literature

Check out this great new AUT course!

DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 430: Disability in World Literature
T, Th 10-11:50

This course explores the human experience of disability as represented in novels and stories from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. What strategies do authors deploy to contain, complicate and challenge cultural preconceptions of the disabled body? How does disability intersect with other major identity categories, such as sexuality, nationality and race? Relying on the work of literary critics as well as Disability Studies scholars, we will examine how disability signifies through the written word. Authors include Leo Tolstoy, Salman Rushdie, Katherine Dunn and Alina Bronsky. All readings in English.