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Spring DS talks: May 8, May 29, June 5 (and party)

Mark your calendars for THREE Disability Studies brown bag talks in Spring 2015, featuring recipients of Harlan Hahn DS grants!

The DS year-end recognition and graduation celebration will be held Friday, June 5, 1:30-3:30pm in the D Center (MGH 024). All are invited!

Accessibility:

We will have ASL interpretation and CART captioning for all of these events.

Please do not wear any scented products, for the health and safety of our community members with chemical sensitivity. The D Center is a fragrance-free space.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office, preferably at least 10 days in advance, at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@uw.edu.

Brown bag talks:

May 8, 12-1pm, MGH 024

Title: An Examination Of the Inclusive Instructional Practices and Accommodations Used for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education And Their Perceived Importance By Instructors

Presenters: Elizabeth A. West, Daniel A. Novak, and Carlyn Mueller, UW College of Education

May 29, 12:30-1:30pm, MGH 024 [note start time]

Title: Special Education Inclusion in Mexico: Implementation, Resistance, and Communal Benevolence

Presenter: Douglas Judge, graduate student in UW College of Education

June 5, 12-1pm, MGH 024

Title: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going: Exploring the History of Disability Activism and the Disability Studies Program on Campus

Presenters: Marisa Leigh, Monica Olsson, and Tash Hansen-Day

Full Information:

Friday, May 8, 12-1pm, MGH 024

Title: An Examination Of the Inclusive Instructional Practices And Accommodations Used For Students With Disabilities In Higher Education And Their Perceived Importance By Instructors

Presenters: Elizabeth A. West, Daniel A. Novak, and Carlyn Mueller, UW College of Education

Abstract: This research examines the inclusive instructional and accommodative strategies faculty in the College of Education use to assist students with disabilities in their classes, and what faculty perceive as most important for student success. The survey included demographic questions (gender, college and experience) and response items from the Inclusive Teaching Strategies Inventory (Lombardi, Murphy, & Gerdes, 2011). Responses were collected from 52 instructors in the College of Education. Findings from the analysis suggest differences between instructors’ attitudes and actions in two areas: 1) Scholastic Accommodations to assignment due dates and individual reading loads, and 2) Physical Accommodations, such as examining the classroom in advance to anticipate physical barriers for students with disabilities. Findings also suggest that instructors’ lack confidence in their knowledge of Universal Design for Learning, legal definitions of disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 compliance. The implications of these findings for instructor professional development will be presented.

Elizabeth A. West is an Associate Professor of special education in the College of Education at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington (2003). Dr. West has an active research agenda focusing on transforming communities to increase access and to improve outcomes for students with low incidence disabilities.  She has published numerous journal articles and has presented nationally and internationally.  She has had consistent research funding and serves on a number of editorial review boards.  Dr. West has played a vital role in the college as a researcher specializing in severe disabilities with a focus on cultural and linguistic diversity, technology and teacher preparation.  She currently holds leadership positions at the national and international level.

Carlyn Mueller is a first year doctoral student in the Special Education program in the College of Education. Her research interests are in the identity development processes of students with disabilities across special education instructional contexts. Currently at UW, she is involved with the Secondary Special Education Leadership Grant, a second Gates Foundation funded research grant on special education for Native American students, and developing a course engaging disability, art, and pedagogical issues. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s M.Ed program in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies and is deeply committed to intersectional work that engages the lived experiences of those not often given voice in academia.

Daniel Novak is the Director of Design in the District Leadership Design Lab at the University of Washington. His graduate training includes a MA in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from the University of Washington. His research focuses on the role of technology in improving the learning experience and outcomes for adult and professional learners in online spaces. He has conducted international research on mobile learning technologies, instructional design for adult learning, and the support of professionals in the workplace with partners as diverse as the US Navy, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Boeing Corporation. His current research focuses on the development of online platforms and multi-media learning materials for educational leaders in school district central offices across the United States.

May 29, 12:30-1:30pm, MGH 024 [note start time]

Title: Special Education Inclusion in Mexico: Implementation, Resistance, and Communal Benevolence

Presenter: Douglas Judge, graduate student in UW College of Education

Abstract: This qualitative interview study examines the provision of special education services in three communities in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Consisting of 20 interviews conducted in urban, suburban, and rural settings, this study examined the role of community, family, and school professionals in mediating special education evaluation, service provision, and mandates from the Mexican government to fully implement inclusive special education practices. Mexico comprises one case in a comparative examination, also including China, the US, and England, of expanding special and vocational education born from globalization and increased economic and social integration.  Findings indicate strong federal mandates and rhetoric promoting inclusion and equality in Mexico, yet exceptionally low national rates of special education enrollment, scarce resource deployment in local schools, and an elevated role of families in decision making. 


Doug Judge is a PhD student in the department of Special Education at the University of Washington.  His research and publications include international inclusion, positive behavior supports, juvenile justice and mental health, and racial disproportionality in special education and correctional institutions. He previously worked as a juvenile probation officer, social worker, and special education teacher. In June he will complete the Danforth Program in Educational Leadership, also at the UW.

June 5, 12-1pm, MGH 024

Title: Where we’ve been and where we’re going: exploring the history of disability activism and the Disability Studies Program on campus

Presenters: Marisa Leigh, Monica Olsson, and Tash Hansen-Day

Abstract: The UW’s Disability Studies program and student Disability Justice Activism have been intertwined and have grown up together into what we experience on campus today. While we still have many places to go with the DS program and campus activism, it is important to connect with and understand where we have been. Through our research, we have developed a timeline of growth and will share what we have learned with you.

Tash is a white queer trans Deaf/Hard of Hearing and multiply disabled activist who works at the D Center as the Programming and Outreach Coordinator. They are a disability nerd who gets excited about creating access as a way of showing that we value each other’s presence and participation, as well as acknowledging that while society may meet some people’s access needs, we are all interdependent on each other in one way or another.

Marisa is a white, educated, middle-class queer femme with cisgender privilege who experience multiple disabilities including chronic illness. Her disability studies/ activism journey began with being involved with Disability Advocacy Student Alliance at UW as an undergrad student and she now works in Disability Services at a local community college. Her involvement in disability activism has helped her greatly in adjusting to life with a chronic illness, and the queer disability community in Seattle feels the most like home to her.

Monica is an educated white queer cisgender woman from a low income/working class background, experiencing multiple disabilities. She and her twin sister were both born with Cerebral Palsy (CP). These interactions were often paradoxically traumatic, painful, informative, and beneficial at the same time. This lived history informs her disability activism and fierce desire for empowered disability communities. 


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Harlan Hahn Awards 2015: due date extended to May 22

Deadline: Fri May 22, 2015, 11pm. UW students, staff, and faculty may apply.

Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund Grants

Disability Studies Program, University of Washington

Call for Proposals, Spring 2015

Award Description

The Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund was established by the generous gift of the late Harlan D. Hahn, disability activist, political scientist, and disability studies scholar, to the University of Washington’s Disability Studies Program. The Harlan Hahn awards typically range between $500 and $5,000. The number and amount of the grants awarded depends on the quality of the individual projects and the overall number of eligible proposals received.

2015 Call for Proposals

The Disability Studies Program is pleased to announce that the Harlan Hahn Fund call for proposals is now open for Spring Quarter 2015. Current students, faculty, and staff from all three University of Washington campuses are invited to submit a grant proposal. Applications must describe research, writing, or activist projects that are framed within, aligned with, or potentially informed by the academic field of Disability Studies.

Awarded Harlan Hahn funds may be used for:

•       Support of academic research projects, pedagogical research, or writing projects in Disability Studies or informed by Disability Studies.

•       Travel to conferences in the field of Disability Studies or related to Disability Studies, to present research or to participate in the Disability Studies academic community.

•       Support for the development of a course with Disability Studies content.

•       Support for disability related activist endeavors (e.g. web development, meeting support) that are aligned with Disability Studies.

Application Process

Application deadline: Monday, May 18, 2015, 11pm. The deadline has now been extended to Fri, May 22, 11pm.

All application materials should be submitted to the Catalyst dropbox: https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/jmeb/35353

The Harlan Hahn Fund Committee will notify the award recipients of its decisions by May 29, 2015. Applicants may request feedback from the Committee for improving their chances in the next year’s competition. Please contact Professor José Alaniz (jos23@uw.edu).

To apply, submit all of the following:

  1. A brief (1-2 page) proposal outlining the specific activities that will be funded by the Harlan Hahn grant, how the project fits the award criteria, and the expected outcomes.
  2. A brief personal statement describing how the applicant exemplifies the award criteria. This should include a description of the applicant’s Disability Studies related experience, research, teaching, and/or career goals, and an explanation of how the grant support will advance the applicant’s research and/or education.
  3. Resume/CV.
  4. Official or unofficial academic transcript (for students), or UW employment history (for staff and faculty).
  5. Name and contact information for one professional reference.
  6. A detailed narrative budget justification. Request a specific total amount of funds needed for the project, and provide estimates for how funds will be spent on particular needs. Sample spending categories are outlined in “Selection criteria.”

Eligibility Requirements

STUDENTS:

  1. You must be an enrolled University of Washington undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application.
  2. Eligible applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA in Disability Studies courses or equivalent demonstration of academic excellence in areas related to Disability Studies (e.g. courses completed in related disciplines, courses taught as a graduate teaching assistant, or scholarly work conducted as a research assistant).
  3. Eligible applicants may also provide evidence of commitment to issues of social justice related to people with disabilities (e.g. work, volunteer, or activist experiences) and/or Disability Studies scholarship.

FACULTY and STAFF:

  1. You must be a University of Washington academic or staff employee with a minimum 50% appointment at the time of application.
  2. Eligible applicants should have exhibited and sustained efforts towards incorporating the Disability Studies approach into research and/or teaching and contributing to the knowledge base of Disability Studies.
  3. Eligible applicants may also provide evidence of commitment to issues of social justice related to people with disabilities (e.g. work, volunteer, or activist experiences) and/or Disability Studies scholarship.

NOTE: Everyone interested in submitting a proposal is welcome to consult with members of the Harlan Hahn Fund Committee about the grants and/or the application process. Please request a consultation as early as possible in the preparation process. For 2015, the contact person is Professor José Alaniz (jos23@uw.edu).

Selection Criteria

Disability Studies content. We are interested in proposals that have potential to contribute to the field of Disability Studies (DS). DS focuses on the social, cultural, political, and historical meanings of disability. DS is not medicine, special education, or professions oriented towards prevention or treatment of disabilities, but it should inform those disciplines. The field of Disability Studies explores how disability has been constructed, demarcated, and represented in culture and art, laws and policies, professional practices, and everyday life. The intersections between disability and other identity categories such as gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity are addressed in DS teaching, scholarship, and activism. The voices and roles of disabled people themselves are emphasized in defining problems and evaluating solutions. For more information about the field, please visit the websites of the UW Disability Studies Program (http://depts.washington.edu/disstud/) and the Society for Disability Studies (https://www.disstudies.org/about/what_is_ds).

Concept and impact. We will be looking for proposals with a well-conceptualized research methodology or manuscript idea. For research and/or writing projects, explain how you plan to disseminate your findings or what other concrete products you anticipate. If you propose attendance at a conference, explain how this conference will inform your future work or how your contribution to the conference disseminates Disability Studies content. If you propose to develop a course, explain how the course will be implemented and made sustainable.

Budget justification. We will evaluate whether the proposed budget is appropriate to meet the stated goals of the project. Include in your narrative explanation: clearly defined and realistic expenditures; a plan of action to implement spending; exact dates or clearly defined time frames for completion of segments of the project; full description of the conference, people who will be hired and for what skills, survey population, etc. Also identify whether Harlan Hahn funds will be sufficient to cover all costs of the activities, and what additional sources of funding you have sought and/or received for the project. Provide approximate values for expenditures in any of the following categories:

  • Salary (NOTE: Salary is subject to applicable UW benefits costs) 
  • Travel costs
  • Conference fees, lodging, per diem
  • Research subject payments
  • Routine supplies
  • Research or writing support services (e.g. fees to outside consultants)
  • Other (provide explanation)

Previous grantees. Past performance with Harlan Hahn Fund awards will also be taken into consideration when assessing an application by a previous winner.

Additional Information for Applicants

Payment of grants. After the decision process is complete, each grant recipient will be required to consult with the Disability Studies Program fiscal administrator and devise a precise budget.

Required outcomes. Recipients of the Harlan Hahn Grant are expected to give a Disability Studies Program brown bag talk or other public presentation, as well as submit a short written summary of how the funds were spent. Funds must be used for the proposed project.

Time to completion. All grant-funded activities must be completed by June 30, 2016.

Questions. If you have any questions about the grants and/or the application process, please contact Professor José Alaniz (jos23@uw.edu).

Application deadline: Monday, May 18, 2015, 11pm. extended to Fri, May 22, 11pm.

All application materials should be submitted to the Catalyst dropbox: https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/jmeb/35353

May 21-23 Pacific & Western DS Symposium at UW

Speakers and artists: Patty Berne, Mindie Lind, Susan Schweik, Elizabeth Wheeler. Plan to join us!

Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium:

Connecting Disability Studies, Disability Justice, and Disability Arts

Free public events May 21-23, 2015, on the University of Washington Seattle campus. Join us!

Information about accessibility, directions, and parking can be found here: https://depts.washington.edu/disstud/accessibility-locations-parking-2015-symposium

Please be scent-free.

Lunch will be provided on Friday, May 22. RSVP required for lunch, using this form by May 18: http://goo.gl/forms/qeQzGQlKdK

We request that you RSVP for any Symposium events you wish to attend, using this form:  http://goo.gl/forms/qeQzGQlKdK

CFP: Workshop for Emerging Scholars and Activists [now closed]

Dust off an old paper, showcase a work in progress, or simply tell us about the awesome work you are doing in disability studies, disability justice or disability arts.   All submissions welcome!  We have extended the deadline for abstracts to Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 5pm. For the full CFP and submission instructions, please go to: https://depts.washington.edu/disstud/CFP_pacific-western-workshop

Symposium schedule in brief:

Updated: Thursday, May 21, 4:00-6:30pm

Disability Arts and Culture [refreshments 4pm]
Kane Hall, Room 225
4:15 Music by Mindie Lind
5:00 Film Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty [contains sexually explicit content]

5:30 Q&A with Mindie Lind and Patty Berne and ET Russian

Friday, May 22, 9am-4pm

Critical Collaborations
William H. Gates Hall (School of Law), Room 138
9:15 Welcome
9:30 Susan Schweik (UC Berkeley), keynote “A Feather in a Hurricane and the Law of Falling Bodies: Disability Research and the Politics of Storytelling”
10:45 Elizabeth Wheeler (U of Oregon), Susan Schweik (UC Berkeley), Sara Goering (UW), Sushil Oswal (UW Tacoma), “Cultivating and Connecting Resources”
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Patty Berne (UC Berkeley), with ET Russian (UW), Seema Bahl (Bellevue College), “Exploring Divergences and Convergences of Disability Studies, Disability Rights, and Disability Justice"

Saturday, May 23, 2-4pm

Disability Justice
UB (Student Union Building), Room 250
Sins Invalid, featuring co-founder and director Patty Berne, "Re-envisioning the Revolutionary Body: Centering Disability and Embodiment within Social Justice" [please note, this event includes films and discussion with sexually explicit content]

Symposium website: http://tinyurl.com/PWDS2015UW 

Questions should be directed to the UW Disability Studies Program. Email: uwdisabilitystudies@gmail.com.

Accessibility:

We will have ASL interpretation and CART captioning for all of these events.

The rooms are wheelchair accessible. There are elevators to the second floor of Kane Hall. Kane 225 has steps and a wide ramp down to a flat, all-purpose room. Law School 138 is a tiered court room layout, with wheelchair access only at the upper row by the doors and the lowest row where there's seating at the same level as the presenters.

While we cannot guarantee scent-free spaces, we do ask that our attendees not wear any scented products, in order to work towards safer, more accessible environments at UW.  In particular, please avoid wearing perfume/cologne and clothing that smells like smoke.  For more information about being fragrance-free, see: http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf.  In each room, we plan to set up fragrance-free areas near air purifiers.

Kane 225 has carpeting that was installed in late 2013. It uses Adhesive Healthbond 100, a water-based premium adhesive with zero calculated VOCs. It is a low-odor adhesive and is CRI Green Label Plus approved. The carpet is cleaned only with a hot-water extraction.

Law 138 has carpeting that was installed in 2003.  This is the information we have about carpet and adhesive: Carpet: Prince Street Technologies. Adhesive: likely either Resource 1000 or 1200 broadloom adhesive.

HUB 250 has carpeting that was recently installed with the building renovation. The carpet is "Lee’s Sixth Sense, A Premonition, meets or exceeds the Carpet & Rug Institutes (CRI) Green Label limits of section 01 33 29, (EQ 4.3). Carpet bears the IAQ (Indoor Air Quality label from the CRI." The adhesive is "Approved adhesive recommended by Manufacturer for direct glue-down installation meets or exceeds CRI Green Label limits of section 01 33 29, (EQ 4.3)."

Here are the cleaning products used in the HUB: 3M 8L - Green Seal™ Certified high-performance, all-purpose cleaner, used on floors, walls and other nonporous surfaces; 3M 1L - Green Seal™ Certified non-streaking cleaner for windows, glass and mirrors and other mirrored surfaces; Procyon Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner - Green Seal™ Certified carpet and upholstery cleaner, completely soap free, odor free and non-toxic.

In Kane Hall, the only accessible washrooms are on the basement level. We'll put up signs on all floors with directions to the elevators.

The Law School and HUB have accessible washrooms on all floors.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office, preferably at least 10 days in advance, at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@uw.edu.

Locations & Parking on UW Seattle campus:

General information:

About parking on UW Seattle campus: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/park

Campus map: http://www.washington.edu/maps/

UW Access Guide for Persons with Disabilities, maps and diagrams of accessible routes and entrances: http://www.washington.edu/admin/ada/newada.php

UW "Disability Parking" guidelines: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/park-disability.  "Wheelchair (WC) disability permits holders may park in any wheelchair or disability space. Holders of Disability (D) Permits may park in disability areas but not in wheelchair spaces. Wheelchair and Disability permit holders may also park in other available regular spaces in their assigned parking area. Stop at a campus gatehouse and request disability or wheelchair parking as needed."

For your convenience, parking for the Symposium has been assigned to the “Central Plaza Garage, Levels C2-C6” [Kane, Law, HUB], “N22” Lot [Law], and “N1” Lot [HUB].  Please note that although a parking assignment has been made, payment in full is still required as you enter campus.  Stop at a campus gatehouse and advise the Parking Specialist that you have a parking assignment under “Pacific & Western Disability Studies Symposium.”  A parking permit, with your designated parking lot, will be printed and given to you to display on your vehicles dashboard as instructed.  If you need disability accommodations please advise the Parking Specialist. 

Estimated price per vehicle, per day:

$15.00        Arrival prior to 5:00pm, Monday – Friday.  If your visit is less than four hours, be sure to stop at the gatehouse as you exit for a prorated refund.

$5.00*        Arrival after 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, and prior to 12:00pm Saturday. If  your visit is less than one hour, be sure to stop at a campus gatehouse as you exit for a prorated refund.

*Except Central Plaza Garage – $10.00 after 5:00pm M-F and 7:00am-12:00pm (noon) on Saturday

May 21, 4:00-6:30pm, in Kane Hall, Room 225, for "Disability Arts and Culture"

Address: 4069 Spokane Ln, Seattle, WA 98105.  Directions & parking: http://www.css.washington.edu/KNE_Directions

May 22, 9:00am-4:00pm, in William H. Gates School of Law, Room 138, for "Critical Collaborations"

Address: 4293 Memorial Way, Seattle, WA 98195.  Directions & parking: https://www.law.washington.edu/About/Direction.aspx

May 23, 2:00pm-4:00pm, in Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 250, for "Disability Justice"

Address: 4001 Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195.  Directions & parking: http://depts.washington.edu/thehub/home/directions/  Note: Free parking on campus begins at noon on Saturdays.  Disability parking is available in Lot N-22, just north of the HUB.  A valid N-22 parking permit is required in order to park there.

Symposium schedule in full:

Thursday, May 21, 4:00-6:30pm, Kane Hall, Room 225 (Walker-Ames Room)

Disability Arts and Culture, with Mindie Lind and Sins Invalid

4:00 Refreshments.

4:15 Performance by Seattle-based musician Mindie Lind. Mindie was the winner of KEXP's Pianos in the Parks contest, was honored as City Arts Magazine Artist of the Year, and had an opening spot on HBO star Lena Dunham's national tour.

5:00 Screening of the documentary Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty (contains sexually explicit content). Sins Invalid is a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized from social discourse.

5:30 Q&A with Mindie Lind and Patty Berne and ET Russian of Sins Invalid

Please join us for this great lineup of artists! There will be refreshments starting at 4pm.

Friday, May 22, 9:00am-4:00pm, William H. Gates Hall (UW School of Law), Room 138

Pacific and Western Disability Studies: Critical Collaborations

Disability studies is a dynamic and growing field in the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. To celebrate and enhance collaborations around the region, Friday’s activities will feature presentations and conversations with leading scholars and activists. Symposium panelists will address: how can disability studies make connections to allies in other disciplines and across educational institutions, and with disability communities and cultural activism in disability justice? At the event and on a virtual workshop platform open to all registered participants in the symposium, we will showcase the research of emerging scholars, students, and activists from a variety of disciplines whose work is informed by and contributes to disability studies.  To register for the symposium, use this form:  http://goo.gl/forms/qeQzGQlKdK

Lunch will be provided to attendees who register in advance. Use this form by May 18th: http://goo.gl/forms/qeQzGQlKdK

Agenda

8:45-9:15 Registration

9:15 Welcome

9:30 Keynote by Susan Schweik of the University of California Berkeley, "A Feather in a Hurricane and the Law of Falling Bodies: Disability Research and the Politics of Storytelling”

This talk will explore a remarkable moment in Iowa during the Great Depression. A group of institutionalized so-called “feeble-minded” women, together with the low-wage women workers who were called their “attendants” and under the scrutiny of social science researchers, took up the problem that American society was framing as “low I.Q,” offering a radical, iconoclastic solution that was quickly cut short but had lasting effects.  Focusing on the politics and ethics of telling this story, Schweik will reflect on its import and its challenges to disability studies.

10:45 “Cultivating and Connecting Resources”

This panel aims to address the past, present, and future of disability studies in our region.  We'll discuss developments at our educational institutions and consider how creating a consortium could facilitate collaboration, mentoring, and the growth of research and teaching in disability studies.  Please join our panelists for a lively conversation: Elizabeth Wheeler of the University of Oregon, Susan Schweik of UC Berkeley, Sara Goering of the University of Washington, and Sushil Oswal of UW Tacoma.

12:30 Lunch [provided for those who RSVP by May 18 at http://goo.gl/forms/qeQzGQlKdK]

2:00 “Exploring Divergences and Convergences of Disability Studies, Disability Rights, and Disability Justice”

The development and dynamism of disability studies is in many ways an outgrowth of concepts generated by the disability rights movement and its phenomenal historical successes.  More recently, the term disability justice is often heard.  What does disability justice connotate and  where did this framework develop?  What does it offer distinct from a disability rights perspective?  Please join Seattle based activist-scholar Seema Bahl and artist-activist ET Russian in exploring these questions with Patty Berne, Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid, a disability justice based performance project on disability and sexuality.

Confirmed speakers on Friday!

  • Patty Berne is a Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid and currently an instructor at UC Berkeley. Her background includes advocacy for immigrants, work toward alternatives to the criminal legal system, and disability and LGBTQI advocacy within the field of reproductive and genetic technologies.

  • Susan Schweik is a Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities at UC Berkeley. She is the author of “The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public,” and has been involved with the development of disability studies at Berkeley for 15 years.

  • Elizabeth Wheeler is an Associate Professor of English and the author of the forthcoming “HandiLand: Kids with Disabilities Infiltrate Public Culture.” She is part of the Disability Studies Initiative at the University of Oregon.

Saturday, May 23, 2-4pm, HUB (Student Union Building), Room 250

Disability Justice, with Patty Berne of Sins Invalid

Patty Berne will present on “Re-envisioning the Revolutionary Body: Centering Disability and Embodiment within Social Justice.” Patty is a co-founder of the disability justice framework and of the performance group Sins Invalid.  Patty’s background includes advocacy for immigrants and mental health support for survivors of violence.  She was featured in the documentary film “Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.”  Her experiences as a queer Haitian-Japanese power-chair using woman provide grounding for her work creating “liberated zones” for oppressed people.

Event description

Disability Justice is a nascent movement-building framework, which holds the value and power of the disabled body/mind as a central tenet.  To communicate this value, disability justice based performance project Sins Invalid asserts "our stories, imbedded in analysis, offer paths from identity politics to unity amongst all oppressed people, laying a foundation for a collective claim of liberation and beauty.” Claiming disability identity within multiple communities and through multiple lenses strengthens our understandings of our complexities and resilience. Patty Berne, artistic director of Sins Invalid, will talk about the role of embodiment in movement-building work and why her project focuses on sexuality, and she will lead a guided screening and discussion of films on sex and disability as part of transformative cultural work and a disability justice politic.

Please note: The films include sexually explicit and s/m content.  We are working toward having a sexual violence prevention / intervention organization present in the lobby to support people if needed.

Contact Information

Symposium website: http://tinyurl.com/PWDS2015UW 

Questions should be directed to the UW Disability Studies Program. Email: uwdisabilitystudies@gmail.com.

Symposium sponsors:

Disability Studies Program

D Center (Disability and Deaf Cultural Center)

ASUW Student Disability Commission

Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity

Department of English

American Sign Language Minor Program

Program on Values in Society

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department

College of Education

UW Tacoma Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

UW Tacoma Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Q Center

Law, Societies, and Justice Program

Education for Empowerment

Graduate and Professional Student Senate Diversity Committee (GPSS)

Speaker and Performer Bios

Mindie Lind 

Mindie is a Seattle-based singer and songwriter, formerly of the group Inly. She has been grabbing the attention of the music and arts scene as the winner of KEXP’s Pianos in the Parks contest and the City Arts Magazine Artist of the Year. Her music video for “Mississippi Misfit” got her an opening spot on HBO star Lena Dunham’s national tour. She’s heading back to the studio this year to start work on her next full-length album. Music videos: LowlandsMississippi MisfitHungry N Fed.

Susan Schweik

Susan is the Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities, and Professor of English at the University of California Berkeley. Her book “The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public” examines in novel ways the intersections of disability, race, gender, and class in early 20th-century law and society. Her latest project is “A Feather in a Hurricane and the Law of Falling Bodies: Disability Research and the Politics of Storytelling.” She has been a recipient of UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, a Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Education for Disability Studies, and a co-director of the Disability Studies Program.

Elizabeth Wheeler

Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon. She specializes in post-1945 American literature, youth literature and popular culture, disability studies, cultural studies, and community literacy. Her forthcoming book, “HandiLand: Kids with Disabilities Infiltrate Public Culture,” reveals new understandings of disabled kids in contemporary teen and children’s literature, online communities, parents’ oral histories, and politicians’ speeches. She is a leader of the Disability Studies Initiative at the University of Oregon.

Patty Berne

Patty is a Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid, a performance project on disability and sexuality that centers marginalized voices. She hails from San Francisco, where she is a prominent community organizer and the co-creator of the disability justice movement. She is also currently an instructor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California Berkeley. Her background includes advocacy for immigrants, work toward alternatives to the criminal legal system, international support work, and offering mental health support for survivors of violence. She was featured in the documentary film “Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement” for advocating for disability rights and LGBTQI community perspectives within the field of reproductive and genetic technologies. Her experiences as a queer Haitian-Japanese power-chair using woman provide grounding for her work creating “liberated zones” for oppressed people.

Seema Bahl

Seema Bahl is currently teaching Disability in Society at Bellevue College and has given several lectures at the University of Washington and other large organizations on disability justice issues. She is co-founder of Seattle Disability Justice Collective, a grassroots collective that organizes and provides space for cultural, social and political events in the Pacific Northwest to promote disability justice and awareness.

ET Russian

ET RUSSIAN is an artist, author, filmmaker, performer, activist, educator, and healthcare provider living in Seattle. Russian is the author of The Ring of Fire Anthology (2014), has published work in Gay Genius(2011) and The Collective Tarot (2008), has performed in productions by Sins Invalid and dance company Light Motion, and co-directed the movie Third Antenna: A documentary about the radical nature of drag (2001).


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.

Student groups are hiring!

ASUW Student Disability Commisssion deadline Apr 26; D Center (3 positions) deadline May 13

JOB OPPORTUNITY: The D Center is now hiring for three positions of Programming & Outreach Coordinator (ID 89386), Media & Publications Coordinator (ID 89388), and Financial & Operations Coordinator (ID 89385). Position details and applications are available on HuskyJobs (https://washington-csm.symplicity.com/students/). Please note that you must be an undergraduate or graduate UW student enrolled at least half-time during the 2015-2016 academic year to qualify. The deadline is MAY 13, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact dcmedia@uw.edu. Otherwise, we look forward to reading your applications!

ASUW Student Disability Commission is hiring, and applications close April 26th! SDC is a great opportunity to get connected with other students on campus, and work in a really rad, social justice-oriente​d environment.You​ do not have to identify as disabled to apply for this position, and it is open to both grad and undergrad students of the UW. 

Applications are at: jobs.asuw.org. If you have any questions about the position, contact Eze Klarnet | Student Disability Commission Director, Associated Students of the University of Washington | E-Mail | Office Hours | Facebook | Twitter | HUB 131Q | 262.994.5663

Fall 2015 study abroad: Disability and Rehabilitation

April 20 applications due for Disability Studies South Africa: Disability and Rehabilitation in Limited Resource Environments 

Location: Cape Town, South Africa 
Departments: Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Medicine 
Estimated Program Dates: October 5 - December 11, 2015
Estimated Program Fee: $7,000
Credits: 12 credits 
Program Director: Mark Harniss (Rehabilitation Medicine); Kurt Johnson (Rehabilitation Medicine); Rebecca Matter (Rehabilitation Medicine)
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Karleigh Koster kkoster@uw.edu

https://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11335

Disability and Rehabilitation in Resource Limited Environments

Deadline Extended to April 20th! 

Interested in learning about disability and rehabilitation within low and middle income countries? Join us on a study abroad program jointly offered through Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Medicine in Fall of 2015.

We will be based in Cape Town, South Africa and will spend time in rural areas of the eastern and western Cape. As a student, you will explore a wide range of issues related to disability and rehabilitation services including:

This interdisciplinary program is open to graduates, post baccalaureates, and undergraduates who have experience and interest in disability within limited resource and international environments.

To learn more, visit the Study Abroad website (https://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11335), or email Mark Harniss (mharniss@uw.edu).

Program Description

This study abroad course addresses disability and rehabilitation within low and middle income countries. Using South Africa as a cultural, political and socioeconomic context, students will explore a wide range of issues related to disability and rehabilitation services including prevalence and demographics, measurement, access and barriers to health care and rehabilitation, assistive technologies, accessibility of built environments and information technologies, and access and barriers to education and employment. We will address these diverse issues from international human rights, global health, and international development perspectives.

Nearly 80% of persons with disabilities reside in low and middle income countries (LMICs). While the size of this underserved population greatly exceeds other vulnerable populations in the developing world (e.g., HIV/AIDS: 31 million, orphans: 143 million, internally displaced: 26 million), it has received inadequate attention from academic institutions and the global health and international development community.

Students will participate in classes at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape of South Africa, and engage in a wide range of site visits in surrounding communities over the 9 week period. Topics covered:

  • Legislation & advocacy
  • Prevalence and demographics, measurement
  • Culture and social stigma
  • Access and barriers to health care, rehabilitation, assistive technology
  • Accessibility of built environments and information technologies
  • Access and barriers to education and employment
  • Disability identity

We will address these diverse issues within international human rights, global health, and international development perspectives. Parts of the course will be taught by faculty from the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University.

Location

Cape Town, South Africa 

Sites

Fieldtrips outside of Cape Town include excursions to East Cape and Karoo.

Housing

Although still in the process of being confirmed, housing will be arranged through our university partner, most likely the University of Cape Town (UCT). UCT has 39 student residences, flats, and houses that accommodate 6,600 students. The residence system offers catering and self-catering options.

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Academics

Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program is open to graduates, post baccalaureates, and undergraduates who have experience and interest in disability within limited resource and international environments.  Students must have a 2.8 GPA.

Credits

12 Credits

Courses

REHAB 496 (12 credits)

This course addresses disability in limited resource environments in an international context. Using South Africa as a cultural, political, and socioeconomic context, students will explore a wide range of issues related to disability in low-middle income countries including prevalence and demographics, measurement, access and barriers to health care and rehabilitation, availability of assistance and support, accessibility of built environments and information technologies, and access and barriers to education and employment. We will address these diverse issues using the twin themes of international human rights and development. Students will also engage in research activities.

Goals of the 9 week course: 

  1. Develop a broad understanding about the experience of people with disabilities in South Africa through personal experience and study.
  2. Analyze disability rights, federal and state policy, and access to services in South Africa within the context of international human rights law (e.g., the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities).
  3. Within the framework of the International Classification of Function (ICF), contextualize the experience of people with disabilities in LMIC countries.
  4. Develop a perspective on international development activities related to disability in South Africa and other LMIC countries.
  5. Engage in research activities with local organizations of people with disabilities (DPOs). 

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Program Directors & Staff

Mark Harniss, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Director of Program

mharniss@uw.edu

Kurt Johnson, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Program Instructor and Research Advisor

kjohnson@uw.edu

Rebecca Matter, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Program Coordinator 

bmatter@uw.edu 

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Program Expenses

Cost

Estimated Program Fee of $7,000, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($300), airfare, food (about $10/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations, and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,500* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket.

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. 

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date Non-Refundable UW Study Abroad Fee $300 10/16/2015 Program Fee  $7,000 10/16/2015 TOTAL FEES CHARGED $7,300 -

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the UW Study Abroad Office. You are also required to attend all program-specific orientations offered by your Program Directors.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend a scheduled session. You can visit the orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting theFinancial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing ipe@uw.edu.

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two faculty recommendations, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at Disability Resources for Students

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $300 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

D Month: April events!

Join the D Center and Student Disability Commission in celebrating disability and d/Deaf culture, justice, and intersecting identities during D Month! Please help us spread the word about this awesome series of events. All events are free and open to the public.

Poetry Workshop With Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha April 14th, 4:00-5:30 pm HUB 337

Panel on Psychiatric and Medical Abuse April 14th, 6:00-7:30 pm, HUB 340

Body Map Reading with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha  April 15th, 7:00-9:00 pm, Parnassus Cafe (basement of the Art Building) 

Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life with Sabina England April 25th, Time/Location TBA

Writing Workshop for Sick and Disabled People of Color  Lead by Aurora Levins Morales April 26th, 12:00-5:00 pm, The D Center (MGH 024)

Aurora Levins Morales May 2nd, 2:30-4:30 pm, HUB 340

For more details and accessibility info, check out our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/408301112680548/

Hope to see you all there! The ASUW Student Disability Commission and the D Center 

Spring DS brown bag in School of Social Work, Apr 10, noon

Integrating Disability Studies into the Curriculum of the School of Social Work: Where are we now?

Please join us for the first UW Disability Studies Program brown bag seminar of Spring 2015!

Date: Friday, April 10, 12-1pm

NOTE the Location: School of Social Work Research Commons B (2nd floor, north end of building—use the orange elevator), University of Washington

Presenter: Mary Edwards, Masters of Social Work student

Title: Integrating Disability Studies into the Curriculum of the School of Social Work: Where are we now?

Accessibility:

We will have ASL interpretation and CART captioning for this event. Please do not wear any scented products, for the health and safety of our community members with chemical sensitivity.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office, preferably at least 10 days in advance, at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@uw.edu.

Abstract: Mary Edwards is a second-year Masters of Social Work student who in her previous career focused on social justice in education. Her project seeks to lead curriculum change at the UW School of Social Work, so that students will gain a fuller understanding of disability as a social justice issue and be better positioned to serve people with disabilities upon graduation. Mary’s presentation will follow up the October 31st brown bag brainstorming session. Interested people from social work, disability studies, and other communities are invited to come. There will be time for questions sharing your knowledge and perspectives.

Website

Questions to Mary Edwards (marye3@uw.edu) or Joanne Woiak (jwoiak@uw.edu)

SAVE THE DATES for these upcoming Spring DS brownbags, reporting research by 2014 Harlan Hahn Disability Studies Grant awardees!

May 8, 2015, 12-1pm, in the D Center (MGH 024)

Title: An Examination Of The Inclusive Instructional Practices And Accommodations Used For Students With Disabilities In Higher Education And Their Perceived Importance By Instructors

Presenters: Elizabeth A. West, Daniel A. Novak, and Carlyn Mueller, UW College of Education

June 5, 2015, NOTE the time: 12:30-1:30pm, in the D Center (MGH 024)

Title: "Special Education Inclusion in Mexico: Implementation, Resistance, and Communal Benevolence"

Presenter: Douglas Judge, graduate student in UW College of Education

May 8, 6:30, Kane 120: Deaf history lecture

"Bringing Back Gallaudet's Sesquicentennial Celebration With a Focus on the 15 Visionary Leaders"


Dr. MJ Bienvenu
Ph.D., Union Institute and University, Linguistics
M.A., Gallaudet University, Linguistics
B.A., Gallaudet University, English

Friday, May 8th, 2015 6:30-8:30pm
Kane Hall 120, University of Washington, Seattle
FREE ADMISSION!!

Abstract:  Dr. MJ Bienvenu; chair of the Sesquicentennial event at Gallaudet University; will highlight the twelve visionary leaders in education; theatre; politics; organizations and athletics during the late 1880s to the mid-1990’s.  The university celebration which took place in July, 2014 reflected the 150 year history of the only liberal arts university for deaf students in the world.  Gallaudet University‘s charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.  The celebration and alumni reunion included Charter Day along twelve presentations’ workshops’ entertainment and plenary sessions.  Mj Bienvenu’s lecture will bring us closer to the history of Gallaudet University and in turn to the contributions of these twelve influential trailblazers.

Dr. MJ Bienvenu is a native ASL signer originally from Baton Rouge, LA.  She worked at Gallaudet for a total of 11 years. She then moved to be co-director of The Bicultural Center for 7 years, later as director of The Language and Culture Center for 3 years before coming back to Gallaudet.  MJ has published several Deaf Culture and ASL teaching materials, videos and workbooks.  She also presented internationally on the topics of Sign Language Instruction, Culture, Oppression and Empowerment, Cross-cultural Interactions and Interpretation.  MJ served as president of Deaf Women United, Inc. from 1997 to 1999 and as co-chair of Deaf Lesbians Festival from 2000 to 2004. She is currently president of the National Organization of the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority since 2004.

The Lecture will be done in ASL and voice interpreted
DeafBlind Interpreting needs: email request at dhhreq@uw.edu before April 24th
CEUs request pending…
For more information contact Lance Forshay at lforshay@uw.edu

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Mar 6, noon: DS talk by Kai Kohlsdorf, GWSS grad student

Sterile Bodies: Re-signifying Sexuality through Trans and Disabled Erotic Performance

Please join us for the final Disability Studies brown bag seminar of Winter quarter!

Kai Kohlsdorf, PhD student in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies will give a presentation entitled "Sterile Bodies: Re-signifying Sexuality through Trans and Disabled Erotic Performance."

When: Fri, March 6, 2015, 12:00-1:00pm

Where: D Center (MGH 024), University of Washington

Accessibility information:

We will have ASL interpretation and CART captioning for this event.

Please be fragrance free! For the health and safety of community members with chemical sensitivity, please abstain from using scented cosmetics, lotions, or hair products and please do not wear clothes that have recently been smoked in. For more info: http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf

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

Presentation abstract:

I investigate how trans lived experiences hold the weight of medicalization’s forced asexualization narratives of impossible sexual bodies. I argue forced asexualization operates as an enacted disability, on “wrong” bodies, and utilize work within crip theory and disability studies to argue against the easy response that trans people are simply not disabled. I answer the question of how the impossible sexual bodies of trans people and people with disabilities come together through forced asexualization. In utilizing this connection, we open a possibility to shift away from medicalization instead of away from disability. I investigate the realities of disabled sexual practices, including trans sexual practices, that demedicalize sexuality through their embodiments and work to produce new forms of re-signifying sexuality. I argue these sexual practices and their ensuing re-signification work together to produce new forms of collectivity. I take as my object of study trans-centric pornographies created intentionally for trans communities, produced by trans identified individuals as well as performance art by people with disabilities created for people with disabilities, specifically work from T-Wood Pictures, Handbasket Productions, and Sins Invalid. The practices and positionalities enacted by the performers and producers of these performances uncouple sexuality from broken identities as circumscribed by medicalization and open up possibilities to understand sexuality and sexual embodiments of disabled experiences, including trans experiences, as forms of erotic care. This talk is part of the broader dissertation that seeks to thread together queer theory, trans studies, crip theory, and disability studies in investigating new significations of sexuality. 

Please also note: Kai will be teaching a new DIS ST 430 class in Spring 2015: Queering Disability Studies, on Tues/Th 11:30-1:20.

http://depts.washington.edu/disstud/kohlsdorf-brownbag_Mar6-2015