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Upcoming ODS, Campus Events, and Related Opportunities!:

Are you interested in Disability Advocacy? Consider joining Delta Alpha Pi! ODS’ Honor Society! Apply here!

Undergraduate Students must have a 3.0 or better GPA and at least 24 credits completed to be eligible.

Graduate Students must have a 3.3 or better GPA and at least 18 credits completed to be eligible.

Get involved and rally for funding to support students with disabilities in Higher Education! Transportation is provided!
We Need You! 2.11.19 Advocacy Day in Albany

Event Details:
February 11, 2019
10:00AM to 3:00PM
Empire State Plaza
Convention Center
Meeting Room 1
Albany, NY

For questions, or to request accommodations, please contact Huey Hsiao (huhsiao@syr.edu)

Student leaders are encouraged to connect with Leonard Blades, Chair, CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD) and Vice Chair, Students with Disabilities, University Student Senate (USS) CUNY at leonardccsd@gmail.com.

Relaxed/Sensory Friendly Performance of Noises Off, Elf the Musical, and Pride and Prejudice.

Relaxed and Sensory Friendly performances provide a welcoming environment that lets all patrons express themselves freely without judgment or inhibition. These live theater experiences invite and encourage individuals with autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and sensory sensitivities to enjoy the performance in a “shush-free” zone.

Pride and Prejudice: Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM

All tickets for Relaxed / Sensory Friendly performances are $25 and include a 100% refund right up to the start of the show.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 315-443-3275 or purchased at http://syracusestage.org/sensory-friendly.php.

Call for Poetry

Nine Mile Art & Literary Magazine

Special Issue: Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip Poetics

Publication Date: Fall 2019

Guest Editor: Diane R. Wiener

Nine Mile‘s Fall 2018 issue (Vol. 6, Issue 1) included a section called “Other Engines,” devoted to the work of neurodivergent writers.  Our Fall 2019 issue (Vol. 7, Issue 1) will be devoted entirely to the work of self-identified Disabled, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poets, with particular attention paid to Neurodivergent—including Autistic—poets.  Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics are at the heart of poetics, well beyond the too-often hurtful and ignorant ways in which disability is used as a metaphor or to forward a storyline.  Neurodivergent, Disabled, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poets (whether or not we write about disability) must in our view be represented at the center of poetry publishing.  (More information is below about the Special Issue and Nine Mile.)

For consideration, please submit 10 to 15 poems in Word or Text by July 1, 2019 to Diane@ninemile.org, with the subject line “Fall 2019 Submission.”

Previously published work is welcome.  If accepted, it will be the author’s responsibility to acquire republication permission from the appropriate source(s).

We are not equipped to accept video content or visual images, at this time.  Please only submit written poetry.

Please also include:
1. your name, email address, and home address
2. a paragraph about yourself (background, achievements, etc.)
3. a statement about your aesthetic intentions (why and how you write “the ways you do”)
4. a photograph of yourself

If your work is accepted, you will receive $5 per published poem.

About Nine Mile Magazine
Nine Mile Art & Literary Magazine publishes twice yearly, showcasing the best work we receive from authors whose work, energy, and vision are deeply entangled with life.

At Nine Mile, we are committed to featuring diverse writing by diverse writers, including: disabled writers/writers with disabilities; Writers of Color; writers with marginalized genders, sexual and asexual orientations, religious/nonreligious identities and belief/non-belief systems; young and senior writers; experienced and never-before-published writers; and writers from outside the proverbial mainstream.  We are likewise committed to producing inclusive and accessible content, in multiple formats.  Poetry is everyone’s art.

For more information about Nine Mile, visit our website at http://ninemile.org/.

More About This Special Issue
Since 2007, the online journal, Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature (Editor-in-Chief, Michael Northen), has done stellar work in featuring disability poetics, and literary work by and about disability.  However, Neurodivergent (including Autistic), Disabled, Deaf, Mad (including Emotionally Variant and Mentally Ill), and Crip poets have generally not been well represented in other mainstream or outlier literary journals, magazines, and anthologies.  Moreover, we often do not feel welcomed to or within literary conferences and creative writing spaces, both public and academic, due to exclusion whether intended or accidental.

The groundbreaking collection, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (edited by Jennifer Bartlett, Michael Northen, and Sheila Black; Cinco Puntos Press, 2011), disrupted this pattern, in its foregrounding of poets with physical disabilities.  In particular, Bartlett’s recent essays in Poets & Writers and The New York Times (including new work by disabled poets, published in August, 2018), and Jillian Weise’s contributions—as herself, and as Tipsy Tullivan (via social media, and in myriad other venues)—have taken issue with the exclusionary trend.  Increasingly, commentaries about these issues are appearing by other disabled and nondisabled poets and writers.

This Special Issue is part of Nine Mile‘s ongoing commitments, in these and many other important areas.

Barbara G. Toomer

Disability Rights Fellowship (PDF)

The Barbara G. Toomer Fellowship is a newly established disability rights fellowship in honor of the work of Barbara G. Toomer, a long time hero, friend and partner of the DLC who passed away in 2018. With this fellowship, we honor Barbara’s fiery spirit, sense of fairness, and lifetime of service to people with disabilities. The fellowship is now accepting applications!


The Disability Law Center Barbara G. Toomer Fellowship is a nine-month intensive immersion experience in disability advocacy and policy. The purpose of the fellowship is to prepare emerging leaders to assume leadership roles in the disability advocacy and public policy arenas at the state and/or national levels. During this nine month fellowship, the successful applicant will learn how the organized disability community works to shape public policy impacting people with disabilities and their families.

The experience is a unique chance to understand the intersection of public policy, disability advocacy and the political process.

Ongoing mentorship will be provided by the Disability Law Center and by a network of disability advocates. The initial commitment will be for nine months.

The 2019 Barbara G. Toomer Fellowship will focus on developing leadership capacity in the disability rights advocacy and public policy arena.

The expectation is that fellows will become future leaders in the field of inclusive community supports for people disabilities. During and after their fellowship, it is anticipated that Barbara G. Toomer Disability Rights Fellows will make significant contributions to disability policy and program development in Utah or nationally. The fellowship includes a stipend ($10,000).


Visit our website here for a full description of the fellowship, including minimum qualifications and application guidelines. Questions and completed applications can be submitted to Adina Zahradnikova, Executive Director, at azahradnikova@disabilitylawcenter.org.

Resource Highlights

Project CAREER STAR Internet Portal
The NIDILRR-funded Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment has created the Student, Technology, Accommodations and Resources (STAR) internet portal. STAR serves as a platform to provide resources and support to college students with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families and caregivers, college advisors, educators, employers, health and rehabilitation providers, military/veterans, and advocates. The portal includes information about readily-available technology and apps that support college students and other people with TBI.

Watch this!: TEDx Talk

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