Disability in Higher Ed, Still a Long Dusty Trail

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From Scott Lissner, ADA Coordinator at The Ohio State University:


* Princeton University’s disability services director allegedly told doctoral student Rachel Barr that disabilities like her dyslexia and ADHD are “not part of the zeitgeist at Princeton,” and now Barr is asking Princeton to respond to her accusations of disability discrimination, which she blames for the termination of her student status in 2014: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/03/28/yale-alum-alleges-disability-discrimination-at-princeton/


* Inclusive higher education initiatives for students with intellectual disabilities continue to grow, with  new programs at Minnesota state colleges and universities (http://www.mndaily.com/news/metro-state/2016/03/31/proposed-bill-would-create-mnscu-pilot-program-disabled-students) and the University of Central Florida (http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/story/news/2016/03/31/ucf-welcomes-students-intellectual-disabilities/82421126/)


* Following a string of complaints about San Diego County campuses and their sexual harassment proceedings, now another complaint is coming from Cal State San Marcos student Jason Lo, who says a suspension and sexual harassment proceedings for his “leering and staring” are not taking his autism and Tourette’s syndrome into account: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/mar/29/ticker-disabled-mans-leering-leads-suspension/#



* Acceptance letters are going out, and once again this year students with intellectual disabilities are being filmed getting their letters – here’s one featuring Rachel Grace getting her letter from East Stroudsburg University (no captions or audio descriptions): https://www.facebook.com/FoxNews/videos/10154193875296336/




* The University of New South Wales in Australia is offering new free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on disability from a disability studies perspective, designed for people in the community working with those who have disabilities: http://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/2016/03/31/new-moocs-on-disability-launched/


* The Harvard Business Review has published research showing that working women and minorities can be punished for promoting diversity in their organizations: https://hbr.org/2016/03/women-and-minorities-are-penalized-for-promoting-diversity


* Poverty and disability are still linked and adults with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty as those without a disability: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-morris/poverty-and-disability-in_b_9557142.html


* University HR offices and managers can get a little help from “TalentWorks” at the U.S. Department of Labor – it offers tip sheets with recommendations for accessible recruiting and hiring systems: http://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/odep/odep20160323#main-content

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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