Monday, August 30, 2004
By Jamie Stobie and Janet Cole
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 10 PM on WHYY (TV 12)
"Freedom Machines" takes a new look at disability through the lens of
assistive technology. The experiences of a group of unforgettable people let
us re-examine ideas about ability and disability grounded in our culture and
attitudes. Engineers, designers and users challenge barriers inherent in our
built environments, and reveal the gap between the promises of the 1990
Americans with Disabilities Act and everyday reality for 54 million
Americans with disabilities. Whether mainstream technology or extraordinary
inventions such as stair-climbing wheelchairs, "Freedom Machines" reveals
both the power and limitations of technology to change lives. An Independent
Television Service (ITVS) co-presentation.
Technology, Tuesday, Sept. 14 on PBS
For Nation's 54 Million Citizens with Disabilities, Film Challenges
Society's Basic Notions About Disability
'Freedom Machines' by Jamie Stobie and Janet Cole
Broadcast Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 10 PM (check local listings)
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From: Colin Guthrie [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 1:29 PM
Cc: Carol Marfisi
Thought you might be interested in these links - the opening ceremonies for the Games are Sept 17 - hope to get over to see you guys soon!
*** Main Paralympic Games site
*** Master Games schedule page
*** IPC Newsletter, "The Paralympian," is now available on line starting
with the latest version
Colin Guthrie, MSc
(267) 242-0619 Cell
Monday, August 23, 2004
I hope you have enjoyed receiving my postings on Disability Studies. As we debut the new Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies this fall, there will be additional events to learn about and attend here at Temple University. I will be using this list to forward you such information.
Yet as you have seen, I try to keep my postings pretty close to the topic at hand.
In order to receive timely notification of initiatives and events of the Institute on Disabilities, you need to be on our mailing list. Please drop me a line and indicate some of your areas of interest - this info will be used to add you to the mailing list, while assuring that you receive information targeted to your interests.
Saturday, August 21, 2004
I believe the same people who are working towards voter place accessibility could change their message and there efforts to emphasis to voter registration and the power of the absentee ballot. This NY Times editorial shares some of my views, but also describes how disability rights groups may actually be hampering the efforts to provide more accountability in future elections. While I have your attention, i strongly suggest you look at http://blackboxvoting.com
Also the NY times has a special page dedicated to editorials about Making Votes Count - there are many interesting articles there including this one which documents efforts in Florida that have begun to suppress the African American vote.
Kevin J Cohen M.S. CCC-SLP
Coordinator of Augmentative Communication Services
Institute on Disabilities/UCDD, Temple University 215-204-1356
Friday, August 20, 2004
Thursday, August 12, 2004
RANDOLPH BOURNE'S AMERICA: A SYMPOSIUM SPONSORED BY COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (THE AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM, THE NATIONAL ARTS JOURNALISM PROGRAM) AND PEN.
Columbia University, October 11, 2004
The American Studies Program and the National Arts Journalism Program (School of Journalism), in collaboration with CU250/Provost's Office are hosting a conference and exhibit about Randolph Bourne - his life and times and the implications of his ideas for our moment. The setting for the conferencewhich has been secured for the full day and early evening of Oct. 11, 2004is Low Library rotunda, the heart of the Columbia campus since Bourne's time. It will explore Bourne's intellectual legacy as a pioneering writer on issues of war and peace, conformity and dissent, the experience of disability and the evolution of a multicultural American identity. The day of talks and panels will, introduced by leading historian and CU Provost Alan Brinkley, will also tell the basic story of Bournes fascinating life as a man who grew up a person of short stature and hunchbacked ( a botched delivery also left his face disfigured} and became one of the most gifted, if insufficiently recognized, writers America has produced. Born in Bloomfield, NJ, a gifted pianist who made his way through Columbia working in piano roll factories, he died in the flu epidemic of 1918, at 32, yet the influence of his lyrical, astute writing remains a persistent thread through the traditions of American radicalism.
Bourne wrote a ground-breaking essay called, "The Handicapped, By One Of Them." Disability studies scholar Paul Longmore, professor at San Francisco State, consider him a father of their field. Longmore has confirmed that he will take part in the conference. We also expect Paul S. Miller, a long-serving commissioner of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, advisor on disability policy in the Clinton White House. Simi Linton, a co-director of Columbias University Seminar on Disability Studies, is also helping to shape the event. Parts of "The Body of Bourne," a play by John Belluso, which we have obtained Belluso's permission to use, will be woven into the day. An exhibit of the Bourne papers in Butler library will open with a reception after the conference.
Simi Linton firstname.lastname@example.org 212 580 9280 (phone and fax)
Sunday, August 08, 2004
'Disability and Geography' guest edited by Deborah Metzel and Mike Dorn. I
invite you to take a look at the articles and share your impressions.
Note that Beth Haller, a graduate of Temple (Ph.D. Journalism) and C2P2, is
now one of DSQ's editors. She has been doing a good job of publicizing
Temple news. Check out the Summer 2004 Issue's 'News and Notes' link, where
both the Institute on Disabilities and Disability Resources and Services get
a plug. Thanks Beth!
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
New "ADA Game" Helps Build Accessible Online Communities
ATLANTA - Ever since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, people with disabilities have been outspoken in their advocacy to make their communities better places to live. Starting in August, people with disabilities, their friends and family members, and interested others will have the chance to make online communities more accessible as well.
On July 26, 2004, the 14th anniversary of the passage of the ADA, the new online "ADA Game" had its public unveiling. The "ADA Game" is available online at http://www.adagame.org/. The "ADA Game" is a new training, leadership, and community-building resource for anyone interested in the ADA and the rights of people with disabilities.
The "ADA Game" challenges players with multiple-choice questions about the law and how it is applied to real-life situations. Players who answer questions correctly can earn points. These points can be applied to individual or group advocacy efforts. Players can use their points to make one of eight virtual "cities" in the Southeast Region more accessible for people with disabilities. Players can also discuss advocacy strategies or other ADA issues on the discussion boards.
The "ADA Game" is fully accessible and easy to play. It is a powerful training and advocacy tool for anyone interested in disability policy, personal advocacy, or community enrichment. Players work together to improve accessibility in their virtual "cities" in the areas of program access, public accommodations, transportation, employment and communication. Players can also build their individual leadership scores in the areas of collaboration, ADA knowledge, problem solving, persistence and charisma. Players can only "win" the "ADA Game" by working together to build partnerships for accessibility in their virtual communities.
The "ADA Game" was designed to be fully accessible for all players, including people with disabilities. The "ADA Game" website meets the federal Section 508 standards and is AAA-compliant with the industry-based World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines. Because the "ADA Game" is available online, players can access the game 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The lead sponsor of the "ADA Game" is the Southeast Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC). The Southeast DBTAC (Grant #H133D010207)--a resource center on the Americans with Disabilities Act and accessible information technology (IT) in educational settings--is one of 10 centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) at the U.S. Department of Education. The Southeast DBTAC is hosted at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access at the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. The Southeast DBTAC is part of a network of ten regional centers, and serves the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
For more information about the "ADA Game", please visit the website at http://www.adagame.org/ or send an email to the Southeast DBTAC at email@example.com.
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Alaska Agrees to Let Disabled Have Help on a School Exam
August 3, 2004
By GREG WINTER
Disabled high school students in Alaska will gain broad
accommodations, including the use of dictionaries and
computerized spell-checkers, on the state's standardized
mandatory graduation exam under a legal settlement
The agreement, which requires court approval, would
conclude one of several legal challenges to the high school
exit exams that have been adopted in some form by about
half the states.
While the exams have been embraced as a way of ensuring
that students master the basics of a high school education
before getting a diploma, they have also come under legal
attack from parents and advocates for disabled students who
say the tests make it nearly impossible for those with
disabilities to graduate.
To avoid penalizing students with physical or learning
disabilities, Alaskan officials said they would allow for a
variety of accommodations during testing, like the
selective use of word processors or calculators, as deemed
appropriate by experts. Tests may also be read aloud to
some students, and severely disabled students may be able
to graduate without ever passing the exam, should their
other work be deemed adequate by experts.
Gregg D. Renkes, Alaska's attorney general, said the
settlement allowed the state to continue pushing for
accountability in its schools while treating disabled
"Let no one be confused,'' Mr. Renkes said. "That is one of
the highest goals. The settlement is all about doing what's
right for the kids."
The plaintiffs in the case, which was filed on behalf of
disabled students this spring, also described the
settlement as unusually far-reaching, establishing a
breadth of accommodations that few other state's exams can
"This is the most constructive resolution that has ever
been reached in a case of this nature," said Sid Wolinsky,
director of litigation for Disability Rights Advocates,
which has also successfully challenged proposed exit exams
in California and Oregon. "It is a win-win for everyone."
Though both sides described the negotiations as amicable,
they also acknowledged that the settlement would be
difficult to carry out.
Some of the accommodations are controversial, like reading
out loud a test that is supposed to measure one's reading
"Not everybody likes every part of the settlement," said
Roger Sampson, Alaska's commissioner of education and early
development. "But I think they clearly understand the
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