Future Reflections        Summer 2013

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RespectAbility USA
4340 East-West Highway, Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814
Contact: Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, (240) 482-8218
Office: (240) 744-0546
RespectAbility USA is a brand-new, national, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to reshape attitudes so that people with disabilities can more fully participate in and contribute to society. It works to empower people with disabilities to achieve as much of the American dream as their abilities and efforts permit. The organization is proud to announce fall fellowships and an ongoing program in Washington, DC, for four outstanding leaders at a time. Fellows will work for twenty-five to forty hours a week for one to two months. Applicants must have completed their junior year of college. There is no tuition cost, and fellows will be awarded $250 a month for transportation. Candidates must explain in a cover letter why the fellowship is of interest to them and what skills they bring to the program. To apply, send a cover letter and résumé by email as soon as possible.


2012-13 Shutzer Fellowship in Computer Science
Towson University, MD
Jonathan Lazar was awarded a 2012-2013 Shutzer Fellowship in Computer Science from Towson University to study web-based interfaces that are inaccessible to people with disabilities and how those interfaces lead to forms of discrimination that are illegal under US law. As part of the project, he will write a book on the topic and will collaborate on research with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. Lazar has published more than 120 articles in books, journals, and conference proceedings. His most recent book is Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction (Wiley, 2010). In 2010 he received a Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind.


Bookshare is thrilled to announce that Springer, the leading global scientific publisher, has signed an agreement to provide Bookshare with world rights to its titles. Springer is home to the world's largest scientific, technical, and medical ebook collection and published more than 7,500 titles in 2012. The first major STEM publisher to commit to making books accessible at this scale, Springer has taken a leading role to ensure that students with disabilities have access to critical scientific resources. As a result of this agreement, Springer will deliver over ten thousand titles to Bookshare in ePub format, followed by thousands of new titles annually. ePub books will be converted to DAISY and other readily accessible formats for Bookshare readers. Bookshare applauds Springer for recognizing that individuals with print disabilities badly need greater access to scientific and technical content.


Exceptions Journal
Contact: Craig Pearson, exceptionsjournal@gmail.com
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2013
Exceptions Journal, a new art and literary journal for students with visual disabilities, is accepting submissions for its inaugural issue. Exceptions Journal provides a platform for university students and recent alumni to publish creative work that showcases their unique perspectives. Published in print, in Braille, and online, Exceptions Journal aims to make the artistic work of students with visual disabilities available to a diverse audience, providing a forum for creative exchange. The publication will highlight a variety of art forms, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, music, film, and visual and tactile arts.


Blind Ambition
Released June 25, 2013, Blind Ambition is a fifteen-minute documentary film in which several blind Harvard students talk about their lives. The film conveys a positive attitude about blindness by showing bright, capable young people as they study and play. Among the students featured in the film is Kristin Fleschner, winner of a 2013 NFB National Scholarship.

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