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NASA Summer Internships announced for students with disabilities

The Summer 2018 NASA internship application period opens on Wednesday, 10/18/2017 and closes on Thursday, 03/01/2018. Submit Internship Applications at If you would like to subscribe to an announcement-only list about NASA internships for persons with disabilities, please send an E-mail to with ‘subscribe’ in the Subject field, OR by visiting the list page at
An Innovative Solution to Support the STEM workforce of tomorrow, NASA OSSI, NASA Intern Opportunities Fellowships, NASA Questions STEM Outreach, Quick Launch

It’s The Way We Move, 9/19/17, 1pm-2pm, UIC Quad

Bring your lunch and join us for an event in the Quad that you don’t want to miss!

Have you ever heard of physically integrated dance? Come join us for an afternoon of performances by dancers with disabilities. You also don’t want to miss the opportunity to participate in a mini-workshop on movement and dance!

UIC Disability Resource Center
A Center for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC) presents:
It’s the Way We Move
Tues, September 19, 2017 @ UIC Quad 803 S. Morgan St.
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Kris Lenzo:
Since 2003, Kris Lenzo has been a member of Momenta Dance Company, a dance company committed to the integration of people with and without disabilities as dancers and choreographers. Kris has been recognized as a national champion in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair track. He studied at Intensives with Axis Dance in Seattle Washington and Oakland California. Currently, Kris and teaching partner, Deb Goodman, are the instructors of MOMENTA’s “EveryBody Can Dance” workshops. Kris performs almost every year at the Disability Pride Parade. He is also an awardee of 3Arts, a nonprofit organization that recognizes women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in teaching, visual, and performing arts.

Vincenzo Tufano
Vincenzo was studying to be a paramedic when he experienced a fall and a diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy that paralyzed the right side of his body. It took five years for Vincenzo to gain enough function in his arm to use a manual wheelchair. In 2016, Vincenzo began Adaptive Rowing with the Chicago Rowing foundation where he competed and won two races taking home first place. He yearned to perform and dance again, and in that same year, his dream of dancing and performing became a reality when the director of Momenta Dance Company invited him to dance. He was given the honor to choreograph and perform a solo piece for the 2017 Chicago Disability Pride Parade. In addition to dancing with Momenta, Vincenzo trains with Dare2tri , which works with disabled Athletes to compete in triathlons; he competed in the Chicago Triathlon this August 26th 2017 as a para-athlete. He also serves as ambassador for the Abilities Expo.

A flyer for the event is at:

Feel free to contact Lily Diego at with any questions or accommodation services. Audio description, closed captioning, and sign language interpreters will be provided.
Please refrain from wearing scented products. This event is free and open to the public.

Lily Diego-Alvarez, MSW
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Extra-Help Program Assistant
Disability Resource Center
1200 W. Harrison ST.
1190 SSB (MC 321)
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 413-2183 VOICE
(312) 413-7781 FAX

New 2016 Summer Internship Opportunities – Students with Disabilities Webinar on April 26th

New 2016 Summer Internship Opportunities – Students with Disabilities
Webinar on April 26th

We’re excited to share that IBM has just launched 32 new summer internship roles for both undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing tech and business degrees, and they are encouraging all Lime Connect candidates/ students with disabilities to apply.
Roles range from Corporate Communications, Business Development and Portfolio Marketing to Tech Research, Software Development, Mechanical and Software Engineering and more.
Locations are across the United States.
Join us for a webinar with IBM to learn more:
Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00pm EST

To view details of these roles, register for the webinar and apply/connect with IBM as a Lime Connect candidate (student or alumni with a disability), log into or join The Lime Network today! The web address is:

Lime Connect is rebranding disability through achievement. We are leading the way as the premier resource for top talent by attracting, preparing and connecting highly accomplished university students and experienced professionals who happen to have disabilities for careers with the world’s leading corporations. Our goal is to break stereotypes and lead all companies to realize the importance, and value, of employing people with disabilities at every level of education, talent and ability.
Lime Connect, Inc.
590 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, New York 10022

2016 Chicago Disability Studies Conference Intersectionality & Disability, April 15, 2016

2016 Chicago Disability Studies Conference Intersectionality & Disability, April 15, 2016
Presented by the Disability Studies Student Council

A one-day, interdisciplinary conference focusing on intersectionality and disability. This event is free, accessible, and open to the public. Papers from outside disability studies, undergraduates, non-UIC students, and activists are welcome. Intersectionality, which originated in the writing and scholarship of Black feminists and queer women of color is one of the most prominent frameworks for understanding multiple and intersecting identities and forms of oppression (Anzaldúa, 1987; Combahee River Collective, 1977; Crenshaw, 1991; Lorde, 1984). Intersectionality challenges the idea that an individual’s lived experience is grounded in a single social identity and that aspects of oppression can be examined and understood singularly (Bowleg, 2008).
Intersectionality is not about categories of identification, but about how categories (ie., race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, immigrant status, nationality, disability, weight, and age) meet and interlock.

The need for intersectional analyses that include disability is becoming increasingly important, by addressing questions such as:
➔ How does police brutality, criminalization and incarceration affect people with disabilities who also hold other marginalized identities, such as women, people of color, queer and trans* people, and old people?
➔ How do compulsory systems work together to produce and maintain oppression throughout history and the present?
➔ What do intersectional analyses of films, television shows, and other media reveal about cultural discourses around disability and other forms of identity?
➔ What do intersectional analyses of disability art reveal about disability culture and its potential to promote radical alternative representation?
➔ How does intersectionality contribute to experiences of inequitable access to health services that contribute to disparities in health outcomes?

We invite the community to consider these questions and others as they submit papers that address the theme of intersectionality and disability by February 15th 2016 at 11:59 PM. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Questions and to request accommodations,

contact DSSC President Lex Owen at:
Submit Abstracts at

State and National Scholarships for VI students

National Federation of the Blind 2015 Scholarship Program
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year in the fall semester of 2015, up through grad students working on their PhD degrees. These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. In addition to the money, each winner will receive assistance to attend the July 2015 NFB annual convention in Orlando, Florida from July 5th through July 10th, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations. To apply, read the rules and the Submission Checklist, complete the official 2015 Scholarship Application Form (online or in print), supply all required documents, and request and complete one interview by an NFB affiliate president (unless the president requests a later date). Applications are accepted through March 31, 2015. Go to for complete rules and requirements.

Please also consult your state president as many of our state affiliates also award scholarships. A list of state affiliate president information can be found at: .

Together: We Create the World We Wish to Inhabit Story Circles

You heard the President’s State of the Union Address. Now, what’s yours? The People’s State of the Union is the first in a series of reimagined American holidays developed by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) and partners across the country to spur community dialogue in the service of justice and democracy. Join one of the story circles on UIC’s campus to share your point of view. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Latino Cultural Center
Lecture Center B2

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Gender and Sexuality Center
181 Behavioral Science Building

Thursday, January 29, 2015
African American Cultural Center
209 Addams Hall

Sponsors include:

UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding & Social Change
U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
UIC Gender & Sexuality Center

For disability accommodations, please contact the Gender and Sexuality Center at least one week in advance at or 312-413-8619.
All locations are wheelchair accessible.

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship

Shire is sponsoring an ADHD Scholarship to recognize students who are legal residents of the United States who are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and who are accepted to or enrolled in a 2- or 4-year undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, technical school, trade school, or vocational school located in the US for the academic year 2015-2016

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship

Shire recently announced the fifth annual scholarship for individuals with ADHD.

The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire recognizes and supports individuals with ADHD in the US who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school, or technical school in the United States.The Scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation to assist in the transition to higher education.

Fifty recipients will be selected in 2015, based on community service, volunteer and extracurricular activities, and a personal essay describing how ADHD has impacted their lives. Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, sponsors the Scholarship as part of its work to support patients who are diagnosed with ADHD, their families and the professionals who help them.

The scholarship program is for legal residents of the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are accepted to or will be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, trade school, technical school, or vocational school in the United States. Students who are enrolled in graduate programs are not eligible for this scholarship.

Applicant must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and full rules and regulations.

At the time of submitting this application, each applicant must be diagnosed with ADHD and under the care of a licensed health care provider for ADHD, although no specific future or ongoing plan of management or treatment for applicant’s ADHD is required in order for applicant to be eligible for the Program.

All paper applications and supporting documentation must be postmarked by February 18, 2015. Online applications including the letter of recommendation must be submitted by February 18, 2015, 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

For information on the Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire, including the full rules and regulations, please visit

Call for Members! Student Subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities

The Student Subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities is seeking undergraduate and graduate student members. This subcommittee is still in the formative stages so this is an opportunity to help shape the direction of the subcommittee and have your voice and ideas heard! In the past, the Student Subcommittee has partnered with other organizations to hold educational and advocacy events and programs. Members can identify as having a disability or can be non-disabled allies.

For more information on the CCSPD, visit . If you are interested in joining the Student Subcommittee, please email Hailee Gibbons at