2012 in Review: BBI in the News

January 3, 2013

Read about BBI projects and members of the BBI community whose research, experiences, and expertise have been highlighted in the media during the past year.


For Librarians, a New Digital Resource on Students with Disabilities
School Library Journal – November 30, 2012
Librarians and other educators can freely access the self-paced learning modules, created by Project ENABLE, to improve the library and information services to students with disabilities in their schools and districts. Project ENABLE is a collaborative endeavor of the Center for Digital Literacy at the School of Information Studies and BBI.

Company news: The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University has added members to its board of advisers
The Post-Standard (Syracuse) – September 19, 2012
BBI has announced the addition of Janice Schacter Lintz and Dr. Michael Tumen to its board of advisers. Schacter Lintz and Tumen each have a personal connection to BBI’s mission of advancing the civic, economic and social participation of people with disabilities.

Disabled and Disenfranchised
The Huffington Post – September 5, 2012

Study shows voters with disabilities face access barriers
USA Today – August 10, 2012

A study co-authored by BBI Director of Research Meera Adya has been featured in regional and national media outlets, including USA Today, The Huffington Post, and The Post-Standard (Syracuse). People with disabilities remain largely sidelined in American politics, according to the study published in Social Science Quarterly.

Full Participation
Syracuse University Magazine – August 2012

The summer issue of SU Magazine highlights the work of Katherine McDonald, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics associate professor and Burton Blatt Institute faculty fellow. A Syracuse native, McDonald describes experiences that shaped her awareness of social justice, leading to her career in disability research. 

Hardware store questioned over access for disabled customers
WSB-TV (ABC, Atlanta) – July 26, 2012

WSB-TV (ABC) in Atlanta featured Mary Morder from the Southeast ADA Center, a project of BBI, in a story about ADA parking violations. The story aired on the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

ADA helps Iowa disabled succeed as business owners
The Gazette (Iowa City) – July 26, 2012

University Professor and BBI Chairman Peter Blanck quoted in article about entrepreneurship for individuals with disabilities. “Try to imagine a world without ADA. There would be a less tolerant society. We have a generation of kids who are now part of the mainstream and expect to be treated just like anybody else,” Blanck told the paper.

US judge rules Netflix subject to disability act
The Boston Globe – June 22, 2012

University Professor and BBI Chairman Peter Blanck is quoted in this story regarding US District Judge Michael Ponsor’s rejection of Netflix’s argument that the company is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act. Blanck says that “the law requires that there is full and equal enjoyment of services offered by a commercial entity.”

First Olinsky Law/Burton Blatt fellow is selected
Central New York Business Journal – May 11, 2012

Stephanie Woodward, a student at SU College of Law and research assistant at BBI, is the first recipient of the Olinsky Law Group/Burton Blatt Institute Fellowship. The fellowship was established through a generous gift from disability law attorney Howard D. Olinsky L’85, a member of BBI’s Board of Advisors and its executive committee. The fellowship will give Woodward the chance to learn about disability cases at the Olinsky Group and continue as a BBI research assistant.

Elementary Pilot Project Inspires Children with and without Disabilities to Dream Big for Their Futures
Georgia PTA Newsletter – March 30, 2012

Georgia’s Parent Teacher Association newsletter The Voice features an article on “I Have a Dream: Creating Your Life Portfolio,” the pilot program designed by the Southeast ADA Center in collaboration with Nesbit Elementary School in the Atlanta area.

Kids don’t belong in old-folks homes
The Miami Herald
March 17, 2012
BBI Board Member and civil rights attorney Matthew Dietz is quoted in this article discussing a lawsuit brought against the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration on charges that Florida has unnecessarily institutionalized children. Dietz is lead counsel in class action lawsuits alleging Florida unnecessarily institutionalizes children and puts other children at risk of institutionalization.

Santorum says when his grandfather came to the U.S. in 1925, 'there were no government benefits'
Tampa Bay Times – February 29, 2012

A paper co-authored by University Professor and BBI Chairman Peter Blanck is cited in a Tampa Bay Times article that fact checks remarks made by Rick Santorum. To dispute the accuracy of statements made by Santorum, the newspaper cites data from Blanck’s 2003 paper about benefits for veterans with disabilities.

Madison County is last in the state to make courthouse handicapped accessible
The Post-Standard (Syracuse) – February 21, 2012
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University Professor and BBI Chairman Peter Blanck is quoted in an article about a lawsuit against Madison County. The county is the last in the state to make its courthouse accessible — prompted by a lawsuit filed by two residents

Controversy over deinstitutionalization of mentally disabled continues
NewJerseyNewsroom.com – February 13, 2012

Dr. Salvatore Pizzuro, a disability policy specialist, discusses the work of Burton Blatt and the deinstitutionalization of people with developmental disabilities.

Proposed state program gets its inspiration from Start-Up NY
The Post-Standard (Syracuse) – January 15, 2012

Senator Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn, wants to use Start-Up NY as a roadmap to help people with disabilities become entrepreneurs and find jobs, according to legislation he introduced this month. BBI managed the design and implementation of Start-Up NY on behalf of Onondaga County (NY).

Former Syracuse athletes Lawrence Moten and Dave Jacobs want to bring university and community together
Syracuse.com – January 13, 2012

Lawrence Moten and Dave Jacobs teamed up to create the “SU Community Unity Loud Towel.” Proceeds benefit BBI, the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, and Say Yes to Education.