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Reserve April 16 - 17, 2013, for the 13th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability. The call for proposals will be available in August, 2013.

  • 8-HELP 688-4357
    Assistive technology users at the university can now call 8-HELP (8-4357) on campus or 688-HELP (688-4357) when off campus for assistance that involves their assistive technology. Problems and solutions from each call will be logged to improve future services and identify needed training.  Assistive technology users can request to have OIT enter their names and the assistive technology they use in their data base. This will allow better service and help us target training for the OIT Technology Support Center staff. If you use assistive technology and wish to have your software needs listed in the data base you should should contact the ADA Coordinator's Office (ADA-OSU@osu.edu). Click here for a more detailed press release.
  • White House event commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 2010. President Obama delivered remarks at an event to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the South Lawn of the White House. Amongst those invited to the White House ceremony was Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University’s ADA Coordinator, who was also attending the National Disability Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.
    http://ada.osu.edu/whatsnew/adaproclamation.html
  • April 27, 2010, proclamation signing ceremony and the Ken Campbell Memorial Lecture were held on The Ohio Stat University Columbus Campus in conjunction with the 2010 Multiple Perspectives Conference. The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, State Attorney General Richard Cordray, Ohio Civil Rights Commission Chair Eddie Harrell, Jr., Columbus State Community College President Valeriana Moeller, Richard Isbell, Veterans Affairs & ADA Coordinator for the City of Columbus, and others attended a proclamation signing ceremony to reaffirm their public commitment to equity, social justice, and the spirit of the ADA. The Ken Campbell Memorial Lecture "Leveraging the ADA 20th Anniversary to Transform Our Approach to Social Welfare Policy: Rethinking Education, Workforce Investment, Disability Benefits, and Health Care" was presented by Andrew J. Imparato, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Streaming video of the April 27, 2010, proclamation signing ceremony and the Ken Campbell Memorial Lecture can be found at http://streaming.osu.edu/mediawww2/ods10/042710/jwplayercontrols/player.html

Upcoming Events

Reserve April 16 - 17, 2013, for the 13th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability. The call for proposals is now open. Proposals are due January 6, 2013.

  • September 18, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – 301 SAS Bldg. Don't forget to cast your vote! Accessibility of Polling Places. Great Lakes ADA Center's ADA Audio Conference Series. RSVP to ADAOHIO@aol.com. Speaker: Faith Gross, VOTE! Coordinator, The Legal Center for People with Disabilities, Denver, CO. 2012 is a presidential election year and as we reflect back to 2008 we know that 14.7 million Americans with disabilities voted in the 2008 election. This is a significant increase over the 10.9 million Americans with disabilities who voted in the 2000 presidential election. Passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002 increased the focus and attention on the barriers faced by people with disabilities attempting to exercise their civic responsibilities. However, many polling places remain inaccessible and individuals continue to report that they do not get the supports they need in the polling place to ensure that they can vote independently and confidentially. Join this session as we explore the obligations under the various laws and regulations and strategies for working with local election officials. CE Recognition: CRC, UI CEU, Certificate of Attendance.
  • November 3 - 7, 2012. ReelAbilities: Columbus Disabilities Film Festival. Please visit http://www.vsao.org/programs/reelabilities for film trailers and more information. Venues include Columbus Museum of Art, Arena Grand Movie Theatre, OSU Urban Arts Space, King Arts Complex, and the Ohio Historical Society.
  • April 16 - 17, 2013. Intersections and Independence: 13th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability Conference. The call for proposals is now open. Proposals are due January 6, 2013. This year’s theme focuses on the frictions, synergies and synthesis that occur at the boundaries of multiple roles, identities and perspectives within individuals and between them. For more information, please contact the ADA Coordinator's Office at The Ohio State University: adaosu@osu.edu; voice 614-292-6207; TTY 614-688-8605.

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Diversity Calendar: http://www.osu.edu/events/indexWeek.php?first_cat=43&aud=&evnt=&Event_ID=

  • August 21, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – 301 SAS Bldg. Segways, Golf Cars, four-wheelers, Oh my!Great Lakes ADA Center's ADA Audio Conference Series. RSVP to ADAOHIO@aol.com Advances in technology have given rise to new power-driven devices that were not necessarily designed for people with disabilities, but are being used by some people with disabilities for mobility. The term "other power-driven mobility devices" appears in the revised ADA regulations and refers to any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines, whether or not they are designed primarily for use by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion. Examples include but are not limited to Segways® , golf carts and all-terrain vehicles. Covered entities must consider whether or not they can make "reasonable modifications" in their policy and procedure to allow individuals who use these devices to enter their premises. Join this session and learn the factors that go into determining whether or not it is "reasonable" and what is happening nationally to address this issue. CE Recognition: CRC, UI CEU, Certificate of Attendance.
  • July 17, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – 281 SAS Bldg. ADA Anniversary Update: 22 Years Later. Great Lakes ADA Center's ADA Audio Conference Series. RSVP to ADAOHIO@aol.com
    Speaker: Allison Nichol, US Department of Justice
    Mark the 22nd anniversary of the ADA by joining this audio conference as we listen to representatives of the Federal Agencies present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community.
    CE Recognition: CRC, UI CEU, Certificate of Attendance
  • June 19, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – 281 SAS Bldg. No Parking Here: Accessible parking requirements and enforcement. Great Lakes ADA Center's ADA Audio Conference Series. RSVP to ADAOHIO@aol.com
    Speaker: TBA
    Did you know that the size of an access aisle and the number of accessible parking spaces required under the 2010 ADA Standards have changed? People with disabilities site the lack of accessible parking spaces or inadequate enforcement of who utilizes accessible parking spaces as one of their greatest frustrations. Business owners struggle with meeting their obligations and understanding the differences that often exist between local, state and federal law. Join this session as we explore the complex issues of location, type, size, number and how all of this is enforced.
    CE Recognition: CRC, UI CEU, Certificate of Attendance
  • May 15, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – 301 SAS Bldg. Being Prepared: Inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency planning. Great Lakes ADA Center's ADA Audio Conference Series. RSVP to ADAOHIO@aol.com
    Speaker: Jessica Mitchell, Disability Integration Specialist, FEMA Region V
    Twenty percent of Americans have disabilities and may have access and functional needs that will affect their ability to read or understand preparedness information, hear alerts and warnings, utilize accessible transportation during an evacuation, maintain their independence in a shelter, find accessible housing if theirs has been destroyed, access services to enable them to return to work and deal with a myriad of other challenges. Join this session to learn more about the progress that is being made in communities that are committed to emergency planning that is inclusive of the participation and requirements of people with access and functional needs.
    CE Recognition: CRC, UI CEU, Certificate of Attendance
  • April 24 - 25, 2012. 12th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, and Disability: Experience Understood in Image, Poetry, Narrative and Research Conference. For more details, please visit: http://ada.osu.edu/conferences.htm or contact the ADA Coordinator's Office at: ada.osu.edu; 614-292-6207. Featured Speakers for 2012 include:

    Stephen Kuusisto presenting the Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture on Disability Culture and Art. Stephen Kuusisto is an author, poet, disability advocate, and director of Syracuse University’s Renée Crown University Honors Program where he is also a University Professor of Disability Studies. To read excerpts of Stephen Kuusisto’s poetry, essays, blog posts and more visit http://www.stephenkuusisto.com/

    LeDerick Horne presenting The Ohio State University’s President and Provost’s Diversity Lecture and Performance Series. Classified as neurologically impaired in the third grade, LeDerick has become a successful spoken word poet, playwright, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and advocate.  Find out more about his life and work at http://www.lederick.com/

    Marilyn Bartlett presenting the Ken Campbell Lecture on Disability Policy. Marilyn Bartlett  has been a kindergarten teacher,  college professor, public school assistant superintendent, an associate in a law firm and college dean; is well published and presents locally, nationally, and internationally on topics of educational law but many know her as the law school graduate with a reading and learning disability who was refused accommodations on the bar exam and became the plaintiff in Bartlett v. New York State Board of Law Examiners.

  • April 17, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – 301 SAS Bldg. Open Dialogue with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Great Lakes ADA Center's ADA Audio Conference Series. RSVP to ADAOHIO@aol.com
    Speaker: Sharon Rennert , Senior Attorney Advisor
    Join us for one of the most popular sessions in the ADA Audio Conference Series. Listen to an update on EEOC Enforcement and Guidance Activities and pose your questions to our speaker. This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to bring your tough issues and concerns forward. Learn from what others may be experiencing and the questions and issues that they may have as well.
    CE Recognition: CRC, UI CEU, Certificate of Attendance
  • March 20, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – 301 SAS Bldg. No pets allowed: Service Animals and Post Secondary Institutions. Great Lakes ADA Center's ADA Audio Conference Series. RSVP to ADAOHIO@aol.com
    Speaker: Department Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Justice, Post Secondary Institution Representative
    Recent revisions to the regulations implementing Title II and III of the ADA have raised increased focus on the issue of service animals in a variety of settings. Post secondary institutions face unique challenges around these issues when it comes to their policies and procedures regarding service animals in student housing, classroom and public spaces. This session will explore the different scenarios that often play out in post secondary education and discuss the interplay between laws governing non-discrimination in housing versus equal access to programs and services. Join this panel of presenters for a discussion of the issues and engage with them in an interactive question and answer period.
    CE Recognition: CRC, UI CEU, Certificate of Attendance
  • February 21, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – 301 SAS Bldg. Planning a trip: What you need to know about making hotel reservations. Great Lakes ADA Center's ADA Audio Conference Series. RSVP to ADAOHIO@aol.com
    Speaker: Marian Vessels, Director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
    Did you know that effective March 15, 2012 reservations staff (of a hotel or a third party) will be required to identify accessible features in guest rooms (e.g. guest room door widths and availability of roll-in showers) and other hotel amenities in sufficient detail so that an individual with a disability can make an independent assessment whether the hotel meets his or her accessibility needs? Join this session and learn what this means for you and what the obligations of the lodging industry are under the revised Title III regulations.
    CE Recognition: CRC, UI CEU, Certificate of Attendance
  • January 17, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.– 281 SAS Bldg. Refresh on the 2010 ADA Standards - March 15th is just around the corner. Great Lakes ADA Center's ADA Audio Conference Series. RSVP to ADAOHIO@aol.com
    Speaker: Earlene Sesker, Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
    Effective March 15, 2012 new construction and alterations undertaken by entities covered by the ADA will be required to comply with the 2010 ADA Standards. Many conferences, workshops and webinars have been devoted to training design professionals, business owners, state and local government officials and advocates about these changes. Yet, the ADA National Network continues to field inquiries from individuals who either do not understand how the new standards will impact them or are unaware of the changes. With less than 2 months before the compliance date this session is designed to give an overview of the major differences between the 1991 ADA Standards and the 2010 ADA Standards. Join this session to refresh your understanding of the new standards and how they apply to you.
    CE Recognition: CRC, UI CEU, Certificate of Attendance, AIA, LA CES, AICP
  • May 6, 2011. Understanding the New 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards: A Primer for Planners, Architects & Construction Managers. Featured speaker: Earlene Sesker, Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board. Sponsored by the ADA Coordinator's Office.
  • May 4 & 5, 2011. Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability: From Policy to Practice11th Annual Conference sponsored by OSU's ADA Coordinator's Office
  • May 4, 2011. FLAME Performance. Sponsored by the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation as part of OSU's President & Provost's Diversity Lecture series.
  • May 3 & 4, 2011. Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Post Secondary Education meeting & public forum. Held in conjunction with the 2011 Multiple Perspectives Conference.
  • May 3, 2011. Accessible Digital Rights Management Conference. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Funds provided through grants from Rehabilitation Services Commission and The Ohio Board of Regents. Held in conjunction with the 2011 Multiple Perspectives Conference. http://ada.osu.edu/Conferences/2011Conf/program2011.html
  • May 3, 2011. 17th Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning, “Shifting Paradigms:  Progressive Pathways to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.”Sponsored by OSU's Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the keynote will be delivered by Dr. Johnette Cole, Director of The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art.

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