Americans With Disabilities Act Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion, & Disability Conference

Multiple Perspectives 2022

Conference will be held April 11-12, 2022

"It is time to move beyond the letter of the law to the spirit of the law; to shift our focus from redressing human and environmental problems through remedial design to preventing problems through holistic design." -Leslie Kanes Weisman

As a modern land grant university, an important part of Ohio State University's mission is outreach and engagement, serving the community through a variety of activities. During the tenth anniversary year of the Americans With Disabilities Act the Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion And Disability conference was created to help fulfill this mission. In short, the goal of the conference is to encourage the kind of change suggested by Leslie Kanes Weisman in the opening quote.

It is hoped that the annual conference will serve as a catalyst for positive change and a springboard for collaborations with our partners in education, business, public, and social service. Each year a series of workshops will provide a forum for individuals and organizations to expand their knowledge and perspectives, and an opportunity to increase community resources through the synergy of collaboration.

The workshops are designed to bring a diverse audience together to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences. To ensure broad participation from the university community, business, state and local government, educators, advocacy organizations, social service agencies, and individuals with disabilities sponsors are sought each year to subsidize conference participants.

Plenary Sessions

Ken Campbell Memorial Lecture

Monday, April 11th 4:00-5:45 PM EST

“So Much Has Changed, So Much is the Same” 

Speaker: John Wodatch

John Wodatch is a disability rights attorney, with over 50 years of experience.  Forty-two of those years where in the Federal government, where he authored the government’s comprehensive disability rights regulations and created and led the Department of Justice’s office in charge of enforcing them.

He was the chief author of the first Federal regulations implementing section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; one of the drafters of the Americans with Disabilities Act and chief Autor of the ADA’s implementing regulations and served on the U.S. delegation to the United Nations that helped develop the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

John  presented the Inaugural Ken Campbell Lecture in 2008 and in  2010 he was honored with the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for exceptional achievement in his career. He received a B.A. from Trinity College, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law School.

Register for the Ken Campbell Memorial Lecture here.


Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture

Tuesday, April 12th 4:00-5:45 PM EST

Speaker: Emily Ladau

Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, storyteller, and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. Her writing has been published in outlets including The New York Times, SELF, Salon, Vice, and HuffPost and her first book, Demystifying Disability, was published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in September 2021. Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, from the U.S. Department of Education to the United Nations. Central to all of her work is a focus on and harnessing the power of storytelling as a tool for people to become engaged in disability and social justice issues.

Register for the Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture here.


Both plenary sessions are free and open to the public, but please register to receive the zoom information. 

Live captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided for this webinar, but if you require another accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the ADA Coordinator's Office at or 614-292-6207. Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.