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

Multiple Perspectives 2021

Virtual Conference will be held April 19-20, 2021

"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.

Ken Campbell Lecture on Disability Advocacy, Policy and Law

Monday, April 19th at 4:00pm-5:45pm EST

Intersectionality Flirts with Inclusion and Belonging to Deconstruct Ableism 

Presenter: Zebadiah Hall, AHEAD Equity Officer; Cornell University

AHEAD’s Equity Officer will discuss the importance of history in framing ableism and how DEI work is essential to our roles on campus. We must begin to understand who we are to understand how it affects the students we work with and our campus partners. Moving from what we do to why we do it, we will explore disability resource practices, from accommodation letters to campus collaborations, and the importance of acknowledging our and our students’ intersecting identities. 

This keynote presentation is free and open to the public.

Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture

Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn't Happen

Tuesday, April 20th at 4:00-5:45pm EST

Presenter: Nina G

Nina G is a comedian, professional speaker and author of Stutterer Interrupted. She has been featured in/on everything from NPR's 51%, BBC's Ouch, Psychology Today, Tedx, multiple day time talk shows, Howard (Stern) 100 News and even the Stuttering John Podcast. Nina shares her wit and wisdom with corporations, colleges, libraries, conferences, and community events. Her no nonsense approach to disability awareness and acceptance helps to bring institutions, communities and individuals to deepen their understanding of the disability and bring practical approaches to making a more inclusive society. 

This keynote presentation is free and open to the public. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.