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ADA Coordinator's Office

University ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator
Office of Academic Affairs, Ohio State University

L. Scott Lissner Short Biography

Photo of Lissner HeadshotL. Scott Lissner has served as the ADA Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer for The Ohio State University since January of 2000. Housed under the Provost in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Lissner is an Associate of the John Glenn School of Public Policy and serves as a lecturer for the Moritz College of Law, the Knowlton School of Architecture and Disability Studies. His teaching and public service informs his work as the university’s disability compliance officer; energizes his role in creating seamless access to all of the university’s programs, services, employment opportunities and facilities; and guides his efforts as a catalyst for disability related initiatives.  Engaged in community and professional service, Lissner is President  of  the Association on Higher Education And Disability and serves on the Board of Directors for ADA-OHIO and the Editorial Board for Thompson’s 504 Compliance Manual.  Lissner has been appointed to the Columbus Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, Ohio’s HAVA committee and the Ohio Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities.  Lissner publishes, presents, and consults frequently on disability issues.  Recent publications include “The Impact of the ADAAA of 2008 on Higher Education” Thompsons Publications; “Universal Design in the Institutional Setting: Weaving a Philosophy into Campus Planning” in Universal Design: From Accessibility to Zoning (J. Cowley-Evans & J. Nasser (Eds.) and “From Legal Principle to Informed Practice” with J. E. Jarrow.

Basic Function and Responsibilities

Coordinates University programs and responsibilities to assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.

Responsible for coordinating University policies and procedures relating to persons with disabilities, tracking university progress relating to its policies and procedures as well as state and federal laws relating to persons with disabilities, filing all necessary reports, and providing consultative services to employing units and offices.

The scope of responsibility includes faculty, staff, and student employment, as well as public and student access to programs and facilities.

Specific Job Duties

Central Planning Responsibilities

Serves as the principal planning coordinator for University programs, policies, and procedures relating to University compliance and the promotion of University opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Compliance Process Responsibilities

Ensures that appropriate processes are in place to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints and inquiries from University employees and students, as well as the public regarding compliance with the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability

Makes final determinations regarding allegations of discrimination and non-compliance under the ADA and other applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination on the basis of disability

Informational Responsibilities

Maintains current information regarding state and federal laws and regulations as well as the best practices of other universities and private employers concerning the rights of persons with disabilities and ways of providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities while maintaining program performance standards.

Maintains current information regarding state and federal laws and regulations as well as the best practices of other universities and private employers relating to the University’s employment policies and procedures for faculty, staff and academic professional employees with disabilities.

Ensures that University-related information is readily available on services, accommodations, policies, and demographics relating to persons with disabilities.

Central Consulting and Outreach Responsibilities

Provides ADA program and facility interpretation and advice on compliance to all sectors of the University community.

Develops and maintains written materials and other informational pieces to broadly disseminate information regarding the ADA and the University’s policies relating to persons with disabilities.

Designs and participates in the development of presentations for students, faculty and staff on the provision of equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.

Serves as the central intake for matters relating to the ADA and facilitates activity and the flow of information among the various University offices with responsibilities relating to compliance, including but not limited to:

  • Office of Academic Affairs
  • Office of Business and Finance -- Architect, Physical Facilities, Transportation and Parking Services
  • Office of Human Resources -- Employment, Consulting, Benefits, Compensation, Veterans Affairs, Management Information
  • Office of Legal Affairs
  • Office of Student Affairs -- Athletics, Disability Services, University Hospitals and Employee Health

Serves as the primary University liaison with relevant state and federal agencies, as well as other ADA coordinators at colleague institutions and associations.

Reporting Responsibilities

Maintains a record of all disability and accommodation issues and the resolution of each

Ensures the timely filing of all required compliance reports

Develops and implements internal measures and/or reports which inform the university administration of the status of ADA compliance and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Reporting Relationship

This position reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Administration in the Office of Academic Affairs.



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Contact Information:
L. Scott Lissner, ADA Coordinator

Address: ADA Coordinator's Office, The Ohio State University,
Ground Level; Hale Hall (formerly Enarson Hall)
154 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(Voice) Phone: 614-292-6207
(TTY) 614-688-8605
(Fax) 614-688-3665
E-mail: ada-osu@osu.edu

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