2021 Conference Recordings

Select recordings from the 2021 Multiple Perspectives Conference are now available for educational use.

THINKCOLLEGE- Why do we need College Programs for Students with ID? Florida’s Legislation to Increase Employment Outcomes through College

Presenters: Senator Andy Gardiner and Camille Gardiner

Senator Gardiner is a former member of the Florida State Senate, serving as its president from 2014-2016. During his tenure in the senate Mr. Gardiner was instrumental in passing legislation aimed at providing a path to economic independence for people with unique abilities. The FL legislation provides funding for Florida’s postsecondary institutions to develop college programs for students with ID. The Gardiner Scholarship Program was created to provide   and expand opportunities for customized educational program for students with ID. In 2010, Camille co-founded the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida and continues to be very involved in the organization and serves on their Board. Senator Gardiner and Camille are most proud of parenting their three children, including their son Andrew who has Down syndrome and is the driving force behind their passion.


Disability Commonalities/Differences – Teaching & Learning with Support/Safety

Presenter: Mark E Seifarth

Three Main Goals – 1) How do we create a lasting forum within the disability community to celebrate our common experience & not lose the unique experiences in each particular disability?

  • Where is it housed?
  • Who helps oversee it?
  • How are discussions/panels convened and information save & distributed?

2) WHAT IS THE ONE Parameter, Aspect, Need, to achieve an ongoing forum and a safe space to both teach and learn about our different disabilities across generations?
3) How to teach each other safely and supportively when one feels a thought or perception about another’s disability experience may not be agreed upon?


THINKCOLLEGE- Student and family perspective of attending inclusive postsecondary programs

Presenters: Jack Lafrance; Sandy and John Lafrance; Nicole Roche
Moderated by Jessie Green

Students should be at the center of planning and focus for inclusive postsecodnary education programs. Students on this panel to highlight their experiences attending Ohio's inclusive postsecondary education programs including what they have learned, where they have been successful and what is in store for   their future. Family members also on the panel will share how they supported and advocated for their students as well as how their student grew throughout the program experience.


Building an Inclusive Campus Model Upon a Universal Design Framework

Presented by Sheryl Burgstahler

With UDL as centerpiece, take steps to create a framework to underpin an Inclusive Campus Model to guide campus-wide efforts in designing teaching and learning opportunities, as well as services, physical spaces, and technology that support them. Consider how this approach can integrate with your diversity, equity and inclusion plans.


THINKCOLLEGE - Legislative Thoughts on Inclusive Postsecondary Education in Ohio

Moderated by Christine Brown
Mary Lightbody, Erica Crawley and Senator Andrew Brenner

In this follow-up to the Senator and Mrs. Gardiner session, Ohio's legislative members will share how they believe Ohio can move towards supporting inclusive postsecondary education programs. While financial support is crucial for student and program success, there are other ways students and programs can be supported in Ohio.


Ken Campbell Lecture on Disability Advocacy, Policy and Law

Presenter: Zebadiah Hall


THINKCOLLEGE- Increasing Employment Services and Outcomes for Students with ID through Collaboration with VR

Panelist: Russ Thelin
Moderated by: Kristen Garrett

Russ provides consultation to college program for students with ID related to partnering effectively with vocational rehabilitation Agencies. Russ has over 25 years direct service/administrative experience in leading and delivering rehabilitation services. Russ also served as president of the National Association for Rehabilitation Leadership (NARL).


Listening to Movement: Audio Description and Dance

Presented by Joel Snyder and Esther Geiger

Rudolph Laban: “What happens in the theatre ... is within the magnetic current between [stage and audience].” But what if the exchange is interrupted by an audience member’s lack of access to that full perception. How, for example, can a blind person “see” a dance performance?

This presentation will discuss how audio description, enhanced by Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) fundamentals, provides access to the arts for people who are blind or have low vision. Describers observe, select, and then succinctly and vividly use language to convey the visual image that is not fully accessible to a segment of the population—new estimates by the American Foundation for the Blind now put that number at over 32 million Americans alone who are blind or have difficulty seeing even with correction.


THINKCOLLEGE- Access for ALL: How Postsecondary Education is Creating STEM Career Pathways for Individuals with ID

Presenters: Diane Weinbrandt and Jessie Green

The goal of this presentation is to inform participants of a proposed NSF INCLUDES Alliance that will broaden pathways to the STEM workforce for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The University of Cincnnati has partnered with The Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University and Think College to begin developing a comprehensive inclusive workforce model in which postsecondary programs develop STEM pathways for individuals with IDD, which includes supporting employers in recruiting and retaining employees with IDD. The project team is currently investigating  national models and best practices for employing individuals with IDD in STEM career pathways.  This presentation will share the shared vision of the network of partners who will develop a leadership and communication plan to guide ongoing collaboration to iteratively implement, refine, and broadly disseminate the model. 


THINKCOLLEGE - Sustaining Postsecondary Programs: Perspectives from Program Directors

Panelists: Jessie Green, Jan Goings, Mandy Merdandakis,   MaryElla Bauer
Moderated by Andrew Buck

The number of inclusive postsecondary programs in Ohio has increased over the last decade and along with it, so has the cost of higher education. Ohio's programs must braid funding to sustain high-quality programs while also helping to support students to find ways to pay for their time in inclusive postsecondary programs. Four inclusive postsecondary program directors will   discuss the steps they are taking to sustain well into the future.


Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture

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.