Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion, & Disability 2019 Conference

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability

April 7th, 8th & 9th, 2019

The Blackwell Inn & PFAHL Conference Center – Columbus, Ohio

Description of Event:

In its nineteenth year, Multiple Perspectives is an ongoing exploration of disability in context.  A conversation including many voices and reflecting perspectives gained through lived experience, research, theory, art, and practice.  This year’s theme, Continuing the Journey from Noblesse Oblige to Social Justice, marks the 40th anniversary of Southeastern Community College v. Davis.  Argued on April 23, 1979 before the U.S. Supreme Court, this was a case of first impression that set the pattern for understanding disability rights under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and helped shape the American’s With Disabilities Act. In Davis, the Supreme Court recognized that the future would chart the journey to social justice in unpredictable ways:

“We do not suggest that the line between a lawful refusal to extend affirmative action and illegal discrimination against handicapped persons always will be clear. It is possible to envision situations where an insistence on continuing past requirements and practices might arbitrarily deprive genuinely qualified handicapped persons of the opportunity to participate in a covered program. … Thus, situations may arise where a refusal to modify an existing program might become unreasonable and discriminatory.”  - Southeastern Community College v. DavisOyez, 442 U.S. p. 412, 28 Oct. 2018.

Join our wide-ranging discussion of where that journey has and will take us. Here are some featured free public events, the full program and registration will be posted soon at


FREE PUBLIC EVENTS at 2019 Multiple Perspectives Conference

Sunday April 7, 2019:

Integrating Race, Transforming Feminist Disability Studies

Integrating Race, Transforming Feminist Disability Studies presented by Dr. Jina Kim and Dr. Sami Schalk .  Following a day of co-conference programing (SDS@OSU) by the Society of Disability Studies this free public event kicks off the MP conference with dinner; mingling; and dancing at the DISCO BALL!  Hosted by the Disability Studies, the Disability Studies Graduate Student Association with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Student Life Multicultural Center, the Department of Comparative Studies and Project Narrative. This event is free and open to the public; however, all attendees must register by filling out this webform

Monday April 8, 2019:

A showing of Piss on Pity: We Will Ride

  • A showing of Piss on Pity: We Will Ride followed by a discussion lead by Peter Grosz, Director & Producer; Virginia Keller, Producer; & Tom Olin, Photographer.  This film documents the origins and early history of ADAPT.  Exploring the unique and controversial history of this grassroots disability rights group for lessons learned. Through civil disobedience and political savvy, ADAPT has fought discrimination and segregation for over 35 years. They have played major, if little-known, roles in key U.S. laws and policies, including the ADA and Money Follows the Person. This film covers ADAPT’s roots beginning with the liberation of people with disabilities from nursing homes to the fight for accessible transportation. With over 40 interviews, never-before-seen footage and stunning images from Tom Olin, Piss on Pity: We Will Ride gives voice to activists, old and new, who are on the front-lines of disability rights history.

A Conversation with Judy Heumann: Looking Back to Think Ahead

  • A Conversation with Judy Heumann: Looking Back to Think Ahead  the 2019 Ken Campbell Lecture on Disability Advocacy, Policy.  Andrew Sydlik, an OSU doctoral student inearly American literature with a concentration in disability studies will interview  Judy Heumann and moderate audience questions as she reflects on  her journey through the 4o years of the disability rights movement, highlights current and emerging, challenges to disability advocacy and helps us chart a path into the future.
  • Following the Ken Campbell Lecture is the annual Ethel Louise Armstrong student Poster Competition and Reception.   

Tuesday April 9, 2019:

Broadening the Digital World: Balancing Inclusion & Innovation

The Ethel Louis Armstrong Lecture on Disability Culture*Presented by Eve Hill and Tom Sikora

Description of event

Whether at school, work or play we are spending time in the digital world.  Websites, APPs and social media are an integral part of our culture; we can all agree that ensuring independent, timely, and seamless access for all members of our digital community is the right thing to do - but how do we get there?  

 Universal Design offers a set of principles for equity but not a blueprint for building our digital world.  Standards, like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), provides landmarks but they are neither a map or an operational plan for getting there.

  • What does access and inclusion mean in the digital world?
  • Why is access important?
  • Is there a business case for digital access?
  • Where do we find the resources for access? 
  • How do we get there?
  • Who is responsible?

 Join Eve Hill, Co-Lead for Inclusivity and  Tom Sikora, Director of Accessibility at Workday, for a dialogue exploring  the meaning and value of digital inclusion as well as the pragmatics of how to move toward that goal.

A moderated discussion and audience questions will identify the parameters for a thoughtful, balanced, sustainable approach; describe the commitment and the resources necessary to ensure seamless access; and begin to answer the question, How do we get there?

This year’s Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture is part of the 2018  COMPAS series focusing on Technology.  The series hopes to promote sustained reflection on the ethical challenges that unify various projects within Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative providing a model of informed and constructive discussion that is too often absent from public discourse and that universities are in a unique position to promote.

About our presenters:

Eve Hill, one of the nation’s leading disability and civil rights attorneys, co-leads Inclusivity. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where she was responsible for oversight of the Division’s disability rights enforcement and educational civil rights implementation. Her responsibilities included enforcement, regulation, and policy development regarding accessibility requirements for websites and other digital technology; Olmstead community integration requirements in employment and education; and disability rights in education, law enforcement, and health care.

Tom Sikurahas been the Director of Accessibility for workday since October of 2018.  Previously as the firmwide executive for Digital Accessibility at JPMorgan Chase Co. he implemented solutions for compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  A graduate of Ohio University with over 25 years of progressive experience in roles spanning technology, operations and regulatory compliance within the financial services industry Tom is a versatile leader and innovative problem solver.

Additional Notes About the Event

*The Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture and student poster reception will be free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment Fund and the support of the Center for Ethics and Human Values



Additional Details About the Conference

The full program and registration will be available soon at Questions about access and accommodation requests should be directed to

Hosted by The Ohio State University’s ADA Coordinator’s Office the Multiple Perspectives Conference is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Endowment Fund and ongoing support from The Ohio State University.  Current partners include  The Society For Disability Studies and within The Ohio State University: