Multiple Perspectives 2023

Widening the Circle: Access, Universal Design & Beyond

20-21 March, 2023 at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

We are now accepting proposals for an in-person event with selected sessions offered remotely.

Provisions will be made for presenters with travel restrictions.

Final Submission Deadline: December 3, 2022. Celebrating the International Day of Disabled Persons.

This year’s Multiple Perspectives conference reflects on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Signed by President Nixon on September 26, 1973, Section 504 announced a wider conception of “We the People.” The last forty-nine years our paradigms have been pushed from medical models toward social models, from accessibility standards toward universal design, from accommodation toward social justice. As we approach the 50th anniversary of Section 504, what will the next fifty years bring?

Multiple Perspective’s ongoing exploration of disability as a reflection of the human condition. A lived experience seen through multiple lenses of identities and across the social contexts of work, education, and leisure; law and medicine; government and family.

Preference will be given to presentations that explore parallels, distinctions, lessons and impacts of disability across and within identity groups and models.  

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Proposals are due December 3rd, 2022

Please Note:  The full conference fees will be waived, and lunch provided for in-person presenters. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Hosted by the Office of Institutional Equity at The Ohio State University and supported by the generosity of Margaret Stanton and the Ethel Louise Armstrong Endowment Fund.  As a modern land grant university, an important part of Ohio State’s mission is serving the wider community as a catalyst for positive change and a springboard for collaborations with and among our partners in education, business, non-profits, and government.  Since 2000, each year the University’s ADA Coordinator has identified series of workshops and public events that provide a forum for expanding our understanding of disability as integral to the human experience and create opportunities to increase community resources through the synergy of collaboration.