Ethel Louise Armstrong Student Poster Competition

The 2024 Ethel Louise Armstrong Student Poster Competition

Posters will be presented at the 24th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability. 

The Ohio State University – Columbus Campus | April 8-9, 2024


Call for Submissions 

“I’ll take all night if I have to!” said 8-year-old Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins. The second-grader wasn’t talking about working on a lengthy homework assignment or completing another video game level. No, she was telling the crowd of reporters that she would not give up as she climbed to the top of the Capitol steps in what became known as the Capital Crawl to demand passage of the ADA. Congress and the country listened to a student that day. 

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Student Poster Competition and reception is held annually to encourage students to network with the community, professionals, and scholars who share their interests in disability. This opportunity is made possible through the generosity of the ELA Foundation and its founder, Margaret Stanton. The event honors Margaret’s grandmother, Ethel Louise Armstrong, who encouraged Margaret to reject stereotypes, embrace self-determination, and excel in college despite the barriers of a pre-504/ADA world faced by disabled women. Margaret founded the ELA Foundation to "change the face of disability on the planet". The student posters highlight ongoing change and future challenges. 

The Art & Performance poster award is dedicated to honor the late Helyn Marshall who left our community in form but not in spirit this past September. Helyn was the Wexner Center for the Arts’ first Accessibility Manager and lead Digital Accessibility Coordinator. She believed that the arts are not a luxury, but a necessity and a universal human right.     

Ethel Louise Armstrong 2024 Student Poster Competition Categories 

Helyn Marshall Accessible Arts & Performance Award ($500) 

Accessibility or disability-themed or demonstrating access in the presentation for Art or Performance presented at or sponsored by your institution. 

Graduate Research Award ($800) 

Supervised Student Research 

Undergraduate Research Award ($400) 

Supervised Student Research 

Class Projects Award ($300) 

Directed Projects & Papers for a course (Award goes to department to support future projects) 

Community Service & Applied Problem-Solving Award ($300) 

Projects by service-learning classes, institution sponsored activities, or student organizations focused on barrier removal, improved access, or increased inclusion (Award goes to organization/department to support future projects) 


Submission Details

Posters can focus on any aspect of disability. Consideration will be given for work placed within The Journey from Statute to Seamless Access, this year’s overall conference theme. Posters can take a variety of forms including print material mounted on poster board, display panels, or arranged on a table; digital slides, web pages, apps, video presentations from your laptop, or 3-D models etc.  

Presentation materials must fit on a 3’x6’ table or along 6’ or less of wall space. Information should be presented in 10 minutes or less. Presenters or their designee must be available to interact with the audience.   

Submission Deadline: March 12, 2024 (Anniversary of the Capital Crawl

Students and teams of students who wish to present a poster must send the following information:  

  1. Title of Poster – Nine word maximum 
  2. Competition Category (choose one) 
  3. Poster Format (Print, Model, PowerPoint, Video, …) 
  4. Description of their proposed poster topic – 500 words maximum 
  5. E-mail address, phone number, and mail address of the coordinating presenter. 
  6. Names of co-presenters, if applicable. 
  7. As appropriate, university, department, grant, course, or student organization affiliation 
  8. Name of the faculty member, department, or organization advisor associated with the project, if applicable. Letter of support by separate email to
  9. Name of individual, department, or organization to receive cash award should the poster win.