February 02, 2008

Conference: Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion & Disability

Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio will hold the Eighth Annual Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion & Disability: Looking Back & Thinking Ahead at the Pfahl Executive Education and Conference Center. The pre-conference will be April 21 with the full conference following April 22-23, 2008.

Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion & Disability: Looking Back & Thinking Ahead

Location: Pfahl Executive Education and Conference Center, The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio

Date: Pre-conference April 21 - Full Conference April 22-23, 2008

Registration Open:http://mpconference.osu.edu/

Over 30 concurrent sessions and two Pre-conference Sessions

Access by Design: From Minimum Compliance to Universal Design (AIA CEUs Pending)

From Legal Principles to Informed Practice: Non-lawyers Reading the Law? (SHRM CEUs Pending)

Proposals for Student Posters will be accepted through March 21, 2008

"As social movements mature, they begin to look beyond the 'letter of the law', which emphasizes ethics and values, and promulgate systemic changes in attitudes, behaviors and institutional structures." - Leslie Kanes Weisman

What is “Multiple Perspectives”?

As a modern land grant university Ohio State University's mission includes serving the community. Since 2001 The Ohio State University's ADA Coordinator's Office has hosted Multiple Perspectives On Access Inclusion & Disability. The conference offers a unique opportunity for professionals, scholars and advocates to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences. The annual gathering provides a forum for individuals and organizations to share their knowledge; broaden their perspectives; and increase community resources through the synergy of collaboration

Each year Multiple Perspectives strives to present a program that can serve as a catalyst for change; providing a springboard for collaborations among individuals with and with out disabilities working in education, business, government and non-profits. The Conference’s presenters have included faculty, entrepreneurs, authors, artists and advocates as well as representatives from The U.S. Access Board, The EEOC, The Ohio Civil Rights Commission, The American Institute of Architects, The U.S. Department of Education, and The Department of Justice.

"I walked away from each session knowing far more than when I entered; I left each session invigorated; and, I left each session tingling with the excitement of being in an environment where I can relate intellectually and experientially with others." Jerome F. Shapiro, Ph.D. The Disabilities Studies Quarterly; Volume 26; Number 4

Past Partners

Hosted by The Ohio State University's ADA Coordinator's Office, the conference is made possible with collaboration and support from organizations as diverse as the participants. Past supporters include: Ability Magazine, ADA-OHIO, The American Bar Association, The American Institute of Architects, The Association on Higher Education And Disability, The City Of Columbus, The Columbus Advisory Committee On Disability Issues, The Great Lakes Disability Business Technical Assistance Center, The Ohio ADA Coordinator's Network, The Ohio Governor’s Council On People With Disabilities, The Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission and The Ohio State University (College of Humanities, The John Glenn School for Public Affairs, The Knowlton School of Architecture, The Moritz College of Law, The ASL Program, The Disability Studies Program, Academic Affairs, The Digital Union, The Multicultural Center, The Office For Disability Services, The Web Accessibility Center & The ADA Coordinator’s Office).

The Audience At-A-Glance

· 250 to 300 participants

· 83% are Ohio residents

· 71% of the participants influence or make purchasing decisions about accessible products & services

· 69% of the participants have a disability

· 20% are officials from Federal, State, County or City government

· 18% are college and public school faculty

· 15% represent private business

· 13% represent disability rights advocacy groups

· 13% are college service providers

· 11% are students

· 08% are architects

· 06% sit on State, County or Municipal

boards representing people with disabilities.

Presenters Include:

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

U.S. Dept. of Education, Equal Opportunity Employment Commission

Ohio Legal Rights, Ohio Civil Rights Commission

Jaina Blakford, Lerner School For Autism

Janet Peters, Great Lakes DBTAC

L. Scott Lissner, Ohio State University

Brenda Bruggemann, Ohio State University

Peter Novak, Unit. of San Francisco

Susan Burch, Visiting Prof., Ohio State University

Ben Mitchell, Landmark College

Ryan Perry & Kelly Munger, Unit. of Illinois, Chicago,

Mark Willis, Wright State

Christine Kelly, Carlton University

Canada, Steve Noble, Design Science

Student Poster Reception

April 21 4:30-7:00 P.M.

Proposals by currently enrolled students (graduate or undergraduate) for Posters will be accepted through March 21, 2008. Send an E-mail to ADA-OSU@osu.edu for submission guidelines

Two Half Day Pre-Conference Sessions:

From Legal Principles to Informed Practice:

What non-lawyers can take away from reading the law?

Monday April 21 9:00-12:30

This workshop will provide grounding in disability law and best practices that will establish a framework for developing both policy and practical answers to questions encountered in the disability arena: When is a condition a disability? What is reasonable? Who decides and how?

A brief history of disability rights movement will provide an understanding of disability laws place within the family of civil rights laws. Building on this perspective an exploration of case law and best practices will be used to model an approach that is informed by legal principles and can guide operational decisions, and dispute resolution. A case study approach will allow frequent opportunities for reflection, questions and answers.

Topics include:

• Determining Disability

• Evaluating Accommodation Requests

• Resources for Accommodation and Assistive Technology

• Undue Burden

• Determining Direct Threat

• Complaint Resolution

Extensive resource materials including statutes, regulations, case law, model policies & forms will be provided in an on-line format. SHRM CEUs pending. Cost: $150 ($100 for OSU Faculty & Staff)

Access by Design: From Minimum Compliance to Universal Design

Monday April 21 2-5:30

For years the charge to meet accessibility requirements was treated as a code compliance issue to be addressed at the end of the design process. Today the call is to ensure seamless access that not only meets the needs of increasingly diverse users but welcomes them.

A discussion of the mandate to provide basic access will provide a foundation for a tour of the various standards for access and their interrelationships (ANSI, UFAS, ADAAG, Fair Housing, ADA Standard for Accessible Design and proposed changes. Examples drawn from experience and selected settlement agreements resulting from court cases and enforcement agency initiatives will provide a context for exploring the principles of Universal Design; an approach to planning that embraces diversity and inclusion by providing for equitable use while promoting efficiency, flexibility and sustainability.

Topics Include:

• Key Standards, their interrelationships and coverage

• Equivalent Facilitation & Structural infeasibility

• Readily Achievable Barrier Removal & Program Access

• Internal and External Compliance Audits

• Most Common Compliance Errors

• Principles of Universal Design

Extensive reference materials including copies of enforceable standards, check lists, and training materials will be provided in an on-line format. AIA CEUs pending. Cost: $150 ($100 for OSU Faculty & Staff)

Pre-Conference facilitator:

L. Scott Lissner has served as the ADA Coordinator for The Ohio State University since 2000 where he is an Associate of the John Glenn School of Public Policy and serves as an adjunct instructor for the Moritz College of Law, the Knowlton School of Architecture and Disability Studies. His teaching informs and energizes his role as the university’s compliance officer and as a clearing house for disability related policy and initiatives. An active member and officer in professional associations he serves on the Boards of Directors for ADA-OHIO and the Association on Higher Education And Disability; The Editorial Boards for Thompson’s 504 Compliance Manual and the Journal of Postsecondary Education & Disability. Lissner publishes, presents, and consults frequently on disability issues. Recent publications include “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.


Contact L. Scott Lissner

Phone: 614-292-6207

TTY: 614-688-8605

FAX: 614-688-3665


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