October 25, 2008

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability: Change, Challenge, & Collaboration

The Ninth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability: Change, Challenge, & Collaboration will be held April 28 and 29, 2009 at the Ohio State University's Columbus Campus.

The Ninth Annual Multiple Perspectives conference continues brings together a diverse audience to explore disability as an individual experience and a social reality that permeates experience. Presentations cut across typical divisions of education & employment; scholarship & service; business & government; national & domestic; race, gender & ethnicity. This year's theme "Change, Challenge & Collaboration" reflects the critical place in history we occupy.

Since the last conference the United Nations has adopted the Convention on Disability, Congress passed a GI bill benefiting veterans with disabilities, the Higher Education Opportunity Act which includes sections on textbook accessibility, inclusion opportunities and tracking participation of students with disabilities, and the ADA Amendments of 2008. The Access Board is proposing changes in Section 508 focused on Web and IT access and the Department of Justice is in the final stages of a comprehensive review and update of the regulations for the ADA.

1. What opportunities do these changes create in education, business, healthcare, or design?
2. How has your program, work or advocacy supported or responded to these challenges?
3. How does your experience, discipline or research shed light on this critical period of time or model best practices?

The theme, Change, Challenge & Collaboration, along with the quotes below are offered as a guide to framing your proposals and considering your topics from a fresh perspective.

* "Disability Studies should serve as an access ramp between the disability community and research universities".
Paul K. Longmore
* "For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong".
H.L. Mencken
* "Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment".
Justice William J. Brennan
* "Continue to surprise those who would put you in a neat demographic. Be insistently curious".
Gordon Gee


Session Proposals Are Due November 1, 2008
Student Posters Due March 30, 2008

Proposals are due November 1, 2008

* By e-mail as an attachment (Word, Word Perfect, TXT, or RTF formats)

to ADA-OSU@osu.edu

* By Fax at 614-688-3665 (FAX)
* In the mail:

University ADA Coordinator's Office
1849 Cannon Drive
Columbus, OH 43210.

Proposals must include:

1. Names and (as appropriate) titles and institutions for each presenter.

2. Contact information (phone, mailing address, and e-mail) if there is more than one presenter please indicate one individual as the lead presenter.

3. Title of Presentation (12 words or less)
4. Short Description (30 words or less)

5. FULL DESCRIPTION. In 700 words or less please describe the structure, content, focus and desired outcomes for the presentation using these questions as a guide.

* What is the format of the presentation (Lecture, Panel, Discussion, Poster*, Performance, Other)?
* What are your three main goals for the presentation?
* What will your participants learn?
* Who is the intended audience (educators, employers, businesses, advocates, students, consumers, researchers, etc.?
* How familiar should the audience be with the topic (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?

Please Note:

The full conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for presenters of accepted proposals. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

*Poster sessions proposed by currently enrolled students (graduate & undergraduate) will be accepted through March 30, 2009

For more information on the conference and details about paper submission, please visit


Posted by rollingrains at October 25, 2008 10:57 PM