Call for Presentations! Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability

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The Seventeenth Annual

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability

Seeing Disability at School, Work & Beyond

At The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus


  • April 11, 2017 – Student Preconference – Disability & Career
  • April 12, 2017 – Student Poster Competition
  • April 12-13, 2017 – Main Conference 2 Plenaries & 25 Concurrent Sessions


Multiple Perspectives is an ongoing exploration of disability, a conversation including many voices and reflecting perspectives gained through experience and research; theory and practice, arts and sciences.  This year’s theme, Seeing Disability continues our dialogue


Disclosure can be a personal choice or an environmental imperative this year’s them focuses on how disability is seen in the environment, the individual and their interaction.   Explicit and implicit assumptions from policy and design to everyday choices drive recognition and disclosure at school, work and play.  Proposals exploring these choices and their consequences will be given preference in the review process.  Following our tradition below are two quotes to help you think broadly about this year’s theme as you prepare your proposal.  A little different this year the second quote is the opening verse of a song, links to the full lyrics and a recording are provided.


“Disability doesn’t make you exceptional, but questioning what you think you know about it does.” 

Stella Young


“I went for a jog in the city air

I met a woman in a wheelchair

I said ‘I’m sorry to see you’re handicapped.’

She says ‘What makes you think a thing like that?’”

Talking Wheelchair Blues by Fred Small  Lyrics ( ( T

Preference will be given to proposals that reflect this year’s theme; encourage discussions across the typical social, political, and disciplinary boundaries; connect individuals to local, national or international communities; or consider parallels, distinctions and intersections with race, gender and ethnicity.  This year in particular graduate and undergraduate presenters a sought for a strand of sessions focused on student interests and concerns.



This free full day preconference will focus on students with disabilities who are or will soon be graduating and seeking full time employment.  Providing information, resources, and networking opportunities sessions will include: building a resume; conducting a job search; disability disclosure; requesting accommodations; and rights and responsibilities of employees and employers under the ADA.  The full day conference will include opportunities for students to network with employers during lunch and participate in resume review and mock interview sessions.   A strand of sessions throughout the conference will be focused on student interests and concerns is planned.



Past programs and conference updates as they become available can be found at:

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The Multiple Perspectives Conference is hosted by Ohio State University’s ADA Coordinator’s Office is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong  Endowment Fund and ongoing support from The Ohio State University. 


Proposal Deadline: International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3, 2016)

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail as an attachment (Word, TXT, or RTF formats)  to  with MP2017 and your name in the subject line

Proposals must include:

  1. Name of each presenter with titles, institutions, employers etc. as appropriate
  2. Contact information (phone, mailing address, and e-mail) if there is more than one presenter please indicate one individual as the contact and lead presenter.
  3. Title of Presentation (9 words or less)
  4. Short Description 20- 35 words.
  5. Description (700 words or less) Please describe the content, focus and desired outcomes for the presentation using these questions as a guide.
  • What is the format of the presentation (Lecture, Panel, Discussion, Performance, Other)?
  • Who is the intended audience (educators, employers, businesses, advocates, students, consumers, researchers, or other)?
  • How familiar should the audience be with the topic (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?
  • What are your three main goals for the presentation?


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.


Questions contact L. Scott Lissner at


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At the Seventeenth Annual

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability:

April 12, 2017

Held on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus


Poster Submissions are due no later than March 15, 2017


The Multiple Perspectives Conference encourages students to network with professionals, the community, and scholars who share their interests in disability at its annual student poster reception.  A generous gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation will fund awards (Graduate Research – $500; Undergraduate Research $200, Art & Performance $200, Community Service $100, and Class Projects $200 at this year’s competition.


Submissions may focus on any aspect of disability and may be based on:

  1. Independent & Supervised Student Research
  2. Art & Performance
  3. Class Projects & Papers (Award goes to department to support future projects)
  4. Community Service & Applied Problem Solving from Service Learning Classes or student organizations (Award goes to organization/department to support future projects)


Posters can take a variety of forms including print material mounted on poster board or display panels or arranged on a table; PowerPoint presentations, web pages or video presentations from your laptop…

  • Presentation materials must fit on a 3’x6’ table or along 6’ or less of wall space
  • Presentation materials should present the information in 10 minutes or less
  • Presenters or their designee must be present to interact with the audience
  • Presenters must provide their own equipment


Visit these sites for tips on developing a poster presentation:


Students and teams of students who wish to present a poster must send the following information to no later than March 15, 2017 

  1. Title
  2. Short Title – 9 word maximum
  3. Poster Format (Print, Model, PowerPoint, Video, …)
  4. Description of their proposed poster topic – 250 word maximum
  5. E-mail address, phone number, and surface mail address of coordinating presenter
  6. As appropriate, university, department, grant, course or student organization affiliation
  7. A letter of support from a faculty member or organization advisor associated with the project
  8. Name of individual, Department or Organization to receive cash award should the project win.


Early submissions are encouraged.  Submissions will be reviewed as they arrive. Conference fees will be waived and lunch provided for all accepted presenters.


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.

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