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

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

April 28 and 29, 2009
The Ohio State University Columbus Campus

Conference information past programs and updates can be found at: <> , To be on the mailing list for the conference, send e-mail to <>

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS (Proposals are due November, 2008 ) The  Ninth Annual Multiple Perspectives conference continues the university’s efforts to bring together a diverse audience to explore disability as both an individual experience and social reality that cuts across typical divisions of education & employment; scholarship & service; business & government; race, gender & ethnicity.

This year’s theme “Change, Challenge & Collaboration” reflects the critical place in history we occupy.  Between last conference and this call for papers the United Nations has adopted the Convention on Disability, Congress passed a new GI bill and the Higher Education Opportunity Act which include a significant focus on disability; the Access Board is proposing changes in Section 508, the Department of Justice is in the final stages of a comprehensive review and update of the regulations for the ADA’s Titles II and III; and the ADA Amendments of 2008 are working their way through Congress. The theme and 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

Proposals are due November 1, 2008

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

to <>

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

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

Proposals must include:
Names and (as appropriate) titles and institutions for each presenter.

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

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

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

1. What is the format of the presentation (Lecture, Panel, Discussion, Poster*, Performance, Other)?
2. What are your three main goals for the presentation?
3. What will your participants learn?
4. Who is the intended audience (educators, employers, businesses, advocates, students, consumers, researchers, etc.?
5. 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.

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