Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall semester meetings

We have meetings scheduled for the Fall semester as follows:

Friday Oct. 25
Friday Nov. 8
Friday Nov. 22
Friday Dec. 6

Time: 4:30–6:00 p.m.

Place: The Capital City Room in the Center for Student Leadership and Service at OSU's Ohio Union

Directions: We are meeting in the Capital City Room in the Center for Student Leadership. The Center is located on the second floor of the Ohio Union -- from the stairs it will be on your left and back. (There are signs.) Once within the Center, there will be a common area with stairs. Go up the stairs, turn left, and then left again -- then follow the hallway until you get to the room. (There are signs for the different rooms.)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Next meeting: Potluck, Friday October 5, 5:00 p.m.

Our next meeting will be a social meeting at Cortney's place. We will be having a potluck. Please bring a dish to share. (Please don't bring anything that contains nuts or peanuts.)

Date: Friday, October 5
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Cortney's house.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know about the ADA Multiple Perspectives Conference coming up tomorrow and Wednesday (April 24th and 25th).
Here is the program:

The deadline to register has already passed, but there are a few events that are free and open to the public:
1) 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.; Tues., 4/24/12 
Stephen Kuusisto presenting "The Craft of Disability: Literature and the Art of Embodiment", the Ethel Louise Armstrong Lecture on Disability in Culture and Art. Blackwell Hotel Ballrooms.

Free and Open to the Public. Literature has historically presented disability as a form of abjection and as a life of reduction-the twin components of ableist symbolism. But a new generation of poets and writers with disabilities is now transforming notions of the artful body, imbuing physical difference with powerful new figurative force. Professor Kuusisto will discuss the evolution of disability literature and read examples of writing from the new disability poetics movement.

2) 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Tues., 4/24/12 -- 
Ethel Louise Armstrong Student Poster Competition. The Blackwell Ballroom.
Free and Open to the Public. Funded in part by the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment Fund.

3) 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Tues., 4/24/12 -- LeDerick Horne presenting "Beyond Classification", The Ohio State University’s President and Provost’s Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series. The Blackwell Ballroom

Free and Open to the Public. Classified as neurologically impaired in the third grade, LeDerick has become a successful spoken word poet, playwright, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and advocate.  You can sample LeDerick Horne’s poetry on iTunes; Download a Poem by LeDerick titled “Dare to Dream” [Doc Format | PDF Format] and find out more about his life and work at

4) 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Weds., 4/25/12 -- Marilyn Bartlett presenting "Her Own Voice: The Impact of 'Bartlett' on Disability Law and Policy", the Ken Campbell Memorial Lecture. Free and Open to the Public. Blackwell Hotel Ballrooms.

Dr. Bartlett has been invited to give the Ken Campbell Memorial Lecture on Disability Policy and Law. She will be discussing her personal journey as a dyslectic person, her impressions and the legal intricacies of her law suit against the New York Board of Law Examiners (2001). She will also discuss her views of how her case has influenced American society and education;  And, finally, she will make some recommendations for law and policy still need to be addressed. Enjoy her wit and charm as she makes you laugh and cry while she shares her story.

Hope some of you can make it!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Next meeting: Monday Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m.

As listed in the previous post of upcoming meetings, we have a meeting tomorrow, October 24, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The meeting will be in the Flag Room of the Center for Student Leadership and Service in OSU's Ohio Union.

The Center for Student Leadership and Service is located on the second floor of the southwest side of the Union, right above Sloopy's Diner. When you enter the Center for Student Leadership and Service, the Flag Room should be roughly across from you.

A map of the second floor is available here:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Recap: Protest Against Autism Speaks

On Sunday, October 9, ASAN-Central Ohio protested Autism Speaks' Walk Now for Autism on the Ohio State campus. Approximately 15 Autistic individuals and cross-disability allies protested Autism Speaks' lack of family and community support, its high executive pay, its lack of Autistic representation, and its eugenic aims.

Several protesters hold signs at a street corner. Signs variously read SUPPORT LOCAL FAMILIES, SUPPORT NEUROLOGICAL DIVERSITY, and DISABILITY RIGHTS.

Protesters heavily emphasized that Autism Speaks only gives 2% of money raised to families and local communities. Several walkers interacted with the group, some kind and supportive, others not. One such negative encounter involved a walker who screamed at her young daughter, "Don't you dare go near those people!" At other points, walkers cursed, waved the middle finger, and told protesters they should feel ashamed of themselves.

Josh, Corbin, Tiffany and children, Justin, and Jessie hold signs and flyers. Signs variously read DISABILITY RIGHTS = HUMAN RIGHTS, SUPPORT AUTISM ORGS THAT SUPPORT AUTISTIC PEOPLE, and AUTISTIC? TALK 2 US.

Despite the hostility, protesters were able to have productive conversations with walkers. Rep. Ted Celeste stopped by and expressed his appreciation. Additionally, several individuals and families took ASAN flyers and engaged in conversations about why Autism Speaks does not speak for autistic people.

For additional photos, please visit our Flickr page.

Video of the protest (captioned):

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Next meeting: Monday Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m.

We have a meeting tomorrow, Monday Oct. 10, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The meeting will be in the Presidents Room of the Center for Student Leadership and Service in OSU's Ohio Union.

The Center for Student Leadership and Service is located on the second floor of the southwest side of the Union, right above Sloopy's Diner. When you enter the Center for Student Leadership and Service, the Presidents Room should be roughly across from you.

A map of the second floor is available here:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Protesting Autism Speaks, 10/9 @ Ohio State

Tomorrow (Sunday, October 9) is Autism Speaks’ annual Walk for Autism in Columbus. And tomorrow our local chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network will unite in protest against Autism Speaks and their lack of community support, their high rates of executive pay, their lack of autistic representation, and their unethical advertising practices.

ASAN-Central Ohio is so grateful for the outpouring of support that our chapter has received from people across, quite literally, the world. But as we approach tomorrow’s protest, we’d like to ask that as many people as possible (wherever you live) could help us inundate our local press affiliates with emails and phone calls.

Here is the contact information for Columbus-area media affiliates:
What you might say if you call or write (feel free to edit):
Hi! My name is _____ . (If you live in Ohio, you might say so. If you’re active in or support ASAN or another disability-related org, you might mention this as well. If you are Autistic or are related to or work with someone on the spectrum, you might mention this as well.)

I’m calling/writing because I have a story you might be interested in. Autistic advocates and their supporters are protesting the Autism Speaks walk in Columbus on the Ohio State campus on Sunday, October 9, from 8:30am until noon. They’re protesting Autism Speaks’ lack of family support. Only 2% of money raised by Autism Speaks goes to families. Given the severe budget cuts facing us today, this is outrageous. Autism Speaks is taking money from Ohio families in desperate need of support and services.

Autism Speaks doesn’t speak for us!

PROTEST DAY & TIME: Sunday, October 9 from 8:30am until noon (Facebook event page)

PROTEST LOCATION: Corner of Fred Taylor and Borror Drive, by the 4H Center, Ohio State campus (campus map)

CONTACT INFO: or call Jessie at 740-341-3420.