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!