Ohio University Southern to host disability awareness conference

Ohio University Southern will host Envision Access Conference: Supporting Students with Disabilities, on March 24, at the Ironton campus, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton.

The conference provides an opportunity for members of the Tri-State region to increase awareness and understanding of trends in addressing the needs of students with disabilities.

The keynote speaker is Dr. J. W. Smith, who was born blind on March 9, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois.

“Smith feels that as a blind African American it is essential that we expand the term ‘diversity’ and incorporate every effort necessary to create an environment that encourages openness and understanding.”
“Dr. Smith often refers to non-disabled individuals as TABs, temporarily able-bodied individuals. He firmly believes that our differences can be our strengths and that many people live more for affirmation than bread and that we are each responsible to all for all.

Sessions during the conference include:

  • Transition Services through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD).
  • Same Path, Different Shoes; The Educational Journey for Students with Autism
  • Where I’m Going, Where I’m From
  • The IEP and Secondary Transition
  • Assistive Technology
  • Promoting Transition to Postsecondary Education: Creating Opportunities for participants.

Register at https://www.ohio.edu/southern/events/eaconference.

For more information, contact Robert Pleasant at pleasanr@ohio.edu or Teresa McKenzie at mckenzt1@ohio.edu.

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