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October 19 Provost’s Lecture: Disability as a Catalyst for Innovation


Disability Mentoring Day: Access and Innovation 

Scott Lissner
L. Scott Lissner

L. Scott Lissner is the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer for Ohio State University, where he is also an associate of the John Glenn School of Public Policy and a lecturer for the Moritz College of Law Knowlton School of Architecture and Disability Studies. His teaching and public service inform his work as the university’s disability compliance officer; energize his role in creating seamless access to the full range of the university’s programs and opportunities; and guide his efforts as a catalyst for disability related initiatives.

Engaged in community and professional service, Lissner is a past President of the Association on Higher Education and Disability and serves on the Board of Directors for The Center for Disability Empowerment and VSA Ohio. Recent presentations on disability issues include a technical assistance tour to Indonesia sponsored by the Department of State, sessions at the Association on Higher Education and Disability, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and workshops on building accommodation processes at the Universities of Tokyo and Doshisha in Japan.

A panel discussion with Brooke Ellison and Chelsea Marks follows the lecture.

Abstract: “Disability is not a ‘brave struggle’ or ‘courage in the face of adversity’… Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.” As the quote from Neil Marcus suggests, the presence of disability in research labs and the workplace has been a catalyst for innovation. These creative expressions of disability are as commonplace as the telephone, voice menus, telecommuting and document scanning and as cutting edge as the latest in smart environments and biomedical engineering. Setting the context with a brief discussion of the ADA’s intent, L. Scott Lissner will look at accommodation as a problem-solving process that often leads to creative solutions with broad applications.

This Provost’s Lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Technology and Society, Disability Support Services and President’s Office, will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Center for Global Studies and Human Development, Room 200. A reception will follow.

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