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2019 Multiple Perspectives Conference Description

2019 Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability

April 7th, 8th & 9th, 2019
The Blackwell Inn & PFAHL Conference Center
Columbus, Ohio

Description of Event:

In its nineteenth year, Multiple Perspectives is an ongoing exploration of disability in context. A conversation including many voices and reflecting perspectives gained through lived experience, research, theory, art, and practice. This year’s theme, Continuing the Journey from Noblesse Oblige to Social Justice, marks the 40th anniversary of Southeastern Community College v. Davis. Argued on April 23, 1979 before the U.S. Supreme Court, this was a case of first impression that set the pattern for understanding disability rights under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and helped shape the American’s With Disabilities Act. In Davis, the Supreme Court recognized that the future would chart the journey to social justice in unpredictable ways:

“We do not suggest that the line between a lawful refusal to extend affirmative action and illegal discrimination against handicapped persons always will be clear. It is possible to envision situations where an insistence on continuing past requirements and practices might arbitrarily deprive genuinely qualified handicapped persons of the opportunity to participate in a covered program. … Thus, situations may arise where a refusal to modify an existing program might become unreasonable and discriminatory.” - Southeastern Community College v. Davis, Oyez, 442 U.S. p. 412, 28 Oct. 2018.

Join our wide-ranging discussion of where that journey has and will take us. Here are some featured free public events, the full program and registration will be posted at