Ashland University Education Students and Faculty Attend Conference

Ashland University Education Students and Faculty Attend Conference

4/18/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University students and faculty members from the Schar College of Education attended the “Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion and Disability” Annual Conference held in Columbus on April 17.

Twelve Ashland University students enrolled in EDIS 245 International Perspectives on Disability and members of the student organization the Council for Exceptional Children attended the event.

These students were Danielle Wilhelm of Berlin Heights, Ohio; Crystal Wise of Richfield Township, Ohio; Rebecca Beckwith of Akron, Ohio; Jenn Williams of Coshocton, Ohio; Mary Pat Savord of Toledo, Ohio; Valerie Fletcher of Independence, Ohio; Randy Martin of Collins, Ohio; Lacey Turnbull of Dennison, Ohio; Molly Clapper of Mount Gilead, Ohio; Molly Leibengood of Marion, Ohio; Alice Schwinn of New London, Ohio; and Marisa Carafelli of Wooster, Ohio.

The students were accompanied by Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, associate professor of education, and Dr. Jason Brent Ellis, associate professor of education.

According to Abreu-Ellis, the conference serves as a catalyst for positive change and a springboard for collaborations with partners in education, business, public and social service.

“The workshops provide a forum for individuals and organizations to expand their knowledge and perspectives, and an opportunity to increase community resources through the synergy of collaboration,” Abreu-Ellis said. “The workshops bring a diverse audience together to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences.”

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###