About SciAccess 2019

The Science Accessibility Conference

Group photo of some of our SciAccess 2019 speakers and volunteers.


SciAccess 2019 was a two-day event taking place in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University on June 28 and 29, 2019. 

The conference connected university researchers, professors, students, K-12 science teachers, disability rights advocates, astronomers, scientists with disabilities, special education teachers, informal science educators, and those with interests that lie at the intersection of science and the need to provide equal access to it. It featured Keynote Speakers Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned autism advocate and professor of animal science, and Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer.

This inaugural SciAccess Conference was funded by The Ohio State University President’s Prize, an initiative founded in 2017 by OSU President Dr. Michael V. Drake. SciAccess was part of a yearlong project focused on disability inclusion in science and astronomy driven by Anna Voelker, astronomy outreach coordinator at the time.

In addition to the President's Prize, SciAccess was supported by generous sponsorships from the OSU Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics and the OSU Innovation Studio. Thank you to our sponsors for making this exciting event possible! 

SciAccess 2019 Flyer


OSU President's Prize


The Innovation Studio

OSU Office of Research

Translational Data Analytics Institute


The Astronomical Society at OSU

The OSU College of Arts and Sciences Technology Services

The OSU ADA Coordinator's Office


The OSU Department of Astronomy and Arne Slettebak Planetarium

The OSU Office of Student Life and Disability Services