Marietta education professor speaking at national disability conference

Marietta College's Dr. William Bauer, assistant professor and director of the Master of Arts in Education Program, is speaking at the national Americans with Disabilities Conference on April 21 at The Ohio State University.

Bauer's topic is "For Cryin' Out Loud!! Can't You Hear ME?", which highlights his life growing up with a severe hearing disability before and after EHA, IDEA and ADA.

"I will provide solutions for modern-day educators, business people, and the community in working with people with disabilities," said Bauer, who joined the MC faculty in 2002.

Good friend and long-time advocate for the civil rights of people with disabilities Ted Kennedy Jr. said Bauer's message is valuable.

"I have had the pleasure and honor to work with Bill on numerous occasions over the last 20 years fighting for the civil rights of persons with disabilities," said Kennedy, national spokesman for ADA. "I can think of no better advocate than Bill in raising awareness of disability issues and fighting for access and opportunity for everyone."

Bauer is a Senate-appointed commissioner for Ohio Legal Rights (2004-07). He was appointed as chair of the Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities by both Gov. George Voinovich and Gov. Bob Taft. In March 2005, Bauer was a guest speaker at the 25th annual ACRES National Conference in Tulsa, Okla. His topic was "Increasing Access to Assistive Technology to Students with Disabilities in Rural America."