Scott Lissner


L. Scott Lissner has served as the American’s With Disabilities Act Coordinator for The Ohio State University since January of 2000. Responsible for disability related policy initiatives, Lissner reports to the Provost and works to ensure the University’s compliance with State and Federal mandates requiring access for individuals with disabilities to the university's full range of programs, work opportunities, facilities and services. He collaborates with key university units to develop policy and procedure; provides training and consultation on disability and accommodations; and is the university’s grievance officer for disability related concerns. Additionally Lissner serves as a catalyst and clearing house for disability related initiatives and as a liaison to the disability community. Prior to coming to The Ohio State University Lissner served as the Director of the Learning Center at Virginia’s Longwood University. He oversaw services and accommodations for students with disabilities, general academic support services (Placement testing, a curriculum wide tutoring program, a writing lab, and college success workshops) and served as the Longwood’s ADA and 504 Compliance officer. Lissner is committed to public service and currently sits on the Central Ohio Transit Authority's Mobility Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees for ADA-OHIO (the state steering committee for the regional disability and business technical assistance center), and has been appointed to the City of Columbus' Advisory Committee on Disability, and the Columbus Bar Association's Professional Ethics Committee. He has collaborated with the Ohio and Federal Departments of Education to present workshops on the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities and to provide training for college faculty and administrators. While in Virginia, Lissner worked with the State's departments of Education and Rehabilitative Services to increase availability of adaptive technology and to pass legislation on the collection data on students with disabilities as part of their annual college census. Lissner is an active member and officer in professional associations including the editorial board for the Journal of Postsecondary Education & Disability. He has published frequently on disability issues, regularly presents at national conferences and consults with schools, agencies and businesses on access and accommodation policies. Throughout his career as a direct service provider, manager and program director Lissner has enjoyed being in the classroom on an adjunct basis. Teaching courses in statistics, psychology, education, and disability law both informs and energizes his work on disability policy and compliance. Lissner has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and economics from Rutgers University; a Master’s degree in counseling from Hunter College of the City University of New York; conducted doctoral level study and research in cognitive psychology with a focus on learning and memory at Adelphi University; and is currently ABD in the University of Virginia’s Educational Policy Studies program writing a dissertation on disability policy.