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Event Details

Advancing Accessibility & Disability Equity Summit



Inclusive Horizons Summit: Advancing Accessibility & Disability Equity in Physical Therapy Education

June 21 & 22, 2024

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, IL


Speaker Amanda Sharp invites you to register for this year's accessibility summit. Listen to her message by clicking the video.

The Inclusive Horizons Summit is an in-person, one-and-a-half-day summit that will focus on promoting equal access for students with disabilities in physical therapy education by:

  • Tackling challenges related to technical standards & accommodations
  • Identifying and addressing barriers faced by students
  • Discussing ways to improve access & inclusion
  • Empowering educators with tools to ensure equity in their programs

We will bring together a diverse group of physical therapy professionals, administrators, disability support staff, students with disabilities, and leaders in disability access.

The long-term goal of the summit is to establish best practices and strategies that promote inclusivity and accessibility in the field of physical therapy.

Registration is now open to those interested in attending. Follow this link to book your spot!

Special thanks to our partners!




Featured Speakers

Lisa Meeks, PhD

 Dr. Meeks is the Executive Director of the Docs With Disabilities Initiative (DWDI) where she catalyzes work on disability inclusion across health professions training programs. In this role she heads the Meeks Research Lab and oversees nine programs within the initiative. She also holds faculty appointments as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. 

Dr. Meeks is internationally recognized for her work on disability inclusion in Medical Education and regularly collaborates with health professions associations. She is co-creator of the social media campaign #DocsWithDisabilities, co-host of the Docs With Disabilities Podcast, co-developer of the AAMC Disability Webinar Series, and lead author and PI of the AAMC Special Report: Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education: Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians with Disabilities and Disability Lead for the ACGME Equity Matters Initiative. Currently, she serves as an advisor to the ACGME committee on DEI.

She is widely published including 7 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in leading medical journals, including the NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, and Academic Medicine. Her work has also been featured in the media including on NPR, CNBC News, Bloomberg Law, and TIME magazine.

Dr. Meek's most valued contribution to academic medicine is mentoring the next generation of disabled physicians and scientists and creating space for DocsWithDisabilities to thrive. 

Amanda Sharp, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Sharp is the Associate Program Director, Director of Student Affairs, and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota. There, she directs a series of courses related to professional development with an emphasis on historical and contemporary issues related to practice. She emphasizes self-awareness, reflection, and advocacy, striving to ensure students consider the complex role of clinical practice; seeing beyond a diagnosis or treatment plan to truly engage with their clients.

Dr. Sharp is an educational researcher with a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota. Her research centers on disability diversity in physical therapy education and she is a regular consultant to students, colleagues, and other professionals on ways to support disability diverse learners in healthcare education. She further retains an active role as a research collaborator with a team focused on the long-term development of clinical educators.


Call for Sponsors!
Your presence at our Accessibility Summit ensures we can effectively serve students with disabilities in physical therapy education. If your company wants to maximize visibility and support, you should consider becoming our official event sponsor. Kindly reach out to us at partnerships@acapt.org. We look forward to collaborating!


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