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Keynote Speakers


Justin Bullock, MD, MPH

Resident in Internal Medicine University of California, San Francisco

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Mental Health Advocacy: Finding Power in Our Narratives

Justin Bullock is a second-year resident in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Originally from Detroit, Michigan, he completed his undergraduate studies in Chemical-Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and medical school at UCSF. Justin is passionate about medical education and about reframing the way we view mental illness in medical trainees and providers. In his free time, he enjoys running and tweeting.


Elisa Laird, JD

Associate Executive Director of Professional Development, Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

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Beyond Mere Legal Compliance: Moving Toward Just and Equitable Learning Environments

Elisa Laird has an extensive background in law, disability, and public health, with experience as a disability rights attorney, public health policy attorney, and sign language interpreter. She is the Associate Executive Director of Professional Development for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). She was more recently the Director of the Disability Resource Center at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California and an at-large member of the Board of AHEAD, and previously served for four years on the Board of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science Education. In addition to being one of the editors and authors of the recently published book Equal Access for Students with Disabilities: The Guide for Health Science and Professional Education, 2nd Edition, Elisa’s publications include a number of articles and book chapters. She is also a regular trainer and consultant. Elisa is passionate about creating agriculture and other green spaces in urban environments, and volunteers extensively with San Francisco non-profits and city agencies to promote people-friendly environments within the city.


Chris Moreland, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

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Building a Pathway for Learners with Disabilities

Chris Moreland, MD MPH, is an associate professor of internal medicine, hospitalist, and associate residency program director at Dell Medical School at UT Austin. His work as a clinician educator has been recognized at institutional, state, and national levels. His publications and presentations have addressed health disparities, workforce diversity, and medical education. He also serves as the current president for the Association of Healthcare Professionals with Hearing Losses.

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Peter D. Poullos, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Founder and Director, Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC)

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Aspiring to Capital D-Disabled?

Dr. Peter Poullos is a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology and Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Stanford University. As Founder and Director of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition, he is dedicated to improving inclusion and access for healthcare providers, staff, and patients with disabilities. He serves on the School of Medicine Faculty Senate, the Diversity Cabinet, and as a faculty advisor to the Stanford Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness. His specialty is abdominal imaging, with focus on emergency and oncologic diseases. Dr. Poullos trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of California San Francisco. His gastroenterology training was cut short by a spinal cord injury, after which he did a second residency and fellowship in Radiology and Body Imaging at Stanford University. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and his medical degree in 1999 from the University of Texas at Houston, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

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Hoby Wedler, PhD

Founder and Director, Accessible Science; Sensory Innovation Director, Senspoint

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The Blind Vintner

Dr. Wedler has been completely blind since birth. He is a scientist, food & beverage expert and a passionate explorer and innovator of sensory experiences and sensory-driven design thinking. Hoby is unusually tuned into his surroundings and has frequently chosen to walk the unbeaten paths in life over known territories. In 2016, Hoby earned his PhD from UC Davis in organic chemistry. His fearlessness is infectious, and he has actively paved the way for others to join him in his quest to follow passions both because and despite of any challenges.

In 2011, Hoby founded Accessible Science, a non-profit organization which leads annual chemistry camps for blind or visually impaired students throughout North America. In the same year he began opening doors to the world of wine aromas by holding truly blind wine tastings in Francis Ford Coppola’s wineries. He now conducts these not just in the Sonoma-Napa wine region of California but around the globe. Over the years, Hoby has become a motivational speaker, a mentor and educator. In 2017, Hoby co-founded Senspoint Design. Senspoint Design is now merging with Tucker Creative and others to create SENSPOINT, a full-spectrum design company with a distinct focus on telling stories to create truly memorable experiences using all five senses. In his work, you will find a unique trilogy between sensory awareness, scientific knowledge, and a love for sharing his insights.


Hoby’s numerous initiatives have been recognized by President Barack Obama in 2012 when he was named a Champion of Change for enhancing employment and education opportunities for people with disabilities. In 2016, Hoby was named one of Forbes Media’s 30 under 30 in the food and drink category. Hoby’s initiatives have touched those whose sensory journeys he successfully guided to new levels of awareness and success.


Research Based Theatre Collaborative & Inclusive Campus

University of British Columbia

Alone in the Ring


Yael Mayer, PhD, RCC

Tal Jarus, PhD, FCAOT

Laen Hershler, BEd, MA

Chris Cook, MA, RCC

Laura Yvonne Bulk, PhD, MOT, BSW

Dr. Tal Jarus and her interdisciplinary research team have been using research-based theatre, a novel framework for creating and sharing knowledge, in order to share the findings from a study investigating the barriers students and clinicians with disabilities in health and human service professions experience. The ultimate goal is to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in the health and human service professions and education. They have presented their play Alone in the Ring, which portrays the isolating experiences of clinicians with disabilities employed in the those professions ten times to over 800 audience members in a variety of settings, including the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Rehabilitation Sciences Research Day, and CAOT-BC's Connect Day. Audience members have consistently praised the play's visceral impact, stating that it has changed their perspectives, asking what their role can be in creating change, and reiterating the need for further dialogue. Each performance is followed with a discussion at which Dr. Jarus and her team invite the audience to join the novel Inclusive Space Network to receive further updates on this important work. If you also want to join the network, you can reach them at

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