Keynote Speakers for 7th Symposium

Peter D. Poullos, MD

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

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Creative Inclusion

Dr. Poullos received his M.D. degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, after which he did Internal Medicine residency at the University of California-San Francisco, finishing in 2002. He stayed at UCSF as a Gastroenterology fellow until 2004. However, after a spinal cord injury, he decided to retrain in Radiology. He did his Radiology residency at Stanford University, where he also completed a fellowship In Body Imaging in 2009. Dr. Poullos is now faculty in both the departments of Radiology and Gastroenterology and Hepatology. His clinical practice is at the Stanford University Medical Center, where he interprets CT, MRI, and ultrasound primarily of the abdomen and pelvis. His interests include radiology of the acute abdomen, hepatobiliary imaging, and colorectal cancer screening.

Dr. Poullos is Founder and Executive Director of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC), a group composed of people with disabilities and their allies at Stanford Medicine. He is also a member of the Radiology Department Diversity Committee, the School of Medicine Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Diversity, and the School of Medicine Diversity Cabinet.

Paul Grossman, JD

Retired, Chief Regional Civil Rights Attorney, US ED, Office for Civil Rights, West Coast Advisory Board

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The Foundation Legal Cases that Guide our Practice

For over 30 years, Paul Grossman served as the Chief Regional Attorney for the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in San Francisco. In Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, Paul has worked on every type of education discrimination matter under Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and the ADA, including securing equal access and academic accommodations for students with disabilities in higher education.   For nearly 20 years, Paul also had lead responsibility for internal disability law training for OCR and continues to provide training services for OCR.


For over 20 years, Paul was an Adjunct Professor of Disability Law at Hasting College of Law, University of California, one of many law schools that use the textbook he publishes with Distinguished Professor, Ruth Colker.  Paul was also a member of the Board of Directors for AHEAD and remains a member of the Public Policy Committees of CHADD and AHEAD as well as a faculty member for NAADAC.


Paul is an individual with several disabilities including dyslexia and diabetes.

Plenary Speaker

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.

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