2010 Conference

AHEAD 2010 conference logo

Co-Convened by AHEAD and PEPNet!

Person → Disability →→ Diversity →→→ Humanity

July 12 - 17, 2010

Denver, Colorado

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Welcome to the 2010 Conference!

Hello 2010 Conference Attendees and

Welcome to the Mile High City, Denver, Colorado!

Your local conference planners are very excited and honored that Denver is hosting this 33rd Annual Conference.

At 5280 feet, Denver boasts 300 days of sunshine a year and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Where “urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure” and you can “visit hundreds of museums and galleries that make Denver the Arts Capital of the West.”*

The conference planners are incredibly excited to offer you the unique opportunity to be part of an historic conference this year with the co-convening of two professional organizations – AHEAD and PEPNet. This year’s AHEAD conference theme begs us to explore the underlying layers of humanity and the added value of disability “Person → Disability →→Diversity →→→ Humanity.” The conference organizers have created a fabulous selection of sessions for all attendees, inspiring and knowledgeable keynotes, and a unique awards luncheon. 

In order to really set the tone for the entire conference AHEAD is kicking off in grand style on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm with the Opening and Keynote in the Plaza Ballroom, a change from past conferences. Don’t let the mountain views take your breath away because the keynote presentation is sure to leave you breathless. Keynote speaker, Irene Bowen, who served on the task force that developed DOJ’s 1991 ADA regulations, will present “ADA Past Present and Future.” Immediately following the Opening and Keynote is the Welcome Reception - a great time to reconnect with your colleagues, meet someone new, expand your networking circle and enjoy some tasty Colorado treats.

Other special events include the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and President’s Reception on Wednesday evening and a featured student panel presentation sponsored by PEPNet on Friday morning. The annual Awards Banquet Luncheon on Friday will honor the collaboration between AHEAD and PEPNet for this combined conference. To start off this exciting event members will enjoy a traditional theater skit in an untraditional way. The award winning local theatre and touring company of Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League (PHAMALy) will perform three songs from their upcoming show, Beauty and the Beast, and a short talk-back. And the AHEAD conference would not be complete without “The Legal Year in Review,” featuring Jo Anne Simon and Paul Grossman, two very knowledgeable and highly respected disability experts, at the Saturday Closing Plenary.

The 2010 AHEAD/PEPNet Conference will take place at the luxurious Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, located on the 16th Street Mall in the heart of Denver’s business and financial districts. A competent and friendly staff await your arrival and hope to exceed your expectations. Relax with colleagues in one of the dining venues, lounges, or outside by the pool. Within short distance to the hotel are museums, art galleries, theaters, parks, nightclubs and sports venues. Denver has more national sports teams than any other city! The Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche play at the Pepsi Center, Denver Broncos at Invesco Field and Colorado Rockies at Coors Field! There is a plaque within walking distance which pays tribute to Wade Blank and the “gang of nineteen.” Wade was the founder of Atlantis/ADAPT in Denver, the birthplace of the struggle for equal access to public transportation.

Thursday and Friday evenings are open, which allows attendees to enjoy and explore what Denver has to offer. The Local Information Committee has gathered a spectacular array of fun and adventurous options for your entertainment beyond the conference. Be sure to check out the Local Information table near the Registration area. You are certain to find something exciting.

If you are staying over the weekend and want to plan a one-day excursion, Denver offers quick, easy access to the state’s biggest attraction, the Rocky Mountains, where a wealth of national and state parks, national forests and scenic areas fill your senses. Gold rush mountain towns and ski resorts are great places to spend a day shopping, exploring and taking in the amazing scenery. For great trip ideas, check out www.Denver.org/what-to-do.

We urge you to attend this year’s combined conference in Denver, CO. With the wonderful sights and great atmosphere all of the events are sure to keep you engaged. And you just might discover what “Rocky Mountain High” is all about.

Cindy Donahue and Ida Dilwood

Your 2010 Conference Co-Chairs

*Denver Visitor Information Center, 16th & California St., 303-892-1505