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AHEAD is pleased to announce the publication of a new research report, Program Evaluation and Review Practices of Disability Resource Professionals. Based on a 2019 survey of the membership, this resource provides a national perspective on disability resource office evaluation practices. Come read the Executive Summary to get a quick overview, or spend a little more time in the Section Highlights and Tables to dig deeper into national trends in (a) program review practices, (b) the purpose of program reviews, (c) the use of professional standards, and (d) future plans for program reviews. The report is free to AHEAD members, and can be accessed with member ...
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Dear AHEAD Members, Each year, AHEAD’s Nomination and Election process provides us with the opportunity to actively seek and engage new leaders who will bring critical representation, knowledge, and skills to AHEAD’s leadership. AHEAD is currently seeking diverse, visionary, and effective leaders for its Board of Directors. In order to fulfill AHEAD’s mission, Board members must represent the increasing diversity of AHEAD’s membership and have a demonstrated commitment and capacity to deliver on AHEAD’s priorities of equity, diversity, inclusion, strategic planning and the like. AHEAD’s Board is committed to identifying nominees who represent multiple and ...
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May 19-21, 2020 in Portland, Oregon Find complete details and registration information at:  https://www.ahead.org/events-programming/conferences/2020-master-classes It's time for the annual Master Classes! This intensive workshop focuses on advanced professional development for highly experienced higher education personnel who work to ensure accessible campus environments. Each three-day master class is designed to expand the knowledge of seasoned professionals, supporting them in making nuanced decisions, staying current in this fast-paced profession, engaging campus stakeholders, and exploring foundational concepts that underpin the work. Institutional ...
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AHEAD is Excited to Host Renowned Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann at the 2020 Annual Conference! We hope you'll join us Wednesday morning, July 22, as we open the conference with insight from Judith Heumann, an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community and a lifelong civil rights advocate. From serving as the World Bank's first Adviser on Disability and Development, to her eight-year role as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the DOE, Heumann has been involved in the advancement of human rights for disabled people for over 30 years. She was part of the 1977 sit-in, where ...
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February 2020 Issue of The Hub!

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The second edition of the new and improved HUB (February 2020), is now available in your inbox or by visiting The Hub online . Have feedback or interested in contributing? Email us at ahead@ahead.org .
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New JPED Available!

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To access JPED 32(4) in DAISY, e-text, MP3, or PDF format, log in to your member account and visit this issue of the JPED on the AHEAD website.   JPED 32(4) Table of Contents Predictors Associated with College Attendance and Persistence Among Students with Visual Impairment Self-Determination of College Students with Learning and Attention Challenges First-Year College Students with ADHD: Risk for and Correlates of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Identifying Challenges and Benefits of Online Education for Students with a Psychiatric Disability "It's All in Your Head:" Students with Psychiatric Disability Navigating the University Environment A ...
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As part of AHEAD’s growing publication agenda, we are piloting a new type of resource-- a monograph series on topics of practical relevance to disability resource professionals. We are seeking proposals from professionals who have completed graduate level educational training and have a background and expertise in postsecondary disability and are interested in developing a monograph targeted to newcomers to the field of disability resources. We invite you to put together and submit an application as outlined in the Call for Proposals available at  ahead.org/professional-resources/publications/monograph Proposals for this CFP are due December 2, 2019. ...
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The pre-conference and main conference agenda for the 2019 Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference is now posted. You can now view the full agenda , or register online ! If you have any questions contact Howard Kramer at 303-492-8672 or at the email below. e-mail: hkramer@ahead.org Conference URL: http://accessinghigherground.org
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Disability Equity by Design: A Three-Part Webinar This three-part webinar series will explore concepts that shape the disability experience and practical applications to the online environment that contribute to equitable learning experiences. Presented by AHEAD President-Elect, Amanda Kraus, and being sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium. This three-part series will be comprised of three 60-minute webinars. Webinars are designed ideally to be taken in sequence but can be taken individually. The webinar series irequires registration for each webinar . PART 1: RE/FRAMING DISABILITY Wednesday, May 6, 1:00-2:00 EASTERN time We will examine ...
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AHEAD is pleased to announce the publication of the 2019 Topical Report, ADA Coordinators: A Report on Campus Structures and Roles. This report is based on the 2018 AHEAD survey of the membership and gives up to date information on campus structures and reporting lines for ADA coordinators as well as a variety of topics related to cross-campus access. You will find campus data on structures for serving employees with disabilities, ADA/504 grievance procedures, accommodating student employees with disabilities, and more. The report is available at no cost to the membership, and can be accessed on AHEAD’s Information Services Portal: ahead.org/professional-resources/information-services-portal/benchmark-data
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You can help to keep the National Center for College Students With Disabilities ( NCCSD ) open. As an AHEAD member or supporter, I am sure you are aware of the critically important work the NCCSD provides to students with disabilities, their families, and college staff. You can help keep the Center open. As you may know, the NCCSD, which is currently housed at AHEAD, is  scheduled to close next June . We are working with Congress to keep the Center open through at least the end of next fiscal year, September 2020. This will give Congress time to plan for and provide funding for a longer-term extension of the Center. While we have been successful in the ...
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The Western Regional Careers in Student Affairs Day (WRCSAD) conference is a multifaceted event that promotes the field of Student Affairs. This day-long conference serves a wide audience including undergraduate students, graduate students, as well as new and experienced professionals in Student Affairs. The 2019 Conference is hosted by  Chapman University  on  Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m . Registration options include: Early Bird Registration – Register by September 20, 2019: Undergraduate students - $25 Graduate students - $25 Professional - $45 Late Registration – Registration after September 20, 2019: Undergraduate ...
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New JPED Available

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The latest issue of JPED is now available!The latest issue of JPED is now available! To access JPED 32(3) in DAISY, e-text, MP3, or PDF format, log in to your member account and visit: ahead.org/professional-resources/publications/jped/archived-jped/jped-volume-32-issue-3  JPED 32(3) Table of Contents  • Special Issue on Accommodations, and a Tribute to a JPED Legend: From the Editor                   • Disability Accommodation Requests: Prevalence and Preference of Review Processes at Postsecondary Institutions in the United States  • Impact of Disability Services on Academic Achievement Among College Students with Disabilities  • "It's a Constant Fight:" ...
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Did you attend the 2019 AHEAD Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts? Would you like to revisit the content and share with colleagues? You're in luck! Through September 24, you have access to the 2019 Virtual Conference videos for only $29.99 (AHEAD Members Only)! You'll have access to over 25 hours of content, including the fantastic opening plenary featuring Haben Girma, J.D. , the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law. These videos could be used in the classroom, for staff training, or as a review of the valuable information presented at the 2019 Annual Conference. Check out a full list of sessions here! If you did not attend the ...
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We need your assistance in disseminating this survey out to current and past students in departments or colleges that have a focus on Computer Science, Digital Media, Environmental Design, or other technical or design-related programs. Please consider passing along the request below (also available to download and available  online ) to faculty or chairs on your campus to help us disseminate this survey. The results could show the benefits of teaching accessibility and Universal Design in college courses. Please contact Howard Kramer by if you have any questions. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ...
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New Issue of The Hub Available!

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Now that everyone has been gearing up for fall semester, we hope you'll take a moment to relax and enjoy The HUB, Issue 15 ! Be sure to log in to your member account to access. Interested in submitting an article or have an idea for a topic? Please email AHEAD Manager of Communications & Events, Valerie Spears ( valerie@ahead.org ) or give us a call at 704-947-7779. We welcome your feedback! Deadline to submit to The HUB, Issue 16: Thursday, October 31, 2019 For more information about submissions to The HUB and archives visit www.ahead.org/professional-resources/publications/hub ​
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AHEAD's New White Paper

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AHEAD is excited to announce a NEW white paper! Documenting Disability Professional and Student Interactions: Reason and Recommendations for Notes discusses solutions to the ongoing challenges and wide variation in disability resource professionals’ practice in recording notes on student interactions. The paper presents the results of a survey that explored disability resource practices for taking notes, offers guidance on documenting interactions with students, and includes examples to guide professional practice. Download your copy at: ahead.org/professional-resources/white-papers-guiding-documents
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Online Registration Attendee registration is now open at:  http://www.cvent.com/d/9yq1hh   Review pricing and other information on our website.   5-day Program The accepted sessions for the 5-day program is now posted at:  http://accessinghigherground.org/accepted-sessions-ahg-2019/     More Info If you have any questions contact Howard Kramer at 303-492-8672 or at the e-mail: hkramer@ahead.org Conference URL: http://accessinghigherground.o
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October 17-19, 2019 - Minneapolis, Minnesota Register by September 20 for Early-Bird Rate! Are you in your first three years of disability resource work? Are you hiring staff new to the field? Do you notice gaps in your knowledge that a foundational experience would help to fill? If so, this is the event for you! The AHEAD Start Academy will offer a foundational experience to disability resource professionals just acquiring or continuing to build fundamental knowledge and skills.  Topics this year include: • Disability Studies • Legal Concepts (504, ADA, case law, etc.) • Interaction with Students • Accommodation Design • Assistive Technology • Service ...
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Dear Fellow AHEAD Members, We are pleased to announce the two new Directors-at-Large on AHEAD's Board of Directors: Karen Andrews; University of California, Irvine Elisa Laird-Metke; Samuel Merritt University Additionally, we are happy to let you know that Jen Dugger; Portland State University, has accepted a one-year appointment to serve on the Board of Directors with a focus on equity and inclusion work for AHEAD. We offer our sincere appreciation to all who participated in the election process, as candidates and as informed voters, and hope you will join us in congratulating our new Board members. Thank you to all for your willingness to play a ...
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