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With the pandemic preventing AHEAD members from gathering in 2020 for the first time in 43 years, we’re thrilled to begin planning for an in-person conference for July 2021 in Austin, TX! Much of the program content will be updated from presentations that were planned for 2020, but we’ll also be opening an abbreviated Call for Proposals in early November. If you’re interested in presenting, we hope you’ll consider submitting a proposal. We’ll also be looking for proposal reviewers to help in designing a dynamic professional development event.  Please look for both the Call for Proposals and a volunteer registration form in early November. As we develop ...
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An AHEAD ad hoc committee is in the process of finalizing revisions to the AHEAD Program Standards and would like your input. Before we submit this document to the AHEAD Board of Directors for their review and consideration, we are inviting all AHEAD members to view the document and provide comment. On the  AHEAD Member Comment Page  you will find the current draft of the document as well as a short survey. The survey contains some brief guiding questions and space for open comments. You can answer any or all of the questions, or just  send comments through this instrument between now and October 21, 2020. We appreciate your time and consideration ...
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Pivoting to Virtual? ReadSpeaker for LMS can Help Starting back up to school this year has many instructors facing challenges including suddenly pivoting from a traditional classroom to online learning. ReadSpeaker is here to help! In this webinar we will cover the following aspects: Ease of implementation Assessments Accessible text sharing Oral presentations Data Please Note: There is no registration for this webinar. Attendance to the live webinar is based on a first-come, first-served basis. A recording will be available after the live webinar has finished. Additional details are available for member's after signing into the websi ...
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The   Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability   (JPED) is the official peer reviewed journal of the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD).  AHEAD is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of full participation in higher education for disabled people.  The Journal is the leading forum for scholarship in the field of postsecondary disability resources and services.  A refereed journal, JPED has been published for over 30 years, bringing to the field scholarly articles and innovative practice briefs on a variety of related topics that emphasize research, policy issues, demographic trends, and campus-based practices. ...
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In follow-up to AHEAD’s June message to the membership about the Association’s commitment to racial equity, the Racial and Ethnicity Diversity and Disability (REDD) Knowledge and Practice Community and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce several Listening Sessions facilitated by The Diversity Booth specifically for AHEAD members. Each of the following listening sessions is an opportunity to engage and share. While the conversations will differ based on participation, they are not sequential, so you can feel free to join only one.  August   31 ,  3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT  September 2,   10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT  September 2, 3:00 ...
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In May 2020, AHEAD conducted a survey of higher educational professionals who work with college students with disabilities to get a national perspective on experiences and barriers occurring during the COVID-19 transitions to remote learning. Lead by principle investigator, Dr. Katherine Aquino, we gathered data to share with the higher education community about emerging topics. AHEAD is pleased to announce the survey findings are now available and posted on  AHEAD’s COVID-19 Resources  page . Check out the link to the report under  AHEAD Research and Data ! This resource page does not require an AHEAD log in. We encourage you to download and share ...
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Couldn't join us in real-time for AHEAD 2020? Here's your chance to check out what you missed! Purchase the entire virtual package for a limited time! We’ve captured over 50 hours of professional development content, from legal updates to distance learning strategies to COVID resources and beyond! Member cost for all 50+ hours of content is $300, or approximately $6/hour per presentation. AHEAD Members be sure to use the discount code found on our discount code page .  Find complete details of all sessions at ahead.org/events-programming/conferences/2020-equity-and-excellence/presentations-discussions Register for the entire conference package at cvent.com/d/p7q052/4W
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IEL Releases New Guide

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Washington, DC  — Twenty-six percent of people in the U.S. reported having a disability in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National data also shows that people with disabilities are less likely to complete high school, achieve a college degree or higher, or find a job, leading to higher rates of poverty. Inclusive education is key to sustained financial independence. While most institutions of higher education have incorporated basic elements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in their policies and practices, higher education has failed to achieve full inclusion of students with disabilities. The Institute ...
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You do not have to register to attend! We're excited to welcome everyone to the 2020 AHEAD Virtual Exhibit Hall. This year, exhibitors will be connecting with visitors via ZOOM rooms. Feel free to invite friends and staff to join you! Make sure you are signed up for a ZOOM account Check out the schedule and list of vendors  Enjoy perso nal time with professionals who feature products that focus on creating accessibility for people with disabilities! Sessions will run on each half hour from 11:30 am - 5 pm Eastern Time Questions?  Contact Jane Johnston, Manager of Member Services at 947-7779 or  jane@ahead.org
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(November 16 – 20, 2020) Proposal Deadline: June 17 Accessing Higher Ground 2020 is now accepting proposals for its 23 rd  Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.  AHEAD Tracks at AHG Since AHEAD is switching to an online-only format for its July 2020 conference due to the novel Coronavirus, AHG will be offering 2 to 3 tracks of AHEAD sessions at its November conference for individuals who would like to attend some onsite sessions.  Topic Areas We are seeking session topics similar to those offered at the dedicated AHEAD conferences: Campus Collaboration/Outreach Legal/Policy Issues Diversity/Social Justice Promising Practices Leadership ...
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The AHEAD leadership mourns the recent tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. We recognize that while their deaths anger and sadden us all, the cumulative impact of the many losses of Black lives to police brutality and the overt and covert racism take a tremendous emotional toll on our Black colleagues and other colleagues of color. These tragic losses have happened during a time when communities of color are already being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and its impact on their physical, social, and emotional well-being.  We are heartbroken and we extend our heartfelt concern and support to you and to the Black students ...
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Dear AHEAD Members, We are pleased to announce new members to the Board of Directors: Directors-at-Large :      Chinwendu Okoronkwo Burns, University of Arkansas and Allen Sheffield, Rutgers University – Newark Equity Officer : Zebadiah Hall, Cornell University Treasurer : Melanie Thornton, University of Arkansas – Partners for Inclusive Communities Secretary : Jill Sieben-Schneider, Northwestern University President-Elect : Katy Washington, University of North Texas  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 ...
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Dear colleagues, On behalf of the AHEAD Board of Directors, I am writing to announce and congratulate the 2020 AHEAD Award winners! Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a colleague and celebrate their many contributions to AHEAD and to the field! Here is a bit about each award recipient: Ronald E. Blosser Dedicated Service Award Jamie Axelrod, Northern Arizona University, and, Dr. Kristie Orr, Texas A&M University Jamie Axelrod is immediate past President of the AHEAD Board of Directors and longtime director at Northern Arizona University. Jamie’s nomination highlights his service to AHEAD through teaching, leadership and mentorship. ...
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AHEAD COVID-19 Quick Survey

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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended higher education as campuses have rapidly moved to remote education and services. As the spring term draws to a close, please take a few minutes to help us learn more about how this experience has gone for students with disabilities. If you are a higher education professional who supports students with disabilities in any capacity , we are interested in what you have observed in your work promoting campus access during the COVID 19-related institutional responses. Your input will help us: Build a more accurate picture of how institutional responses to the pandemic have affected access for students with disabilities, ...
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AHEAD is going VIRTUAL in 2020!

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We're going VIRTUAL in 2020! Join us for AHEAD’s 2020 Annual Conference from the comfort of your home or office!  The virtual event will span three-weeks and feature real-time and recorded access to over  40-hours of professional development presentations and numerous opportunities to participate in discussions with members and content experts. Knowledge and Practice Community meetings, a virtual Exhibit Hall, and AHEAD’s business meeting and awards recognition will round out the event. Each week will include: Three Featured Presentations, beginning with the Opening Plenary with Judith Heumann, disability rights leader and civil rights ...
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, AHEAD has determined that it is impossible to hold an in-person conference in Palm Desert, California this July. 2020 will, therefore, mark the first time in 43 years that AHEAD will not hold an annual conference. However, our first priority has to be the health and safety of members, staff, exhibitors, and colleagues. We will miss the opportunity to be with you in person and regret that this difficult decision had to be made. In the next few weeks, we will be in touch with details on an alternative, virtual event that we hope will help to fill the gap in professional development and community left by the absence ...
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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and requests by presenters, Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) is extending its 1st round deadline to May 8. More Covid-19 news below. AHG focuses on accessible media, universal design, best practices for Web & media design, accessible curriculum, alternate format and other topics related to accessibility and usability in higher education and other environments. Proposal Form Fill out the online speaker proposal form to submit your proposal. (You will need to register on the site if you do not have an account). Range of Topics View last year's sessions to get a sense of the typical agenda and range of topics. ...
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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and specific requests Accessing Higher Ground is extending the deadline for discount purchase until April 24. Obtain Access to over 99 Hours of Audio and Video from over 120 Sessions ($125 if you attended AHG 2019, $275 otherwise) Purchase Access to Audios and Videos View Pricing Review Included Sessions Preview Recordings If you have any questions contact Howard Kramer at 303-492-8672 or by email at hkramer@ahead.org.
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How to Make Online Learning Accessible for Deaf Students April 15, 2020; 3-4 pm ET Presented by: Diana Kautzky, CI, CT, SC:LEGAL, President Deaf Services Unlimited In response to the spread of COVID-19, colleges and universities are moving to web-based instruction. As you plan to migrate classes to online platforms, consider the impact on access for Deaf students. This presentation will discuss successful strategies for disability services professionals to implement at their institutions. Diana is a lifetime, active member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community with over 30 years’ experience in the field of communication access, sign language and the ...
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AHEAD continues to plan for an onsite conference in Palm Desert, California in July . While we are carefully monitoring the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and staying cautiously optimistic, we are also investigating remote conference possibility should that become necessary. In the meantime, we have made some policy changes that we hope will support your conference attendance and planning during this unprecedented time: The early bird registration rates have been extended to June 10, 2020. AHEAD will not charge an administrative fee for conference cancellations received in writing before June 10, 2020. After June 10, there will be a $125 cancellation ...
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