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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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November 16-20, 2020 in Denver, Colorado Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) is now accepting proposals for the 2020 conference! Accessing Higher Ground (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. This year's conference will feature a special track on including content about UD and accessibility in university curriculum. Select the topic area "Including Accessibility In Curriculum" on the proposal form if you're interested in presenting this topic. View 2019 ...
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While we all adjust to this unprecedented shift in our lives due to the coronavirus, many are tasked with the new responsibility of working and learning from home. Through March 31, we're offering a 40% discount on virtual conference video and audio from Accessing Higher Ground 2019. Use this time to learn something new about accessible technology! You will obtain access to over 99 hours of educational presentations including: • Creating Accessible Documents in MS Office • Commonly Seen Accessibility Errors in Files • Building an Accessible Online Course: Best Practices and Principles • Intro to Audio Description • Social Media Accessibility • And ...
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To access JPED 33(1) in DAISY,  e-text, MP3, or PDF format, log in to your member account and visit the JPED 33(1) page.
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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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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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