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Overview AHEAD is pleased to announce the continuation of our Foundations in Disability Resources monograph series. This series is designed to focus on practical professional knowledge and information for “newer” professionals in the field of disability resources. We are seeking proposals from professionals interested in developing a monograph to be published in 2022. More information on possible content and focus of this monograph are provided below. All monographs will be: Theory-based, including literature and research references and citations where relevant Practice oriented, conversational in tone, and including many examples Approximately ...
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The following research project has been reviewed by  AHEAD’s Research Review Panel  and approved for distribution to the membership. We share these research opportunity notices with you to participate at your discretion. However, we encourage you to participate in this timely study related to college student mental health and the experiences of disability resource professionals.  If you have questions about AHEAD’s research review process, feel free to contact Dr. Nancy Chinn, chair. For questions about the study , please contact the researcher, Ian Lane. CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS University of Massachusetts Medical School is conducting a ...
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AHEAD is piloting a new initiative to support members who are interested in exploring and enhancing their use of data to understand, evaluate, and promote campus coaching services for students. We are forming a time-limited Community of Practice (CoP) that will consist of a small group of committed professionals who are leading coaching services or a coaching program on a college campus. This group of 4-6 professionals will meet virtually during the Fall 2021 term to engage in reflection, sharing, and goal setting with this small cadre of peers on the topic of coaching service evaluation. The CoP will be co-facilitated by three professionals with expertise in ...
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With the opening of its Call for Presentations, AHEAD has begun planning for its 44 th  annual, international conference: Equity and Excellence: Access in Higher Education, which we hope will be an in-person event in Austin, Texas in July 2021.  AHEAD members play an important part in the conference, not only as presenters but in helping to select and support the program.   We are looking for interested members to fill the following volunteer roles, some of which do not require conference attendance. If you are interested in getting involved, please complete the volunteer form .  Opportunities include:  Reviewing proposals anonymously . Review ...
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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 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 c ...
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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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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 and ...
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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. View ...
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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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