FEATURED PLENARY SESSIONS

OPENING PLENARY SESSION

International Education: A Paradigm for Change

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Paul Primak, Director

Oregon University System (OUS) International Programs




Educating the whole person in today’s political, social, economic and
cultural environment means expanding one’s perceptions beyond local surroundings.
Through opportunities to live, study and work abroad, we gain an understanding
of different cultures and our own place in that world. As the United States
turns the corner to re-engage with the world, we need educated perspectives
that come from direct contact and experience. This is a paradigm for change
and our opportunity for growth at the personal, institutional, and national
level.

Paul Primak was raised in the Azores, Japan, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico,
and has lived in Oregon since 1971. His formal education was at Southern Oregon
University as an undergraduate, and at the University of Oregon for graduate
studies. Paul has worked for OUS International Programs since 1991 and became
director in 2003. Paul directs the administration of Oregon University System
(OUS) exchange programs and international internships. He also has direct responsibility
for exchange programs in Denmark, Ecuador, and Mexico.

CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

Serving Those Who Serve: A Campus Response

Saturday, July 25, 2009 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Paul Grossman, J.D.

Hastings College of the Law


(Throughout this conference, Mr. Grossman is participating in his private
capacity. The views expressed in his presentations will be the result of
his independent
research and do not necessarily represent the views of the US Department
of Education or government.)

At the 2008 AHEAD conference we were “Called to Action” and made
aware of the crucial needs of service men and women with disabilities. Veterans
in college with acquired disabilities often confront bureaucratic procedures,
ill-prepared or patronizing staff and unstructured social settings which may
bewilder and frustrate them. As DS professionals we know that these issues
are not going to be handled by “someone else” external to campus.
Given our field's expertise in addressing college-wide accessibility issues
from an increasingly UD perspective, DS professionals are well-suited to explore
and lead a "whole-campus" approach to responding to our student veterans.
This timely session will offer first-hand accounts, explore crucial student
services issues and give you ideas to implement on your own campus.

AWARDS LUNCHEON

Friday, July 24, 2009

12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Laura Rothstein

Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar

University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Join your colleagues in this relaxed and collegial networking opportunity.
Hear about AHEAD’s work and year-in-review, while acknowledging those
who have made significant contributions to our field.

The featured program at the 2009 Awards Luncheon will be:

“MILLENNIAL STUDENTS AND DISABILITY LAW: EMERGING ISSUES”

Students who have grown up with technology and the culture that affects their
generation have brought new challenges to institutions of higher education.
Students who want to bring their comfort animal to exams and those who expect
instant responses to e-mails or cell calls or who want unlimited time for exams
present new issues. Combining millennial behavior with disability discrimination
law requires administrators to know legal requirements and to develop a proactive
approach to serving this generation of students.

Since beginning her academic career in 1976, Laura Rothstein has served on
the law faculties at five universities. She joined the Louis D. Brandeis School
of Law at the University of Louisville as Professor of Law and Dean in 2000
(serving as dean until 2005). She has written twelve books and dozens of book
chapters, articles, and other works on disability discrimination, covering
issues ranging from employment and special education to public accommodations
and access to health care. Her major work is in the area of disability issues
in higher education, particularly legal education.