Might You Need a Roommate?

AHEAD will collect a list of individuals who are interested in securing a roommate for the Conference and will distribute that list June 7, 2011, to all who have expressed an interest. Individuals will then be responsible for contacting each other, and arranging shared housing.

If you would like to be included in the roommate referral program, please e-mail the following information to Robert Plienis, AHEAD’s Manager of Member Services, at :




Planned check-in date;

Planned check-out date;

Telephone number, and

E-mail address

The deadline to submit your information for inclusion in the roommate referral program is June 6, 2011.

Please be aware, the information you supply will be shared with all who register for the roommate referral program. The information you provide will NOT be kept private, and AHEAD can make no guarantees of successful shared housing arrangements.

CEU Information

The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) has pre-approved the 2011 AHEAD Conference for CEU’s. The National Board of Certified Counselors and many state agencies will accept a general Certificate of Attendance from AHEAD. Please visit the CEU Table in the AHEAD Registration area onsite at the Conference for an information packet with instructions for obtaining CEU’s and general Certificates of Attendance. There is no charge for this service.

Volunteers: Wanted...Needed...Loved...& Cherished!

Are you friendly and energetic? Do you want to add depth and richness to your Conference experience? If so, you should become a volunteer! We are looking for volunteers to help meet and greet our Conference attendees, distribute Conference materials, work the Silent Auction, assist with hospitality events, and a variety of other activities.

If you are interested in spending a couple (literally, just 2) hours volunteering at the 2011 Conference, please indicate your interest on the attached registration form.  The volunteer coordinator will contact you closer to the time to work out a scheduled time.

Thank you in advance!

Engaging Our International Attendees

In addition to the rich array of sessions and exhibits at this year’s Conference, AHEAD has developed two specialized offerings designed for you, our international attendees. 

A.  In collaboration with our Seattle partners, AHEAD has planned a Three College Tour of three area schools (one two-year community college, one state flagship four-year University, and one four-year private university) for the afternoon of Tuesday, July 12.  The tour will be in the afternoon on the day before the full Conference begins, and AHEAD will provide transportation for the tour.  The goal is for you to have an opportunity to visit three different types of campuses and see disability service offices, an adaptive technology center, and an accessible residence hall.  You will meet the disability professionals in these colleges and universities, and hear how services are delivered.  Additionally, there will be time to discuss your country’s resources and practices in facilitating education for disabled students.

B. The second event is an International Attendee Meeting at lunch-time (bring your own lunch) on Thursday, July 14.  During this meeting, international attendees will have the opportunity to talk about their experiences at the Conference, compare notes on differing practices in different countries, and learn about international research on disability being done at some universities.

Seats for the Three College Tour (A.) are limited and the event is for international attendees (non-US residents) only so please RSVP on your registration form by June 6th, 2011; accessible transportation will be available.  The International Attendee Meeting (B.) is open to anyone on Thursday. 

We are excited about this and look forward to seeing you in Seattle.
Jean Ashmore, President