2013 AHEAD Conference

Welcome from Conference Chairs

AHEAD 2013 Conference logo: Person > Disability > Diversity > HumanityThe 2013 AHEAD Conference theme Challenging and Changing Disability Perspectives
is designed to challenge you to think outside the box!

Explore how the disability climate is changing and how these changes are influencing practices and outcomes in the higher education disability environment. The work we do is constantly changing. The AHEAD conference is your opportunity to seize the moment, learn what is new, and find ways to improve.

Equally exciting is the location of our conference! Baltimore, otherwise known as “Charm City” and now the home of the 2013 NFL Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, has much to offer. Built on tradition and civic pride, Baltimore is an American success story. This colorful, diverse city is Maryland's largest, and an economic hub, known for its beautiful harbor; quirky, distinct neighborhoods; unique museums and world–renowned medical facilities. Founded in 1729, it was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States and a major manufacturing center. Baltimore is the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic United States and is situated closer to Midwestern markets than any other major seaport on the East Coast. With its rich history the city is one of America's greatest historical destinations. There is something for everyone and much of it within blocks of the hotel.

The Inner Harbor is home to some of Baltimore’s top attractions, including the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, accessible sailing, shopping, and great restaurants. Baltimore is a family-friendly city! Also consider Port Discovery Children’s Museum, ranked among the top 5 children’s museums in the United States (Child Magazine). With its rich ethnic diversity, Baltimore offers a wide variety of places to eat including the Little Italy neighborhood, which is about a mile from the Hilton, and the Canton and Fell’s Point neighborhoods, which are reachable by water taxi. Additionally, Federal Hill and the Mount Vernon Historic District are wonderful areas to explore.

Fort McHenry, best known for its role in the War of 1812, when its garrison successfully defended the Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy, can also be accessed by water taxi. The poem "Defence of Fort McHenry," written by Francis Scott Key while witnessing the bombardment of the Fort by the British Royal Navy ships, became the lyrics for the Star Spangled Banner. This is a wonderful place to watch the Fourth of July fireworks, so come a few days early and enjoy the show.

Please join us at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel for the 2013 AHEAD Conference which promises, as always, to be a wonderful time to network with colleagues. We have many activities planned during the week, including a night out at the ballpark (Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards).

Come spend the week with us; we look forward to seeing you in Charm City!

Emily Lucio & Peggy Hayeslip (2013 Local Conference Committee Chairs)

Cheryl Muller (2013 Program Chair)