Enhancing Programming & Access

Regarding Universal Access and Environmental Responsibility

AHEAD and pepnet 2 (pn2) continue to open new doors and set new examples for Conference implementation that elevate universal access, environmental responsibility, and unparalleled professional development for those involved in the intersection of disability and higher education. 

In 2014, both organizations continue to refine enhancements in the design of the Conference and Institute to move toward a more strategic, inclusive, and responsible approach to the delivery of outstanding professional information. AHEAD and pn2 provide opportunities for professional development to those who work to assure usable, sustainable, and inclusive higher education environments for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities and who believe society is ultimately enriched by difference.

In lieu of receiving paper handouts onsite at the Conference, attendees at the 2014 Conference and Institute will access handout and presentation support literature in advance, via Internet download beginning two weeks prior to the events. This will afford attendees the opportunity to access as many different sets of information as they like, in the output format of their choice, well in advance of the conference. All registrants will be provided with easy-to-understand-and-implement instructions for accessing all presentation support materials. Enhancing this practice, materials for the 2014 events will be available both in text and PDF formats to attendees in advance. 

While providing the tremendous benefit of universal access for each attendee, this approach greatly reduces the burden on presenters and the environment created by providing handout materials for each attendee in each session – many of which go unused. As an added bonus, it offers attendees the opportunity to access handout materials from sessions that you’ll not be able to attend. 

The 2014 Program Chairs and Committees along with the AHEAD and pn2 Staff and Leaders are committed to consistently improving the experiences of Conference Attendees, and look forward to seeing you in Sacramento this summer! 

Scent- and Smoke-Free

In an effort to provide the most comfortable experience possible for all attendees, the Conference organizers ask that attendees refrain from the use of scented products during all events and observe that all events are smoke-free. All indoor areas of the all conference venues are strictly smoke-free.