AHEAD 2015: Program Notes

As you look through the sessions, you’ll see that we’ve labeled keywords as well as intended audience level to help you decide which ones to choose. In addition to our General Sessions, the Program Committee has developed topical tracks, including Disability Studies, Diversity, Civil Rights & Disability Law, and Access Technologies – Hands-on Lab and Lectures. Two highlighted tracks are designed for those new to the field of Disability Resources management, and those who are more seasoned:

AHEAD Start: A Coordinated, Comprehensive Conference Program for New Professionals

AHEAD’s Standing Committee on Professional Development is once again pleased to offer a strand of concurrent sessions designed specifically for the newer disability service professional. In keeping with the evolving role of disability resource offices, this year’s program balances concurrent sessions on serving the individual student with sessions on the institution-wide consultative role of the office. While we recognize the importance of working individually to identify student barriers and appropriate accommodations, we believe that active collaboration with faculty and institutional colleagues in the physical and information/technology departments of our colleges and universities is essential to creating access. We hope you’ll find the concurrent sessions informing and motivating. We thank the exceptional slate of presenters in advance.

AHEAD Leadership and Management Strand Running A DS Office: It is YOUR Business!

The work that we do in our disability offices often has all of the same demands and expectations of a business. While it is important to know about various disabilities and reasonable accommodations in order to do our jobs, we also have to satisfy the demands and expectations of our core customers/stakeholders (students, faculty and the campus community) while working effectively with our office and campus colleagues. It does not matter how much you know about disability specific content if it cannot be packaged in a way that genuinely meets the needs of those to whom our office is designed to be a resource. Meeting the needs of our campuses requires effective leadership and management.

The sessions in the AHEAD Management Strand, entitled Running a DS Office: It is YOUR Business!, are intended to offer you information that you can use to be a better manager and leader of your office through your position no matter where it fits within the office hierarchy. General concepts to be discussed within the sessions of this strand include:

  • Vision and strategic planning;
  • Leading people within the office, including yourself;
  • Being a leader and collaborator beyond the DS office walls.
  • Through this strand, gain insights that can make you a better leader and your office a more successful business and a better resource for your campus.