AHEAD 2015: Enhancing Programming & Access

Regarding Universal Access and Environmental Responsibility

AHEAD continues 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 2015, AHEAD continues to refine enhancements in the design of the Conference to move toward a more strategic, inclusive, and responsible approach to the delivery of outstanding professional information. AHEAD provides 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 response to full access and environmental responsibility, we are maximizing pre-planning efforts and the use of appropriate technological resources in planning for the delivery of program materials in accessible formats.

In lieu of receiving paper handouts onsite, attendees at the 2015 Conference 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 2015 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 2015 Program Chairs and Committees along with the AHEAD Staff and Leaders are committed to consistently improving the experiences of Conference attendees, and look forward to seeing you in St. Paul 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 conference venues are also smoke-free.

Key Dates to Remember

Save Money! Register (even if you can’t pay) by May 29, 2015 to get the very lowest registration rates

Specific Accessibility Requirements? Please be sure to register by June 12th , 2015 so AHEAD can make sure everything is set and ready to go

AHEAD has negotiated great rates with a variety of wonderful hotels convenient to the St. Paul River Center where the conference will be held. However, the rate availability will expire on June 19th , 2015 or whenever the blocks sell out; whichever comes first. Please remember to book as early as possible.