The AHEAD 2016 Program
As you look through the wide variety of concurrent sessions offered this year, you’ll see that each is labeled with both keywords and intended audience level to help you select sessions that fit your needs and interests. We’d also like to draw your attention to three coordinated stands developed specifically to support areas of member interest. You can choose to register for all sessions in one of the strands or select specific sessions to combine with other concurrent offerings.
Specially Designed Program Content
I. Including Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Postsecondary Education: A One-Day Mini-Conference
In partnership with Think College and TPSID programs across the U.S., AHEAD is pleased to offer a focused conference opportunity to explore the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities (ID) in postsecondary education. Whether your institution currently has a program for students with ID or you’ve wondered how your office and campus might address this emerging population, we hope you’ll join the conversation on Wednesday. All three concurrent blocks that day will feature opportunities to learn, share, and connect with experts in the filed of ID and postsecondary education.
II. AHEAD Start: Concurrent Sessions for New Professionals
AHEAD’s Standing Committee on Professional Development has designed a strand of concurrent sessions specifically for the newer disability service professional. Beginning with a two-day preconference, the sessions in this strand are designed to support those new to disability services in developing foundational skills in a variety of areas important to both creating access for individual students and fostering the development of an accessible, welcoming campus community.
III. Running A DS Office: It is YOUR Business! Concurrent Sessions focused on Leadership and Management
Running a disability office has all the same demands and expectations as running a business. While it is important to know about disability and reasonable accommodations, we also must have management, leadership, budgeting, supervision, and planning skills. It doesn’t matter how much you know about disability specific content if you cannot package it to satisfy the demands and expectations of your core customers/stakeholders (students, faculty and the campus community) and be effective both within your office and with campus colleagues. Sessions in this strand provide information to support you as a manager and leader no matter where your office fits within the campus hierarchy.