AHEAD 2017 Program Notes

Conference Registration

As you look through the wide variety of concurrent sessions offered this year, you’ll notice that many are highlighted as having specific content or representing a specific AHEAD collaboration. We encourage you use this information to enhance your conference experience if you are looking for a specific emphasis in your professional development. This year, “audience level” has not been included in the descriptions for concurrent sessions. The Program Chairs and presenters have identified that all content is appropriate for all audiences. We encourage you to ask questions during sessions! If you need a bit more background from a presenter, others will too.

Focusing on Students in Health Science and Professional Schools (Medicine, Nursing, etc.)

In partnership with the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Sciences and Medical Education, AHEAD is pleased to offer a strand of conference sessions that explore the more nuances and sometimes complicated disability cases inherent in health science programs. Both seasoned and newer professionals will benefit from this series of sessions focused on understanding clinical programs, accommodations in the clinic, recent litigation pertinent to health science, leading strategies, and promising practices.

Focusing on Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Postsecondary Education

In partnership with Think College National Coordinating Center and the Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) across the U.S., AHEAD is pleased to offer a strand of conference sessions that 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 your schedule will include some of these presentations and that you’ll find the opportunity to engage with the presenters. We are also pleased to highlight 15 TPSID projects during the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and President’s Reception on Wednesday evening.

Intentionally Leading A DS Office: It is YOUR Business!

The work that we do in disability resource offices has the same leadership and management demands and expectations as a business. While it is important that we know about disability and reasonable accommodations, to do our jobs well we must also be intentional leaders and effective managers. We must satisfy the demands and expectations of our core stakeholders (students, faculty and the campus community) and work effectively with our office and campus colleagues. The sessions in this strand offer information that you can use to become a deliberate leader in your office, no matter where your position fits in the hierarchy, and across campus. Through this strand, gain insights that can help you have more influence in your office and on your campus.

Research and Data-Based Practices

Throughout the conference program you will see a distinctive icon flagging sessions that highlight research and/or data-based practices for the disability resource office. Rather than a separate strand on these topics, AHEAD is highlighting the fact that the use of research and data applies to all content areas of our work. Conference sessions marked with this icon are recommended by AHEAD Information Services as having research or data-based content.

Certificates of Attendance and Eligibility for CRCC CEU’s

Certificates of Attendance are available for all conference intellectual content, Preconference Institutes, the Plenary Address, Concurrent Sessions, and Featured Presentations.

AHEAD has secured CEU preapproval from CRCC for the conference. Forms and information will be shared via the conference website and onsite in Orlando.