Conferences

Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education AHEAD Conference Logo

Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education

 AHEAD annual international conference is its hallmark event. Now in its 41st year, Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education draws drawing approximately 1,500 participants from around the world for a week of extraordinary professional development and networking. Presenters and participants come from diverse fields, including education, technology, law, scholarship, and government, but share a common interest in fostering equitable higher education experiences for disabled individuals. 

 Programming includes in-depth preconference institutes on Monday and Tuesday of conference week, an opening keynote address, over 100 concurrent sessions, networking receptions and activities throughout the week, an Exhibit Hall featuring the most recent technologies and agency representatives, and two poster sessions. Certificates of Attendance and preapproved continuing education units (CEUs) from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) are available.

 Conference proposals are solicited in September and October, with the program set and registration open in March of each year. The conference is held in July in various locations throughout the U.S.

Accessing Higher Ground logo


Accessing Higher Ground is the annual conference of ATHEN, Access Technology Higher Education Network, one of AHEAD’ Associated Partners. The focus of this weeklong conference is accessible media, universal design and assistive technology in the university, business and public settings. Numerous educational sessions are offered on legal and policy issues, including ADA And 508 compliance, and the creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources. The conference brings together over 500 web designers, assistive technologists, ADA coordinators, disability resource staff, faculty members, course designers, media specialists and programmers, and IT and communication managers. The conference is held in Westminster, Colorado in November of each year.  Learn More...

Management Institutes


AHEAD’s Management Institutes are offered in early February. We make sure to schedule the workshop-based program in a warm climate to provide both excellent professional development opportunities and a break from winter weather. Four to five two-day, 13-hour workshops offered each year on topics of interest to disability service professionals, student affairs staff and administrators, and TRiO personnel. An Institute for new disability resource personnel, AHEAD Start, is always included.  Each attendee chooses ONE Institute for an in-depth focus on a specific topic. The intimate setting, hands-on learning, networking opportunities, and experienced faculty bring attendees back year after year. Certificates of Attendance and preapproved continuing education units (CEUs) from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) are available.

Look for 2019 Management Institute information in November 2018.

The Next Chapter conference logo


A new addition to AHEAD’s annual events, The Next Chapter comes in response to members’ requests for professional development content that pushes experienced professionals’ development: that assists them in making nuanced decisions, staying current with legal and technology changes, engaging campus stakeholders, and gaining the respect necessary to redefine access on their campuses. The three-day intensive master classes, provide institutional leaders and seasoned disability professionals with a solid understanding of the ADA and disability accommodation process, to join national-expert instructors for a deep dive into an “advanced” curriculum. All participants receive a certificate of advanced study. Continuing education units (CEUs) from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) are available. In 2018, The Next Chapter will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from May 18th through the 20thLearn More...