2020 Virtual Conference: Equity and Excellence

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Equity and Excellence 2020:
A Virtual Event

July 6-23, 2020

Recognizing the importance of both professional development and community during this unprecedented time, AHEAD is excited to
offer a unique online program for its 43rd annual conference.

40+ hours of professional development presentations and topical discussions facilitated by content experts highlight the event. All presentations will be recorded and available to all registrants to watch at your convenience... providing content that can take you through the summer! See our justification letter template (Word) for talking points to share with your administrators/budget personnel on the value of attending the virtual conference.


The three-week schedule allows for your flexible participation. Join live when you can but know that all presentations will be available via recording to view at your convenience. Discussion opportunities are offered daily and include facilitated topical conversations and Knowledge & Practice Community meetings.   

Programming will be available live for three or four hours each day, with optional Knowledge & Practice Community (formerly SIGs) discussions later in the day. We’ll begin at 8:30 am Pacific time / 11:30 Eastern time, according to the following schedule:

Tuesdays (July 7, 14 & 21), Wednesdays (July 8, 15 & 22) & Thursdays (July 9, 16 & 23):

  • 8:30- 10:00 Pacific / 11:30-1:00 Eastern: Featured Presentation each day
  • 10:00-10:30 Pacific / 1:00-1:30 Eastern: Break
  • 10:30-12:00 Pacific / 1:30-3:00 Eastern: Concurrent Presentations/Discussions
  • 12:00-12:30 Pacific / 3:00-3:30 Eastern: Break

Tuesdays only: 12:30-1:30 Pacific / 3:30-4:30 Eastern: Bonus Concurrent Presentations

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 1:30-3:00 Pacific / 4:30-5:30 Knowledge & Practice Community Meetings

Mondays, July 13 & 20

  • Virtual Exhibit Hall with demonstrations and Q&A engagement with sponsors. Open to the membership.

Registration Information

Each registration supports a single connection.

Through June 15:

Members:  $350
Non-Members: $450

After June 15:

Members:  $450
Non-Members: $600

No refunds are available because complete recordings will be available to all registrants to watch at their convenience.

Open Events

The following events are open to the full AHEAD membership, without the need for registration:

  • Online Exhibit Hall presentations (Monday, July 13 & 20)
  • AHEAD’s Business Meeting and Award Celebration (July 7, 12:30-1:30 Pacific / 3:30-4:30 Eastern)
  • Knowledge and Practice Community Meetings (Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 Pacific/ 4:30-5:30 Eastern) according to the schedule.
  • Society for Disability Studies Town Hall (Thursday July 16, 1:30-2:30 Pacific/ 4:30-5:30 Eastern)

The Fine Print

Registration Details:

  • Each registration supports a single connection.
  • Registrants will be asked to select ONE of the concurrent options during each concurrent time frame, which they will attend live. 
  • Recordings of all presentations, inclusive of captioning, will be available to all registrants. Since registrants can only participate in one concurrent session live, the other presentations can be accessed later via recording. 
  • Unfortunately, AHEAD cannot offer group discounts or participation of more than one person on each registration. 


  • All presentations will be hosted in Zoom webinars or Zoom meetings.
  • All participants must have a Zoom account to login to any virtual conference event. You can sign up for a free Zoom account.


  • All presentations and meetings will include captioning.
  • Interpreting will be available by request during registration.
  • All slides and other presentation materials will be posted to AHEAD’s website prior to the virtual conference

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

  • Commission for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCC) continuing education units (CEUs) have been pre-approved for this event. Required paperwork and additional details will be available soon.
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf CEUs will be available and are being coordinated through the University of New Mexico. Contact Amanda Butrum for more information: ajbutrum@unm.edu