Vendor Sessions

AHEAD is pleased to invite all members (regardless of registration for the conference overall) to the Virtual Exhibit Hall with conference sponsors. All meetings will be held in Zoom.

The times, vendor names, vendor contact information, and vendor session title and description are available below. All sessions below are scheduled for Monday, July 13 and Monday, July 20; please note all times are in Eastern Daylight Time and convert to your local time. The Zoom links for each session below will  open in a new browser window.  We hope you will put these events on your calendar and join us live. Captioning will be provided for all sessions.

Recordings of the live presentations listed below will also be made available on this page.

Monday, July 13

11:30 am Eastern Time

Sonocent (Glean) Introducing Glean: Note Taking Support Designed to Improve Learning (Zoom Link)
Ben Wright, Customer Solutions Lead

It's time to change how we provide note taking support with Glean. Discover how structured note taking helps to improve student outcomes and learning independence with our new, accessible web app. Learn how Glean Admin gives you insight into student usage so you can intervene to improve outcomes and compliance.

12:00 pm Eastern Time

Sensus Aps- Empowering Students to be Self-Sufficient When Studying Online (Zoom Link)
Tanja Stevns and Lars Christensen, SensusAccess 

Provision of accessible and alternate formats have always been cumbersome, expensive and difficult. For students that are now facing online learning only with limited options to engage with personal, professional assistance, it is even more important to be self-sufficient. We will present how to empower students to be more self-sufficient by using SensusAccess


12:30 pm Eastern Time

TechnoPro Computer Solutions USA- ClockWork Empowering Student Success (Zoom Link)
Mary Baddam, Operations Manager - TechnoPro Computer Solutions Inc., 866-960-8776, ext: 350
George Melendy,  ClockWork Student Sucess Consultant, 866-960-8776, ext :380

Empowering students to succeed has become more than critical now. Clockwork Enterprise will walk you through its response to COVID -19 by deploying emergency hosted implementation, Launching an online community to discuss and share challenges, and developing two new modules that enable the department to operate 100% remotely.


1:00 pm Eastern Time

CommonLook- 5 Step Plan for a Successful Document Accessibility Program (Zoom Link)
Paul Rayius – Director of Training at CommonLook

CommonLook has been the leader in document accessibility for over 20 years. Over the years, we have developed a successful program for building a sustainable document accessibility program used by many organizations. The program is centered around assessing, remediation, establishing buy-in, training and monitoring for compliance.

1:30 pm Eastern Time

National Braille Press- An introduction to tactile graphics from National Braille Press (Zoom Link)
Jaclyn S. Witterschein, National Braille Press 

This presentation will introduce attendees to the fundamental concepts of interpreting a print image for adaptation into a raised-line tactile graphic. Content will cover the decision-making required for tactile graphic design, as well as a brief introduction to methods, tools, materials, and software.

2:00 pm Eastern Time

Symplicity : Supporting Remote Accessibility with Accommodate (Zoom Link)
Mark Eres, Symplicity
Dr. Natalie Burick, Slippery Rock University
Samantha (Sam) Kusiak and Ronald (Ron) Chomicz—Gateway Community College
Lindsay Green,  Marymount Manhattan College


After colleges and universities around the world shifted their student services from in-person to online, students with disabilities were the most vulnerable during this transition. Providing accessibility to all students while campuses are closed, now and in the future, is a top priority for all higher education institutions to ensure student success. During this session, participants will learn more about how Symplicity Accommodate through a guided Q&A discussion with a panel of current Symplicity clients. Current clients will discuss how the use of Accommodate helped them overcome the challenges of COVID-19 and assisted with developing contingency plans for the fall.

2:30 pm Eastern Time

3playmedia - Tips for Creating an Accessible & Engaging Virtual Classroom (Zoom Link)
Jaclyn Leduc, Content Marketing Specialist at 3Play Media

Shifting to an online classroom environment? This session will explore strategies for enabling an accessible, engaging, and efficient virtual classroom to benefit all students. Discover best practices, essential tools to enhance the learning experience, and strategies for training faculty. Walk away from this presentation with actionable steps to get started!

3:00 pm Eastern Time

Alternative Communication Services LLC- Meeting Communication Access Needs – 6’ Apart (Zoom Link)
T.J. DiGrazia, VP of Sales at ACS

Navigating communication access in a changing world brings forth many new challenges for professors, students, and administrators. While the landscape is changing, the need for access is increasing for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Let's explore challenges, best practices, and new ideas for creating simple and easy accessibility solutions.

3:30 pm Eastern Time

Maximus - Our Company, Our Mission And Our Business Case For Hiring Students With Diverse Abilities (Zoom Link)
David Ong, Senior Director, Talent Acquisition 
Juliann Osborne, Senior Manager, Campus Recruiting 
Becky Soto, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion Recruitment 

The talent acquisition team at MAXIMUS will present an overview of MAXIMUS and its services while also providing insights as to how it has gone “all-in” in its re-imagined approach to hiring individuals with disabilities.

4:00 pm Eastern Time

Equidox by Onix -Equidox Software's New Smart Detection Tools: Two Steps Closer to Automated PDF Remediation (Zoom Link)
Dan Tuleta, Equidox Sales Engineer

See for yourself how quickly and easily Equidox software remediates PDF documents. Sales Engineer Dan Tuleta demonstrates Equidox Smart Detection Tools remediating documents in seconds, featuring our proprietary automated Zone Detector and our new AI-powered List and Table Detectors. Ask questions and learn how Equidox can save time and money!

4:30 pm Eastern Time

Wiley - How to Get published: Strategies and Tips From Wiley Editors (Zoom Link)
Joan Hope, Ph.D., Wiley
Halley Sutton, Wiley
Kelly Baker, Ph.D., Wiley
Claudine McCarthy, Wiley
Carolyn Allard, Wiley

Publishing helps you raise your professional profile. It also enables others to benefit from your experience and ideas. Learn insider tips for navigating the publishing process from editors in Wiley’s Higher Education Newsletter group that includes Disability Compliance for Higher Education.

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Monday, July 20

11:30 am Eastern Time

OrCam - Transform The Way You Read! (Zoom Link)
Oded Tsin, Business Development Manager - Strategic Accounts, OrCam

In the presentation, we will feature AI products that can support you in education, employment, and improve quality of life.

12:00 pm Eastern Time

Phonak Roger ALD Update for Higher Education (Zoom Link)
Bill Bielski, Worklife Business Development Manager 
Helene Rydell,  Worklife Sales and Product Specialist

Our focus of discussion with be Roger technology updates along with basics of ALD recommendation tailored around daily classroom demands. In addition, we’ll cover justification of Roger purchases and outside the box uses of Roger for recording and captioning.

12:30 pm Eastern Time

ReadSpeaker LLC - ReadSpeaker Certified Assistive Technology for Remote and Blended Learning (Zoom Link)
Ginger Dewey, Educational Development Manager

In this webinar, ReadSpeaker will address remote, blended, or brick-in-mortar learning that needs a certified LMS AT solutions that is essential to support all learners while also providing a web-based AT solution to support learner accommodations with assessments, print-disabilities, content outside of the LMS, and offline.

1:00 pm Eastern Time

Accessible Information Management LLC - Working Remotely in a New World (Zoom Link)

Find out how your office can transition to remote operations and still effectively manage accommodations and fulfill student requests. This session will cover some of the challenges and pitfalls of working remotely as well as useful tips and hints on how to work in this new environment.

1:30 pm Eastern Time

Ansrsource- Leveraging AI for PDF Remediation and Alternate Format Generation (Zoom Link)
Rajiv Narayana,CLO, Continual Engine  
Vijayshree Vethantham, VP Partner Engagements, Continual Engine 

Alternate formats and document remediation still burden accessibility professionals by requiring more time, money, and resources than they have. The digital impetus is upon us and we must leverage current technologies and methodologies to create affordable and scalable solutions. Come explore our 2-year journey experimenting and testing pragmatic AI approaches that can be applied now.

2:00 pm Eastern Time

Hamilton® CapTel® Captioned Telephones for Home and Business (Zoom Link)
Mitchell Levy, Product Manager, Hamilton® CapTel®

Connect with what matters most in life using Hamilton® CapTel®. Discover the online process that certifies individuals with hearing loss for a captioned phone, at no cost, without face-to-face appointments. Reliable captions of what’s said over the phone ensure clarity on every call – at home and at work!

2:30 pm Eastern Time

JST Coaching - Engage and Retain Students by Learning Professional Coaching Skills (Zoom Link)
Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, Founder & CEO 

Coaching helps students move towards their goals with greater self-awareness and self-determination. Service providers can incorporate coaching skills for more successful outcomes with students, increasing retention and persistence to graduation. Learn the benefit of research-based student success coaching skills training for your team from the pioneer in student and ADHD coach training.

3:00 pm Eastern Time

Blackboard - The Ally Accessibility Lounge (Zoom Link)
Chris Aldin, Blackboard Product Manager

Ready to foster a more inclusive learning environment? Visit our Accessibility Lounge to learn how Blackboard Ally can help address accessibility and inclusion across courses, websites and beyond. Find out why over 800 institutions are leveraging Ally to make their campuses more inclusive.

3:30 pm Eastern Time

Note Taking Express Inc.- Catch Up With Note Taking Express (Zoom Link)
Brittany Hetrick, Account Manager
Liam Kelly, Manager, North American Sales

This session will explore the options of using note taking express with online classes and updates on how you can take notes with future developments.

4:00 pm Eastern Time

Verbit - The Founder & Investor Mentality: Getting Institutional Buy-In (Zoom Link) 
Scott Ready, Senior Customer Success Manager and Accessibility Evangelist at Verbit

Disability department staff fully understand the importance of meeting the needs of their students and avoiding potential lawsuits when not complying with ADA requirements. However, they're tasked with securing the necessary budgets to do so. They essentially have taken on the role of startup founders who are seeking funds from potential investors. With this Shark Tank startup mentality in mind, these professionals can arm themselves with a pitch that will drive change management at their universities. We'll explore how you can secure financing to provide mandated disability services, including captions and transcriptions, to students. Artificial Intelligence is evolving to meet the needs of the higher education industry and help to offer these at lower costs. In this session, we'll discuss how to build a great pitch centered on AI technology and accuracy so that navigating these budget conversations will be easier.

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