2024 Virtual Mini-Conference

AHEAD Equity & Excellence Access in Higher Education

AHEAD Virtual Mini-Conference

July 30-August 1, 2024

AHEAD understands that not everyone will be able to join us in Baltimore this year for the 2024 Equity & Excellence Conference, therefore, AHEAD is excited to offer a virtual conference option on Tuesday-Thursday, July 31-August 1, 2024 

The three-day Virtual Mini-Conference will highlight select content from the Baltimore conference and will include a recording of the keynote presentation that you can watch on-demand on your own. It will include 25 live presentations in Zoom, designed specifically for an enhanced virtual experience. We want to ensure there is something for everyone, so the concurrent sessions selected for the virtual mini-conference will include content relevant to all stages of a disability professional’s journey, specific fields, student populations, and more. Content will range from legal frameworks and the nitty-gritty of accommodation decision-making to campus-wide alliances and diversity, equity, and inclusion work.  

Most sessions of the virtual program will be recorded so that you can join live or catch up on presentations via recording whenever it’s convenient. CRCC and RID CEUs will be preapproved for both conferences, and certificates of attendance for other types of CEUs are available. 

For those already registered for the in-person conference in Baltimore, but also interested in catching additional sessions you couldn’t attend there, registration for the in-person Baltimore conference includes free registration for the Virtual Mini-Conference!  

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Schedule (all times Eastern)

Tuesday, July 30

11:00 – 12:30 Block 1 (2 concurrent sessions)

  • V1.1: Legal Year in Review
  • V1.2: Postsecondary Disability Resources and Accessibility - Where are we going and how did we get here?

12:30 – 1:00 Break

1:00 – 2:30 Block 2 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V2.1: Barriers to Access and Equity in Higher Ed: The Role of Documentation in the Accommodation Process
  • V2.2: Supporting Autistic Students Through College Transitions 
  • V2.3: Creating Access for Graduate Students:  A Panel of Perspectives

2:30 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 5:00 Block 3 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V3.1: Determining Clinical Accommodations: Building Confidence as a Health Science Disability Professional
  • V3.2: Advancing Equity for Deaf Students: Insights from Deaf Disability Services Professionals
  • V3.3: Developing Written Guidance Documents for Campus Disability Offices

Wednesday, July 31

11:00 – 12:30 Block 4 (2 concurrent sessions)

  • V4.1: Office for Civil Rights - Year in Review
  • V4.2: Updating Disability Self-Advocacy Through the Lens of Critical Disability Studies

12:30 – 1:00 Break

1:00 – 2:30 Block 5 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V5.1: Navigating the Intersection of Title IX and Disability Support for Pregnancy and Related Conditions
  • V5.2: Cohesive Collaboration between Colleges and High Schools to Support Students with Disabilities
  • V5.3: Beyond Accommodations: Increasing the Retention of Students with Disabilities 

2:30 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 5:00 Block 6 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V6.1: Building and Implementing a Campus ADA Transition Plan
  • V6.2: Notetaking: A process in review
  • V6.3: An Innovative Approach to Office Structures: Supporting Students and Faculty on Complex Requests

Thursday, August 1

11:00 – 12:30 Block 7 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V7.1: The New Title II Digital Access Regulations: What Institutions Should Know
  • V7.2: TBD
  • V7.3: Navigating Mental Health Disabilities as a New Professional in Disability Services

12:30 – 1:00 Break

1:00 – 2:30 Block 8 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V8.1: Mitigating the Intersectionality of Ableism and Racism
  • V8.2: Accessing AI: The Role of Disability Services in Higher Ed’s Evolving Artificial Intelligence Relationship
  • V8.3: Disability Access in Prison Education Programs: Lessons Learned from the Inside

2:30 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 5:00 Block 9 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V9.1: When faculty say, “No.” The interactive process to determining reasonable accommodations
  • V9.2: Make Your Data Talk: Program Review through the Lens of Assessment
  • V9.3: Tested By Faculty: Effective Collaboration for Facilitating Testing Accommodations

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Registration Costs

All registrants for the in-person Baltimore conference will receive a code for free registration for the virtual conference. Event links and information will be sent the week before the virtual conference.

For anyone who did NOT register for the in-person Baltimore conference: 

Members Pricing

  • Register for all three days: $349.00
  • One day registration: $179.00

Non-Members Pricing

  • Register for all three days: $499.00
  • One day registration: $249.00

Discount code to receive the member rate: AHEAD Members Discount Codes (member sign-in only)

Registration to the Virtual Conference should be treated like registration to an in-person event- each registration supports access for one person to the virtual event. A single registration cannot be shared with any other individuals to access the Virtual Conference.

There is a 10% discount on registration of 10 or more people from the same institution.

Links to recordings cannot be shared. To receive access to the recordings, you must be registered for the virtual conference.

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

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Technology & Accessibility


  • All conference sessions will be hosted in Zoom. All conference participants should download the most recent version of Zoom prior to the conference start date.
  • AHEAD is pleased to offer an enhanced virtual conference experience via the conferencing software, CVent Attendee Hub. Information about logging in will be sent to all registrants prior to the virtual conference.


  • All presentations and meetings will include captioning and ASL interpreting.
  • All slides and other presentation materials will be posted to the CVent registration system prior to the virtual conference.
  •  For any other accommodation requests, please email profdev@ahead.org.

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