2022 Virtual Mini-Conference

AHEAD Equity & Excellence Access in Higher Education

AHEAD Virtual Mini-Conference

August 2-4, 2022

While we are so excited to see the nearly 800 people already registered for AHEAD's Equity & Excellence conference in Cleveland, we have heard some members are unable to travel this year, so AHEAD has just decided to create a pared down virtual conference option on Tuesday - Thursday, August 2-4, 2022.

 The three-day Virtual Mini-Conference will highlight select content from the Cleveland conference, and 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 both new and seasoned professionals, and will also include a primary focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.

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 Cleveland, but also interested in catching additional sessions you couldn’t attend there, registration for the in-person Cleveland conference includes automatic registration for the Virtual Mini-Conference!

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Schedule (All times Eastern time zone)

Tuesday, August 2

Noon – 1:30 Block V1 (2 concurrent sessions)

  • V1.1: Legal Year in Review
  • V1.2: Fostering a Positive Office Culture as a Leader

1:30 – 2:00 Break

2:00 – 3:00 Block V2 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V2.1: Meeting Faculty in their Domain: Collaboration Tips and Techniques for Increasing Accessibility within the Classroom
  • V2.2: Discussion and Collaboration on Accommodating Students with Sensory Disabilities Since COVID
  • V3.3: Examining NonDisabled Privilege in Disability and Higher Education

3:00 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 5:00 Block V3 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V3.1: What Is the True Barrier Here? Collaborating With Students to Accurately Assess Their Access Issues
  • V3.2: AHEAD FAILCON: Preparing For Your Next Mistake
  • V2.3: Equitable Crisis Management Practices: The Importance of Collaboration Between Disability Services, Case Management, & Community Standards

Wednesday, August 3

Noon – 1:30 Block V4 (2 concurrent sessions)

  • V4.1: OCR Year in Review
  • V4.2: The State of Disability Inclusion and Practice in Health and Allied Health Professions

1:30 – 2:00 Break

2:00 – 3:00 Block V5 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V5.1: Disability Services and Housing Services: A Powerful Team
  • V5.2: After the Lockdown: The Perceptions, Experiences, and Real Time Decisions of Disability Resource Professionals Made to Support Disabled Students
  • V5.3: Disability and Critical Race Theory: How DisCrit Helps Disability Professionals Change Higher Education

3:00 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 5:00 Block V6 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V6.1: Mind Your Ps & Qs: The Importance of (P)rocesses and (Q)uestions in Creating Effective Office Practice
  • V6.2: Evaluating Requests for Remote Instruction: Are They Reasonable?
  • V6.3: The Equity Office as a Partner - How to Increase Student Access and Effectuate Disability Compliance

Thursday, August 4

Noon – 1:30 Block V7 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V7.1: A Guiding Framework for Decision Making: A Three-Step Process for Simple to Complex Situations
  • V7.2: New Challenges and Solutions for Math Success Focusing on Student with SLD, ADHD. TBI, PTS, LI, ID, and Autism: Learning
  • V7.3: Doing the Work: Building Explicit Anti-Racism into the Practices of Your Disability Services Office

1:30 – 2:00 Break

2:00 – 3:00 Block V8 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V8.1: Digital Access/Audio Description
  • V8.2:  Applying a Curricular Lens to Disability Services
  • V8.3: Shifting from Compliance to a Culture of Inclusion: a Four-Step AP Approach to Disability Inclusion

3:00 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 5:00 Block V9 (3 concurrent sessions)

  • V9.1: Developing a Common, Shareable Accessibility Rubric for Educational Technology
  • V9.2: Leave of Absence Practices & Policies: Promoting Parity & Positive Mental Health
  • V9.3: From Words to Action: A Mentoring Program Geared Toward Black, Neurodivergent College Students

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All registrants for the in-person Cleveland conference will receive automatic, free registration for the virtual conference. Connection information will be sent the week before the virtual conference.

  • Members:  $199
  • Non-Members: $299
Please visit the AHEAD member discount page to locate the discount code for the member rate.

Each registration supports a single connection.

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 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 in early July.
  • 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.  

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