2023 Session Handouts

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Wednesday, July 19

Thursday, July 20

Friday, July 21

Block A: WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

A1: Office for Civil Rights - Year in Review

A2: Disability Culture, Campus Alliances, and the Role of Disability Services: Insights from the Creation of Three Disability Affinity Groups

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Block B: WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

B1: Legal Year in Review

B2: Guiding the Office - Different Approaches to Leadership: a Panel Discussion and Networking Opportunity

Block 1: WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

1.1: Creating a Presidential Advisory Committee for Accessibility

1.2: Transformative Medicine: Using Critical Disability Studies to Promote a Culture of Accessibility in Health Science Programs  

1.3: Ableism: What It Is and Why It Matters to Everyone

1.4: Meeting Student Needs During Periods of High Demand by Partnering with Special Education Faculty: A Pilot Program

1.5: Anchor Points: Holding Your Disability Services Office Steady During Turbulent Times

1.6: Is Automatic Speech Recognition Too Good To Be True?

1.7: Project Access: Collaborating with Faculty for Effective Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Inclusion

1.8: The Social Model in the Age of Social Media: Working with First Generation/Low Income Students with Disabilities at Private Institutions

1.9: Promoting Disability Awareness and Inclusion through Student Leadership Development Opportunities

1.10 : The Impact of “Stress Culture” on Students’ Mental Health and How We Can Address It

1.11: Housing Accommodation Challenges and Decisions

1.12: An Inconvenient Truth: Lessons Learned From an Institutional Climate Assessment Process

1.13: Accessibility for Aspiring Performing Artists: Ensuring Equal Access for Students with Physical Disabilities in Movement-Based Courses

1.14: Launching a Specialized Accessibility Training Academy When You Don't Feel Like a Subject Matter Expert

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Block 2: THURSDAY, JULY 20, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

2.1: Sexual Misconduct and Supporting Autistic Students Through the Title IX Process: Building a Bridge Between Title IX and ADA

2.2: Supporting Student Accommodation Requests for Boards, Bar Exams, Licensing, and Other High Stakes Gateway Tests

2.3: Everything You've Wanted to Know As a New Disability Professional: Ask Us Anything!

2.4: Starting from Scratch: Disability Services at a Small College

2.5: Finding, Funding, and Caring for Staff

2.6: Electronic Accessibility: Ensuring Built-In Access in Procurement, Design, and Development

2.7: Thinking Outside the Box - Providing Full Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Off-Campus Learning Environments

2.8: Disability IS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Repositioning and Strengthening the Work

2.9: The Disabled Perspective: Through The Eyes Of Disabled Disability Services Practitioners

2.10: Individualized Interactive Accommodation and Fundamental Alteration Determinations: Legal Precedents, Policies, Procedures, and Implementation

2.11: Supporting Social Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through Leveraging Partnerships

2.12: Effective Career Preparation for Students with Disabilities: A College Degree May Not Be Enough

2.13: Facilitating Accommodations in a Non-Standard Learning Environment: College in Correctional Facilities

2.14: Disability Orientation Programming: Easing the Transition to College for First-Year Students with Disabilities and their Families

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Block 3: THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

3.1: Making Events and Meetings Accessible to All

3.2: The Anatomy of Litigation Against a Medical School and the NBME: A Case Study of Two Lawsuits

3.3: Scaled Scores, T Scores, You Scores, Me Scores: Using Percentiles to Find Meaning in Psychoeducational Report Scores

3.4: Student Evaluations of Disability Resource Office Staff and Operations: Gathering Data to Improve Effectiveness

3.5: Proactive Collaboration: A Best Practice Model for Delivering Streamlined Support Services between Disability Support and Dean of Students Offices

3.6: 1% Shifts to Improve Digital Accessibility

3.7: Kickstarting STEM Education: An Inclusive and Engaging Activity Using a UDL Framework

3.8: Shifting Our Gears: Leveraging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work to Deepen Disability Inclusion

3.9: Show Me the Money: Recuperating Costs Associated With Accommodating Students With Disabilities Enrolled in Continuing Education Programs And/or Classes

3.10: Getting Students’ Attention in a World of Distractions: Successful Messaging Approaches with Priority Registration

3.11: Denied: Navigating Difficult Decisions and Telling Students "No" Within the Social Model

3.12: Taming the Beast: Managing Flexibility with Attendance, Tardiness, and Deadline Accommodations

3.13: Grow a Flourishing Accessibility Community with a Badging Program

3.14: Supporting V.R. Clients to Achieve Their Career Goals

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Block 4: THURSDAY, JULY 20, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

4.1: Navigating the Grievance and Complaint Process

4.2: Determining Clinical Accommodations, Advocating for Inclusive Technical Standards, and Managing Third Party Relationships: The Health Science Disability Provider's Survival Guide

4.3: From Barriers to Access: Before, During, and After Initial Consultations

4.4: Digital Transformation: A Student-Centric Model for Transitioning Your Office's Infrastructure, Processes, and Systems

4.5: Let’s Prevent the Fire Instead of Putting it Out:  Preventing Burnout in Higher Education

4.6: Inclusive and Holistic Technological Support for All Learners and Environments Across Campus

4.7: Meeting Disabled Student Veterans Where They Are: A Collaborative Campus Resource Presentation

4.8: Decentering Whiteness in Disability Services: An Intersectional Approach to the Work We Do

4.9:  What is My Role Here? Balancing Access and Advocacy in Campus Disability Work

4.10: Building Sustainable Accessibility Practices for Caption Media Services

4.11: The Accessibility Expedition: Exploring Campus through the Lived Experience of Disability

4.12: Making College Accessible and Achievable for Students with Visual Disabilities: Infusing Scholarship into Practice

4.13: Is That a Reasonable Accommodation? Understanding the Effects of Technical Standards and Essential Elements (and How to Support Faculty to Establish Them)

4.14: I’m Feeling Like a Change:  A Conversation with Former Disability Resources Professionals Who Have Transitioned to Related Positions

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Block 5: FRIDAY, JULY 21, 9:00 – 10:30 am

5.1: The Intersection of Title IX and Disability Law: Collaboration at the Crossroads

5.2: Developing Strong Faculty and Program Partnerships in the Health Sciences

5.3: Just Give Them What They Want? Adapting Service Delivery For Today’s Student Needs

5.4: “I’m a Team of One”: How to Advocate for DSS and Disability Resources as an Office of One

5.5: Onboarding for Excellence: Creatively Recruiting and Training New Disability Office Staff

5.6: Anticipating and Responding to the Challenges of the Future in Disability Resources

5.7: Bridging the Gap between College and STEM Careers, a Panel Discussion

5.8: From COVID 19 to Racial Unrest: Research and Best Practices in Responding to Experiences of Trauma

5.9: Applying Socially-Just Disability Resources to Shift Higher Education Policy, Practice, and Culture

5.10: Tele-Assessment:  Overview and Tips for Navigating This New Documentation Frontier

5.11: Equitable Academic Access for Students With Intellectual Disability: Your Questions Answered!

5.12: Coaching Skills for Onboarding New Students

5.13: Parent Whisperers: Tips for Fostering Positive Partnerships

5.14: AHEAD Talks - A Series of Short Expert Talks on Various Subjects

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Block 6: FRIDAY, JULY 21, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

6.1: Accommodations on Both Sides of the Desk: Accommodations Processes for Student Employees, Graduate Assistants, and Other Hybrid Employees

6.2: Centering Deaf Students in Healthcare Education and Training

6.3: E-Text Accommodations for Students with Print-Related Disabilities: Resources and Tips

6.4: The Role of Disability Resource Professionals on Behavioral Intervention Teams (BITs)

6.5: Leading a Disability Services Office in Challenging and Complex Environments

6.6: Leveling the Playing Field: Increase Reach While Reducing Cost With AI Technology

6.7: Hybrid and Online Learning in STEM Programs

6.8: Promoting Full Participation: Remote Access as a Key to Retention

6.9: Disrupting Ableism by Engaging Student Affairs Staff in Division-Wide Disability Justice & Access Education

6.10: Collaborative Data Collection and Reporting: Using Data to Support Students’ Needs

6.11: A Sensory Pop-Up Experience: Leveraging Campus Partnerships to Create Inclusive Sensory Friendly Spaces

6.12: ETS Updates and Tips for Assisting Test Takers with Accommodation Requests

6.13: Innovative Approaches to Support College Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): A Growing Population with Unique Needs

6.14: Crack the Memory Aid Code: How Collaboration with STEM Faculty Prompted the Creation of Clear, Usable Memory Aid Guidelines & Examples

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Block 7: FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

7.1: Musings from the Trenches: Three Institutional Approaches for Developing, and Implementing an ADA Transition Plan

7.2: Clinicals, Practica, Placements, Student Teaching, and Other Off-Campus Learning Experiences: Accommodations, Policy, and Practice

7.3: Accommodations: The Importance of Effective Decision-Making Processes

7.4: Specific Student Sub-Populations: Campus Collaborations to Maximize Your Office Effectiveness and Resources

7.5: Up, Up and Away to Leadership!

7.6: Developing and Implementing an Information and Communication Technology Accessibility Policy in Higher Education

7.7: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in STEM Majors – a Discussion Session

7.8: Intersecting Identities in Higher Education: A Panel Discussion About "Triple Cripple" Experiences

7.9: A Positive Approach to Transforming Practice: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Develop and Enact Socially-Just Disability Resources

7.10: Hot Topics in Neurodiversity:  A Facilitated Community Discussion

7.11: Accessing Graduate School: Identifying Gaps and Opportunities for Collaboration between Disability Services Professionals and Disabled Graduate Students

7.12: A Skills Building and Barrier Removal Approach to Notetaking Accommodation Requests

7.13: To Pee, or Not to Pee? That Is Just One Question. Exploring Policy in Facilitating Accommodated Testing

7.14: A Look at Current Research: Three Topics

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Block 8: FRIDAY, JULY 21, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

8.1: Disability Services and ADA/504 Coordinator Collaboration: Fostering Comprehensive Disability Support

8.2: Disability Access in Health Science Education: Listserv in real time – An Interactive Panel

8.3: Let's Be Honest: What No One Told Us About Working in Accessibility Services, and Why We Stay

8.4: Developing a Reasonable Accommodation Policy Using an Equity Framework

8.5: Tell Your Office Story: Linking Your Activities and Accomplishments to Your Mission/Vision

8.6: Wait... It's That Easy? Using Built-In Accessibility Features on Everyday Devices

8.7: DeafTEC Wrap-up

8.8: Looking Inwards: Self-Auditing your Office Towards Anti-Racism and Disability Justice

8.9: Dual Enrollment: What Happens When High School Students With Accommodations Also Enroll in College Courses?

8.10: Audio Description: Access for Students Who Are Blind

8.11: Meeting Faculty in their Domain: Collaboration Tips and Techniques for Increasing Accessibility within the Classroom

8.12: The Reasonable Accommodations Less Traveled in International Exchange

8.13: Improve Math Success and Graduation: Focusing on Learning Strategies, Collaboration, New Accommodations, Course Substitutions, OCR Rulings & Case Studies

8.14: AHEAD Talks - A Series of Short Expert Talks on Various Subjects

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