2024 Session Handouts

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Wednesday, July 17

Thursday, July 18

Friday, July 19

Block 1: WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

1.01: Legal Year in Review

1.02: Disability Inclusion and Intersectionality

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Block 2: WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

2.01: The New Title II Digital Access Regulations: What Institutions Should Know


2.02: "What's my role again?" Exploring the Role of Disability Service Providers

2.03: How to NOT Feel So Alone: Maximizing Community Partnerships

2.04: Creating a Grassroots Statewide Coalition for Disability: Lessons Learned from Virginia


2.05: Streamlining Office Processes: Reducing Student Barriers and Staff Burnout Under the Social Model

2.06: Global and Mobile: Building Access Into Study Abroad Programs

2.07: Updating Disability Self-Advocacy Through the Lens of Critical Disability Studies

2.08: Exploring the Creation and Operation of Disability and Neurodiversity Cultural Centers

2.09: Ten Strategies to Learn the Language of your Administration and Build Trust

2.10: Streamlining Housing Accommodations Processes for a More Effective Residence Life Partnership

2.11: Making the Sale: Garnering Buy-In from Faculty for Universal Design for Learning

2.12: Cross-Campus Collaborations: Building Effective Partnerships through Programming

2.13: Cultivating Leadership: Mastering the Art of Being Number Two

2.14: Understanding, Appreciating, and Working with Intellectually Disabled Students


2.15: Review of Newest Interventions and Approaches for Supporting Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Block 3: WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

3.01: Establishing a Disability Compliance Office with Limited Staff and a Shoestring Budget

3.02: Let’s Practice! Applying the Interactive Process as a New Professional


3.03: Determining Clinical Accommodations: Building Confidence as a Health Science Disability Professional


3.04: Strategies and Methods for Increasing Use and Knowledge of Assistive Technology Tools Across Campus

3.05: Guiding the Office: Using External Reviews and National Standards for Strategic and Operational Planning

3.06: Toward an Inclusive Campus: Addressing Faculty Training Challenges We All Face

3.07: Disabling Ableism: Increasing Disabled Student Success in Higher Education Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices

3.08: Navigating the Intersection of Title IX and Disability Support for Pregnancy and Related Conditions 

3.09: Hot Topics From the AHEAD Online Community - Your Questions Answered!


3.10: With Us? Without Us? Neurotypical Professionals Supporting Neurodiversity

3.11: Leveraging Campus Partnerships for Deaf Student Access


3.12: Disability Access in Prison Education Programs: Lessons Learned from the Inside

3.13: How Disabled Identity Informs Practice: An Interactive Workshop

3.14: One Size Doesn't Fit All: College Transition Strategies and Programs for a Range of Students with Disabilities


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


3.15.1: The Power of Neurodiversity: Planning Awareness and Acceptance Training on a Small College Campus

3.15.2: Collaborating for Access: How to Bridge the Divide Between Faculty and Disability Resource Offices


3.15.3: Re-imagining STEM-Specific Notetaking Accommodations with Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)


3.15.4: Educational Materials Made Accessible (EMMA), a Service for Sharing Remediated Print Materials to Campuses Nationwide


3.15.5: Grounds for Saying No: Navigating Accommodation Denials

3.15.6: Building Inclusive Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Team for Students with Disabilities

Block 4: THURSDAY, JULY 18, 10:00 am – 11:15 am

4.01: Are you Prepared?  Making Sure to Cover all Bases and Intersections of Emergency Planning

4.02: The New(ish) Professional Seminar - Navigating the Early Years as a Disability Resource Professional

4.03: Disability Office Structures Serving Health Science/Medical Programs: Which is Right for You?

4.04: Accessing AI: The Role of Disability Services in Higher Ed’s Evolving Artificial Intelligence Relationship


4.05: Make Your Data Talk: Program Review Through the Lens of Assessment

4.06: The "Hot Mess of Harmfulness": How Imposter Syndrome Thwarts High-Achieving Professionals and Teams

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

4.08: Networking Now! Structured Professional Conversations in a Friendly, Casual Environment


4.09: Trauma-Informed Practices for Disability Service Offices

4.10: Supporting Autistic Students Through College Transitions

4.11: Bringing Music to Life: Accessible Music Remediation


4.12: Establishing a Dedicated Position for Outreach and Programming to Collaborate With Disabled Students for Change

4.13: Understanding Processing Deficits’ Effects on Math Learning, Accommodations and Course Substitutions

4.14: From Practicum to Practitioner: Shaping the Next Generation of Disability Professionals

4.15: Inclusive International Education: Supporting International Students with Disabilities

Block 5: THURSDAY, JULY 18, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

5.01: The New Title II Digital Accessibility Regulations: What Public Institutions Need to Do Now To Work Toward Timely Compliance 

5.02: Transitioning From the K-12 System to Higher Education

5.03: Removing Barriers for Student-Athletes: The DRC and University Athletic Association Partnership

5.04: How Many Staff Should My Office Have? Advocating for Reasonable Disability Office Staffing Levels

5.05: An Innovative Approach to Office Structures: Supporting Students and Faculty on Complex Requests

5.06: Grow Your Own Staff: Developing Leadership Skills for New Assistant Directors in Disability Offices

5.07: Holistic Support for Transgender College Students with Mental Health Disabilities

5.08: Elevating Student Voices: Harvard's Student Accessibility Advisory Group

5.09: Strategy Spotlights: Promising Practices in Serving Deaf Students


5.10: The Complications Associated with Supporting Students with Long COVID in Higher Education

5.11: Creating Connectivity: Lessons learned from a Disability Awareness and Celebration Campaign

5.12: Advancing Disability Rights on a National Scale: AHEAD's Advocacy Work

5.13: Parental Allyship: Leveraging Parent Relationships to Foster Student Success

5.14: Writing for the AHEAD Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability (JPED)

5.15: Beyond Accommodations: Increasing the Retention of Students with Disabilities

Block 6: THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

6.01: Office for Civil Rights - Year in Review


6.02: Postsecondary Disability Resources and Accessibility - Where Are We Going and How Did We Get Here?

Block 7: THURSDAY, JULY 18, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

7.01: Accommodation & Access Support for Higher Ed Employees: The Disability Navigator Model

7.02: Navigating Mental Health Disabilities as a New Professional in Disability Services

7.03: Campus Collaboration Across the Miles

7.04: Accommodations 101: Introduction to Deaf Services

7.05: Cohesive Collaboration between Colleges and High Schools to Support Students with Disabilities

7.06: Recharge and Renew your Professional Mojo Through Storytelling

7.07: Applying the Appreciative Advising Framework to the Interactive Process: A Study and Discussion

7.08: Leveling the Playing Field: Insights from a Transformative Disability Inclusion Training Program

7.09: Inclusivity in Online STEM Education


7.10: Supporting Student-Led Self-Advocacy Groups for Neurodiverse Students

7.11: Notetaking: A Process in Review

7.12: Building Bridges for Student Success: Strengthening Campus Partner Relations


7.13: Tested By Faculty: Effective Collaboration for Facilitating Testing Accommodations

7.14: Services for Service Members: Supporting Veterans in our Campuses, Classrooms, and Communities

7.15: Career Adjacent:  Practical Ways to Support Employment Preparation for Students with Disabilities

Block 8: FRIDAY, JULY 19, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

8.01: Ensuring Equity: Disability Accommodations in Civil Rights Investigations

8.02: The Road to Access Goes Through Faculty: Exploring Successful Collaborative Approaches


8.03: Lessons learned: Navigating Challenging Health Science Accommodation Requests

8.04: Advancing Equity for Deaf Students: Insights from Deaf Disability Services Professionals

8.05: Professional Interdependence: Why We Need Multiple Perspectives in Disability Services

8.06: Flexibility Accommodations: A Smaller School's Process and the OCR Complaint that Confirmed the Approach

8.07: Mitigating the Intersectionality of Ableism and Racism

8.08: Getting Out of Our Offices: Strategies for Creating and Cultivating a More Inclusive Campus

8.09: Making Things Clearer: Crafting, Evaluating, and Revising Effective Accommodations Language

8.10: In Our Own Words: Experiences of Non-Speaking Autistic College Students

8.11: A Dual Purpose Opportunity: Sinclair’s Accessibility Microcredential Program

8.12: Research Year in Review: An Overview of Recent Postsecondary Disability Research in 90 Minutes!


8.13: Creating Access for Graduate Students:  A Panel of Perspectives

8.14: Audio Description for University Faculty, Staff, and Students


8.15: Ready, Set, Learn - Coaching Skills to Increase Student Readiness

Block 9: FRIDAY, JULY 19, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

9.01: Building and Implementing a Campus ADA Transition Plan

9.02: An Introduction to Accommodations in University Housing: One Office’s Approach to Facilitating Collaboration

9.03: Developing Technical Standards for Today: Tools to Advance Inclusion in Health Science Programs


9.04: Helping Students (and Faculty) Harness the Power of Generative Artificial Intelligence for Good, Not Evil

9.05: The SWAT Team: Developing Student Workers to Implement Accessibility on Campus

9.06: Preventing Burnout for Disability Services Professionals at Small Private Institutions

9.07: That Sounds Like Fun! And it Supports Disability Awareness and Inclusion?

9.08: Representation Matters: Building Disability Advisory Groups with Purpose

9.09: Academic & Trauma-Informed Coaching: Approaches for Supporting Students Through College

9.10: Building a Study Abroad Program with Disability Access as the Foundation

9.11: Equitable Access to Online Learning Courses for Deaf Students

9.12: Sighted Guide for Sighted People: Working With Blind and Visually Impaired Students

9.13: Developing Written Guidance Documents for Campus Disability Offices

9.14: Engaging and Empowering students in Science: Activities and Coursework Designed with UDL Principles


9.15: Transforming Engagement: How an Online Institution's Small Office Expanded Awareness of its Services

Block 10: FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

10.01: Understanding the Higher Education Civil Rights Landscape


10.02: Establishing Meaningful Connections in the Initial Student Meeting: A Workshop for Newer Professionals


10.03: Supporting Student Accommodation Requests for Post-Secondary Entrance and Licensing Exams


10.04: It Takes a Village: Community Partnerships that Support Students with Intellectual Disabilities

10.05: The Systemic Under-Resourcing of Disability Services and The Misguided Panacea of “Self-Care”


10.06: Why Your Disability Implementation Challenge Is Actually an Adaptive Leadership Problem

10.07: Supporting Students in Crisis Through an Equity Lens

10.08: Five-year Review: Disability Cultural Centers and the Future of Disability Services

10.09: Being Intentional in a Changing Disability Services Landscape

10.10: Strategies Workshop: Proactively Addressing Obstacles to Access

10.11: Interactions with Faculty: Moving from Legal Compliance to Social Justice

10.12: The Accessible Conservatory: A Panel Discussion on Accessibility in Performing Arts Education

10.13: Accommodate THIS!: Your Most Complex Requests, Surprise Situations, and Creative Solutions


10.14: Talking Through Professional Tensions: A Roundtable Discussion

10.15: A Look at Current Research: Two Topics


10.15.1:  A Review of Evidence-Based Supports for Improving Academic Outcomes: What Works and What is Needed?

10.15.2:  Access, Belonging, and Affirmation: Deaf Postsecondary Access and Inclusion Scale 2022-2023

Block 11: FRIDAY, JULY 19, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

11.01: Leveraging Data, Research, and Campus Information to Build Relationships and Get What You Need

11.02: Ask Us Anything! Open Discussion and Guidance for New and Newer Professionals

11.03: Nuanced Relationships: Negotiating Student Placements With Hesitant Clinical Sites


11.04: Moved to Block 5

11.05: Building on Your Current Obligations re: Websites, Mobile Apps, and other Digital Technologies

11.05: ORIGINAL, CANCELLED SESSION: Searching for, Hiring, and Onboarding New Disability Services Staff

11.06: The Joyful Workplace: Responding to the Great Resignation in Higher Education

11.07: Disabling DEI: Centering Disability Justice in Diversity Efforts

11.08: Barriers to Access and Equity in Higher Ed: The Role of Documentation in the Accommodation Process

11.09: Reframing the Interactive Process with Deaf Students: Prioritizing Responsive Service

11.10: Hot Topics in Neurodiversity 2024:  A Community Conversation Continued

11.11: When Faculty say “No”: The Interactive Process to Determining Reasonable Accommodations

11.12: Equitable Access for Blind, Visually Impaired, and Print-Disabled Students: A Pilot Study

11.13: Creating Disability Training for Residence Life Staff to Improve Student Experiences

11.14: The Foundations of Accommodation Decision Making: Staying True to Our "Why"

11.15: A Look at Current Research: Two Topics

11.15.1: Studying Supportive Environments via Community-Based Participatory Research and CritQuant

11.15.2: Disability Cultural Centers and Disability Culture in U.S. Higher Education