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Conversations with Faculty: Assessing Student Accommodation & Accommodation Denial in Higher Education
Thursday, February 7, 3:00-4:30 EASTERN Time
Julie Ballinger, M.A., Southwest ADA Center
Melanie Thornton, M.A., University of Arkansas – Partners for Inclusive Communities
Are you interested in an effective way to bring awareness to professors and instructors regarding how a student’s ADA disability rights work, including what should be considered and implemented in their particular classrooms to remove educational barriers? Join us to learn about effective approaches and to receive the Southwest ADA Center’s guide that will give disability resource professionals an organized straightforward tool to use when engaging, educating, and resolving issues with faculty regarding academic, disability-related accommodations. This analytical tool can be especially effective where the professional is seeking a better method to work with instructors, including resolving instructors’ hesitations, resistance, or down-right denial of accommodations in their classrooms. Those working on college campuses that employ a high number of adjuncts will also find this tool particularly helpful.
The Impact of Early School Disability Discrimination on Postsecondary Disability Services
February 21, 3:00-4:30 EASTERN Time
William Eidtson, Ed.D., Dartmouth College
Alicia Brandon, M.Ed., Dartmouth College
Recent research continues to show that eligible, minority, primary and secondary school students are significantly less likely to be identified for special education services than otherwise identical white students. This raises a question: how does unequitable disability resource allocation rooted in discriminatory practices in the early school years influence the ways in which minority students perceive and interact with disability services at the postsecondary level? In this webinar, we will explore this question by briefly updating participants on recent research on disability misidentification in primary and secondary education and how this can complicate the work of postsecondary disability services. We will then have a practical discussion of how disability services might be sensitive and responsive to the needs of various minority students whose prior experiences may leave them skeptical, stigmatized, or otherwise unable to take advantage of services to which they are entitled. This webinar is highly recommended by AHEAD’s REDD SIG.
Access Considerations in On-Campus Housing
Thursday, March 7, 3:00-4:30 EASTERN Time
Amanda Kraus, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Darshan Shah, M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University
There are many ways in which institutional policies and requirements for on-campus living and housing facilities themselves may present barriers for students. From the availability of accessible or flexible spaces in residence halls, to consideration of when single room access is an appropriate accommodation, ensuring that students have equitable access requires collaboration and an understanding of the student’s request and the options available. By presenting best practices and specific examples, this webinar will help frame the commitment to ensuring disability access in on-campus housing. Because housing options, policies, and requirements differ greatly from campus to campus, the presenters will specifically address participant questions and the issues they are confronting. This webinar will not specifically address animals/ESAs in residence halls.
The Legal Year in Review
Thursday, April 18, 3:00-4:30 EASTERN Time
Paul Grossman, J.D., Hastings College of Law
For the first time ever, Paul Grossman brings the Legal Year in Review, a staple of the annual conference, to all AHEAD members through this remote professional development opportunity. In the webinar, Paul will discuss the same type of court, DOJ, and OCR decisions, settlements, and guidance as he does each July. He will cover important cases from the past year, including some mid-year updates, and share their implications on higher education disability services. Especially if you have not attended an AHEAD annual conference recently, you won’t want to miss this update of key illustrative sources that will impact your mission, your college, and its students.
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