Resources and Reflections on Providing Exam Accommodations in a Remote Learning Environment
Tuesday, September 28, 1:00-2:30pm EASTERN
Kegan Clark, Texas A&M University
Priscilla Adams, University of Florida
Join practitioners from two different schools who will discuss common challenges involving providing remote exam accommodations during the 2020-21 academic year. This webinar will cover individual institutional responses to these challenges and the overall impact experienced from this journey, including discussions about exam integrity, service delivery, and communication with stakeholders. Thirty minutes at the end of the session will be dedicated for Q&A regarding remote exam accommodations.
Legal Year in Review: Remastered
Wednesday, September 29, 2:00-4:00 pm EASTERN
Paul Grossman, Hastings College of Law
Jamie Axelrod, Northern Arizona University
For unavoidable reasons, the annual presentation of the Legal Year in Review can seem like “drinking from a fire hose.” The objective of this webinar is to select fewer cases for presentation in greater depth, cover some important legal developments that have occurred since July, and provide some real time for questions and answers. For the Q & A session, our presenter, AHEAD Executive Counsel, Paul Grossman will be joined by Jamie Axelrod, past President of AHEAD and Director of Disability Resources at Northern Arizona University.
Topics to be covered include:
- New Federal guidance on whether persons with COVID are individuals with disabilities
- Constitutional challenges to mandatory vaccination and masking requirements
- Digital test surveillance
- Accommodation of students with ID or ASD in due process disciplinary hearings
- The first case with an effective challenge to the use of a bona fide service animal by an individual with a well-documented disability
- What receives attention when DOJ does a campus compliance review
- The unique importance of protections against retaliation for persons with disabilities
- The scope of the duty to accommodate students with disabilities in education abroad programs
- When and whether postsecondary students with disabilities will be able to use disparate impact analysis to address discriminatory policies and practices
Intersectionality and its Domino Effects
Wednesday, October 6, 2:00-3:30 EASTERN
Jesus Remigio, Brown University
Juana De Los Santos, Brown University
There’s no question that we all, at the most basic level, have identities that intersect. These could be race and gender, race and disability, gender and military status...the possibilities are endless and not mutually exclusive. The dissection of intersectionality and its assumptions can be cumbersome if not managed appropriately. In this facilitated session, we will explore how assumptions impact the way in which we interact with others and how the behaviors we exhibit based on assumptions of others can have a domino effect. Our session will include interactive dialogues that will examine unconscious bias, identity bias, and emotional intelligence. Participants will also have an opportunity to self-reflect and determine how their experiences may have cultivated unhealthy and healthy assumptions. This webinar will have ASL interpretation.
Accessible Communications Under the ADA: Cuneiform to Captions
Tuesday, October 12, 1:00-2:30 EASTERN
Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University
Colleges and universities, whether Title II or Title III institutions, have effective communication obligations imposed by the ADA. This webinar will focus on schools’ decision making and policy creation, including communication obligations and best practices. Topics expected to be covered include: ASL, CART, AI captions, braille, digital media, large print and Recorded print, audio description, and general web accessibility. Plenty of time will be devoted to Q&A.
Ten Tips for Working Effectively with Administration
Monday, Oct 18, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EASTERN
Bree Callahan, University of Washington
Heidi Pettyjohn, University of Cincinnati
Ever wonder how to best work with your Dean or Vice President? Or ever been curious if a secret language exists to ensure a strong relationship with university leadership? Acknowledging that each college and leader will have unique needs and styles, come learn ten tips to incorporate into your toolbox as you build out partnerships with your administration. These tips have been vetted by Deans, Associate Vice Presidents, and Vice Presidents across two year, four year and private colleges.
Emerging Practices in Health Science Education Disability Access
Wednesday, October 20, 3:30-5:00 pm EASTERN
Jennifer E. Gossett, M.S., Oregon Health Science University
Carrie Knopf, MA, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Marie Lusk, MBA, MSW, LSW, Rush University
Emily Magee, M.S., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Lisa M. Meeks, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science Education
Disability access within Health Professions Education (HPE) is rapidly evolving, and the number of students with disabilities matriculating into health professions programs is increasing. Appropriately, professional associations, accrediting bodies, and researchers are releasing new guidance and regulations, and are shoring up their commitment to disability as a critical component of diversity in HPE. Four emerging practices will be covered in this panel format webinar including: remote real-time captioning in health sciences, various structures of disability offices for HPE, dismantling accommodations decisions by committee, and integrating universal design in HPE assessment. New resources will be shared with the audience, with 30 minutes reserved for a robust Q&A.
A Digital Skills Gap: Addressing the Cognitive Challenges of Learning Online and In-Person
Thursday, October 21, 12:00-1:30 pm EASTERN
Katherine Hamilton, Glean
Learning environments are evolving, but what does that mean for students’ learning skills? A student can be watching a lecture, taking notes, and communicating with their peers all from the same screen. For a student of any ability, this can put pressure on working memory, attention, and information processing skills. This session explores research into students’ experiences of online learning and ideas for how to future-proof support of digital skills.
Honoring Social Justice Values While Maintaining Rigorous and Appropriate Decision Making (a Panel Discussion)
Tuesday, October 26, 1:00-3:00 pm EASTERN
Karen Andrews, University of California, Irvine
Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University
Adam Meyer, University of Central Florida
Maria Schiano, County College of Morris
Melanie Thornton, Partners for Inclusive Communities, University of Arkansas
Katy Washington, University of North Texas
AHEAD members frequently express that they have a commitment to the principles of social justice but aren’t always sure how to apply it in their work. Some may even feel that social justice goals can be at odds with current institutional processes. This panel of experienced disability resource providers will discuss issues such as: What exactly is social justice relative to our work? How can we articulate it for ourselves and effectively communicate it on our campus? How do we integrate values of social justice into institutional practices and processes? How do we promote a narrative that embraces social justice for disabled people as a win for our institution?
Panelists with experience with many types of student diversity will share the lessons they’ve learned, the personal principles they follow, and what they wish they had known earlier when balancing the complexities of institutional policies and the nuances of students’ personal situations. Plenty of time will be reserved for Q&A.
Data Driven- Storytelling with Numbers
Tuesday, November 2, 2:00-3:30 pm EASTERN
Kelly Dormer, Disability Specialist, Wayne State University
Leslie Johnson, Michigan State University
Data is critical in understanding the populations we serve, helps focus efforts, measure outcomes, and secure funding. With so many types of information to gather, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. This webinar will walk you through the benefit of data collection, developing an evaluation plan, what criteria will be evaluated, assessing program performance, data collection, and reporting and using evaluation results (with or without an electronic data management system). With the right systems in place, we’ll show you how data collection can go from tedious and time consuming to stress-free and exciting, because you will be gathering information in small ways on a daily basis as opposed to sifting through piles of papers in a panic when the campus administrators request the information.
The Appointment that Can’t Wait: Developing Comprehensive Disability Resources Services for Students with Concussion on College Campuses
Wednesday, November 10, 2:00-3:30 pm EASTERN
Nancy Chinn, Santa Rosa Junior College
Concussion can have immediate and potentially devastating impact on the college student as they try to navigate return to the classroom. Effectively serving students with concussion in DR requires an immediacy in response and approach to accommodations that is tailored to the student’s unique symptomatology and course of recovery. This research to practice based webinar will:
- provide attendees with an update on the latest concussion research
- describe the impact of concussion on the college student
- highlight unique considerations for the student-athlete
- delineate how to partner with Athletics Sports Medicine programs and Student Health Services to facilitate access and a team approach.
- detail considerations for the initial interview, authorizing academic accommodations, and working with students with persistent concussion symptoms.
Ensuring Student Inclusion in a World of Technology
Tuesday, November 16, 2:00-3:30 pm EASTERN
Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University
Peter Bossley, The Ohio State University
As technology becomes a central part of instruction across higher education, the challenges for ensuring access for disabled students grows with the complexity of instructional technology. Join us to learn how Ohio State University is working to improve accessibility while balancing the needs and wants of faculty and instructional design staff. The presentation will cover legal and regulatory frameworks applying to procurement of accessible instructional materials, working with faculty on their materials selection, and discuss some approaches for assessing technology for accessibility.
Substance Use Disorder, Collegiate Recovery, and Student Accommodations
Thursday, November 18, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EASTERN
Dylan Dunn, SAFE Project (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic)
For the 2.2% of all students identifying as in recovery from substance use disorder, an often overlooked and misunderstood resource for them is their on-campus disability services and accommodation staff. This lack of clarity regarding accommodations for students in recovery often also exists for the disability resource professionals serving them. In addition to knowledge gaps, stigma related to substance use disorder is often one of the greatest barriers for individuals seeking support. Understanding our responsibility to support this growing population and what accommodations may be most appropriate is the first move in ensuring these students have an equal educational opportunity. In this webinar, information regarding the complex relationship between substance use disorder and federal disability protections will be shared and recommendations for creating more recovery-supportive policies and procedures will be suggested.
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