Fall 2018 Tech Series Webinars

With the proliferation of technology in higher education, AHEAD continues to offer a series of webinars to support the non-tech resource professional in using technology to solve barriers to access. This fall we are concentrating on AT, providing information on technologies that support accommodated testing and independent note-taking, as well as a presentation on free and low-cost assistive technologies your office and students will find useful. We are fortunate to also have a session from WebAIM Director Cyndi Rowland on Web accessibility. 

AHEAD technology webinars are a low cost, high quality way to stay up to date on assistive technologies that support access. Listen live and participate in the conversation OR listen to the fully recorded and captioned Adobe Connect session at your convenience. Use the webinars as professional development for yourself and your staff or to share information campus-wide. 

All AHEAD Technology webinars are are scheduled on Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

Complete instructions for participating and presentation slides are sent via email prior to each webinar. All webinars are captioned in real-time, with audio supported via an operator-assisted phone line. Links to the recordings will be sent to registrants who make a request after each session. See upcoming fall webinar information below. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Funckes

If some of the webinars have already passed when you register, you can still select them in your registration if you're interested. A link to the full recording will be sent to you very soon after your registration is received. 

Technology Solutions for Accessible Test Experiences

Tuesday, September 25, 2018; 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Kimberly Foy, University of Central Florida
Brad Held, University of Central Florida
Carsen Kipley, University of Arizona
Barbie Lopez, University of Arizona
Kiela Sims, University of Central Florida

Both online and in-person exams can present barriers for students with a wide variety of disabilities. Increasingly, assistive and mainstream technologies that support accommodated testing are available, resulting in a more equitable and independent experiences for students with disabilities and providing answers for disability resource offices and faculty. Join us for a review of AT options for addressing common barriers in the testing environment, including text-to-speech, speech-to-text, online proctoring services, setting extended time in common course management systems, and more.

Assistive Technology to Support Executive Functioning

Tuesday, October 9, 2018; 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Todd Hanson, Groves Academy

Many students with learning and attention-related disabilities experience difficulty starting, maintaining focus, and finishing tasks. Executive function is an umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage mental skills, such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, and initiation and monitoring of actions. In short, executive function allows us to complete tasks quickly and efficiently. When a student struggles in this area, feelings of failure can be multiplied. College students are expected to have executive skills, yet these skills are rarely explicitly taught in the classroom. Using Dr. Thomas Brown's model of executive function, this webinar will explore the processes and tools available to support the areas of activation, focus, effort, emotion, memory, and action. The technologies available to assist individuals with executive functioning range from low-tech to high-tech and are useful over multiple devices and in multiple circumstances.

Free and Low-Cost AT Tools for Higher Ed Students

Tuesday, October 23, 2018; 3:00 -4:00 pm Eastern Time

Rachel Kurzel, ATP, Augsburg University

Assistive Technology is becoming increasingly central in the accommodations we provide to students in higher education each year. As a result of the continued technology boom, especially around built-in and low-cost tools to support people with disabilities, it can be challenging to stay on top of all the tools available on the market. Attendees of this webinar will learn about approximately a dozen of the latest and greatest free and low-cost programs, apps, extensions, and other tools that can support all learners, including students with disabilities on campus. Topic areas will include literacy support, writing support, notetaking, organization/task/time management, and sensory disabilities.

Web Accessibility: Institutional Benchmarking and Planning

Tuesday, November 27, 2018; 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Cyndi Rowland, Ph.D., Director WebAIM; Utah State University

Increasingly, colleges and universities are recognizing the importance of putting efforts behind Web accessibility initiatives and focusing on the work. To support their efforts in strategically planning new efforts, self-study, and continuous improvement of existing efforts, the National Center for Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) has developed Indicators for Institutional Web Accessibility. The document includes indicators, benchmarks, and statements of evidence. Join the Director of WebAIM for a review of this guiding information and the freely available tool available to help track progress over time. This NCDE’s system of continuous improvement is often accepted by regional accreditation commissions as evidence of a plan and the reaffirmation process.

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Registration & Costs

Number of Fall Webinars Registered Member Non-Member
1 $140.00 $200.00
2 $245.00 $350.00
3 $294.00 $420.00
4 $343.00 $490.00


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Contact AHEAD at ahead@ahead.org or 704.947.7779 with any registration questions

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Speaker Bios

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Todd Hanson is the Director of EdTech Integration at Groves Academy in St. Louis Park, MN. He works with public and private school students with and without disabilities, supports students in transition to college, and assists disability service personnel in continuing effective assistive technology solutions for new college students. Todd has helped build a school-wide technology program that benefits all students and consults and presents on mainstream and assistive technologies. He works with students, families, and school personnel, helping them find technology that will make a difference.

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Brad Held is the Assistant Director - Accessible Technology for the Student Accessibility Services at University of Central Florida. He has worked in assistive technology for almost 15 years, including in a K-12 public school setting and at both The University of Georgia and The University of South Carolina. Brad is certified in CSUN Assistive Technology Applications and IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). He uses his personal experience as a person with a learning disability to aid students in being active participants in the accommodation process.


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Rachel Kruzel, ATP is the Assistive Technology & Accommodations Specialist at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP). She has over eight years of experience working with assistive technology, digital, electronic, and web accessibility, and academic accommodations implementation. Rachel has presented both regionally and nationally on a variety of topics about assistive technology, as well as accessibility, transition, assistive technology tools such as the QIAT-PS, and specific software program demonstrations and trainings.


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Cyndi Rowland, Ph.D. is the Director of WebAIM, a leading provider of web accessibility expertise internationally. WebAIM’s mission is to expand the potential of the web for people with disabilities by providing the knowledge, technical skills, tools, organizational leadership strategies, and vision that empower organizations to make their own content accessible to people with disabilities. Cyndi is extensively involved in the National Center for Disability and Access to Education and an expert in accessibility policy and law. She has presented and written extensively on accessibility and plays a leadership role in 25 federal and state contracts and grants. Cyndi looks forward to a day when she is unemployed because the Web is a space that can be accessed by all
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