Identifying Policies and Practices that Perpetuate Ableism and Generating Ideas for Change
Thursday, October 20, 3-4:30 pm Eastern
Susan Mann Dolce, University of Buffalo
Rosemary Kreston, Colorado State University, Retired
Elizabeth (liz) Anh Thomson, University of Minnesota, Morris
Cathie Axe, Johns Hopkins University
Many disability offices have ableism lurking in their policies and procedures and don’t even realize it. Identifying and updating those will make your office significantly more welcoming and supportive for disabled students. This webinar will begin with an exploration of subtle ableism and what it looks like in higher ed, change theory, and models of supporting disabled students in higher education. The presenters will then each discuss a situation in their higher education professional experiences where ableism was a factor, how policy and practices were involved, and how they were able to make small changes that made an enormous difference for the experience of disabled students. The discussion will be guided by the Refocus 2.0 Disability Professionals Toolkit.
Raise Your Office Profile and Get What You Need Using Data and Other Tips
This webinar will be postponed until 2023. All purchases of this webinar will be honored when it is rescheduled. Once rescheduled, it will be recorded and made available to all registrants. We appreciate your understanding.
Chester Goad, EdD Tennessee Tech University
Ed Beason, PhD Tennessee Tech University
Have you wondered how you can make your office more visible to the “powers that be” at your university, to increase the resources you need for the students you serve? The answer may be the data you are already collecting! This webinar will provide practical tips on how to use the data you have to promote your programs, secure additional funding and more. The dynamic presenters will also cover how to increase your visibility and take your office to the next level. Data collection doesn’t have to be dreary—it can be your best friend! Plenty of time will be reserved for Q&A.
Writing Accommodations That are Clear and Intentional
Tuesday, November 8, 3:30-5 Eastern
Paul Harwell, Dartmouth College
Mandie Griewe, Marian University
Writing the language for the way that disability accommodations are described in accommodations notifications to faculty is part art and part science. There is no one right way to do this, but there is certainly wording that can cause confusion or worse. When taking on a new role, some disability professionals find they have “inherited” unclear or loose descriptions. Other schools realize when implementing a new database system (AIM, Clockwork, Symplicity, etc.) that they must streamline existing descriptions or draft entirely new ones, and don’t know exactly where to start. The presenters, who have rewritten accommodation language at multiple schools over their careers, will offer a very straightforward “how to,” with issues to consider and some sample language to help ensure that accommodations are described in a clear and uniform manner. It will discuss the importance of individual institutional culture and historical context when crafting the language, so that faculty know as soon as they receive the notification what they need to implement for a student and how, thus smoothing the student’s experience, and reducing the burden on the disability office to engage in further clarification conversations. Takeaways will include basic principles for creating language, nuances and complexities to the language used, the uniqueness of clinical requests, getting the most buy in and output of institutional change, and the role different data systems play.
Re-evaluating Office Processes to Enhance Efficiency and Remove Barriers: Do We Really Need to Meet with Them All?
Wednesday, November 9, 3-4:30 Eastern
Maranda Maxey, Appalachian State University
Mark Newmiller, North Carolina State University
Many institutions are experiencing significant increases in the number and complexity of accommodation requests, while staff sizes remain the same. Relying on established processes and procedures is causing many Disability Resources offices to become overwhelmed, while students are waiting longer and longer to receive equal access and opportunity. Attendees will hear the reflections of two institutions that challenged the thought process behind their established office processes and created a more efficient office environment while removing barriers to accessing approved accommodations. The presenters will describe how they learned how to look at the interactive process differently through honestly assessing their processes and identifying opportunities to remove barriers and improve student service, without compromising individualization of accommodations.
Practical, Sustainable Practices to Help Manage Work Intensity
Thursday, November 10, 2-4pm Eastern
We regret that we will need to reschedule the webinar scheduled for Thursday, November 10, “Sustainable Practices to Help Manage Work Intensity” due to the incoming tropical storm (and potential hurricane) Nicole. One of the presenters cannot participate at that time due to anticipated storm-related power outages.
New date and time: Thursday, December 1, 2-4 pm Eastern
This webinar will be recorded, so if you are not able to attend at the new time, you may view it at a later time.
AHEAD wishes safety to everyone in the path of the storm. We thank you for your understanding, and hope you enjoy this and all of the webinars in the series!
Adam Meyer, University of Central Florida
Jen Dugger Spalding, Portland State University
Crystal Hill, Texas Woman's University
Does your office feel understaffed and overloaded? One of the most unique aspects of working in a disability resource office is that disability professionals engage with almost every facet of the campus community as we strive for greater institutional accessibility and inclusion. But the breadth of our reach can pose challenges, as the variety and sheer number of interactions can strain us mentally and emotionally. This session will explore practical strategies you can implement right away to reign in the work intensity through a straight-forward focus, greater internal efficiency, and effective campus outreach.
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