Ways to Engage

AHEAD’s International Relationships

AHEAD is eager to be a resource for and a colleague organization to educators and professionals in other countries who share the mission of inclusive education for people who experience disability.  The AHEAD Board of Directors endorsed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2011, in particular Article 24 endorsing rights to education.  AHEAD recognizes that people working together from different settings and locations facilitate improved circumstances for inclusive education worldwide.  Groups affiliating with AHEAD will equally support the concepts in the CRPD and Article 24. 

The following information provides guidance on how to link with AHEAD in the way(s) that works best,

  1. for an individual professional
  2. for a regional group interested in this topic, or
  3. for a formal organization working to promote and support individuals with disabilities achieve postsecondary/post high school education

Individual Membership

Professional AHEAD membership is available to individuals around the world.  There is a fee structure depending on the level of engagement, where the individual lives, and the number of students being served at the different schools.  Annual fee for an individual member or for an institutional range from of US$95 to US$245.  For those who live and work in any of the 221 countries categorized by the World Bank as ‘developing,’ individual AHEAD has established a reduced annual fee of US$ 25.00  Please visit http://ahead.org/membership for complete details.

International Regional Partners

The AHEAD International Regional Partners is a group of professionals, whether from the same organization/agency or various entities, who are actively working to promote and enhance postsecondary education opportunities for people with disabilities in a defined region or different regions within the same country.  This type of group is not formally organized but its participants share common values and goals to build the foundation for inclusive education. An example of a group that might want to apply to be an AHEAD International Regional Partners Group is a group including professor/instructor from a university, a university administrator, a disability advocate, and a government official who are all interested in working to increase and enhance educational opportunities in their region for people with disabilities.  <click here to apply to be an International Regional Partners Group>

International Affiliate of AHEAD

Formally organized groups, recognized as an NGO or other similar status within a specific country, can request to be an AHEAD International Affiliate.  Affiliates will have established bylaws or other recognized forms of governance, established membership, and directors/officers.  An example of an organization that might want to apply to be an AHEAD International Affiliate is an association for a defined area or country that has established members, has officers with responsibilities for the well being of the organization, and engages in meetings to provide education and information on inclusive education.  <click here to apply to be an AHEAD International Affiliate>

Expectations and Benefits

The charts below describe the different benefits to and responsibilities/expectations of International Regional Partners and International Affiliate

What AHEAD Provides

 

International Regional Partners

International Affiliate

Written and web recognition

X

X

Consultation and assistance 

X

X

Website hosting (where possible)

 

X

Listserv or discussion hosting

 

X

Name included on AHEAD website

X

X

Assistance with and promotion of activities and events

X

X

Review of organizational materials

X

X

Opportunities to apply for funds

 

X

Authorized use of AHEAD logo

 

X

Applying Group Provides/Agrees

 

International Regional Partners

International Affiliate

Mission statement

X

X

Bylaws or governance document

 

X

 

Applying Group Provides/Agrees

 

International Regional Partners

International Affiliate

Designate an active member of AHEAD to represent the group with AHEAD

X

X

Notify AHEAD of changes to representative or organization

X

X

Use AHEAD name, logo, and trademark only as prescribed

 

X

Update annually (Part of annual renewal renewal)

X

X

Include AHEAD information at group events/activities

X

X

Endorses CRPD

 

X

If at AHEAD events, attend international meetings               

X

X

Fees

 

International Regional Partners

International Affiliate

Initial Application

US$ 30.00

US$ 100.00

Annual Renewal

US$ 15.00

US$ 50.00