AHEAD to You! Webinars Fall 2017

Once again AHEAD is pleased to bring high quality, low cost professional development opportunities directly to your desktop, staff meeting, or gathering with campus colleagues.

We’re excited by this fall's topics and the expertise of our presenters. With AHEAD to YOU! webinars you can listen live and participate in the conversation through chat or phone line OR listen to the fully recorded and captioned Adobe Connect session whenever it’s convenient for you. Use the webinars as professional development for yourself and your staff or to foster dialogue and interest in accessibility on your campus by listening with colleagues.

All AHEAD to You! webinars are scheduled on Thursdays at 3:00 – 4:30 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.

Academic Coaching Skills You Can Use Today!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Presenters: Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, JST Coaching & Training and Christina Fabrey, Green Mountain College

In their recent AHEAD publication, "Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture", Field and Parker (2016) outline academic coaching as one of six high impact practices that build student determination in post-secondary education. While we know that disability service offices play an essential role in providing students with appropriate accommodations to provide access, disability support providers can enhance their services by integrating coaching language into their work with students. Academic coaching, a student partnership with a coach designed to focus on academic goals and challenges, can provide the skills necessary for students to strive towards equity and excellence. As disability support providers partner with students through coaching, they challenge students to strive toward equity while simultaneously reaching for academic excellence and self-determination. Academic coaching is being used more frequently by disability support personnel to improve student success.

In this webinar, participants will learn core coaching skills valuable in moving students forward towards their goals and helping students become more self-determined. Coaching skills can be woven into the daily language of DSS providers. The presenters will demonstrate how to:

  • Use curiosity and open-ended questions to create more student-driven interactions
  • Shift students’ perspective of their responsibility for their choices and actions
  • Integrate tips and strategies into conversations with students to co-create action plans

The Intersection of ASD and Mental Health: Developing campus partnerships

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Presenters: Amy Rutherford, M.Ed., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D., College Autism Spectrum

For students with Autism Spectrum Disorders the college experience often comes with sensory overload, emotional outbursts, and other challenges that blur the line between mental health and ASD-related issues. Whether due to limited resources, untapped partnerships, or a lack of understanding regarding the intersection between ASD and mental health, our campuses are often unsure of how to implement effective support systems for these students. However, without those cohesive systems, students can be left feeling unsupported and misunderstood, struggling to navigate the college experience. Therefore, we must take a proactive approach. By cultivating partnerships, campuses decrease strain on resources and take advantage of approaches that provide students with comprehensive and well-coordinated support that meets their needs. In this webinar, national experts will discuss ways to support your office and institution in developing an effective approach; participant questions will be solicited before the webinar and addressed directly.

Creature Comforts: Nuanced Approaches to Animals on Campus

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Presenters: Irene Bowen, ADA One and L. Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University

With the proliferation of information on service and emotional support animals, most of us know “the facts” of addressing the growing presence of animals on campus. However, when it comes to responding to unique student requests or supporting policy development, it can feel like being in maze of overlapping, and sometimes contradictory regulations, case law, and best practices.

If situational questions regarding service and assistance animals continue to challenge you, join us for this webinar that will revisit the basics and concentrate on the more nuanced issues involved in having animals on campus. Scenarios involving the various roles of animals (service, emotional Support, therapy, pet); species and zoonotic health threats, conflicts, animal behavior, training and venues around campus will be used to present a balanced approach that can consistently address new and unique situations. The presenters will address participant questions and focus their presentation on:

  • Determining the need
  • Limits on type of animal, size, training requirements
  • Roommate choice
  • Animal behavior and discipline
  • Where animals can go on campus
  • Allergies and conflicts with others

It isn’t Just About Attention

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Presenters: Jeffery Katz, Ph.D., CHADD andTom Brown, Ph.D., CHADD
Host: Paul Grossman, J.D., Hastings College
BONUS Webinar (December 7) Presenter: David Parker, Ph.D., Children’s Resource Group

Students with AD/HD represent approximately 25% of the population of students served by college-level disability resource office. Yet, the ways in which academic expectations intersect with attention-related disabilities to create barriers are often not what we expect. Join host Paul Grossman and national experts from CHADD, the national resource on ADHD, to understand how students executive functioning is impacted by AD/HD. Presenters will discuss:

  • The neurobiology of AD/HD
  • The elements of a good AD/HD evaluation and how it differs from documentation of a specific learning disability
  • How AD/HD impacts executive functioning
  • Strategies for communicating with students with AD/HD to identify accommodations

Registration for this webinar includes a BONUS 90-minute webinar on December 7th, 3:00-4:30 Eastern featuring David Parker, Ph.D. highlighting ways in which information from CHADD can applied in a higher education / disability service context to improve current practices.

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


Speaker Bios

Image of Irene Bowen, J.D.Irene Bowen, J.D. is nationally-recognized expert in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Sought-after speaker. Oversaw the first generation of ground-breaking Federal accessibility standards. Key member of task force for the 1991 ADA regulations. Spearheaded and managed the litigation and investigation program of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the ADA and section 504, achieving compliance through landmark litigation, settlements, and education. Created DOJ’s first disability rights unit and certification program, a national law center for deaf persons, and the enforcement and regulation arms of the Federal Access Board.

Image of Jane Thierfeld BrownJane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D. is Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School; Director of College Autism Spectrum; and former Director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 37 years. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Brown consults with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education. Dr. Brown has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News and NPR. She has co- authored “Student with Asperger’s: A Guide for College Professionals,” (2009; published in Japanese in 2017); “The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum,” (2012); and “Behavior Management and Self-Regulation,” (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles. Dr. Brown is married and has three children, the youngest being a 25-year old son with Autism. 

Image of Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with ADD/ADHD. Dr. Brown has presented extensively both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, including the 2017 "Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children and Adults: A Practical Guide". His work presents a new definition and model of ADD/ADHD as essentially a problem of executive functioning, which focuses on students’ attention, organization, effort and short-term memory.


Image of Christina Fabrey, M.Ed., PCC, BCC Christina Fabrey, M.Ed., PCC, BCC is the Director for the Center of Advising and Achievement at Green Mountain College (GMC), an environmental liberal arts college in western Vermont, where she previously served as the school’s director of academic support services and the disability support office. She currently incorporates coaching into her work with students with disabilities at Green Mountain College, as well as with students who are on academic probation or conditionally admitted to GMC. Christina is a certified life and ADHD coach. She received the 2011 Emerging Professional award from Vermont Women in Higher Education for her innovative work with coaching in the college setting and is a contributing author of Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture, Field & Parker (editors).

Image of Paul GrossmanPaul Grossman, J.D. served as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), serving as its Chief Regional Attorney in San Francisco for 30 years. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Disability Law at Hasting College of Law, University of California, and a member of the AHEAD Board of Directors, the Public Policy Committee of the Association for Children and Adults with AD/HD (CHADD), and the Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) Expert Advisory Board. Dr. Grossman has worked on every type of education discrimination and investigated, written decisions, and settled hundreds of disability discrimination cases, often developing new approaches to protecting students with disabilities. He is the coauthor of The Law of Disability Discrimination (8th Edition) and its companion publication, Law of Disability Discrimination Handbook: Statues and Regulatory Guidance.

Image of Jeffrey Katz, Ph.D. Jeffrey Katz, Ph.D. is a child, adolescent, and adult psychologist and leading expert in the field of ADHD, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. He is also a foremost consultant and speaker for many medical, academic, business and legal professionals and organizations. A graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Katz has been in private practice in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area for more than 25 years. As an author and sought after speaker, Dr. Katz presents on varied topics including but not limited to recognizing ADHD; therapies and strategies for addressing ADHD in the home, work and academic settings; current research and trends; and the laws and regulations related to those with ADHD.

Image of L. Scott Lissner  L. Scott Lissner has served as the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer for The Ohio State University since January of 2000 where he is also an Associate of the John Glenn School of Public Policy and serves as a lecturer for the Moritz College of Law, the Knowlton School of Architecture and Disability Studies. Engaged in community and professional service, Lissner is a past President and Public Policy Chair of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and serves on the Board of Directors for The Center for Disability Empowerment, VSA Ohio, and the Editorial Board for Thompson’s ADA Compliance Guide. Lissner has been appointed to the Columbus Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, Ohio’s Help America Vote Act Committee, and the Ohio Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Recent presentations include the National Association of Disabilities Providers (UK), a technical assistance tour to Indonesia sponsored by the Department of State, sessions at the Association on Higher Education and Disability, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, The Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and workshops on building accommodation processes at the Universities of Tokyo and Doshisha in Japan. Publications include The Impact of the ADAAA of 2008 on Higher Education, Thompsons Publications; Universal Design in the Institutional Setting: Weaving a Philosophy into Campus Planning in Universal Design: From Accessibility to Zoning (J. Cowley-Evans & J. Nasser (Eds.); From Legal Principle to Informed Practice with J. E. Jarrow; and A Long View of Change, Disability Blog, The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Image of David Parker, Ph.D.  David Parker, Ph.D. is a postsecondary disability specialist and ADD/life coach at CRG (Children’s Resource Group) in Indianapolis, IN. He earned a Ph.D. in Special Education (postsecondary programming) at the University of Connecticut. Three decades of work with students with LD, ADHD, and ASD have included positions as a high school special education teacher, director of a private school for students with dyslexia, administrator of LD/ADHD programs at UNC-Chapel Hill and UCONN, and program manager of a National Science Foundation STEM/UDI grant project at Washington University in St. Louis. He has conducted training on best practices for college students with ADHD in Italy, Japan, Austria, and Kuwait. Dr. Parker helped conduct the first national study of ADD college coaching through Wayne State University. A board member of four peer reviewed journals and former executive editor of AHEAD’s Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, Dr. Parker is the author of numerous research articles, book chapters, and three books. Along with Sharon Field, he is also co-editor of Promoting Self-Determination in Higher Education: A Key to Retention, Graduation and Post-Graduation Success (AHEAD, 2016).

Image of Amy Rutherford, LPC-MHSP  Amy Rutherford, LPC-MHSP is the Assistant Director of the Mosaic Program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a co-creator of the Mosaic program and a co-author of a four book curriculum for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders published through Jessica Kingsley. In addition, Amy has provided visual prompts for a book on safety for young adults with ASD. Amy specializes in consulting with higher education institutions regarding ASD-focused program development and staff trainings. She presents on conduct and behavioral issues that often create difficulties for students with ASD on college campuses. Amy also works with businesses to develop supported internships and job shadowing opportunities. Finally, Amy serves on the board of directors for the Chattanooga Autism Center and works as a mental health counselor in the Chattanooga community providing individual, family and group counseling. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and is currently working towards her postmaster’s certification in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Image of Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, BCC  Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, BCC is a trainer, mentor, presenter, and keynote speaker. Jodi is considered the foremost authority in the field of academic and student coaching focusing on K-12 and college students. She is the author of Empowering Youth with ADHD and contributing author on coaching in the AHEAD publication, Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture, Field & Parker (editors). Her company, JST Coaching & Training, provides coach training programs worldwide. Jodi developed the first coach training programs focused on coaching students with ADHD, offered in English, Spanish, Italian and Turkish. She is the recipient of the 2016 CHADD Hall of Fame Award for twenty-plus years of service. Her coaching model has been used in the College Coaching Research Study cited above and in the development of the ADHD Benefits of Coaching Scale (Deal, Sleeper-Triplett, et al).