Fall 2017 Tech Series Webinars

AHEAD’s Standing Committee on Technology, in partnership with its Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) and ATHEN, has once again designed a series of fall webinars designed to provide information for the disability resource office and the technology staff on your campuses. The titles this year are based on your requests for information most important to your daily work.

As always, you are welcome to listen to the webinars live and participate in the conversation through chat or phone line OR listen to a 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 develop knowledge and interest in accessibility with IT folks on your campus by listening with colleagues.

All AHEAD Technology Series webinars are scheduled on Tuesdays at 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.

AHEAD Technology Webinars


Open Education: Increasing access and engagement while decreasing costs

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Presenters: Kaela Parks, Director, Disability Services, Portland Community College; Amy Hofer, Open Education Librarian for Oregon and Ralf Youtz, Portland Community College, Mathematics Instructor

While Open Education is often viewed mainly as a means to lower textbook costs for students, the movement also provides opportunities for accessibility personnel to partner with instructional faculty, librarians, and others and to foster inclusive course design. Materials which are licensed openly allow users to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, and Redistribute, which can allow accessibility related improvements to be made and shared over time. Therefore, Open Education has the potential to reduce costs for both students and institutions while producing more socially just offerings. This session introduces these concepts with a focus on collaboration. Examples will be provided to highlight funding models, faculty/student engagement, and accessible technology solutions that minimize the need for accommodation.

Reading Tools for the Common Man

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Presenter: Susan Kelmer, University of Colorado Boulder

Studies have shown that many tools used to accommodate students with disabilities in the classroom and when doing schoolwork can also be beneficial to those without a disability. Removing distractions, increasing reading speed, using text-to-speech, and other methods may help students who are not quite qualified to receive accommodations. These methods may also help you get through the mountain of reading materials you encounter every day, from web pages to PDF documents to emails to white papers. This session will cover a variety of free or low-cost solutions that anyone can use.

EDUCAUSE and Accessibility: What Disability Services Providers Need to Know

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Presenters: Sue Cullen, Accessible Technology Initiative, California State University System; Dawn Hunziker, M.S., University of Arizona; Christian Vinten-Johansen, Penn State; Terrill Thompson, University of Washington, Facilitatory

EDUCAUSE is a higher education technology association with nearly 2,000 institutional members and hundreds of industry members. Its active members include IT leaders and professionals, from CIOs to people working in the trenches to deploy and support IT on college campuses. In 2007, EDUCAUSE formed an IT Accessibility Constituent Group, which provides a mechanism for members to collaborate and share best practices on IT accessibility issues. The annual national EDUCAUSE conference attracts thousands of attendees, and typically includes multiple sessions related to accessibility. EDUCAUSE actively works to influence laws and policies that affect higher education technology, include those related to accessibility. This session will explore the important role that EDUCAUSE plays in accessibility, with a focus on what it all means for disability services providers.

Post-Conference Impressions: Accessing Higher Ground

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Presenter: Terrill Thompson, University of Washington, Facilitatory

Accessing Higher Ground is an annual conference, now in its 20th year, that focuses on accessible media, web, and technology in higher education. This webinar will feature of panel of conference presenters and attendees from various professional backgrounds sharing their personal highlights, insights, and lessons learned from the 2017 conference. If you are unable to attend AHG or want to give campus IT and distance ed professionals or administrators an update on the importance of technology access, this webinar may be a way to initiate or continue action on your campus.

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 Sue Cullen, M.S. Sue Cullen, M.S. is the Assistant Director of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) for the California State University (CSU) System. Prior to joining the CSU Office of the Chancellor, Sue served as the campus ATI Executive Sponsor Designee, and created and directed the Universal Design Center (UDC) at California State University, Northridge. Sue currently serves as co-chair of the EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group.



Image of Amy Hofer, MLIS Amy Hofer, MLIS is the Coordinator for Statewide Open Education Library Services for Oregon. She created the Open Oregon Educational Resources website, openoregon.org, which “promotes textbook affordability for community college students and facilitates widespread adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality materials.” She has traveled extensively throughout the state of Oregon, hosting OER trainings at almost every community college to support open education efforts on these campuses. Amy has worked closely with library leaders on textbook affordability issues and provided specialized reference services highlighting open, free, and low-cost course materials. She supports librarians in using library holdings as course materials where OER are not yet available.

Image of Dawn Hunziker, M.S. Dawn Hunziker, M.S. is the IT Accessibility Consultant for the University of Arizona’s Disability Resources. She co-coordinates the UA's IT Accessibility Program to support the UA’s commitment to full accessibility of electronic and information technology employed on campus (itaccessibility.arizona.edu). Her job duties include working with campus units and committees, program managers, content developers, faculty and staff to provide input and proactive solutions regarding accessibility in the UA IT and academic environments. Dawn also coordinates Assistive Technology availability on campus, supports alternate format production (documents and media), and collaborates on faculty development, accessible course, and Web design initiatives. She currently serves as Vice President of the ATHEN Executive Committee. Dawn has presented at local, state, and national conferences regarding the UA IT Accessibility Program, PDF/web accessibility, captioning processes, and inclusive curriculum design.

Image of Susan KelmerSusan Kelmer is the Alternate Format Access Coordinator for Disability Services at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has worked for more than fifteen years to assist students with print disabilities in accessing print materials of all kinds. She has presented multiple sessions at the Accessing Higher Ground Conference and the COLTT conference over the last 12 years. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Access Technologists Higher Education Subcommittee (ATHES) of the Colorado-Wyoming Consortium of Support Programs for Students with Disabilities, and is currently an active member and past secretary of the Access Technologists Higher Education Network (ATHEN).

Image of Kaela Parks, M.Ed. Kaela Parks, M.Ed. . is the Director of Disability Services at Portland Community College. She is a former Co-Chair of the AHEAD Standing Committee on Technology, a past Chair of the NASPA Disability Knowledge Community, and a past President of ORAHEAD. She was lead trainer for a FIPSE demonstration project aimed at supporting adjunct faculty on rural campuses in the implementation of Universal Design and frequently offers trainings and presentations on a variety of disability and accessibility related topics. She oversees the PCC Course Substitution process.


Image of Terrill ThompsonTerrill Thompson is technology accessibility specialist with the University of Washington. In this role, he works to promote information technology accessibility by giving trainings, developing resources, providing consultation and support, and conducting research. He does this for the UW community as part of UW-IT Accessible Technology Services http://uw.edu/accessibility, and does it for the rest of the world through The DO-IT Center (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, & Technology), where he works on projects such as AccessComputing, funded by the National Science Foundation. Terrill has over twenty years' experience in the IT accessibility field, and has presented at numerous conferences and consulted widely with organizations in education, government, and private industry on IT accessibility issues.

Image of Christian Vinten-Johansen Christian Vinten-Johansen is manager of the IT Accessibility Team within Penn State Information Technology. He is co-chair of the university-wide Accessible Technology and Information Initiative (ATI), where he provides leadership in implementing the sweeping terms of Penn State’s settlement with the National Federation of the Blind. He currently serves as co-chair of the EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group.



Image of Ralf Youtz  Ralf Youtz is a mathematics instructor at Portland Community College. He is also a project co-lead on an Open Oregon Educational Resources grant to adopt an open textbook for statistics courses, MTH 243 and MTH 244, at Portland Community College, which has resulted in more than $125,000 in student savings during one academic year. He is focused on teaching for social justice, improving educational equity, and using open educational resources.