AHEAD to YOU! Fall 2016


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.

You can still register for fall 2016 webinars that have passed and receive a link to the full recordings. See those sessions described below

November 17, 2016; 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern

Need to Know: Understanding confidentiality and FERPA in the disability service office

Lisa Meeks, PhD; University of California, San Francisco

Neera Jain, MS, CRC; University of Auckland

Disability service providers and their supervisors often ask how they should handle students’ disability-related educational, medical, and clinical records. While FERPA gives us permission to share information on a “need to know basis,” how do we determine what to share and with whom? How do we address student hesitation to use accommodations for fear that classmates or professors may find out about their disability? How do we respond to a faculty member who requests detailed information about a student’s disability to validate the need for accommodation? Or, an administrator who asks for a list of students with psychological disabilities to proactively address campus safety out of unwarranted fear and misunderstanding?

Coming from the health science disciplines, where issues of privacy and confidentiality are paramount, Lisa and Neera will discuss best practices for records retention, information sharing, and policy creation and recommend language providers can use to reassure their campus administrators. The presenters will offer a model to guide decision-making, using examples from their collective experiences.

Every disability services office needs established policies for records retention and confidentiality. The tools offered in this webinar will help DS providers and their supervisors navigate conversations about student information, striking a balance between preserving confidentiality and fostering collaboration with campus stakeholders.

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

Joanna Boval has served as Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at the University of California San Diego for the past five years. She previously worked in foster care social services and built the disability services office at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She has presented at AHEAD on numerous occasions on topics including veterans and accommodating students in undergraduate chemistry labs, and she is the co-chair of the Graduate and Professional Schools SIG. At UC San Diego, Joanna is involved in numerous committees, including ADA Title II Compliance, and she represents disability issues as part of the VC Council on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Jane 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); “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 24-year old son with Autism.

Adam Crawford is currently a counselor in Student Life Disability Services at The Ohio State University; he worked previously at Missouri State University Disability Resource Center. Adam serves as the Chair of AHEAD’s Standing Committee on Diversity and as Treasurer for OH-AHEAD. He has presented on reaching and serving student veterans with disabilities at both the 2016 national AHEAD conference and OH-AHEAD 2015. He has also presented “Discovering Our Pasts: Using Archival & Oral History Research in Disability Services” at AHEAD 2015; “Therapy vs. Service Animals: What’s the difference?” at OH-AHEAD 2014, and “From Compliance to Inclusion: Reframing Disability in Student Affairs” at NASPA in 2013.

Neera Jain, M.S., CRC, is a Rehabilitation Counselor by training and a passionate advocate for equal access in higher education, with a specialization in working with graduate and professional students in the health sciences. She was the first dedicated staff member to serve students with disabilities at two major health sciences campuses in the United States - the Columbia University Medical Center campus in New York City, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her experience includes working in vocational rehabilitation at NYU's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, in Disability Services leadership at Columbia University and UCSF, and managing a free legal service for disabled people, Auckland Disability Law. Neera is the policy advisor for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education and has presented on practices and approaches for crafting accommodations for clinical and other “outside the classroom” settings at U.S. and international conferences. She is the co-editor and an author of The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing) and wrote the afterword of the text, which considers the promise for the next decade of students with disabilities to enter the health sciences. Neera is currently a doctoral student at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work, a continues to consultant for UCSF Student Disability Services on research initiatives and complex cases.

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.

Lisa Meeks, Ph.D., is currently on staff with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine where she is the Director for Medical Student Disability Services and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of General Internal Medicine. Lisa is a co-founder and the President elect of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education, co-editor and an author of The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing) as well as lead author or co-author on several text focused on Students on the Autism Spectrum. In addition to her work in higher education, Lisa has developed specialized trainings for the Department of Defense (DOD), the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and serves as a program and disability consultant for programs and universities nationwide. Currently, Lisa’s work focuses on gaining a better understanding of the nuanced supports necessary for full access in medical education.

Previous Webinars

September, 22, 2016; 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern

At the Intersection of Disability and Conduct

L. Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University

“Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.” Justice William J. Brennan, Arline v. Nassau County, 1987

In light of the news it is not surprising that campus tolerance for “odd” behavior has gone down. Neurodiverse behaviors (communication patterns, eye contact, social miscues, tics, perseveration, etc.) that once seemed quirky, or even academic, may now be experienced by members of the campus community as disconcerting and even threatening.

A brief overview of research and statistics on campus threats and violence will frame a review of current regulations and case law and how they intersect with college conduct processes, behavioral assessment/care teams, and campus threat response. Practices that balance individual rights and community safety with be addressed. This webinar will examine:

  • the distinction between community/faculty/peer discomfort and actual threat;
  • the ADA’s direct threat analysis;
  • ways to respond to the discomfort of others while maintaining student confidentiality;
  • whether neurodiverse behaviors violate the code of conduct;
  • accommodations to support students in meeting the code of conduct;
  • whether forgiveness is a reasonable accommodation; and
  • administrative withdrawals and conditions for continued enrollment.

October 13, 2016; 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern

Residence Life and Students with Autism

Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D., College Autism Spectrum

The prevalence of students with autism has significantly increased the number of neuro diverse students on our campuses and in our residence halls. With this diversity comes a need to identify the barriers those students face and establish systems, policies, and strategies that ensure that all students have meaningful, equitable living experiences. This webinar will address issues important to residence life staff, disability resource staff, and all students. We will discuss complicated conduct issues and consider ways to remove the stigma often associated with neurodiverse behaviors and disability.

October 27, 2016, 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

Reaching Student Veterans on their Terms

Joanna Boval, University of California, San Diego

Adam Crawford, The Ohio State University

With the end of combat in the middle east, campuses across the nation have seen an increased number of veterans return to school. While estimates suggest that as many as a quarter of them have disabilities, many are reluctant to identify as disabled and uncomfortable requesting and using accommodations. How do we connect this population with the disability resource office in order to support an accessible academic experience?

Through research, practice, and partnership, disability service providers at the University of California, San Diego and The Ohio State have changed the culture on their campuses to foster a positive relationship between the veterans’ center and the disability resource office. They will share strategies for making a disability service office more veteran-friendly and increasing the likelihood of a successful transition from military service to university life.