Affiliate Update

It is my great pleasure to introduce our new 2015-2016 Lead Affiliate Representative, Katy Washington. Katy is from the University of Arkansas and serves as the Center for Educational Access Director. She has been a member of AHEAD and Arkansas-AHEAD for ten years. Katy has held leadership positions in Arkansas-AHEAD including President, Vice-President, and Member-at-Large.

Katy’s main responsibilities include organizing the Affiliate fall and spring conference calls, assisting with our annual reauthorization paperwork, and coordinating the affiliate booth at conference.

Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Katy in her new role with the regional affiliates.

Submitted respectfully,
Terra Beethe, BOD Affiliate Liaison

Updates from regional affiliates:

CAPED - Cuesta College hosted a Deaf conference on October 20, 2016 in conjunction with their traditional LD conference held October 21st. The conference focused on Deaf related issues in the postsecondary setting. Speakers included (Dr. Wilson- who is just fabulous) and others who presented on topics such as the difference between an interpreter and educational interpreter, etc.

The CAPED Veterans CIG would like to share the upcoming California Community Colleges Veterans Summit Conference being held March 3-4, 2016 in Southern California at the Pacific Palms Resort located in the City of Industry. The Veterans Summit is designed to share information and best practices for faculty, administrators and staff who work with student veterans on California Community College, California State University and University of California campuses. For some, the Summit provides an opportunity to learn from those who have significant experience serving student veterans and offers the chance to make important contacts. For others, it provides an opportunity to share and showcase practices that have been effective at their college, hopefully helping to shorten the learning curve for others.

Effectively serving student veterans became an increasingly important focus of the California Community Colleges as large numbers of service members returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Community colleges have responded to the unique needs of veterans, active duty military members and their families by expanding supportive services available to these students through the formation of Veteran Resource Centers. Since the formation of the Veterans Summit, the number of community colleges with dedicated Veterans Centers on campus has increased from 15 to 69.

Join educators throughout the state for two days of professional development March 3-4, 2016 at the Pacific Palms Resort. The fifth Veterans Summit will include panel discussions on student veteran issues with subject-matter experts, keynote speakers, and opportunities for regional meetings. Counselors, deans, certifying officials, administrators, trustees, instructional faculty members and statewide leaders from the California Community Colleges, California State University and University of California are invited to attend.

A limited number of travel stipends are available for California Community College counselors, certifying officials and DSPS professionals. During the registration process you will have the opportunity to request a travel stipend. Once we have reviewed your travel stipend request, we will send an email with the status of the request.

Please direct any questions to David Lawrence, Veterans Services Specialist, at (916) 327-0749 or email David

Also stay tuned for Veterans CIG related activities, webinars, and phone conferences in the New Year!

MD AHEAD conducted a meeting on Friday, November 13th based on an article written by Dr. Peter Gray, Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges,

We had a panel of postsecondary school psychologists from Howard Community College, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Maryland, College Park discussing topics and recommendations addressed in the article.

In the afternoon session, Dr. Jaime Fenton led us through a Mindful Meditation session. We learned what mindful meditation is and how to practice through exercises designed to reduce stress and promote well-being.

April 15th we will have Jean Ashmore discuss CAS.

MI AHEAD On Friday, November 13th we held a Fall Technology Conference in Petoskey. Approximately 30 members attended. Topics covered included Website Evaluation, Creating Accessible Documents, Sharing Experience via Mini-Roundtables, and Video Remote Interpreting.

We continue to hold monthly membership meetings on the third Friday of each month. Typically 20 – 30 members attend. The meetings consist of covering organizational business, a legislative review, new items for discussion, and a roundtable. During the roundtable members can ask questions or share experiences.

Ohio AHEAD hosted our sixth annual conference on Friday, October 23 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. 110 professionals from across the state gathered to be refreshed and re-energized! Chandra Baldwin and Kimberly Kilby from the Office of Civil Rights provided our keynote and discussed current trends and hot topics in disability services and answered questions from the audience.

Three concurrent session blocks were offered that included topics such as: Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum, Training to Effect Faculty Culture Change, Providing Support for Students with Severe Physical Disabilities, Graduate Student Panel Regarding the Disability Studies Paradigm, Supporting Student Veterans with Disabilities, Addressing Ablest Language at the Postsecondary Level, Best Practices in Accommodated Testing, and more!

For more information about Ohio AHEAD, visit our website at: