Affiliates Update

Terra Beethe, BOD Affiliate Liaison    
Katy Washington, Lead Affiliate Representative

We continue our spotlight of the regional affiliates. This month our updates focus on the Northeast Region, which contains six of our affiliates. We invite you to learn more below about the regional affiliates of AHEAD located in “Atlantica.”

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Capital AHEAD (Washington D.C.) began in 1978 as a local network of coordinators of disability support services. The C-AHEAD membership now includes representatives from colleges and universities in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, as well as from national and community organizations. Through their activities, these members promote the full participation of students with disabilities in higher education.


Affiliate Representative: Jeremy Wood, 


Connecticut AHEAD became an AHEAD affiliate in 2001 and hosts an annual conference in the fall.


President: Joanne Milke,


The Maryland Association on Higher Education and Disability (MD-AHEAD), formerly the Maryland Disability Higher Education Network (MDDHEN), is an organization of professionals committed to full participation of students with disabilities in postsecondary education.  The organization is dedicated to serving as a resource in promoting excellence in postsecondary education for students with disabilities through networking among professionals, dissemination of information, and promoting professional development opportunities. MD-AHEAD became an affiliate in 2012.


President: Marcia Wiedefeld

Affiliate Liaison: Cristina Finan,


New England AHEAD is an affiliate that provides collaborative support for the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maine. They hold monthly member calls and offer a comprehensive conference in the spring.


President:  Chip Kennedy,


NJ AHEAD (New Jersey Association on Higher Education and Disability) is a highly-active statewide resource which connects postsecondary disability service providers, compliance officers, and administrators from all colleges/universities throughout New Jersey as well as a few in neighboring states.  It is an affiliate organization of international AHEAD, and is coordinated by an Executive Board of elected officers. 


President: Angela Millman,


New York State Disability Service Council (NYSDSC) was established in June 2007 as a successor organization to the SUNY DSC (State University of New York Disability Services Council), which was formally established in September 1996. NYSDSC became an AHEAD affiliate in 2013.


President: Sudi Shayesteh,

President Elect & Affiliate Contact: Loren Nowak,




AHEAD does not currently have a formulized affiliate for this state.  To learn about how to create an affiliate in the state of Pennsylvania, please visit for more information.


Affiliate Updates on Conferences

New England AHEAD will be hosting its annual conference entitled “The Rise in Responsibility of Disability Service Providers” on March 30, 2017 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Evan Bjorklund, General Counsel, and Rita DiNunzio, ADA Training Manager, both from the Massachusetts Office on Disability, as well as Bethany Brown from the Civil Rights Division in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General will be the keynote speakers.  Conference topics include non-standard accommodations (e.g., attendance policies, course substitution, degree requirements, internships/co-ops), animals on campus, and utilizing assistive technology to serve multiple populations (e.g., veterans, students with Autism Spectrum Disorder).  For more information, please visit:


North Carolina AHEAD

The Justice League debuted in 1960 and was DC Comics greatest and most famous heroes of all time, iconic legends which spawned a generation of four-color comics that transformed the industry. Within months of their arrival, they inspired the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, two of Marvel's most venerable and well-loved super teams.

The original lineup was seven characters, Wonder Woman, the Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, the Flash and Aquaman. Over time Superman and Batman were requested to join, thus completing the original Justice League.

The Social Justice League, debuted in 2016 and was AHEAD’S greatest and most famous, Disability Support providers in the Southeast.  They are iconic legends in their own minds and are working at transforming the industry.  Within months of meeting in Indianapolis at AHEAD, they inspired the May 18-19, 2017, Social Justice League Conference.  They are considered AHEAD’s Southeast Super team.

The Original line up has Georgia (Katie), Florida (Raelynn), South Carolina (Tina), Tennessee (Teressa), Virginia (Beth Ann) and North Carolina (Stephen).  You can equate them to any of the original super heroes.

As the theme for the conference dealing with social justice we will soon be calling for session presenters.  As we begin the call for presentations and in the Spirit of the Justice League, we would like your submission to be in the fun spirit of our youth, when some of us read comics.  Have fun with it but make sure you give a Super Hero’s presentation when we call for sessions. 

Welcome to the Social Justice League.