Affiliate Updates

Terra Beethe, BOD Affiliate Liaison    

Katy Washington, Lead Affiliate Representative

Our spotlight of the regional affiliates concludes with our last region is the Central Region. This region has a rich history of affiliate and AHEAD involvement spanning several decades. 

Map of the Central US

Ark-AHEAD (Arkansas) was established as a statewide organization in 1995. The statewide organization has continued to work toward this mission by providing extensive training, using both experienced local and renowned national presenters. Over time it has built a statewide network, enabling professionals to share ideas and strategies that have worked in what are sometimes difficult situations. The organization’s listserv and Web site have served to further facilitate networking among professionals across the state. In 2003, Ark-AHEAD became a regional affiliate of AHEAD. 


Affiliate Representative: Crystal Hill, 

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Kan-AHEAD (Kansas) was formally organized in 2002 as a regional affiliate; however the group was started long before. In 1985, disability services providers at Kansas and Missouri colleges began meeting on a yearly basis to network. Out of that small beginning, the Great Plains Regional AHEAD group emerged, reaching out to disability service providers in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. That group now hosts an annual conference providing professional development, nationally-known speakers, and ample networking opportunities. 


President: Kathy Wilson,


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

MN-AHEAD (Minnesota) welcomes new members and encourages their participation. MN-AHEAD currently have approximately 65 members. MNAHEAD began in approximately 1994 when it's two predecessor organizations, HECLD (Higher Education Consortium on Learning Disabilities) and 4-S (Special Student Support Services) merged to form what is now Minnesota Association on Higher Education and Disability. Many years ago HECLD was founded by Judy Schuck and Kia Sven. 4-S's beginnings are unclear. However some of its earliest members included Linda Wolford, Richard Allegra, David Schrot, Diane Glorvigen, Jean Ness and Kate Storey. The number of people on 4-S's mailing list grew steadily from 1991-1994 and when combined with the professionals on the HECLD list, gave them a good base for launching our current organization.


President: Rachel Kruzel,

Missouri AHEAD was initiated through a steering committee organized by Arden Boyer-Stephens at the 1987 Tall Oaks conference. Our mission was to develop a stronger local communication network.  MO-AHEAD is also well known for their transition presentations to K-12 partners.


President:  Heather Stout,


North Dakota

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

Oklahoma AHEAD is a highly-active statewide resource which connects postsecondary disability service providers, compliance officers, and administrators from all colleges/universities throughout Oklahoma.


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President: Tabitha Pope,

South Dakota

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

AHEAD of Texas is a recognized affiliate of the International AHEAD organization and has been a resource to our members and state. The first annual conference was held at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio back in 1992 with Jane Jarrow as the keynote speaker. In 2005, AHEAD in Texas was recognized as an affiliate of AHEAD.


President: Larry Phillippe,

WINAHEAD (Western Iowa & Nebraska) is made up of representatives from 28 institutions. Our members are professionals employed by two- and four-year colleges and universities who work directly with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. WIN indicates the geographic area we represent: Western Iowa and Nebraska.


President: Cindy Hahn

Affiliate Contact: Melinda Classen,

Affiliate Updates on Conferences

MD-AHEAD and C-AHEAD will be hosting its regional conference entitled “Fostering Support on College Campuses for Students on the Autism Spectrum: Information for Disability Support Professionals” on April 7, 2017 at the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism at Towson University. Dr. Lorraine Wolf will be the key note speaker and during the first half of her presentation, she will provide suggestions to help make your campus autism-friendly. After a short break, Dr. Wolf will discuss behaviors some students on the spectrum exhibit, which can sometimes lead to code of conduct violations and challenges in the classroom. Suggestions on how university professionals can best support students on the spectrum will be provided. Members of other AHEAD affiliates may register for $25. For more information please contact Jeannie Mauldin at

MNAHEAD (Minnesota AHEAD) will be hosting its state conference Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at the University of Northwestern in Roseville, MN. Gaeir Dietrich from the High Tech Center Training Unit will be the key note speaker and provide breakout sessions on conference topics including assistive technology, accessibility, and the law. Members of other AHEAD affiliates may register for member rate of $25.00. For more information please contact or visit the MNAHEAD Website at

MO AHEAD (Missouri) will be hosting its Spring 2017 Conference entitled “Gateway to Accessibility: Tools for DSS” on June 1-2, at Washington University in St Louis. Members of other AHEAD affiliates are welcome to join. MO AHEAD is also inviting presentation proposals through April 14th. Proposals should include the presenter’s name(s), title of the presentation, along with a brief summary and why the topic is relevant to DSS. Conference topics will include assistive technology, ESAs, OCR and legal decisions, and disability law. For more information about the conference or submitting a proposal, please contact Heather Stout, Assistant Director of Cornerstone: The Learning Center (Washington University in St Louis) at .

Nevada AHEAD will be hosting a Spring Workshop entitled “Design, Not Redesign: Making Online Content Accessible” at Nevada State College in Henderson, NV.  Learn how to create accessible online content to ensure accessibility to your course content.  Beth Case, Program Manager for Digital Emerging and Assistive Technologies and creator of Disability 411, a podcast highlighting disability issues, will be on campus to present two FREE 3-hour workshops.  Each workshop includes two hours of instruction followed by one hour of hands-on application.  Space is limited.  For more information, contact Sandi Patton at  or call 702-992-2182. 

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.

OH-AHEAD will be hosting their annual conference on Friday, October 13 at Miami University in Oxford, OH.  Our theme is “The Changing Landscape of Higher Education and Disability”.  Miami University will also host its annual Accessible Technology Symposium on Thursday, October 12 and participants may want to take advantage of both opportunities.  For more information, please visit our website at: or contact Jennifer Radt at