2017 Conference Videos - Pricing and Session Information

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Available Recordings

Preconference 2-Day Institute

(Note: due to a technical glitch, this recording begins 30 minutes into the session)

#PC 6 Accessibility 101

Terrill Thompson, B.S., DO-IT, University of Washington
Gaier Dietrich, B.A., High Tech Center Training Unit

This two-day pre-conference was designed for anyone involved with ensuring their institution's technology is accessible but feeling a bit overwhelmed by or uncertain about that responsibility. The session covers technology-related accessibility issues in easy-to-understand ways, both small and big issues. The workshop also brought attendees together to explore strategies and promising practices for addressing these issues campus-wide.

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(Length: 10 hours)

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Opening Plenary

“you are SO brave:” a performance + talk at the margins of disability, trans, & racial justice

Kay Ulanday Barrett

This performance and keynote harnesses political poetic storytelling with elements of spoken word and theatre. Informed by hip-hop and the jazz aesthetic, Kay intimately strips down pretense, and engages love and an examination of the world. As a cultural worker, Kay aims to question notions of desirability, single-issue identity, ableism, and what exactly is mainstream normal.

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(Length: 1.5 hours)

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Main Conference Recordings

1.5 Accommodating Online Learning: Much More Than Captions

Linda Sullivan, M.A., Harvard University

Nearly all students engage in virtual learning experiences. Disability service provision for students enrolled in courses with online components needs careful consideration. This session we will examine challenges students face within each online framework. We will examine models of virtual design and student accommodations.

(Length: 1.5 hours)

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2.5 Shattering the Stigma of Mental Illness Disabilities on College Campuses

Kathleen Maxson, M.S., Cabrini University
Jennifer Uber, M.A., Delaware Community College

Mental Health disabilities have been increasing exponentially across our campuses, but little has changed about how colleges, universities, and the world views these illnesses. Join us to discover the myths about mental health illnesses, the common mental health illnesses on college campuses today, and ways to best support and appropriately accommodate these students on your campus. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation as well.

Includes research or data-based content

(Length: 1 hour)

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3.10 Behavior, Conduct, Title IX, and Students with Autism

Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D., Yale/College Autism Spectrum
Lisa King, M.Ed., St. Catherine University

The majority of students on the autism spectrum contribute to our communities in many positive ways. However, a small number of students have behaviors which challenge our campuses and our conduct boards. In this session, we will address how to best work with students on the spectrum who may present these challenges. Issues for classrooms, residence halls, students, and parents will be discussed.

(Length: 1.5 hours)

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4.6 Professional Development of Faculty: Social justice, self-concept, and aligning the responsibility to accommodate

Carey Busch, Ph.D., Ohio University

The presenter will share an approach to professional development for faculty designed to promote a culture of increased willingness to accommodate students with disabilities. Background and research will be provided, with primary focus on the objectives and essential elements of professional development. Initial outcomes and feedback from faculty will be discussed.

(Length: 1 hour)

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5.12 Ways to Increase Student Retention and Expand the Use of UDL on Campus

Jeffrey Lewinson, M.B.A., TextHelp
Brad Held, B.S., University of Central Florida

Through a review of work at the University of Central Florida, and on other campuses, the presenters will describe AT tools which directly impact student retention and increase the opportunity for the expansion of universal design for learning on campus.

(Length: 1.5 hours)

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6.6 "Like Bunnies": Coping with the explosion of emotional support animals on campus

Laura Warde, M.A., Oklahoma State University

Universities in the U.S. have seen a drastic increase in requests for emotional support animals. This panel will explore how disability support professionals from diverse campus settings address increases in requests and approvals, determine their processes, and communicate with other campus offices.

(Length: 1 hour)

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7.2 Revamping your policies and procedures: A coordinated commitment to leading practice

Moderator: Lisa Meeks, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
Zoe Brown-Wiessmann, M.Ed., University of Central Florida School of Medicine
Allison Kommer, M.Ed., University of Central Florida School of Medicine
Christine Low, M.S.W., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Marie Ferro-Lusk, M.B.A., Rush University-Rush Medical College

Over the last several years, multiple schools have revamped their policies and procedures to align with leading practices informed by the Coalition and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). UCSF’s commitment is to provide the most progressive and inclusive disability support in the country. We embrace the letter and the spirit of the law! This panel will share the UCSF Model and Disability Services Handbook and review key points from this approach to accommodating learners. Panelists from schools who have adopted these standards will discuss that process and how you can adopt these practices on your campus.

Focus on access to education in the health sciences in collaboration with the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Sciences

(Length: 1 hour)

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B.2. Being There

Jamie Axelrod, M.S., Northern Arizona University
Jane Jarrow, Ph.D., Disability Access Info Support

When the barrier a student experiences is related to actually getting to class or completing assignments in accordance with the syllabus, what approaches are available to us? While it seems reasonable to assume that attendance is an important part of learning, important is not the same as essential. And that raises questions that need to be explored as you consider individual requests. We will discuss student circumstances that may require modification of attendance or due dates, the importance of understanding the individual design of a course, and how those elements interact to inform the level of modification that may be appropriate. Flexibility with exam and assignment dates, online work, synchronous and asynchronous activities, and group work will be discussed.

(Length: 1.5 hours)

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8.11 Does Your Accommodation Letter Remove Barriers or Create Obstacles?

Adam Meyer, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
Margaret Camp, M.Ed., Clemson Univesity

Creating course access requires consideration of the student (disability), barriers within the environment, essential course elements, and reasonable accommodations that logically recognize each of these. However, the disability office's initial assessment processes and subsequent communication through the accommodation letter may not acknowledge all of these variables, which may subsequently create barriers. In this session, we will explore considerations for framing accommodation letter communication.

(Length: 1.5 hours)

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Pricing - for Orlando attendees

  Attended Onsite Conference
  AHEAD Member Non-member
Opening Plenary AND 9 concurrent sessions $29 $29
Two Day Preconference (Monday/Tuesday): PC 6 Accessibility 101 $175* $250

*Requires AHEAD member discount code located by visiting: https://www.ahead.org/membersarea/discounts.

*Note that if you attended PC 6 onsite the fee is $29 (see below).


Pre-conference pricing - for Orlando participants who attended PC 6: Accessibility 101 onsite

  AHEAD Member Non-member
Two Day Preconference (Monday/Tuesday): PC 6 Accessibility 101 $29** $29**

**Use your registration confirmation code to receive the $29 discount rate.


Pricing - did not attend conference

  Did Not Attend Onsite Conference
  AHEAD Member Non-member
Opening Plenary AND 9 concurrent sessions $275* $350
Two Day Preconference (Monday/Tuesday): PC 6 Accessibility 101 $175* $250
ALL Recordings: Pre & Main Conference $400* $475


*Requires AHEAD member discount code located by visiting: https://www.ahead.org/membersarea/discounts.


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