Spring 2018 Conference

Thursday & Friday, March 15 & 16, 2018
Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center
Staunton, Virginia


  • Thursday Keynote Presentation – Autism Spectrum Disorder: Plans and Strategies for Supporting Students
  • Special Thursday evening event – The Storyweavers
  • Registration now open (rates increase after March 2)
  • Deadline for conference lodging rate is February 14

Please refer to conference information below, and complete details are also available on the conference registration website (see Conference Registration below).

Conference Program

Click here for the Conference Program with topics and presenter information (final Conference Program available after January 18).

Conference Registration

You may register for the Spring 2018 Conference at the following link:

Registration Fees Full Conference (Thursday & Friday) One-Day
Member $195 $105
Non-Member $245 $125
Full-Time Student $70 $35
AFTER March 2, 2018 $295 $175

AHEAD in Virginia will provide full breakfast and lunch buffets both days (included in conference registration fees).

Rate Information

To be eligible to register at the member rate you must be an AHEAD in Virginia member. The national AHEAD membership is different from the state AHEAD in Virginia membership. Only AHEAD in Virginia membership (not membership in the national AHEAD association) makes you eligible for the member rate for this conference.

You may join AHEAD in Virginia for 2016-17 at the following link:


Full conference participants have an opportunity to register for continuing education units (CEUs) while registering for the conference. CEUs are not available for single day conference registration. You must register for CEUs when you register for the conference. Requirements set by the granting institution necessitate advanced registration for receiving CEUs.

Conference Hotel

Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center
24 S. Market Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
Hotel: (540) 885-4848

Hotel reservations by telephone only – ask for AHEAD in Virginia conference rate.

A special room rate of $93 (plus taxes) is available if you make the reservation by February 14 (or until block of rooms is full, whichever comes first). Afterwards standard room rates apply. A limited number of rooms are available at the special rate, so reserve early.

Discounted parking rate $6/daily at parking facility adjacent to hotel applies to all conference attendees (overnight guests and day visitors).

Information/resources from the Fall 2017 Drive-In Conference:

Tim Creagan, United States Access Board (

USAB 508 Refresh (PowerPoint slides)

Information/resources from the Spring 2017 Conference:

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Jane Jarrow, Founder and President of Disability Compliance in Career and Online Learning, and Disability Access Information and Support (

What is a reasonable Accommodation? (Word)
Emotional Support Animals (ESA) Documentation Guidelines 2017 (PDF)
Request for Information (ESA) Form (Word)
ESA Watchlist (Word)

Friday Peer Presentations:

Tracie Ortiz, Center for Learning and Teaching, Old Dominion University
Best Practices for Creating Accessible Online Courses (PowerPoint slides)

Amy Miller, Debbie Roberts, & Andrew Anderson, Division for Academic Success, Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU LEAP (Learning Excellence in Academics Program) (PowerPoint slides)

Information/resources from the Fall 2016 Drive-In Conference:

“Emerging” Student Populations

Virginia Commonwealth University ACE-IT in College (PDF Document)

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College PAVE Program (PDF Document)

Information/resources from the Spring 2016 Conference:

Sam Johnston, Center for Applied Special Technology ( - keynote presenter “Universal Design for Learning (UDL)” – 

Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility (PowerPoint slides)
Universal Design for Learning Guidelines (PDF)
Mastery Oriented Feedback Card (PDF)
Wise Feedback Card(PDF)

Jack Trammell, Randolph-Macon College Foreign Language Accommodations (PowerPoint slides)

Seb Prohn, Center on Transitions Innovations – Virginia Commonwealth University The Intersection of Student Veteran Status and Disability: Rethinking Support Services (PDF)

Information/resources from the Spring 2015 Conference

Barbara Blacklock (University of Minnesota) keynote presentation:

Welcoming, Identifying and Accommodating Students with Mental Health Disabilities (PDF document)

Campus Partnerships-Reducing barriers for Students with Mental Health Disabilities (PDF document)

Information/resources from the Fall 2014 Drive-In Conference:

Transition Planning for High School Students Going to Post-Secondary Institutions

Division of Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Transition Services (PowerPoint presentation).

Department of Education Transition Services (PowerPoint presentation).

College Success Skills for Transition at Central Virginia Community College (PowerPoint presentation).

Information/resources from the Spring 2014 Conference

Karen Boutelle (Landmark College) keynote presentation:
Executive Function and Student Success (PowerPoint slides) (PDF document)
Executive Function and Student Success – Fostering Motivation and Engagement (PDF document)

Assistive Technology (A.T.) presentations:
Hatching New Habits for Accessible Online Materials (PowerPoint presentation)
Alternative Note-Taking Strategies Using Technology (PowerPoint presentation)
Screen Readers – Grasping Accessibility with a Hands On Approach (PowerPoint presentation)
Captioning, Audio Descriptions (PowerPoint presentation)
Adding Captions and Transcript for YouTube (PDF document) (training booklet compiled by JMU’s IT Training office specifically about Microsoft Office's accessibility tools—you are welcome to reprint any of the handbook but please give credit.)

Information/resources from the Spring 2013 Conference

Jeanne Kincaid’s keynote presentation:

Technical Standards - A Helpful Tool(.PDF document)
Service & Assistance Animals (.PDF document)
The ADA’s Hidden Barrier(.PDF document)
Understanding Disability Protections(.PDF document)

Assistive Technology (A.T.) presentations:
Tackling Today’s Web-Based Learning Technologies (PowerPoint presentation)
Free and Low Cost AT for Higher Education(PowerPoint presentation)
Adaptations using WYNN or Openbook with a PEARL camera(PowerPoint presentation)

Information/resources from the Spring 2012 Conference

AIM Report (.PDF document)
Developing Resources for Students in Distance Education (PowerPoint presentation)
Easy Converter for Higher Education (PowerPoint presentation)
OCR Resolution Letter regarding institutions charging for interpreter services (.PDF document)
Creating Accessible Documents (PowerPoint presentation)
Creating Accessible PDFs for Faculty (Word document)
Apps for Busy College Students (.PDF document)