The 2010 Conference will begin with a special Tuesday Evening Opening Keynote Address:

Irene Bowen imageADA Past, Present, and Future: A Retrospective on the ADA at its 20th Anniversary, and a Look Ahead to 2020.

Irene Bowen, ADA One, LLC

Tuesday, July 13, 2010  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

During the 2009-2010 academic year, more than 15 million students were enrolled in post-secondary education. Most of the entering freshmen came directly from high school and were born in 1991, the year the first ADA rules were issued. We kick off the conference with a thought-provoking look at the ADA, past and present, and how it shapes the experience of students and the work of DS providers.  Irene Bowen played a key role at DOJ during the development of the ADA and its regulations, and led numerous ADA enforcement efforts until she began her own consulting firm in 2010. We’ll share views on how the times and the people we interact with have changed, whether we’re adequately serving the population, and what’s ahead.  Join us as we prepare for a new wave of regulations and watch the ADA emerge from its adolescence.

Now a private consultant, Irene Bowen was Disability Rights Section Deputy Chief for Enforcement until August 2008. She oversaw ADA investigations and litigation, including investigations of and agreements with several universities. She was a member of the task force that developed DOJ’s 1991 ADA regulations. As former DOJ liaison to the Access Board, she played a key role in developing the accessibility guidelines. She has presented at meetings of the National Association of ADA Coordinators, AHEAD, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the American Institute of Architects.

Awards Banquet

Friday, July 16, 2010  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join your colleagues in this relaxed and collegial networking opportunity over lunch.

Hear about AHEAD’s work and year-in-review, while honoring those who

have made significant contributions to our field.

Banquet attendees will be treated to a phenomenal presentation by PHAMALy The Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League (PHAMALy) is a theatre group and touring company that performs throughout the greater Denver area. PHAMALy was formed in 1989 when a group of former students of the Boettcher School in Denver, Colorado, grew frustrated with the lack of theatrical opportunities for people living with disabilities, and decided to create a theatre company that would provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to perform. As a not-for-profit membership organization, PHAMALy is dedicated to producing traditional theatre in nontraditional ways.

PHAMALy brings a unique and unusual approach to the theatre landscape. PHAMALy produces professional quality live theatre with performers who are physically and/or developmentally disabled, empowering them to acquire new, and improve upon existing, acting skills. PHAMALy also educates other theatre professionals in methods of adapting their performances to include differently abled actors.

Friday, July 16, 2010 9:00 am - 10:30 am Featured Presentation sponsored by PEPNet!

Wendy Harbour imageStudents’ Perspectives... Students’ Successes

A panel discussion moderated by Wendy Harbour, Ph.D. Syracuse University

Disability Service and Resource professionals can staff get caught up in the day-to-day work of resource management and problem solving. There seem to be few opportunities to take a breather and listen to the student experience. As students transition from secondary to postsecondary education, and from postsecondary education to employment, numerous factors may have contributed to their success. This session will feature a panel of current and former students who are deaf and hard of hearing who will share their perspectives of what “success” is as well as experiences that contributed to their success.

Wendy S. Harbour teaches courses in disability studies, inclusive K-12 education, and disability in higher education. Her areas of expertise are disability studies in education, universal design for learning, postsecondary disability services and accommodations, and transition from secondary to postsecondary settings. She directs the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University. Dr. Harbour has conducted international research for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and managed federal grants for the Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet), and the Center on Applied Special Technology, Inc. (CAST). She completed her doctorate in education from Harvard University, where she is currently an adjunct lecturer in education.

Closing Plenary

The Legal Year in Review

Saturday, July 17, 2010 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Jo Anne Simon imageJo Anne Simon, Attorney at Law

Paul Grossman, J.D., Hastings College of the Law

(Throughout this conference, Mr. Grossman is participating in his private capacity. The views expressed in his presentations will be the result of his independent research and do not necessarily represent the views of the US Department of Education or government.)

We devote all of Saturday morning to this always popular and timely update on developments in disability law in the US. Our highly respected speakers will discuss essential components of the ADAAA and other legislation, and share illustrative court cases that have an impact on people with disabilities in the realms of employment and education.

Paul Grossman imageCounsel on the landmark Bartlett v. NYS Board of Law Examiners case and a Fordham University School of Law Adjunct Associate Professor, Jo Anne Simon is a national leader in disability civil rights law. Active in the disability field since the 1970’s, she is a community and national activist, prolific presenter and a founding member of AHEAD where she served as board member. A civil rights lawyer who has handled school desegregation and other access-to-education cases, Paul Grossman has done legal work on behalf of studentswith disabilities at all levels for three decades. He is a dedicated member of AHEAD and has provided numerous, well-attended presentations on disability law and its application to the higher education setting.