AHEAD to You!


The 2015 – 2016 Webinar Series

AHEAD is pleased to bring you this virtual learning opportunity, right to your Desktop.

Our titles represent what you’ve asked for, what you need, and what will expand your thinking as you work in Disability Resources and Services. AHEAD to You is one of the most convenient ways to get professional development for you, your staff and campus colleagues.

All AHEAD to you webinars are scheduled 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET to allow everyone to join us, and full instructions and materials are sent to you prior to each session. Additionally, all webinars presented by AHEAD are captioned in real-time to assist in maximizing accessibility.

Registration is open now by following this this link, or the link at the bottom of the page. Registration is available online only, and can be paid by credit/debit card through the secure online portal provided. Alternatively, you may choose the “bill me” option, which will provide you with an emailed invoice that is payable by FAX or mail within 15 days or your registration.

AHEAD members are offered deeply discounted pricing ranging from $63.00 per session to $139.00 per session depending on quantity of sessions purchased. Non-members also receive quantity discounts, but at significantly higher, non-member pricing.

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October 22, 2015

Negotiating Accommodations with Faculty…with Confidence!!!

Adam Meyer - University of Central Florida

In our role as disability service providers, we need to regularly facilitate access in classroom environments more than anywhere else on campus. Working with faculty can be positive, challenging or sometimes downright intimidating. Based on notable leadership strategies, this session will offer thoughts and insights on how to have the conversations you want with faculty to create the access you need for students and the university.

Audience: Intermediate to Advanced

November 12, 2015

Expanding Your Access Infra-structure

Scott Lissner - The Ohio State University

Irene Bowen-ADA-One, LLC

The work of barrier removal and building in accessibility go beyond the physical environment. This session will offer a look at policies and practices that address your programmatic and information environments with an eye toward compliance as well as exemplary design. Universities and colleges need to have clearly defined procedures addressing such aspects as grievances, allowing service animals on site, ensuring access to public spaces like sports arenas, and making your online “entry points” accessible. How is your campus doing in these areas? This session will review requirements and offer suggestions to help you build and expand your campus “access infra-structure.”

Audience: All

January 21, 2016

Best Practices for Evaluating Physical Accessibility on Campus

Caidin Riley-Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Renee Hogoboom-Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

How accessible is your campus? Access is often talked about in terms of providing accommodations, services, and supports for students with disabilities. What happens when students are unable to physically navigate the parking, grounds, or buildings on campus? In this session the presenters will provide insights, examples, and takeaways to complete physical access self-assessments on your own campus.

Audience: All

February 4, 2016

Conduct and Students on the Autism Spectrum

Jane Thierfeld Brown-University of Connecticut School of Law; College Autism Spectrum

Lisa King-University of St. Catherine; College Autism Spectrum

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

Audience: All

February 11, 2016

An Essential and Strategic Role for Disability Services: Faculty Developer

Elizabeth Harrison-University of Dayton

Randall Ward-Eastern Michigan University

When we accept that barriers to curricular access stem from the design of academic programs, courses, and experiences, it changes the work of the DS office. Rather than focusing primarily on the individual student’s disability, active faculty outreach, consultation, and collaboration become central. Join us to explore how sustained and strategic faculty development is an important part of DS work when we embrace a socio-political understanding of disability.

Audience: Novice

March 3, 2016

Bridges from College to Career for Students on the Spectrum

Lisa King-University of St. Catherine; College Autism Spectrum

Jane Thierfeld Brown-University of Connecticut School of Law; College Autism Spectrum

In this session we will provide DS providers information regarding the challenges that students with Asperger Syndrome face when transitioning from college to employment settings and strategies for supporting the student and campus constituencies. Ideas will be discussed for assisting the student to secure and retain internship opportunities. In addition, ways in which to engage key departmental staff, career services, and potential work sites will be provided. We will equip attendees with strategies and tools to facilitate a smoother transition to internships, while still on campus and career employment beyond college.

Audience: All

April 7, 2016

Building Practices Through Innovation and Outreach

Sohail Akhavein-University of Minnesota

From how to collaborate with departments in an effort to reduce the amount of traffic in and out of your testing center to crafting a specific exam request form to increase transparency when it comes to administering instructors exams, the Testing Coordinators at the University of Minnesota will lead a digital round table discussion focusing on their testing-related policies and procedures, best practices, and innovative departmental outreach programming. Participants will be invited to share the above mentioned topics in relation to their own offices in the hopes of collaborating to ease the stressors we all face in the world of disability accommodated testing.

May 26, 2016

Establishing a Campus-Wide Approach for Addressing Food Allergies and Celiac Disease in Higher Education

Kristi Grim-Food Allergy Research & Education

Kristie Orr-Texas A&M

Laura Patey-Wesleyan University

More students are arriving on college campuses with food allergies and sensitivities than ever before. While schools recognize that they need to meet the needs of those students, they often don't know how. This presentation will present recently adopted guidance for best practices for working with college students with dietary needs.

Audience: All

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