2014 AHEAD Conference

AHEAD and PEPNet logo

July 14-19, Sacramento California

Welcome from Conference Chairs

Please join us at the 2014 AHEAD Conference, being held in conjunction with the pepnet 2 Training Institute (PTI). We will take an in-depth look at strategies that disability services providers can use to increase opportunities to enhance access and engagement, while introducing diversified perspectives and directions at institutions of higher education regardless of office size or geographic location. Meet colleagues from around the globe to discuss the ever changing landscape of the field and effective measures to meet or exceed institutional expectations as well departmental and personal goals. In keeping with the “Access Always, in All Ways” Conference theme this year, attendees are encouraged to access information being presented at both Conferences, in all ways they can. We are asking that you take advantage of this outstanding opportunity while in a terrific location, the capital city of the great state of California.


AHEAD 2014 Conference logo: Access Always in All WaysAs you look through the following sessions, you’ll see that we’ve labeled them with topical themes and tracks to help you decide which ones to choose. We’re offering the popular AHEAD Start and Out of the Box tracks once again (see additional information below), and have added a new set of sessions focusing on management of Disability Services. The work that we do in our disability offices often has all of the same demands and expectations of a business. The sessions in this new strand, called Running a DS Office: It is YOUR Business! are intended to offer you information that you can use to be a better manager and leader of your office through your position no matter where it fits within the office hierarchy. The PTI sessions are grouped together in shaded areas to help you identify them as well.

Scenically situated at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, Sacramento features opportunities to explore the outdoors, enjoy fine dining, go wine tasting, patronize world class museums, and partake in various enjoyable activities suitable for people of all ages. The city boasts more than 230 days of sunshine allowing visitors the opportunity to tour the city and surrounding area. Within the city, one can take in sites such as Old Sacramento, a historic and vibrant riverfront district featuring boutiques and fine dining and the State Capitol and accompanying Capitol Park. A terrific array of museums in the city highlight fine art, local history, aviation, and the contributions of railroads. Venturing outside the city limitsprovides chances for unique experiences like the Sacramento Regional Wine Country featuring over 200 wineries and Gold Country which includes picturesque Gold Rush era towns and cities.

Nature lovers can enjoy the American River Parkway, a biking and walking trail surrounded by protected habitats, parks, bridges and waterways suitable for fishing, kayaking, and tubing. Water enthusiasts will especially enjoy the area since white water rapids of every class are within minutes of Sacramento and they can tour portions of the Delta, thousands of miles of boating and recreation that is home to hundreds of species of birds, fish, and other wildlife. For those who are open to traveling a little further, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and San Francisco are all within a few hours’ drive. However, if you are looking for the best food in the region - and who isn’t - then you need not travel since Sacramento is home to the most highly rated restaurants by Zagat in Northern California. It also carries the title of America’s “Farm-to-Fork Capital” since no city is more centrally located among such a diverse array of high quality farms, ranches and vineyards.

Join us at Conference 2014 in Sacramento for a week of networking, information gathering, food and fun!

Lance Alexis, Program Chair, AHEAD 2014

Cassie Franklin, Chair, pepnet 2, PTI