Private Colleges

The Private Colleges SIG offers AHEAD members representing private colleges and universities an opportunity to create a network of DS providers at these types of schools and address the issues and concerns unique to our institutions. This group serves as an advocate for private colleges and informs the AHEAD administration of issues relevant to us.


Co-Chair: Lori Colchagoff 
University of Findlay

Co-Chair: Laura T. Rich, M.Ed.
Director of Access and Outreach
Campbell University

Co-Chair: Tynisha Henderson, MA. Ed. Psy.
Director of Student Accommodations & Support Services
Formerly Office of Disability Services
Elms College


Q: What is considered a private college?
A: Private colleges and universities are any private schools open to the public. Title III of the ADAAA applies to these schools.

Q: Why should I join this group?
A: Private colleges are a special niche within higher education. This special interest group addresses the unique nature of private colleges and issues that we encounter. Although many of the school which participate in this group are small schools with one or two-person offices, and some of the DS professionals have additional responsibilities outside of their role as a DS provider, this group invites private colleges of all types and sizes to join.

Q: Is the listserv just for AHEAD members?
A: No. The listserv is open to any DS provider at a private school.


There is a listserv for private colleges that addresses issues specific to our own institutional needs. If you wish to join this small, active listserv, please contact Jane Jarrow at


The Private Colleges SIG meets annually at the National AHEAD conference. Please check the program schedule for meeting time and place.

Below are the reports from previous conferences.


Disability Laws

A Guide to Disability-Rights Laws:

ADA Homepage:

Disability Education Rights Defense Fund: International Disability Laws:

DOE OCR: SWD Preparing for Postsecondary Education:

Section 504: 34 C.F.R. Part 104:

Accessibility Standards (Physical Structures and Electronic and Information Technology)

U.S. Access Board:

U.S. Access Board Section 508 Homepage:

University of Wisconsin: Web Accessibility for All:

Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM):

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI):

Alternative Formats


AHEAD E-Text Instructional Materials Accessibility Group (IMAG):

American Printing House for the Blind: Audio Books:


Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS):

Project Gutenberg:

STudent E-rental Pilot Project (STEPP):

University of Wisconsin’s Badger Accessibility Services:

Additional Resources

Accessing Higher Ground Conference:

ADA National Network:  

California State University Northridge Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN):

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD):

Disability Access Information and Support (DAIS):

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT):

Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI):

Heath Resource Center:

High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU):

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) ADA Library: