AHEAD is interested in proposals that are theory-based and introduce a key element of disability resource office work to new professionals in the field. New professionals are broadly identified as individuals with less than three years of experience in a disability resource office. The proposals will have practical advice and detailed examples of application.
The 2021 Foundations series monographs included the following topics:
- The Appointment That Can’t Wait: Serving College Students with Concussion in Disability Resources, by Nancy Resendes Chinn, Ed.D.
- Operationalizing our Commitment to Social Justice: A Guide for Disability Resources Professionals, by Amanda Kraus, Ph. D.
- A Guide for Assistive Digital Technology Provision to Postsecondary Students, by Jane Berliss-Vincent, A.M.L.S.
Possible focus areas for 2022 include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Disability studies: critical analysis of disability in society, media, design and services and how this relates to the daily practice of disability resource offices
- Legal concepts: the interactive process, fundamental alteration, undue burden, direct threat, reasonable accommodations; 504, the ADA as amended, case law and settlement agreements
- The interactive process: student interview, documentation, and decision-making in context
- Access barrier analysis and accommodation delivery: service design, assistive technology, accommodation coordination, and faculty interactions
- Outreach and consultation: campus leadership and influence in the instructional, physical, technology, and policy environments
- Office management: the nuts and bolts of office policies and procedures, record keeping and management, budgets, program evaluation
The final product is considered “work for hire” and will be the intellectual property of AHEAD. It will become part of AHEAD’s monograph publication series. All monographs will include author attribution.