AHEAD Fall Workshops 2013

October 18 - 19, 2013

Hilton Charlotte Executive Park

Charlotte, North Carolina

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AHEAD presents a new program format designed for those newer to the field, and those wanting to a refresh, or develop refined expertise.

Every year, new professionals become managers of Disability Resources & Services or ADA Coordinators at colleges and universities. Often they don’t know where to start in taking over, or creating programs and services. Each of the workshops in “Foundations in Disability Resources and Services” is designed to give you a strong knowledge base from which to work and establish your DS office. Others who may have experience, will learn about current trends in disability services, to refresh their knowledge.

Choose one of these day and a half workshops:

  1. AHEAD Start: Setting the Landscape for the New Professional
  2. Introduction to Disability Law for DS Professionals
  3. I’m Supposed to Understand Computers (and Alternative Format) Too?!

Conveniently located in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of AHEAD, this event is easy to get to, so you can fit it into your schedule. Registration fees for the Institute include all instruction materials, mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks, and continental breakfast each morning.

Registration Information

Received by AHEAD on or before September 20, 2013

AHEAD, SUCCEEDS, and NC AHEAD Members $239.00

(Non-Members $339.00)

Received by AHEAD after September 20, 2013

AHEAD, SUCCEEDS, and NC AHEAD Members $289.00

(Non-Members $359.00)

Registration includes all workshop handouts and materials, refreshment breaks, Friday and Saturday morning breakfast, and complimentary books as noted in the workshop descriptions.

If you are paying by credit card and are permitted to pay through AHEAD's secure online payment processing server at this time, you may register online at online registration form. If you cannot pay for your registration with a credit card online, please use the downloadable registration form, and submit it via FAX or mail.

Workshop #1: AHEAD Start: Setting the Landscape for the New Professional

Carol Funckes, University of Arizona

Melanie Thornton, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Designed specifically for disability resource professionals who are new to the field, or seeking to refresh their approach, this workshop offers a comprehensive overview of the issues that shape postsecondary disability services in today’s changing climate. No longer only a service office for students, the disability resource office is an increasingly vital center of information, collaboration and technical assistance for the campus community. Together we will explore how legal and philosophical frameworks intersect with the practical realities of working in higher education today and identify opportunities for personal and programmatic growth and innovation. We will discuss strategies for moving our campuses beyond a compliance narrative and provide the opportunity for participants to develop a professional network and find confidence in the role of campus leader.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The basics of disability service in higher education including legal foundations, frames of disability, disability studies scholarship, and universal design;
  • Promising practices for assessing barriers and planning strategies for access and accommodation;
  • Strategies for developing and refining mission and vision to frame the institution-wide role of the disability resource office;
  • Creative approaches to campus training and outreach;
  • The nuts and bolts of office management—record keeping, resource management, staff development, and program review/assessment.

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Workshop #2: Introduction to Disability Law for DS Professionals

Paul Grossman, Hastings College of the Law

This presentation will give DS professionals an introduction to postsecondary disability law and establish a framework for answering the questions they encounter on a daily basis. What accommodations are, or are not, required in the college and university setting? What must be done to make facilities and programs accessible to persons with disabilities? This workshop will begin with a brief review of the history of discrimination against individuals with disabilities and the emergence of the disability rights movement culminating in the adoption of disability laws. We will learn what legal traditions and concepts all antidiscrimination laws share and then what is unique to disability law.

An exploration of the practical implications of the new definition of disability in the ADAAA and new regulations covering documentation, service animals, housing, ticketing and more. Topics unique to higher education, such as admissions, discipline, academic accommodations, internships, residence halls service animals on campus, cooperation and noncooperation by faculty, and the scope of the duty to provide accessible information will be covered. We will cover procedures to ensure compliance, common pitfalls to avoid and handling internal complaints of discrimination.

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Workshop #3: I’m Supposed to Understand Computers (and Alternative Formats) Too?!?!

Teresa Haven, Arizona State University

Newer DS professionals are often so focused on all the other details of this profession that Access Technology (AT) is left for “the geeks” to take care of. But what if your campus doesn’t have an access technology professional? Even if you do, what should you know about AT in order to be well-rounded and appropriately informed in your work? This session will include:

Part I: An overview of the major access technology used by people with various disabilities, as well as the newer phenomenon of off-the-shelf technology serving as aids to access.

Part II: An introduction to finding and providing alternative text formats for use by students. This section will offer an understanding of the current trends, products and services related to e-text production and use.

Part III: The presenter will also give you tools and strategies for determine the best options for material formats and technology solutions for students with varying alt format needs, especially if students don’t have experience or skills yet themselves.

This workshop is designed with the one-person office or non-technical staff in mind. You don’t need to be a geek to learn from this presentation!

Please note... Registrations received by

September 20, 2013 save $50.00!

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Workshop Faculty

Carol Funckes

Ms. Funckes is the Associate Director of the University of Arizona’s Disability Resources and a Past President of AHEAD. She is the Chair of AHEAD’s Standing Committee on Professional Development, was a trainer for a federally-funded grant on progressive service delivery and is an Advisory Board member for pepnet 2. Carol has worked in postsecondary disability services for over 30 years, is a frequent presenter at national conferences and conducts on-site reviews of disability resource service offices. At the University of Arizona, Carol works with a staff of Access Consultants, technology staff and service coordinators responsible for coordinating accommodations for students and resources for faculty.

Paul Grossman

Paul Grossman, JD is a civil rights lawyer who has handled school desegregation and other access-to-education cases for three decades. He recently retired after more than twenty years as the chief regional attorney of the San Francisco office of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and is a nationally recognized authority on the topic of disability and higher education. He founded the disability law course at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law and is an adjunct professor of disability law at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law. He has been a regular, authoritative presenter for the Association on Higher Education And Disability, and the California Association of Post-Secondary Educators of Persons with Disabilities, and numerous other audiences. He has received honors from AHEAD, CAPED, and the Department of Education for his work and authorship in the field of students with disabilities.

Teresa Haven

Formally trained as a linguist and computer scientist, I always thought I would spend my career as a university professor and researcher. Although I have worked in those areas, circumstances have offered me great opportunities to learn and teach in a broad array of modalities. I currently specialize in accessible instructional materials production and access technology, and teach others about accessibility/usability/universal design in higher education. My passion is in developing and sharing ways to create accessible, inclusive, and welcoming educational environments for all teachers and learners.

Melanie Thornton

Melanie Thornton is the Leadership Development Facilitator at University of Arkansas CURRENTS. She is passionate about facilitating discussions that challenge organizations and individuals to embrace the values of inclusion, equity and social justice as tools in the reinvention of their professional identities and work. Some of her areas of interest include Deaf and Disability studies, diversity, inclusion, information technology, innovation, leadership, universal design, and user experience. Previously, Melanie was the Associate Director of the Disability Resource Center and the Director of Project PACE at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Melanie earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Gallaudet University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hendrix College.

Host Hotel

Hilton Charlotte Executive Park

5624 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217 USA

Telephone: 704-527-8000

The AHEAD Fall workshop will be held at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park, conveniently located near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) and a variety of shopping and restaurants, with complimentary shuttle service to both the CLT Airport and points in Charlotte, as well as complimentary parking!

AHEAD has secured a special block of rooms for workshop attendees at a cost of only $99.00 + tax/night for single or double occupancy, or $119.00 + tax/night for a king suite. Hotel reservations must by made by 5:00 p.m. on September 20th, 2013 by calling: 704-527-8000 Be sure to ask for the AHEAD discounted group rate. You may also make reservations online at http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/C/CLTEPHF-AHEAD-20131017/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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Workshop Schedule at-a-Glance

Friday, October 18, 2013

7:00 am – 8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 10:30 am Concurrent Workshops begin
10:30 am – 10:45 am Refreshment Break Provided
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Concurrent Workshops, continue
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch on Your Own
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Concurrent Workshops, continue
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Refreshment Break Provided
3:45 pm – 6:00 pm Concurrent Workshops, continue

Saturday, October 18, 2013

7:00 am – 8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 10:30 am Concurrent Workshops, continue
10:30 am – 10:45 am Refreshment Break Provided
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Workshops
12:00 pm Workshops End

AHEAD has applied for CEU pre-approval from the Commission for Rehabilitation Counselor Certification for this training event. Further details will be available on site in Charlotte.