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— From the President
— From the Editor
— Professional Development Calendar
— Introducing AHEADtech
— AHEAD 2005 Conference Update
— New Board
Scholarships and Resources
From the President
AHEAD President Jim Kessler updates us on AHEAD 2005 and
In just a few weeks we will be in Milwaukee for our
annual Conference, which everyone knows by now is “Meeting the
Profession.” For those who are planning to attend, I would like
to ask again that you wear something that identifies the institution
at which you work to the Welcome “Meet and Greet” Reception
on Tuesday evening. If you see me, say hello. If we have not
met, please introduce yourself.
As always, there will be a lot going on at Conference and
many sessions that will provide very up-to-date information
about issues, some
of which may be less than a month old, such as the reauthorization
of IDEA and fallout (as a member you received this information
in a personal mailing),
as well as where technology is with respect to e-text. This year’s
plenary presentations, as always, are somewhat unique. I hope
that you will be able to join us. Vicki Groser & Colleen Barnett (Conference
Chairs), and Rhonda Rapp & Erin Evans
(Program Chairs) have done and outstanding job preparing this
Conference for you. The AHEAD staff (Stephan Hamlin-Smith, Richard
Fox, Tri Do, Oanh Huynh, Michael Hamlin and Junette Delinois),
along with the countless committee volunteers, are engaged in
the final stages of being the extraordinary group that will make
this happen. Believe it or not, the conversations pertaining
to AHEAD 2005 started before we even got to Miami last year.
Which brings me to AHEAD 2006 – “Charting the
Course for Change,” to take place in San Diego, CA next year.
We are already planning for this Conference and hope that you
will also plan to be there. Although not exclusively, the primary“change” that
we will be discussing is transition - high school to college/university,
2-year to 4-year schools, private
to public. We have not been to the west coast in about four
years, and it has been 20 years since we were last in San Diego.
AHEAD 2006 promises to be special.
In this issue of the ALERT you will find a brief introduction
biography from Scott Lissner (Ohio State University), Kathy McGillivray
University) and Anna Jannarone (Kent State University), the
new members of the Board of Directors who begin their service
at the end of
the Milwaukee Conference. I have asked them to provide this information
so that they will be more than a name or a picture on the Web
site. In the near future, I will also ask the
rest of the Board to do the same.
Important reminder – although you will be receiving
a bi-weekly update from Stephan Hamlin-Smith, Executive Director
of AHEAD, I would
like to encourage everyone to check the home page of the AHEAD
on a regular basis for “News and Notes” that
we believe have a particular importance to the association and
item that I think is important is the Certification/Curriculum
Council for which we are asking members to apply. And if you
have not already checked the information on the update of IDEA
and the proposed
SOP, please do so and let us know your thoughts.
The Board of Directors will be holding its next meeting
July 30 - August 1, 2005 at the Hilton Hotel in Milwaukee. All
Board meetings are open to the membership.
If you are unable to attend and have items or issues that you
would like to present to the Board for consideration, please
let me know by Wednesday, July 27, 2005, and I will include them
in the agenda.
From the Editor
Happy Summer, everyone! As we settle into this
more relaxed time of year, we finally have some time to take
a breath and catch up on all
projects that get put off until summer.
I often find that summer is the time I have to reflect on what
we’re doing and to look for new ideas for the future. If
you’re heading to the Conference next month, enjoy your
time connecting with colleagues and learning more about advancing
our profession. If you can’t make it to Milwaukee, take
some time to do some reading or research that will help you continue
to grow in this field and improve your ability to help students.
One way to explore something new would be to find
a venue to see “Murderball,” an award-winning movie
about quad rugby described in an article in this issue. It sounds
unique portrait of some interesting characters.
As always, if you have any questions, or would
like to submit an article for a future issue of ALERT, please
contact me at
Professional Development Calendar
Take advantage of these
upcoming events, conferences, and other opportunities to increase
and share your knowledge.
Calls for Presentations and Articles
The ALERT is now being published every other month. Please
keep those articles coming! Here is the schedule for submissions:
August 19, 2005
September 2, 2005
October 21, 2005
November 4, 2005
December 16, 2005
January 9, 2006
Please keep those articles coming!
2006 ADA Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion,
and Disability Conference, April 17 – 18,
CALL FOR PAPERS: The organizing theme for the sixth
annual conference will be “Personal
Perspectives & Social Impact: The Stories We Tell.” The goal
is to encourage presenters and participants to reflect on how
personal experiences create and transform social, cultural, and
a look into what the psychologist Theodore Sarbin referred to
storied nature of human conduct.” Conference information and updates
will be posted to http://ada.osu.edu/conferences.htm For
presentation guidelines, to be on the mailing list or to suggest
a presenter, send an e-mail to ADA-OSU@osu.edu The
proposal deadline is October 1, 2005.
AHEAD and Affiliate Events
AHEAD 2005 Conference, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
August 2-6, 2005. Registrations are still being accepted! The Conference schedule
includes one special two-day Preconference Institute on E-text creation, scanning,
production that will take place on August 1-2. Check the AHEAD Conference
Web site for travel information and full Conference details: http://www.ahead.org/training/conference/2005_conf/index.htm
Other Upcoming Conferences, Trainings, and Expositions
Check out these offerings from our colleagues in the fields of disability and
Mountain Retreat in Crested Butte, CO,
September 9-12, 2005, sponsored by the Adaptive Sports Center. This retreat
is designed for people with physical
disabilities. It involves taking participants out of their everyday lifestyle
and teaching new skills that they can bring with them when they return home.
This retreat offers comfortable lodging, home-cooked organic whole foods, body
awareness workshops and recreation in nature. Local practitioners specializing
in massage, reiki, acupuncture, mediation, yoga, and others will hold evening
workshops. The Adpative Sports Center will provide daily recreation in nature
involving every type of adaptive bike available, rafting, ropes course, etc.
This weekend is about finding balance in life. The small mountain town setting
will allow participants to explore their mind, body, and soul. Cost is tentatively
$525. Group specials available as well. For questions, please contact Darlene
Santner at 970-349-2296 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
IPSI BgD multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary,
and transdisciplinary conferences are scheduled throughout the summer.
All IPSI BgD conferences are non-profit. They bring together the elite of
science. The conferences always take place in some of the most attractive places
of the world. All those who come to IPSI conferences once, always love to come
back (because of the unique professional quality and the extremely creative
atmosphere); lists of past participants are on the web, as well as details
of future conferences. These conferences are in line with the newest recommendations
of the US National Science Foundation and of the EU research sponsoring agencies,
to stress multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research
(M+I+T++ research). The speakers and activities at the conferences truly support
this type of scientific interaction. One of the main topics of this conference
is "E-education and E-business with Special Emphasis on Semantic Web and
Hotel Castello Chiola (arrival: 27 July 05 / departure: 1 August 05)
Hotel Okura (arrival: 1 September 05 / departure: 4 September 05)
Hotel Sveti Stefan (arrival: 1 October 05 / departure: 8 October 05)
For more information, visit: http://www.internetconferences.net/
3rd SALT Center Conference: A Generation of Experience: What's Next?
Sponsored by: The University of Arizona, SALT Center, September 22 - 24, 2005,
at The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
A generation of students with learning and attention challenges has now been
educated through the benefits of laws that guaranteed them equal access to education
at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. What have we learned? Just how
far have we come? Has practice driven research? Or has research informed practice?
How will the next generations of learners benefit from our experiences?
BOOT CAMP for Disability Service Providers at ICU's:
(VERY) Intensive Training for New Recruits, October 1-4, 2005, Columbus,
OH. For years, new DSS providers have bemoaned the lack of start-up information
for those new to the field and to their positions. How do I know what to do,
or when? What do I need to know about the applicable laws? What kind of policies
and procedures need to be in place? What kind of technology is going to be
needed -- and what the heck does it do? For that matter, what am *I* supposed
to do??? No one needs this kind of information more than those brave enough
to assume the role of disability service provider (along with umpteen other
hats they wear!) at small, private institutions. For those intrepid souls,
we have put together an intensive orientation to your responsibilities that
we think you will find to be just what you need! For more information contact:
Jane Jarrow - JaneJarrow@aol.com or Lydia Block - LSBlock@aol.com
The California Association for Postsecondary Education
and Disability (CAPED) invites workshop proposals for the 30th
Annual Convention – Creating
an Oasis: Innovations through Collaboration & Coordination, October 9-12,
2005, in Rancho Mirage, CA. For more information, visit their website at http://www.caped.net/convention2003.html or
contact Maureen Fry, Riverside Community College, 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside,
CA 92506. Email: email@example.com,
FAX (909) 222-8059, Phone: (909) 222-8641.
2006 ADA Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability
Conference, April 17 – 18, 2006, at The Ohio State University in Columbus,
"Identity is formed by social processes. Once crystallized, it is
maintained, modified, or even reshaped by social relations...Conversely, the
identities produced by the interplay of individual consciousness and social
structure react upon the given social structure, maintaining it, modifying
it, or even reshaping it." (Berger and Luckman, 1963)
The organizing theme
for the sixth annual conference will be “Personal Perspectives & Social
Impact: The Stories We Tell.” "Storytelling enables the individuals
in an organization to see themselves and the organization in a different
light, and accordingly make decisions and change their behavior in accordance
these new perceptions, insights and identities." (Steven Denning)
Conference information and updates will be posted to http://ada.osu.edu/conferences.htm
AHEAD’s Technology Special Interest Group seeks new members.
Are you an AHEAD member interested in sharing information and
resources regarding access to information technology by students with disabilities?
If so, the AHEAD Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) would like to invite
you to join our SIG. Discussions focus on policy and management issues regarding
the availability of assistive technology and the procurement, development and
use of accessible information technology on postsecondary campuses. An important
topic addressed is how to effectively work with your campus computing services
department to assure that students with disabilities have the same access to
technology (in computer labs, on web pages, in distance learning courses, etc.).
The Technology SIG will be meeting on Thursday, August 4th, 12:45
- 2:00 pm, in Center 102D/E during the 2005 AHEAD Conference. There we will
get to know one another, share resources
how we can
best support each other and other AHEAD members in our area of interest.
To participate in our discussions year-round, join to the AHEADtech electronic
discussion list. To subscribe to the list, send a blank mail message to
More information about AHEAD’s Technology SIG can be found
at http://www.ahead.org/about/SIGs/technology/technology.htm Here you will
find a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers
as well as lists of technology-related discussion groups and websites that
might be of interest to you. Content of this website is provided by SIG participants
and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AHEAD administration.
If you would like to speak to the Chair or Vice-Chair prior to
the SIG meeting, contact us at the DO-IT booth located in the Exhibit Hall
of AHEAD 2005.
You may also contact us via email.
Tech SIG Chair: Sheryl Burgstahler
Director, DO-IT University of Washington
Tech SIG Vice-Chair: Lyla Crawford
AHEAD 2005 Conference Update
Silent Auction = $$$$ = Scholarships = “Meeting the Profession”
Silent Auction Committee is seeking donations to support AHEAD’s
The Silent Auction Committee for the AHEAD 2005 Conference
in Milwaukee is currently receiving some very exciting items
for this year’s Silent Auction! Funds raised through the Silent
Auction are used for a diverse scholarship program offered by
AHEAD. Last year’s
Silent Auction, held in Miami, was able to raise $4,715.00 for
scholarships awarded to: 1 undergraduate ($1,000) and 1 graduate
($1,000) student with
a disability, 2 AHEAD members who were pursuing advanced degrees
($1,000 each), and 6 AHEAD members to attend AHEAD’s annual international
Your donation this year will help AHEAD to continue to offer scholarships
to “Meet the Profession.” There would be no funds raised without
your generous support of gifts to the Silent Auction. Let’s aim
toward exceeding last year’s total of $4,715!
To get you thinking, here are a few suggestions of items to
- Sports memorabilia
- Books and materials relevant to disability issues
- Artwork, jewelry, pottery or crafts representing geographic areas
or ethnic groups
- College memorabilia such as sweat shirts, mugs, glassware, etc
- Gift certificates for national chains such as bookstores, restaurants,
- Autographed pictures of famous people
Please go out and collect an item(s) from your area for the Silent Auction – it
is easier than you think! Remember: All donors will be entered into a
drawing for several gift certificates to Milwaukee area restaurants!!
Please send all Silent Auction donations by July 15, 2005
Diane Arnzen, Director
100 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511
It is important that we receive as many items as possible
by July 15th so that we will have time to organize the donations prior
to the start
of the Conference in August. If you are not able to send your
item ahead of time, you should send a description and estimated value
of your donated
item to Brian Schultz at: firstname.lastname@example.org When you arrive at
the Conference in Milwaukee, look for the Silent Auction table in the
area where you
will be picking up your registration materials. You can then
leave your donated item with a Silent Auction committee member at that
Thank you in advance to all of you who will be participating in making
the Silent Auction a huge success!
Brian Schultz, Co-chair Silent Auction Committee
Introducing Our New Board Members
AHEAD welcomes new Board members Scott Lissner,
Anne Jannarone and Kathy McGillivray.
Throughout his 26 years in
higher education as a direct service provider, manager, program director
and compliance officer,
L. Scott Lissner has
enjoyed being in the classroom on an adjunct basis and working
with the broader community. Teaching courses in statistics, psychology,
and disability law informs and energizes his work on and off
campus. Currently Lissner is the American’s With Disabilities Act
Coordinator for The Ohio State University; reporting to the Provost,
he is responsible
for disability related policy, institutional compliance, dispute
resolution and community outreach. His work in the community
includes work on state
legislation, serving on Boards for ADA-OHIO, the regional transit
authority, the City of Columbus' Advisory Committee on Disability,
and the Columbus
Bar Association's Professional Ethics Committee.
An active member of AHEAD since 1988, Lissner was a charter
member and officer of AHEAD in Virginia, has presented at numerous
the LD/ADHD SIG, the ADA Coordinator’s SIG, reviewed conference
proposals, was Program Chair for the 2002 Conference, has served
on the Professional Development Committee and sits on the Editorial
the Journal of Postsecondary Education & Disability. A background
in counseling and doctoral work in learning and memory shaped
his approach to documentation and direct services, while his
community advocacy and
doctoral work in educational policy has shaped his approach to
accommodation decision making and institutional compliance.
Anne Jannarone currently serves as the Director of Student Disability
Services at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, a position she has
held for the past 8 years. While in that role, she has had the opportunity
to serve in leadership positions in Ohio disability services organizations
and regional student affairs forums. Jannarone holds a Master’s
Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is currently a Doctoral Candidate
in Higher Education Administration, researching budgeting practices
in disability services as her dissertation topic. She enjoys teaching
and has been an adjunct faculty member in the Rehabilitation Counseling
program at Kent State for the past three years. Other professional interests
include judicial affairs and diversity action committees. A native of
western New York State, she enjoys traveling, reading and cheering on
her beloved Buffalo Bills.
Kathy McGillivray is currently
the Director of Disability Services at Bethel University in St. Paul,
Minnesota. Prior to her work at Bethel, she was a disability specialist
at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in the disability services
field for the past thirteen years and is passionate about empowering
people with disabilities to achieve their goals. She believes that this
happens through systemic change, environmental access, and by encouraging
people with disabilities toward advocacy and independence.
When she’s not working, Kathy enjoys reading, playing
the guitar, tandem bicycling and involvement in her local church.
She hates sauerkraut, rap music, and waiting for buses in the
rain. She loves good coffee, bluegrass and folk music, and
walks around Minnesota's beautiful lakes.
Trey Duffy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
shares a brief presentation he made as a panelist at the city of
Equal Opportunities Commission Conference titled
“Building our Community: Embracing Our Differences.” The audience was comprised
primarily of community civil rights workers, and Scott was asked
to be “provocative.”
Provocation as Requested
It’s been said that disability is like pornography: you
know it when you see it but it’s hard to define. I’m
not so sure we do know it when we see it or can define it because
whether someone has a disability or not seems to be the most
controversial issue related to disability.
Having a disability is not so much about having a physical
or mental impairment that limits what one can do in life. It’s
not so much about doctors and health care and insurance. It’s about “opportunity.”
It’s about “access to opportunities.” It’s about
being treated based upon inherent characteristics that you have
no control over and that have little relation to the things
trying to access. It’s about stigma. About being “the other.”
Disability is about discrimination, the lack of opportunity to participate
in the world in the same manners as others. This is what all oppressed
communities have in common.
In preparation for this panel the organizer challenged us to be provocative.
We were told this was not an audience who just landed from a distant
planet and stumbled upon a conference on “diversity.” These
are people who tend to be very familiar with the concepts and the issues.
So, adhering to the culture of confession, the Oprah-ization of America,
in the spirit of emotional correctness, and at the risk of political
incorrectness and being kicked off the island, allow me to step outside
the proverbial box: some quick, provocative perspectives.
The conference title is “Embracing our Differences.” OK,
this continues to be a worthy approach to educating the public
about the importance of diversity. However, what if we were
also advocating “embracing
our similarities?” Our common humanity, our common desires to build
a world free from oppression, poverty, and illness. Our common
history. Whether it is genetics, religion, politics, culture,
heritage, the fact
is we all have a lot more in common than we have differences.
Is it possible “embracing
our differences” has the impact of communicating we prefer segregation?
Is diversity fatigue leading to food court multiculturalism? Are people
being over exposed, superficially, to diversity issues, and, in fear
of being politically incorrect, exhibiting a kind of food court multiculturalism?
You know, hang a batik in the office, see a foreign film, attend a conference??
I heard someone recently say that they’d rather go to the dentist
than do one more “privilege exercise.” Is it time to move
beyond the deficit model of diversity and toward one of appreciative
I’m wondering if we might not want to embrace a strategy
of recognition of progress rather than grumbles of criticism and grievance.
have been made for people of color, LGBT, people with disabilities
and others typically disenfranchised throughout American history. Might
be more effective with the majority culture if we highlighted
and praised the accomplishments that they have contributed to? What if
we were to
give recognition and praise for the advancements in education,
entertainment, sports, politics, even religion?
In closing, back to disability:
One reason to care about the important issues facing people with disabilities
is that, as many of us in the geezer glut, the Baby Boomers who for some
reason continue to age, are finding out: the disability community is
one that can involuntarily be joined. In fact, short of making a quick
and unexpected exit from the planet, we all join the disabled community
Like any other great sports story, MURDERBALL features
Quad rugby players have suffered injuries that have left them
2002 World Championship
Coach Joe vs. Zupan
Mark Zupan is an equally domineering personality—macho
Sex, Fate, and a Lucky Heart Attack
Taking their hard-won experience and quad wisdom
Meanwhile, a heart attack strikes Coach Joe. We see a man transformed
2004 Paralympics Games, Athens
Check your local listings for showings of MURDERBALL,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical
The purpose of the current study is to survey the health of
The researchers are interested in studying adult women who are
If you believe that some of your students or colleagues
Nursing Scholarships and Resources
ExceptionalNurse.com Scholarship Awards
The winners of the 2005 ExceptionalNurse.com scholarship awards are:
"Homework for Future Nursing Students with Disabilities"