2016 AHEAD Virtual Conferences Schedule


UPDATE, 7/8/2016: We have added a second viewing location. These programs will also be shown at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Services in the third-floor auditorium of the Bergen Building. Dates and times are the same as listed below.


OCR Year in Review

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Tillett Hall, Room 103A

The Office for Civil Rights ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through active enforcement of federal civil rights laws. OCR assists individuals with disabilities facing discrimination and guides advocates and institutions in developing systemic solutions to civil rights problems by investigating complaints, initiating compliance reviews, and providing proactive technical assistance. This session reviews illustrative decisions over the last year, which may help you in formulating policy and practice on your own campus.

Karen Mines, Chief Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office
Dan Altschul, Senior Civil Rights Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office

Learning Strategies Instruction: The key to success for students with learning disabilities

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tillett Hall, Room 103A

This session will provide learning strategies in reading, writing, memorization, test preparation and time management. Six characteristics of success (knowledge/acceptance of disability, learning to compensate, self-advocacy, goal setting, perseverance, and use of a support system) will be incorporated throughout the presentation. This session is for disability service professionals who work with students to implement these strategies or can provide them as a resource.

Jill Sieben-Schneider, University of Colorado Boulder
Christopher Stone,
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Silo-Breaking: Collaborating campus-wide to move from disability "support" to universal design

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Tillett Hall, Room 103A

The office serving students with disabilities remains largely walled-off from other campus departments, perpetuating campus barriers. This dynamic workshop will use a Community Organizing framework to address how to create the structural conditions to enable campus offices to break down silos, consider issues of access for students with disabilities in decision-making, and centralize the role of disability support in student learning.

Elisa Laird-Metke, Samuel Merritt University
Craig Elliott II, Samuel Merritt University

Opening Plenary

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 3:30 pm - 5:15 pm, Tillett Hall, Room 103A

Initiative for Empowerment and Economic Independence
Gregory Fehribach of Doninger Tuohy & Bailey LLP; The Fehribach Group and Eskenazi Health

Accommodation, Awareness, Advocacy: Supporting Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students' Transition to Postsecondary Education
Rachel Kolb of Emory University

Additional details of these presentations can be found by visiting: https://www.ahead.org/conferences/2016/featured

Psychiatric Disabilities: Evaluation of self-harm and direct threat for postsecondary institutions

Thursday, July 14, 2016 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Tillett Hall, Room 224

The 1990 ADA has not prevented discrimination against college students grappling with family, social and academic pressures that have caused a mental crisis such as severe anxiety or depression and attempted suicide. The 2008 ADA Amendments Act has forced OCR to shift its investigations to reject disciplinary action against students who threaten self-harm or harm to others. Campus administrators and police departments must now focus on support and accommodation of students undergoing a mental crisis to avoid liability and foster an inclusive educational environment. Diego will provide an update on Federal enforcement efforts and review best practices toward establishing a legally sustainable policy of inclusion while assuring the safety of students and faculty. He will also discuss strategies to meet state "clear and present danger" reporting obligations while assuring the privacy and well-being of students facing an emotional or psychiatric crisis.

Diego Demaya, Southwest ADA Center

Determining Clinical Accommodations in Health Science Programs: Upholding standards while creating equal access

Thursday, July 14, 2016 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Tillett Hall, Room 224

In this session, we will explore the interactive process when determining reasonable accommodations in the clinical environment. Disability service providers will leave the session with a greater understanding of the process for determining and implementing clinical accommodations and how to identify when a potential accommodation compromises patient safety or challenges technical standards. Participants will work through complex accommodation requests to solidify the concepts presented.

Lisa Meeks, University of California, San Francisco
Elisa Laird-
Metke, Samuel Merritt University

Is This Person Ready to Be a College Student?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Tillett Hall, Room 224

Every day in disability services we see students who are underprepared, unmotivated, and not ready for the rigors of academic life. How do we assist them to develop the maturity and skills that college requires? In this session, we will discuss strategies and programs and share best practices.

Jane Thierfeld Brown, Yale University
Laurie Ackles, Rochester Institute of Technology

How to Engage Faculty to Increase Campus Access and Inclusion: Results from a multi-campus study

Friday, July 15, 2016 10:30 am - 11:45 am, Tillett Hall, Room 224

The four presenters, who are faculty members, will share the results of a multi-campus study that identified and examined the variables of faculty engagement that improve access and inclusion for students with disabilities. Results will be framed as actionable steps disability service staff can take to increase faculty engagement.

Scott Kupferman, University of Colorado
Jill Meyer, Auburn University
Kathleen Oertle, Utah State University
Anthony Plotner, University of South Carolina

Practical Ways to Handle Next Generation Accommodation Requests: From documentation to fundamental alteration

Friday, July 15, 2016 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Tillett Hall, Room 224

The courts, advocates, and others have been active in addressing a range of evolving next generation issues for colleges and students with disabilities. Two experts with extensive experience share their approaches to proactive ways to respond to current campus issues in light of what the courts, enforcement agencies, and advocates are likely to do.

L. Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University
Laura Rothstein, University of Louisville


Please register here if you would like to attend.