Fall 2018 AHEAD to You! Webinars

AHEAD is pleased to bring high quality, low cost professional development directly to your desktop, staff meeting, or gathering with campus colleagues.

This fall's webinars include topics specifically requested by members and offered by nationally-recognized experts. AHEAD to YOU! webinars five you the option of listening live and participate in the conversation OR listening to the fully recorded and captioned session whenever it’s convenient for you. Use the webinars as professional development for yourself and your staff or to foster dialogue and interest in accessibility on your campus by listening with colleagues.

All AHEAD to You! webinars are scheduled on Thursdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern Time.

Complete instructions for participating and presentation slides are sent via email prior to each webinar. All webinars are captioned in real-time, with audio supported via an operator-assisted phone line. Links to the recordings will be sent to registrants who make a request after each session. Questions? Contact Carol Funckes.

These webinars are now available as recordings. After you register for any of them, you will be sent a link to the recording and other presentation resources, if they were used. The link will not expire. The recording can be watched repeatedly and shared across your campus.  

Navigating a Challenging Ethical, Legal, and Student Service Responsibility: Students who Present with Self-Injurious Behaviors and Psychiatric Disabilities

September 27, 2018, Thursday; 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time
Paul Grossman, J.D., Hasting College of Law & Retired Chief Regional Attorney, Office of Civil Rights and Richard Yao, Ph.D., California State University Channel Islands

The number of postsecondary students who commit suicide each year has been estimated at 1,000, with many more attempts and self-injurious acts. With a greater presence on campus of students who report experiencing high levels of depression and anxiety, the prevalence of suicide among veterans, and increasing enrollment of students who identify with psychiatric conditions, this number is not likely to decrease. Many colleges and universities mandate medical leave, long-term suspension, or permanent dismissal of students who survive a suicide attempt or engage in significant self-injurious behavior. These responses, frequently taken to avoid liability, are often not in the student’s best interest and are likely to violate disability antidiscrimination laws, including the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Fortunately, there are other ways of responding to suicide attempts and other types of self-injurious behaviors that are both lawful and in students’ best interest.

We will cover legal, prophylactic, and therapeutic practices in working with students who present with self-injurious behaviors and/or psychiatric disabilities on college campuses. We will address the complexity involved with providing institutional support and the promotion of student success while addressing misconduct and threats through student conduct procedures calculated to comply with federal disability laws.

Managing Attendance Accommodations: Individualizing Conversations

October 18, 2018, Thursday; 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time
Presenters:  Jamie Axelrod, M.S., Northern Arizona University

In addressing requests for modifications to class attendance policies, OCR findings make it clear that we should not send students to negotiate reasonable accommodations with their faculty members. Faculty understanding of disability and the law and the power differential make that a determination that needs to be handled by professionals in the disability resource office. But, how do we manage the need for individual consideration with so many students and the unique nature of each class? Join us for a practical guide to implementing best practices in addressing requests for attendance modification and anticipating and responding to faculty questions and student expectations.

Disability Compliance and Disability as Social Justice: Two Coins or One?
November 8, 2018, Thursday; 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time
Presenters: Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University and Adam Meyer, Ph.D., Central Florida University

As disability resource professionals we often say that we want to operate from a “social justice perspective” and to move our campuses “beyond a compliance narrative,” revealing a perspective that compliance and social justice are different goals. But are they? Is social justice inherently different than compliance, and compliance distinct from social justice? Many of us work with limited budgets, increasing demands, and a perceived lack of influence on campus. While we dream of universally designed environments and a culture that anticipates and embraces difference, we may simultaneously perceive that the “practical side” of our work limits opportunities to pursue social justice goals. We may be driven to focus on what is legally required when pursuing social justice may be exactly the conversation that will excite institutional action. This session will explore compliance and social justice in the context of disability and access. Practical office operational considerations will be explored.

Learning Disability Diagnostic Testing Reports: What Does It All Mean?
December 6, 2018, Thursday; 3:00-4:30 Eastern Time
Presenters:  Rhonda Rapp, Ph.D., St Mary’s University

While learning disability diagnostic testing reports can be widely varied, they all still share basic commonalities. This webinar will provide a guided journey through the commonalities of a “typical” learning disability diagnostic testing report. Information about the various components of the report and each component’s use and significance will be covered. In addition, barriers to learning highlighted by the information harvested from the various tests and subtests, background information, behavioral observation information, and the conclusions drawn will be included. Finally, a case study will be utilized as the webinar capstone.

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Registration & Costs

Number of Fall Webinars Registered Member Non-Member
1 $140.00 $200.00
2 $245.00 $350.00
3 $294.00 $420.00
4 $343.00 $490.00


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Contact AHEAD at ahead@ahead.org or 704.947.7779 with any registration questions

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Speaker Bios

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Jamie Axelrod, M.S. is the Director of Disability Resources at Northern Arizona University and President of AHEAD. Jamie presents regularly on topics related to disability access and higher education, having expertise in disability law and policy, communication and information technology (ICT) access, and the reasonable accommodation process. Jamie is a respected contributor to professional listservs, having received the Fink-Ryan Award for the quality of his guidance, and a go-to consultant for complex issues. He has worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s athletic department, as a mental health therapist, and for Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc., a disability rights advocacy law firm where he served as an advocate for individuals with disabilities who were claiming that their civil rights had been violated. Jamie has served as co-chair of Northern Arizona University’s Commission on Disability Access and Design and on AHEAD’s Board of Directors.


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Paul Grossman, J.D. served as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), serving as its Chief Regional Attorney in San Francisco for 30 years. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Disability Law at Hasting College of Law, University of California, and a member of the AHEAD Board of Directors, the Public Policy Committee of the Association for Children and Adults with AD/HD (CHADD), and the Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) Expert Advisory Board. Dr. Grossman has worked on every type of education discrimination and investigated, written decisions, and settled hundreds of disability discrimination cases, often developing new approaches to protecting students with disabilities. He is the coauthor of The Law of Disability Discrimination (8th Edition) and its companion publication, Law of Disability Discrimination Handbook: Statues and Regulatory Guidance.  


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L. Scott Lissner is the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer for The Ohio State University, where he is also an Associate of the John Glenn School of Public Policy and serves as a lecturer for the Moritz College of Law, the Knowlton School of Architecture and Disability Studies. Engaged in community and professional service, Scott is a past President and Public Policy Chair of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and serves on the Board of Directors for The Center for Disability Empowerment, VSA Ohio, and the Editorial Board for Thompson’s ADA Compliance Guide. He is a prolific national and international presenter, having recently addressed audiences at AHEAD and the National Association of College and University Attorneys, as well as in the UK, Indonesia, and Japan. He has published on the impact of the ADAAA, universal design, and accessibility.


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Adam Meyer, Ph.D.  is the current Executive Director of the Student Accessibility Services office and of Inclusive Education Services at the University of Central Florida with past disability office experience at Eastern Michigan University and Saint Louis University. Adam is currently on the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Board of Directors and has presented at the past seven AHEAD conferences on documentation, social model of disability and office implementation, initial student interviews, office data and budget basics as well as on leadership strategies for disability professionals. He worked in the intellectual disability field for nearly 10 years prior to working in higher education.


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Rhonda Rapp, Ph.D. is currently the Director of a TRiO-Student Support Services program and Adjunct Faculty member at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She is a former Director of Disability Services and former Lead Trainer for a TRiO Training grant. Dr. Rapp has been in the field of disability services for over 30 years and has provided a variety of services for students with disabilities including psychoeducational assessments, accommodation prescription and implementation, academic advising, career counseling, transition services, and individual and group counseling. She has also created and presented training focused on working with students with disabilities for faculty (kindergarten through postsecondary) and support personnel. Besides working full time at St. Mary’s University, she is also the disability consultant for the Kamehameha School System in Hawaii and a Technical Advisor for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).


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Richard Yao, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI). Dr. Yao served as a psychology lecturer, Director of Student Development, and Dean of Students at Nevada State College, where he oversaw Student Life, Academic Advising Center, Academic Success Center, Disability Resource Center, and Student CARE Team. Dr. Yao has worked with individuals with chronic and persistent mental illness and transition-aged youth with severe emotional disturbance. His current interests include comparing student perception of learning with direct measures of student learning outcomes; navigating the legal, ethical, and psychosocial factors required to support students with psychiatric disabilities; examining the benefits and stressors associated with peer-to-peer support programs; and leveraging undergraduate research to promote meaningful campus change. Dr. Yao earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University.

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