Fall 2019 Webinars

A flexible, low-cost, high impact professional development opportunity, AHEAD webinars this fall cover a wide variety of disability resource topics. We’ve combined AHEAD to You! and Technology series webinars into a single program to offer you more choice and better savings. Select the topics that you’re working with now or register for all eight webinars to bring a diverse program of information by nationally-recognized presenters to all interested members of your campus community for under $60 each.

As always, you can watch live and participate in the conversation or watch the full recording when it’s convenient for you. Use the webinars as professional development for yourself and your staff or watch with colleagues to foster dialogue about accessibility campus-wide.

Complete instructions for participating and presentation materials will be sent via email prior to each webinar. All webinars are presented using Adobe Connect and captioned in real-time. Audio supported via an operator-assisted phone line. Questions? Contact Carol Funckes.

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While all these webinars have already been presented, the information is available in recorded form. Register for the webinars that interest you and you will receive a link to the full recording via email to watch at your convenience.

Copyright Laws and their Impact on the Alternative Format Production

Thursday, September 26, 2019; 3:00-4:30 Eastern
Jamie Axelrod, M.S., Northern Arizona University
Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives, University of Virginia Library
L. Scott Lissner, The Ohio State University

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) recently released a white paper, "The Law and Accessible Texts: Reconciling Civil Rights and Copyrights." This white paper analyzes how institutions of higher education can meet their mission of providing all students with equitable access to information within the current legal framework and clarifies long-held but erroneous legal restrictions. Join a primary author of the paper and two higher education consultant/AHEAD leaders for an in-depth look at what copyright law actually says and implications for your processes. This webinar will answer the questions you and your institution have about creating alternative format materials.

Web Accessibility Guidelines: WCAG 2.0 and 2.1

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 3:00-4:00 Eastern Time
Christy Owens, Brigham Young University- Idaho

W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are the industry standard for web accessibility but can be difficult to understand for those of us who aren’t web developers or fluent in HTML, CSS, or JavaScript, Yet, WCAG 2 applies to every university’s website, learning management system, digital content, and every digital tool and software purchased. Disability services professionals must know WCAG 2 in order to teach others, influence policy, and ensure the accessibility of university courses and websites. This webinar will cover the basics of WCAG 2 (2.0 & 2.1) in simple, easier-to-understand terminology. Join us to really learn what WCAG is, why it exists, its history, what the success criteria are, and what you’ll need to know about 2.1 in plain, understandable English.

A Deep Dive into Note-taking as an Accommodation: Where Do We Go from Here?

Thursday, October 10, 2019; 3:00-4:30 Eastern
Margaret Camp, M.Ed., Clemson University
Paul Harwell, M.A., Harvard University
Cheryl Muller, M.S., University of Arizona

When exploring the accommodation of note-taking, what do we really want to know? How does traditional note-taking as an accommodation benefit or fail students?  As the higher education landscape adjusts to evolving technologies and practices and intersects with progressive narratives of disability, how might our thinking about this accommodation shift? Join us to learn how three (3) different institutions have conceptualized what this common accommodation request really means. We will share how our processes have changed based on new conversations with students, assessment data, technology and what best practices have emerged as a result of these changes.

PDF Accessibility: Know the Standards, Mitigate Your Risk

Tuesday, October 22, 2019; 3:00-4:30 Eastern
Paul Rayius, CommonLook

Deficiencies in web and electronic document accessibility have become increasingly apparent over the past few years and, as a result, more lawsuits have been filed and fines have been levied. Colleges and universities are at risk when students, faculty, and/or staff cannot access electronic content required for application, class work, or to complete work-related duties. We'll look at some of the cases, the outcomes, and discuss prevention strategies for your campus.

Aides in the Classroom: Required, Permitted, Optional?

Thursday, October 31, 2019, 3:00-4:30
Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D., College Autism Spectrum & Yale Child Study
Paul Grossman, J.D., Hastings College of Law

Following up on a conversation begun at the AHEAD conference, our presenters continue to explore the presence of personal aides and attendants in college classrooms to assist students with behavior, focus, understanding, and communication. While colleges are not required to provide in-class aides for these purposes, we explore whether they are required to permit them to accompany students or whether colleges can require that students have these skills without the benefit of an aide. In other words, are students who need this form of support “otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities?” If institutions say “no” to aides, are they denying equal access? And, if they are required to say “yes,” can they establish restrictions or limitations on the aide?  We will look at the legal, ethical, and social issues surrounding this growing request.

Title IX and DS

Thursday, November 7, 2019; 3:00-4:30 Eastern
Chris Stone, Ed.D., University of North Carolina Wilmington
Amber Resetar, J.D. University of North Carolina Wilmington

The 2007 College Sexual Assault Study revealed that 19% of female undergraduate students are victims of sexual assault during college. According to Chivers-Wilson (2006), within two weeks of a sexual assault, 94% of women are assessed with PTSD symptoms. Over the course of their lives, women involved in a sexual assault have a discernible increase in the prevalence of ongoing diagnoses of PTSD. These figures, staggering on their own, do not account for other lifelong impairments acquired through assault or the corresponding figures within the male population. They also do not consider reporting from higher education, where students may need immediate services to support successful inclusion and continuation within the educational set.

Colleges and universities often fail to grasp their responsibilities in supporting students who experience gender-based assault, disability, or situations that blur the line between disability and gender-based need or assault. Presenters will discuss guiding documents (Dear Colleague letters and published Resolution Agreements) and underlying principles inherent in laying the foundation necessary to support these individuals on college campuses. This presentation highlights the need for nuanced understanding of accommodating students through disability services or Title IX, as may be appropriate, and will detail efforts to balance the standards of Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to ensure seamless service and support for individuals confronted by issues associated with trauma, injury, or orders related to sexual discrimination incidents, and potentially through their identification as a person with a disability with the right to accommodation guaranteed through the ADA.

The Rumble in the Publishing Jungle: PDF and EPUB duke it out!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019; 3:00-4:00 Eastern
Susan Kelmer, University of Colorado Boulder
George Kerscher, DAISY Consortium

In the PDF corner, wearing the blue tutu, is Susan Kelmer and in the EPUB corner, wearing green trunks, is George Kerscher. This heavy weight event is ten rounds of full impact advocacy for access to information. “EPUB is the greatest,” said George Kerscher, and he went on to say, “I will show the way of the future for all born accessible published materials.”  “PDF is the established world champion,” countered Susan Kelmer, following with a right hook by continuing, “We know how to deal with PDF, and our students want PDF.” This is a sanctioned AHEAD championship event. The referee and question-keeper, who will make sure there is no hitting below the belt, will be Rachel Kruzel. Fans should make sure their tickets are booked ASAP because seats are limited, and this is the ultimate event to fully understand EPUB, PDF, their differences, and the advantages of each.

Student Engagement and Use of Assistive Technology

Tuesday, December 3, 2019; 3:00-4:00
Rachel Kruzel, St. Thomas University

The implementation of a variety of assistive technology tools is becoming a more frequently used method of providing accommodations for students. However, challenges around getting students to engage with, buy-into, and have sustained use of these tools is frequently discussed and asked about. During this webinar, differing levels of student technology engagement will be discussed, as well as ideas and strategies to help students understand and embrace the positive ways technology can support them in their academics.

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Registration & Costs

Number of Webinars Member Non-Member
1 $140.00 $200.00
2 $245.00 $350.00
3 $294.00 $420.00
4 $343.00 $490.00
5 $385.00 $550.00
6 $420.00 $600.00
7 $448.00 $640.00
8 $469.00 $670.00


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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 Past-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 regular and well-respected contributor to professional listservs, including AHEAD’s discussion boards, and is 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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Brandon Butler is the Director of Information Policy at the University of Virginia Library. He is a primary author of The Law and Accessible Texts: Reconciling Civil Rights and Copyrights white paper. As the Director of Public Policy with the Association of Research Libraries, Brandon developed and promoted the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research. As a Practitioner-in-Residence, he supervised student attorneys representing clients in a wide variety of matters, including winning an expanded right to use film clips in college and university teaching. Brandon is an expert on copyright, fair use, broad access to materials and content in educational contexts, and other public policy issues affecting libraries in a range of academic, government and legal settings. 


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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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Susan Kelmer is the Alternate Format Production Program Manager for Disability Services at University of Colorado Boulder, where she is in charge of production of alternate format/media for her campus, as well as for several other campuses around the United States. She has worked for nearly 20 years assisting students with print disabilities to access print materials of all kinds. She has presented every year at Accessing Higher Ground for 14 years, as well as presented webinars with AHEAD and with vendors who provide software that students use to access materials. She sits on the committee for the Accessing Higher Ground conference and is a current member and former chair of the Access Technologists Higher Education Subcommittee (ATHES) of the Colorado-Wyoming AHEAD Chapter.  She advocates for accessibility of print materials across the spectrum from schools to businesses to corporations.


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George Kerscher is recognized as an international leader in document access. He is the Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY Consortium, Senior Advisor, Global Literacy to Benetech, and a member of the Publishing Group in the W3C. He chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards Committee and the Steering Council of the Web Accessibility Initiative and serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). George began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term "print disabled."  He is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. George believes properly designed digitally published materials and web pages can make information accessible to all people and is an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by everybody.


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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 regular and popular presenter both nationally and internationally, serves on numerous boards in support of access and equity. Recent publications include The Impact of the ADAAA of 2008 on Higher Education, Thompsons Publications; Universal Design in the Institutional Setting: Weaving a Philosophy into Campus Planning in Universal Design: From Accessibility to Zoning (J. Cowley-Evans & J. Nasser (Eds.); From Legal Principle to Informed Practice with J. E. Jarrow; and A Long View of Change, Disability Blog, The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.


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Cheryl Muller, M.Ed. has worked in disability services in higher education in a variety of roles for over 25 years, beginning as a Sign Language interpreter. She is currently the Senior Associate Director of Disability Resources at the University of Arizona, overseeing direct student service areas (Testing, Note-taking, Document Conversion, Interpreting, Captioning); a team of Access Consultants; whose role is the provision of classroom and workplace reasonable accommodations, as well as a team of staff who work proactively across campus on IT and Physical accessibility. Cheryl has presented at state, national and international conferences on disability and access.


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Christy Owens is the ADA Compliance Coordinator at Brigham Young University-Idaho. She oversees web accessibility for campus, online courses, and the university’s website. Prior to this, Christy supervised quality and editing in Online Learning at BYU-Idaho, where she was introduced to web accessibility and established accessibility standards for the University’s online courses. She enjoyed “translating” the WCAG 2.0 language into a simple outline form for instructional designers. Through that process, she developed a love for web accessibility, which has now grown into a newly-created, full-time position at BYU-Idaho.


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Paul Rayius, CommonLook, has assisted various organizations including healthcare, government (local, state and federal agencies), financial institutions, and colleges and universities meet their PDF accessibility needs.  He is well-versed in Section 508 (including the recent refresh), ADA, Health and Human Services (HHS; including the refreshed standard), WCAG 2.0, and 2.1, and PDF/UA. Paul is a member of IAAP, contributing to the Body of Knowledge for the CPACC and WAS examinations, and the PDF Association, participating in both the PDF/UA Competence Center and the PDF/UA Technical Working Group. He participates in, and moderates, several online accessibility forums, frequently presents at national conferences, and contributes to various panel discussions on PDF accessibility.


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Amber L. Resetar, J.D. is the Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and previously served in a conduct role at Bethany College in West Virginia. Prior to either of those roles, however, Amber spent several years in the Office of Residence Life at Duquesne University. She served as a resident assistant during her undergraduate experience, a graduate assistant through law school, and later as a resident director after practicing law for several years. Her years in housing provided the foundation of her higher education experience, particularly shaping her view of risk assessment and risk management. Amber received her B.A. and J.D. from Duquesne University. 


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Christopher Stone, Ed.D. is the Director of Disability Resource Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Stone leads the Disability Resource Center in its efforts to assist students with disabilities in meeting their academic and personal development goals. With 15 years higher education and disability service experience on which to rely, Chris collaborates with the university community to serve the broader mission of inclusivity and opportunity, advocating for the full participation of students, including those with disability. In his role at UNCW Chris is identified as a Title IX Investigator and is a member of the Student Behavioral Intervention Team and Extraordinary Committee on Campus Disciplinary Emergencies. Chris earned his B.A. from Central College (Pella, IA), M. Ed – Post Secondary Disabilities Services from St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA), and Ed D at The George Washington University (Washington, DC).


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Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D. is Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School; Director of College Autism Spectrum; and former Director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 37 years. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Brown consults with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education. Dr. Brown has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News and NPR. She has co- authored “Student with Asperger’s: A Guide for College Professionals,” (2009; published in Japanese in 2017); “The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum,” (2012); and “Behavior Management and Self-Regulation,” (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles. Dr. Brown is married and has three children, the youngest being a 25-year old son with Autism.

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