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Spring 2018 Annual Conference

2018 NE AHEAD Spring Conference Registration is Now Open!

When: Friday, April 6th 2017

Where: UMASS Lowell Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA

Conference Theme: Being an Effective Change Agent with Keynote Kaela Parks

Kaela is a former Co-Chair of the AHEAD Standing Committee on Technology, a past Chair of the NASPA Disability Knowledge Community, and a past President of ORAHEAD. She was lead trainer for a FIPSE demonstration project aimed at supporting adjunct faculty on rural campuses in the implementation of Universal Design, and was co-editor of the publication titled "Beyond the ADA: Proactive Policy and Practice for Higher Education." She frequently offers trainings and presentations on a variety of disability and accessibility related topics.

Tentative Schedule for the Day:

  • 7:30-9:00 Registration
  • 9:15-11:30 Opening Remarks and Keynote
  • 11:30-2:30 Lunch and Breakouts
  • 2:30-3:00 Wrap Up

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Past Conferences

March 30, 2017
College of the Holy Cross
The Rise in Responsibility of Disability Service Providers
Evan Bjorklund, Bethany Brown, & Rita DiNunzio
March 31, 2016
Stonehill College
Managing the Influx of Students with Mental Health Disorders
Jeanne Kincaid, J.D.
May 21-22, 2015
Salem State University
Legal Issues in Higher Education
Dr. Salome Hayward
June 3, 2014
Worcester State University
Working to Make Online Learning Accessible for All
Betsy Guala, Cathy Healy, Eileen Stuyniski, Desmond McCaffrey, Manju Banerjee and Joe Madaus, University of Connecticut
June 14, 2013
University of Massachusetts Lowell
All Things Technology: Considerations for Students with Disabilities
Ron Stewart, AHEAD Technology
June 1, 2012
Northern Essex Community College
How Do I Do This Again? Compliance with ADAAA and OCR
Allen Kropp, Office of Civil Rights
May 16, 2011
Northeastern University
Moving Forward: Access and Success for Students in Postsecondary Education
Dr. Joseph Madaus, University of Connecticut
May 24, 2010
College Students on the Autism Spectrum
Jane Thierfeld-Brown, University of Connecticut, and Lorraine Wolf, Boston University