Oct 21, 2013
By Angie Brock
Disability services colleagues from across the state will gather on Ohio University's Athens Campus on Friday for a day of information sharing and gathering and an opportunity to network.
The fourth annual Ohio Association of Higher Education and Disability (OH-AHEAD) conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ballroom B of Baker University Center. The deadline to register for the event is Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 8 a.m.
This is the first year that OHIO is hosting the conference, which OH-AHEAD is organizing in partnership with the Southeast Ohio Disability Consortium (SODC). Part of OHIO's Student Accessibility Services, the consortium is a group of professionals interested in building new relationships between secondary and post-secondary disabilities services. Its aim is to collect, develop and share resources related to the transition of students with disabilities to post-secondary education.
"I felt hosting the event this year was particularly important because so much of our campus has been exploring issues of inclusion and accessibility through the work of the Presidential Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility Planning (PACDAP)," said Carey Busch, OHIO's assistant dean of student accessibility and a member of PACDAP. "I know that Ohio University has the potential to be a leader on the issues of equality for people with disabilities."
Themed "Ohio: With Access and Justice for All," the conference provides a unique opportunity to engage both high school and post-secondary institutions in a conversation about collaborating to increase higher education opportunities for students with disabilities. This year's conference will feature several disability services professionals from throughout the state and nation, including several from Ohio University.
Ken Petri, director of the Web Accessibility Center at Ohio State University, will serve as the conference's keynote speaker. Petri will discuss his experiences working with campus constituencies to make accessibility an overt concern in their strategic planning.
The remainder of the day will be divided into sessions on various topics. Among the presentations are:
Event organizers are expecting 75 people from around the state, including post-secondary disability service providers, secondary school personnel and vocational rehabilitation counselors, to attend the conference, which this year will also include vendors exhibits. Vendors will include Freedom Scientific, TextHelp Systems, Alternative Communication Services, Universal Low Vision Aids and Cambium Technologies.
The cost of the conference is $50 for professionals and $25 for students.
For more information on the conference and registration forms, visit http://ohioahead.org/conference/ or contact Carey Busch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-593-2620.