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Envision Access Conference

Envision Access Conference

Ohio University Southern

2020 Envision Access Conference

Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Tristate

Call for Proposals
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About the Conference

The Envision Access Conference is an opportunity for member of the Tri-state region to increase awareness and understanding of trends in addressing the needs of students with disabilities.

Conference Expectations & Goals 

  • Create a networking event that helps to foster working relationships between guidance counselors, interventions specialists, and higher education accessibility/disability services administrators 
  • Accessing and embracing the use of technology. 
  • Learn best practice related to students with disabilities.
  • Develop community connections to increase educational attainment for students with disabilities. 

Who Should Attend

  • Guidance counselors 
  • Intervention specialists 
  • Enrollment services 
  • Parents of students with disabilities 
  • Educators 
  • Administrators 
  • Higher Education Professionals 
  • Human Resource Professionals 
  • Community Leaders 
  • Health Care & Social Services Professionals 
  • Non-Profit Executives 
  • Hospitality 
  • Business Owners 
  • Students (Secondary & Post-Secondary) 
  • Government

Cost of Attendance

Cost:   $40.00 – professional
                $15.00 – student

CEUs and College Credit

.4 CEUs available. CEUs are $15.00
1 semester credit available to Ohio University students. Student must register for the conference using the registration link and register for the class, SW 2900.

Accessibility Needs

To request an ASL interpreter or other accommodation to attend this event, please contact  Teresa McKenzie, Accessibility and Veterans Service Coordinator at mckenzt1@ohio.edu no later than February 28, 2020.

Ohio University Southern Envision Access Conference

Friday, March 6, 2020

Schedule of Events

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Registration and Check-In – Bowman Auditorium, Collins Center 

9:15 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

Welcome – Bowman Auditorium, Collins Center 

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions 1 

  • Teaching Transition Through Community Involvement – Mary Beth Kelty, Lawrence County Board of DD 
  • Transitional issues facing Veterans after military service - Billi Crank and Deanna Stump, Hershel “Woody” Williams VAMC 

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Combined Session 2 

  • Managing the Challenges of Our Dis-ABILITY Journey from High School Through College – Dr. Charles W. Kemp, Shawnee State University 

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 3 

  • Implementing Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom – James Shuler and Amanda Duselis, Sinclair College 
  • The Productivity Circle – Collaborative Work to Empower 
  • Students with ADHD and Anxiety – Dr. Sanda Gibson and Jennifer Grube Vestal, Denison University 

12:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Dialogue on Disability and Students Panel

Moderator: Kathy Webb, Panelists: Dr. Kim Keffer, Ohio University; James Shuler, Sinclair College; Hunter Schafer, Ohio University Student; and Ashlie Bailey, Intervention Specialist

Concurrent Sessions 

Concurrent Session 1 (9:30 am – 10:30 am) 

1A: Teaching Transition Through Community Involvement - Lecture A, Collins Center 

Mary Beth Kelty, Intervention Specialist, Lawrence County Board of DD 

The IEP, by definition, is the transition roadmap to life after high school. Three key areas focus on training/education, competitive integrated employment, and independent living. Using assessments and profiles for each area, teachers can draw a roadmap for success for every student. This session will give teachers direction for developing transition plans for their students. 


Mary Beth Kelty is an intervention specialist at Open Door School in Ironton, Ohio. She has a master’s degree in classroom teaching from the University of Rio Grande. Mrs. Kelty has been teaching special education for the past 15 years. She has taught in residential facilities, the online classroom, and now teaches in a self-contained school in Lawrence County, Ohio. She has spoken at OCALI on two separate occasions, once on technology, and once on Tourette's syndrome. She is married and has adult children on the autism spectrum with other low incident disabilities.


1B: Transitional issues facing Veterans after military service. 

Billi Crank, LCSW, Program Manager for the Transition and Care Management Team and Deanna Stump, LISW, BCD, MPA, Suicide Prevention Coordinator and SW Intern Coordinator 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Audience will learn about post deployment and transitional issues facing Veterans after military service. Specifically, PTSD and reintegration issues, social impact, homelessness, substance abuse, legal issues, and suicide. 
  • Audience will learn resources available through the VA and community.

Combined Session 2 (10:35 am – 11:35 am)

Managing the Challenges of Our Dis-ABILITY Journey from High School Through College – Bowman Auditorium, Collins Center 

Charles W. Kemp, Ed.D., Special Education Faculty at Shawnee State University 

This panel-type discussion comprised of education professors and three pre-service early childhood special education students will discuss the challenges faced by the pre-service students who each have a disability. The questions discussed will include the journey from high school transition to the senior year of college for these students. The students’ disabilities include Other Health Impairment (ADHD), Specific Learning Disability, and Other Health Impairment (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other issues). 

The students will share some of the challenges of transition from high school to college; the challenges of college life, in general; the issues of college professors not completely understanding how to provide accommodations per documentation from Student Services; and how their disabilities have impacted college life overall. 


Charles W. Kemp, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Special Education at Shawnee State University. His previous work includes a decade of experience as a special education supervisor with Portsmouth City Schools (Ohio), where he also served as an elementary principal. Kemp brings 30 years of experience to the university classroom. His international and national educational experiences as a classroom teacher and administrator have always had an inclusive education perspective. Believing that all students can learn alongside their typically developing peers, Kemp has worked to promote quality educational experiences for ALL students, particularly those with low incidence disabilities. He presents at local, state, and national conferences on that very theme.

Concurrent Session 3 (11:40 am – 12:40 pm)

3A: Implementing Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom – Lecture A, Collins Center 

James Shuler and Amanda Duselis, Sinclair College 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) emphasizes equity rather than an equality in teaching style. UDL focuses on the three basic principles of Multiple Means of Representation, Expression, and Engagement. Our presentation provides a brief history of UDL, the rationale behind why it is successful with students of all backgrounds, current data to support implementation in the classroom, and techniques for immediate implementation. This presentation emphasizes a +1 model for evolving classroom instruction (whether face-to-face or online) to UDL format. 


James Shuler 

I have worked at Sinclair College in Accessibility Services for over 15 years with the focus on students with learning disorders and/or ADHD. Through my tenure with Sinclair College, I have presented on Universal Design through Sinclair Center for Teaching and Learning and Lilly Conference as well as presented at over 100 high schools, college departments, transition/career fairs, and related events. In addition to the numerous community committees and advisory boards that I have served, I am the current Treasurer for Ohio AHEAD and Chair of Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education Disability Committee. Recently, I began doctoral work in which I plan on focusing research on leadership, mentoring, social justice and Universal Design for Learning. 

Amanda Duselis 

I have been involved in teaching for ten years and worked at Sinclair College for the past two years. I am part of the Biology Department at Sinclair and teach in many different aspects of Biology and the Biotechnology programs. My background is in developmental genetics and research, and I have almost 15 publications and conferences on the subject. In addition to the advanced knowledge in my subject area, I have worked to promote science and learning in local schools (from K-12th graders). I have also helped organize and lead various outreach programs that promote STEM careers to groups in high schools and at summer camps, including WiSTEM (Women in STEM camp for high schoolers), which is coordinated and facilitated by Sinclair College. I have presented about Universal Design for Learning at both Sinclair College and the Lilly conference at Miami University in Oxford. 


3B: The Productivity Circle – Collaborative Work to Empower Students with ADHA and Anxiety – Lecture D, Collins Center

Sanda Gibson, Ph.D., LPCC-S and Jennifer Grube Vestal, Denison University

Increase your ability to build collaborative relationships across student development units as you advocate for students with ADHD and/or anxiety. Presenters will explain how to create, market, and lead a collaborative psychoeducational/skill-building group for college students. Detailed curriculum plans and numerous resources will be shared. Gather valuable information to design groups for students with ADHD and/or anxiety that fit your departmental resources and campus culture. Presenters will also discuss tips for medication diversion and how to help students with ADHD and/or anxiety use medicine safely. 


Dr. Sanda Gibson is a staff counselor at the institution's counseling center. Her dissertation is entitled ADHD in college: Counseling College Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD: A Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) Study Examining the Experiences of College Counselors. Sanda has presented at professional conferences on this topic and has worked in college counseling in both private and state universities. Co-presenter, Jennifer Grube Vestal, is an Associate Dean and has over 20 years of experience in disability services and academic support at the college level at both small private liberal arts institutions and a large state-funded university. Jennifer has presented at national and state conferences on topics related to retention, advising, and supporting college students.

Keynote Address/Panel (12:45 pm – 2:00 pm) – Verne Riffe Center, Mains Rotunda 

Dialogue on Disability and Students Panel 


Kathy Webb, Teacher Education Clinical Coordinator, Ohio University


Panel Members:

Kim Keffer, Ph.D., Faculty, Ohio University

Bio: Kim Keffer earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University. She is an Associate Professor of Instruction. Before assuming this faculty role, Keffer served in administrative positions, including Director of Admissions and Student Activities and Director of Enrollment Services. Dr. Keffer teaches courses in Technical and Applied Studies, Communications, and student success and has developed leadership curriculum and programs that have been replicated within the state of Ohio. Keffer has multiple national and international conference presentations to her credit, and serves as a consultant and facilitator of leadership training seminars in the public and private sector.

James Shuler – Accessibility Services, Sinclair College

Bio: James has worked at Sinclair College in Accessibility Services for over 15 years focusing on students with learning disorders and/or ADHD. Through his tenure with Sinclair College, He has presented on Universal Design through Sinclair Center for Teaching and Learning and Lilly Conference as well as presented at over 100 high schools, college departments, transition/career fairs, and related events. In addition to the numerous community committees and advisory boards that he has served, he is the current Treasurer for Ohio AHEAD and Chair of Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education Disability Committee. Recently, he began doctoral work in which he plans to focus on research in the areas of leadership, mentoring, social justice and Universal Design for Learning. 

Hunter Schafer – Ohio University Social Work Student, Veteran of the United States Army 

Bio: Hunter Dane Schafer is a pre-social work major, currently attending Ohio University Southern. He is working towards his master’s degree in social work in the hopes of being a counselor in the future. He is a U.S. Army veteran who was stationed in Germany during his service. After his service he still wanted to contribute to his country by helping his fellow veterans with mental health and the transitioning into civilian life.  

Ashlie Bailey – Intervention Specialist, Sciotoville Community School

Bio: Ashlie Bailey is an Intervention Specialist with Sciotoville Community School. She previously worked at Ohio University Southern Campus as the Retention Specialist. Ashlie is also a graduate from Ohio University. In 2019, she was one of 14 employees of Ohio University selected for OHIO Global Connections Professional Development Initiative where she traveled to Vietnam and Thailand. Ashlie is passionate about working with students with disabilities and believes that kindness is at the heart of all good intervention strategies.



Ohio University Alumni Association 

52 University Terrace, Athens, Ohio 45701 

Ohio University Southern 

Representative: Oreatha Murray 
Contact Information: murrayo@ohio.edu 
Phone: 740-533-4600 
Website: www.ohio.edu/southern

Hershel "Woody" Williams VAMC 

Contact: Deanna Stump, LISW-S, BCD, ACSW, MPA 
Suicide Prevention Coordinator 
SW Intern Coordinator 
1540 Spring Valley Drive 
Huntington, WV 25704 
304-429-6755 ext. 2731

Call for Proposals

Who Should Submit a Proposal

We are calling for all education, social work, social service agencies, state and local government, judiciary, health care, and business and industry practitioners to submit proposals sharing experiences and best practices through thought-provoking presentations, interactive demonstrations, and engaging conversations.

Length of Presentation 

All sessions should be designed to be 60 minutes in length and provide time for a question and answer period.


Conference participants include students, faculty/teachers, employers/employees, educators, and entry to senior-level professionals from across the spectrum of organizations and institutions. Presentations should have a wide appeal.

Presentation Scope

Presentations should be interactive, engaging, and relevant to the learning outcomes of this conference. If presentation focus is more appropriate for corporate, social agency, and/or secondary and higher education, it should be clearly identified as such.

Proposal Criteria 

Proposals should supplement and enhance the conference with topics that address equal access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities in all aspects of secondary, post-secondary education, and employment. 


The Planning Committee welcomes proposals related to any dimension of barriers to access for individuals with disabilities including, but not limited to: 

  • Defining multiple areas of disability, the impacts for students and strategies for ensuring access. 
  • Building inclusive communities via strategies that contribute opportunities for partnering and consulting with stakeholders: faculty, administrators, student affairs offices, facilities, employers, and families. 
  • New ideas, practices, strategies, and innovation designed to promote engagement and collaboration within the school and/or campus environment to create a truly equal student experience.  
  • Assistive technology (AT) in use: present best practices, policies, and procedures for supporting students with AT; AT for use with targeted populations (mental health, LD, physical disabilities); present any new and/or innovative assistive technology developments; AT that students may use to increase self-reliance and ownership, i.e. notetaking, text-to-speech, and computer access; present possible free and low-cost AT solutions, etc.


Proposals may be papers, presentations, workshops, performances, or other creative modes of promoting the education and equal access opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 


Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups of students, faculty, staff and community members. 


Be complete (Typed and limited to 500 words); include the following sections: Title, Target Audience, Session Synopsis/Abstract, Objectives/Outcome, Method of Presentation {i.e. discussion, power point, activity, etc.} and Equipment Needs. 


Include the following information: 

Presenter(s) name, jobs title, institution/organizational affiliation, complete mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and biographical information (limit biographical information to 300 words).


Presenters are responsible for providing all handouts.


Proposal Submission

Envision Access Conference Proposal Submission Form
Submission for the 2020 Envision Access Conference is currently CLOSED. Please note: All uploaded submissions must be in a PDF format.


Teresa McKenzie
Accessibility Services Coordinator
Veteran Services Coordinator
Ohio University Southern

Mr. Robert Pleasant
Associate Director, Student Resource Commons
Ohio University Southern