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Envision Access Conference

Envision Access Conference 2019
Join us for the
Envision Access Conference:
Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Tri-State
March 8, 2019
Ohio University Southern
1804 Liberty Avenue
Ironton, Ohio
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The Envision Access Conference is an opportunity for members of the Tristate region to increase awareness and understanding of trends in addressing the needs of students with disabilities.

Friday, March 8, 2019

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 – Dean Nicole Pennington – Bowman Auditorium, Collins Center
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions 1
- Using the IEP to Support Access to Life After High School – Charles W. Kemp, Ed.D., and Michelle Moohr, Ph.D., Special Education Faculty at Shawnee State University
- Transition Considerations for Students with Psychological Disorders  – Bryant Jamison, QBHS, Phoenix Mental Health

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m
Combined Session 2 
- S.A.V.E. Training -  Julie Brawn, Suicide Prevention Coordinator,
Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center
11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 3
- Peer Coaching for Students on the Autism Spectrum - Christy Jenkins, Associate Director of
Student Accessibility Services, Ohio University
- Therapeutic Horsemanship program – Kelly Hall and Bradie Chapman, Faculty,
Ohio University Southern
12:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Dialogue on Disability Services in Higher Education Panel –
Debbie Swinehart, Dr. Carey Busch, Davin Marcum – student, and Melissa Colyer-
Riffe Rotunda, Riffe Center

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions 1 (9:30 am – 10:30 am)
Using the IEP to Support Access to Life After High School – Lecture A, Collins Center
Charles W. Kemp, Ed.D., and Michelle Moohr, Ph.D., Special Education Faculty at Shawnee State University
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.
1B: Transition Considerations for Students with Psychological Disorders
Bryant Jamison, QBHS, Phoenix Mental Health

Bryant Jamison, QBHS, Phoenix Mental Health


A student with diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders, faces  huge challenges carrying out day-to-day duties.  So, adding the pressures that may   accompany college attendance can make those challenges seem impossible.  Utilizing professional services to get a good start in college can help students navigate issues that may arise, develop coping skills, and facilitate transfer of those skills to the classroom.   This session will review some common diagnoses, their impacts on learners, and possible avenues for self-care in college.
Combined Session 2 (10:35 am – 11:35 am)
S.A.V.E. Training – Bowman Auditorium, Collins Center

Julie Brawn  LICSW, CEAP  - Suicide Prevention Coordinator,
Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center
S.A.V.E. stand for Signs of Suicidal thinking, Ask the questions, Verify the experience with the Veteran, and Expedite or Escort to help. While S.A.V.E. was created to address the staggering increase in suicide among veterans, this information can be translated to non-military people as well.
You will develop a general understanding of the problem of suicide in the United States; understand how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide; and, finally, know what to do if you identify a Veteran at risk. Each of us has the opportunity to be that one person who makes a difference–the person who asks the question that can save a Veteran’s life, or the life of anyone struggling with the thoughts of suicide (, 2019)
Concurrent Session 3 (11:40 am – 12:40 pm)
3A:  Peer Coaching for Students on the Autism Spectrum – Lecture A, Collins Center
Christy Jenkins, Associate Director Student Accessibility Services, Ohio University
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) present with unique needs that are often not fully addressed through traditional classroom accommodations.  Without proper support, colleges often struggle to retain students with ASD due to difficulties with social skills, problem solving skills, self-advocacy, etc.  This session will highlight Ohio University’s ASPeCT program (Autism Spectrum Peer Coaching Team) and will discuss the framework for the program, the process for implementation on campus, as well as success stories and lessons learned.
3B: Therapeutic Horsemanship – Lecture D, Collins Center
Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Kelly Hall and Bradie Chapman, Equine Studies Faculty, Ohio University


Ohio University Southern Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding offers unique, planned equine assisted opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Guided interactions with equines can enhance and increase self-confidence, self-esteem, verbal skills, physical abilities, encourage healthy social skills, and overall improve self-image. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the program, how it was developed and how therapeutic horsemanship benefits diverse learners.
Keynote Adddress (12:45 pm – 2:00 pm) – Verne Riffe Rotunda
Dialogue on Disability Services in Higher Education Panel

Joy Shytle, MSW, CSW, Social Work Faculty, Ohio University Southern

Panel Members:

Deborah Swinehart, Acting Superintendent for Chillicothe City School District
Bio: Deborah Swinehart is the current Superintendent of the Chillicothe City School District. Having over 30 years of administrative experience in the field of special education and educational leadership, she has been with the Chillicothe City Schools for the past 15 years. Previous administrative experience includes Pickaway County Board of DD, Licking County Board of DD, ESC of Central Ohio, and The Ohio Department of Education. Ms. Swinehart received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ohio University and the University of Dayton.
In addition to addressing the needs of students, Ms. Swinehart places a high priority on creating healthy working environments that promote teacher leadership. She is currently refocusing the Chillicothe City School District so that it is first choice of enrollment for parents and their children.
Carey Busch, PhD – Assistant Dean for Accessibility Services at Ohio University
Bio: Carey Busch presently serves Ohio University as the ADA/504 Coordinator and Assistant Dean for Accessibility. Carey received her bachelor and master’s degrees from Ohio University before leaving to pursue a variety of student services and vocational rehabilitation counseling positions elsewhere in Ohio and Arizona. Shortly after returning to Ohio University in 2007, Carey began as the assistant director of disability services and since then has earned her doctorate in counselor education and supervision. Carey has been involved in a variety of state professional organizations in a variety of capacities including the Ohio Counseling Association’s Multicultural Counseling division, the Ohio Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and the Ohio Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) affiliate. Currently Carey is completing a two-year term as president of Ohio AHEAD.
Davin Marcum – Ohio University Student, member of the Governor’s Council on Disability
Bio: Davin Marcum is a member of the Ohio Statewide Independent   Living Council and currently a senior in the Communications program at Ohio University Southern. Since she was 17 years old, she has been active in the disability advocacy community. Some of her accomplish include interning for the Open Door School located in Ironton, Ohio and speaking on behalf of multiple statewide disability advocacy programs.


Melissa Colyer, Principal of the CAPE-Alternative School of the South-Central Ohio ESC


Bio: Melissa began her career in education as a special education teacher in a Juvenile Detention Center in West Virginia. She continued her career in juvenile corrections at Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility (Division of Youth Services) in Franklin Furnace Ohio. Upon the closure of the facility she accepted a special education teaching position at Green High School. During her time there, she returned to Ohio University to pursue a degree in educational administration. She began her administration career at Green High School as their Athletic Director/Assistant Principal and Special Education Director district wide. She now serves as the Principal for the Center for Progressive and Alternative Education (CAPE) housed at the South-Central Ohio Educational Service Center in New Boston.


$40 – Professional
$15 - Student
College credit and CEU credit are available. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.
Register today! You may register and make your payment online,  or register now to receive an invoice for payment or pay at the event.

Ohio University is committed to providing  programs  and services  that are accessible to all participating individuals.  If you would like to request and accommodation for this event please contact Robert Pleasant at or Teresa McKenzie at
Pay Online              Register          Vendor Registration

For more information:

Robert F. Pleasant, Jr.
Associate Director of the Student Resource Commons
Ohio University Southern


Teresa McKenzie, M.S. Ed
Accessibility Coordinator and Veteran Services Coordinator
Ohio University Southern


CEUs and College Credit for Ohio University Students
The Envision Access Conference is pleased to announce that the conference attendees are eligible to receive up to 0.4 CEUs with an additional fee of $15.00 to be paid at the door.

How do I get the CEU Credit?
Register to attend the conference
at each session-See Moderator
Forms will be verified and CEU's will be confirmed following the conference. CEU certificates will be mailed to attendees.


How do I get the Ohio University College Credit?
Register for SW2900 through My OHIO Student Center.
Register for the conference online and pay the $15.00 fee.
Attend the conference and complete the course assignment in Blackboard.
Ohio University Diversity Council
                             Accessible OHIO

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
Higher Education Professionals
Human Resource Professionals
Community Leaders
Health Care & Social Services Professionals
Non-Profit Executives
Business Owners
Students (Secondary & Post-Secondary)

Ohio University Alumni Association

52 University Terrace, Athens, Ohio 45701




Ohio University Southern

Representative: Oreatha Murray

Contact Information:

Phone: 740-533-4600


Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship

Representative: Ohio University Southern—Bradie Chapman

Contact Information:

Phone: 740-357-8665



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


Phoenix Mental Health

1920 South 9th Street

Ironton, Ohio 45638

Phone: 740-479-5120



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