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5 Must Attend Sessions at the 2014 AHEAD Conference, July 14-19

  • July 14th through 19th, 3Play Media will be sponsoring and presenting at the 2014 AHEAD conference in Sacramento, California. The AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) conference is being held in conjunction with the pepnet 2 Training Institute (PTI). The theme of the 2014 conference is “Access Always, In All Ways,” and should encourage an engaging and broad-ranging series of presentations, events, and exhibits. AHEAD will take an in-depth look at the options available for disability services providers.

    The conference will provide a diverse perspective on the strategies and directions that institutions of higher education are taking throughout the country. Further, exhibitors and presentations will expose conference-goers to the latest technology and service offerings in the accessibility world. Recognizing the ways in which technology can aid and enhance the learning experience for students with accessibility needs is a vital step on the road to barrier-free education.

    The following are five of the must attend sessions at this year’s AHEAD conference. (Note: A full list of sessions can be viewed on the AHEAD 2014 Conference website.)

    Session #3.12. Best Practices for Implementing Video Captioning

    The use of online video has become an essential part of teaching and learning. At the same time, higher education institutions are facing legal, functional, and ethical pressures to provide accessible video accommodations to their students and staff. In this session, Portland Community College will discuss their captioning solutions, costs and benefits derived implementation best practices, and future strategies.

    Presented by:
    Haris Gunadi-Portland Community College, Oregon
    Tole Khesin-3Play Media

    Wednesday, July 16, 2:00-3:00 pm

    You can also meet with 3Play Media at booth #25 for a demo and chat!

    Session #8.2. Beyond the ADA: Inclusive Policy and Practice for Higher Education

    Participants will gain an enhanced understanding of Universal Design principles, and why Student Affairs professionals need to know about them in order to be more effective in their jobs. Participants will recognize that merely meeting minimal ADA compliance is not nearly enough if institutions want to be competitive with institution-wide recruitment, retention and graduation.

    Presented by:
    Mary Lee Vance–Purdue University Calumet
    Neal Lipsitz–College of the Holy Cross
    Kaela Parks–Portland Community College
    Paul Grossman–Hastings College of the Law; Retired Chief Regional Attorney, OCR, San Francisco

    Friday, July 18, 2:30-4:30 pm

    Session #7.13. Incorporating Technology and Universal Design for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Higher Education

    Find out how to empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in higher education. A bilingual team from ACC ASL-ESOL Deaf Program will share strategies, curriculum, and tools used to develop and evaluate students’ work based on the content of the information, grammar, registers, and video editing. Participants will have an opportunity to do activities with rubric and feedback.

    Presented by:
    Arlene Gunderson–Austin Community College, TX
    Erika Domatti Shadburne–Austin Community College, TX
    Paul Bernella–Austin Community College, TX

    Friday, July 18, 9:00-10:30 am

    Session #4.12. Creating an Inclusive College Experience: Access Beyond the Classroom for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students

    Are you providing equal communication access to Deaf/hh students in their college experiences outside the classroom (student organizations, fraternity/sorority, or happy hour with cohorts)? Policies/procedures for these requests vary among institutions and are often difficult for students to navigate. Participants will be exposed to various budget, policy and request-process models, and group conversations to review their college’s procedures for feedback.

    Presented by:
    Lauren Kinast–University of Texas, Austin
    Bambi Riehl–University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

    Thursday, July 17, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

    Session #1.11 and #2.11: A Framework to Accommodate the Unique Needs of Hard of Hearing Students – Part 1 & 2

    As a hard of hearing individual, the presenter will address audiological and cultural differences between deaf and hard of hearing students. The presenter will also identify hard of hearing students’ unique communication needs and methods, enabling individuals involved in the post-secondary education of hard of hearing students to better provide accommodations needed by these students inside and outside the classroom. (Note, participants are strongly encouraged to attend both Part 1 and Part 2 of this workshop)

    Presented by:
    Corey Axelrod–Communication Services for the Deaf, Illinois

    Part 1 – Wednesday, July 16, 9:00-11:00 am
    Part 2 – Wednesday, July 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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