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Spring 2017 Annual Conference

The Rise in Responsibility of Disability Service Providers


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March 30, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610

Evan Bjorklund
General Counsel, Massachusetts Office on Disability

Bethany Brown
Civil Rights Division, Office of the Attorney General

Rita DiNunzio
ADA Training Manager, Massachusetts Office on Disability

Throughout the years, the roles and responsibilities of disability service providers have grown significantly. Today, this specialized field assumes a critical role in many aspects of a student's education. These keynote speakers will highlight current issues facing the field in:

  • Non-standard accommodations (e.g., attendance policies, course substitution, degree requirements, internships/co-ops);
  • Animals on campus (service versus assistance animals);
  • Utilizing assistive technology in accessible event planning, Autism Spectrum Disorder, serving veterans, and peer mentoring;
  • Attendees will have an opportunity to nominate a fourth broad category to be explored.

Attendees will examine each of these individual topics in depth during roundtable discussions before returning to a large audience. Furthermore, attendees are strongly encouraged to submit relevant legal cases or institutional issues when registering that may be further explored during the discussion sessions.

Follow this link to register for the conference.

Past Conferences

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