Fall 2015 Conference

Fall 2015 ORAHEAD Conference

November 4-6 in Cannon Beach, OR at the Surfsand Resort
Beach view of the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach, OR.

Fall 2015 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, November 4

8:00 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast and Check-In (Andy and Cathy)
9:00 – 12:00 Preconference Sessions

  • Preconference 1: Disability 101
    Facilitators: Hilary and Andy
    Topic: This preconference will provide an opportunity for new professionals to discuss our profession. Bring your questions. Ample time will be allotted for participant generated areas of interest. Facilitated by members of the ORAHEAD Board.
    Learning Outcomes:

    • Understand the legal framework that we work within
    • Explore historical lessens and identities related to disability
    • Discuss philosophical constructs and how they impact practice
    • Learn to navigate campus relationships to ensure access is a shared responsibility
  • Preconference 2: CORE – Collaboration of Rehabilitation and Education
    • Part I
      Presenter: Jewls Harris, MA CRC NCC
      Topic: Case study demonstration of Campus and Community Collaboration
      Abstract: This presentation is a case study of “Mohammad”, who is a Saudi Arabian student in the Intensive English Language program (IELP) who is recently blind. He came to the program with little formal technology, Braille, or mobility training. His F1 Visa status prevented eligibility for services through the Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB). Case management involved the collaboration between the IELP, OCB, and the Disability Resource Center at Portland State University (DRC). This summary will explore the ways in which interagency and interdepartmental collaboration contributed to one student’s success. It will also evaluate where improvements are necessary. Discussion will include some best practice guidelines for working with international students and students with recent visual impairment will be presented.
    • Part II
      Presenters: Morgan Rincon, Samantha Smith and Selena Cunningham
      Topic: Overview of OCB Services, transition information, and case study examples
      Learning Outcomes: Comprehension of intake process, plan development and agency timeline for services. In addition, OCB presenters will provide the participant with a basic understanding of transition programs OCB has to offer.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch for Pre-Conference Attendees
12:00 – 1:00 Check-In
1:00 – 1:30 Opening Remarks: Malissa Larson 
1:30 – 3:00 Key Note Speaker: Darcy Kramer

  • The Conundrum of Chronic Pain
    Presenter: Darcy Kramer, MS CRC NCC
    Topic: Chronic Pain and Energy Management
    Abstract: According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, over 100 million people in the United States live with chronic pain. It is difficult to estimate the number of students who live with chronic pain in higher education, as pain can be caused by injury, disease, or may have unknown causes. Lack of understanding about chronic pain, and the subjective nature pain symptoms, may present challenges for professionals who work with students in with disabilities. This presentation will discuss the latest trends in research and study chronic pain; provide a framework and working vocabulary for professionals who work with individuals with chronic pain; and provide real-life examples to help professionals better understand how pain may affect students and determine reasonable accommodations.
    Learning outcomes:

    • Have a better understanding of the nature of chronic pain
    • Know about emerging trends in treatment and management of chronic pain
    • Understand what “energy management” can do to help students succeed
    • Use new tools determine reasonable accommodations
    • Be in a position to educate individuals and departments about steps they can take to ensure that students with chronic pain are successful

3:15 – 4:30 Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout 1: Non-Classroom Learning Environment Accommodations Panel
    Facilitator: Malissa Larson
    Panel Members:

    • Martha Smith from OHSU, ODOT
    • Nancy Grotton from OCOM
    • Shelby Acteson from OHSU
  • Breakout 2: Guiding and Promoting Accessible Design beyond the DSS Office
    Presenters(s): Nik Petersson Senior Accessibility Consultant for Miles Access Skills Training, and Michele Bromley, Inclusive Technology Coordinator for the Disability Resource Center at Portland State University
    Abstract: In January 2015, in consideration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevalent case law as it applies to Portland State University as a public institution, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs leadership at P.S.U. established the goal of making all online and electronic materials developed, published, and distributed by EMSA departments (including the Disability Resource Center) fully accessible to all users by June 2015. In cooperation with the Office of General Counsel, the Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and the Director of the Disability Resource Center, it was determined that this accessibility would be accomplished by ensuring that all materials published on the web and communicated through email by EMSA employees should be WCAG 2.0 Level A and Level AA compliant (with the exception of WCAG 2.0 Level AA Guideline 1.2.5: pre-recorded audio description) in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium’s guidelines for online accessibility. The Disability Resource Center (DRC), in partnership with Portland State University Communications (UCOMM), would lead the effort to accomplish this goal. After responsible parties were designated in each EMSA department for all Portland State University managed web content, content developers for 35 EMSA departments were invited to participate in a series of trainings and open labs in order to learn the skills necessary to retroactively make their current web content and electronic communication accessible and to proactively prepare for the design and implementation of accessible future web content and electronic communication. Websites were then evaluated by native screen reader user and Senior Accessibility Consultant, Nik Petersson (Miles Access Skills Training), to determine whether or not WCAG 2.0 Level A and Level AA compliance had been reached. At the conclusion of the project, a plan was proposed that would allow for continued maintenance and monitoring of online and electronic accessibility for all EMSA web content and electronic communications.

5:00 – 6:30 Reception at Surfsand

Thursday, November 5

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast, partially sponsored by Strada
8:30 – 10:00 Session: List-serve in real time by Institution Type
This session provides a chance for participants to pose a question or make a comment and see who in the room has a response to offer. Responses are limited to three replies, before the topic changes with a new thread.

  • Community College – Sharon Allen
  • Private – Lorie Fontaine Theresa Lowrie
  • 4 Year Public – Michele Bromley and Gabe Merrell

10:15 – 11:45 Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout 1: Alternative Format Panel
    Facilitator: Gabe Merrell
    Participants will learn about the unique approaches that different institutions have put into place to provide effective and quality materials in alternative format. Topics will include an overview of each institutions process for providing materials in alternative format.
    Panel Members:

    • Tiffany Kennell from CCC
    • Haris Gunadi from PCC
    • Michele Bromley from PSU
  • Breakout 2: Capitalizing on the Sustainability Movement: Reinforcing the Importance of Accessibility and Inclusion on Your Campus
    Presenter(s): Jen Dugger, Director of the Disability Resource Center at Portland State University, and Kevin Thomas, Institute of Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University
    Abstract: Is your institution increasing its focus on sustainability? Is the conversation mostly about reducing, reusing, and recycling? A truly sustainable community is one that actively supports environmental, economic, and social justice. This session will be a brief introduction to the topic of social sustainability and will examine the role of the DRS professional in campus sustainability initiatives. Emphasis will be placed on the identification of strategies to promote social sustainability on our campuses.

11:45-12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Business Meeting
1:00 – 2:15 Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout 1: Unconference
    Unconference: “An unconference, also called OpenSpace conference is a participant-driven meeting. The term ‘unconference’ has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.”
  • Breakout 2: Unstructured Networking
    2:15 – 3:30 – Session: OER, Part I
    Topic: The Intersection of OER and Accessibility
    Presenter(s): Amy Hofer and Kaela Parks
    Abstract: This session will provide participants with an overview of Open Educational Resources. It will provide a quick review of national and local efforts to lower costs for students and outline some of the key areas in which the OER movement intersects with Accessibility related interests.
    Learning outcomes:

    • Define Open Educational Resources
    • Describe the status of the OER movement in Oregon>/li>
    • Recognize areas in which accessibility interests and textbook affordability interests

3:45 – 5:00 – Breakout Sessions

    • Breakout 1: OER Part II
      Topic: Work session to develop OER Funding Proposals
      Presenter(s): Amy Hofer and Kaela Parks
      Abstract: This session will provide participants with a hands-on opportunity to draft language that could be used within OER funding proposals. Ideas for proposals will be discussed with a focus on not only promoting accessibility of Open Educational Resources created or cultivated at specific educational institutions, but also with a focus on promoting accessibility through collaboration.
      Learning outcomes:

      • Create language that can be brought back to their college or university for
      • Describe the OER funding opportunities that are most relevant to their interests
      • Recognize areas in which collaboration could be strengthened with additional funding
    • Breakout 2: Universal Design through the lens of Disability Studies
      Presenter: Stephanie Jenkins
      Abstract: What is Disability Studies? What happens when Universal Design principles are applied to classroom content, in addition to the built environment? This presentation will examine how tools from Disability Studies and pedagogical strategies informed by Universal Design principles can make higher education more accessible for students with disabilities. Additionally, it will explore strategies for effectively engaging faculty on these consideration.

8:00 – Bonfire (weather permitting)

Friday, November 6

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast, partially sponsored by AIM
9:00 – 12:00 Session: Office of Civil Rights

    • Presenter: Tim Sell
      Abstract: Tim will discuss specific, recent Office for Civil Rights cases that may impact ORAHEAD institutions of higher education; review specific cases and clarify what aspect of disability support services they address. The session will include small group problem-solving exercises and ample time for questions and answers based on real issues faced by participants.