Spring 2018 Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 19

Friday, April 20

Detailed Session Information

Effectively Supporting Students with Disabilities in Study Abroad

Effectively Supporting Students with Disabilities in Study Abroad Presentation Materials


Ashley Holben, Project Specialist, Mobility International USA. Kaela Parks, Director of Disability Services, Portland Community College. Anne Frey, Education Abroad Manager, Portland Community College.


  • Meeting Access Needs on a Tight Budget
  • Working with Specific Disabilities
  • Other


In this workshop, Mobility International USA will partner with Portland Community College to share case studies and best practices for more effectively supporting students with disabilities in academic study abroad programs.

Workshop participants will be invited to explore current practices at their own institutions with a goal to reflect on what they do well, and where the opportunities are to improve. We will explore examples in which disability is and is not disclosed, highlighting the benefit of universal design and inclusive practices. There will also be a tour of resources available online.

At the end of the workshop, participants will possess the skills to facilitate better accessibility to university study abroad programs by facilitating cross-campus partnerships, identifying funding, and providing guidance on reasonable accommodations in their institution’s overseas academic programs. They will also become conversant in the practical and ethical reasons for advancing inclusion in international exchange programs.

Presenter Bio(s)

Kaela Parks is the Director of Disability Services at Portland Community College, and is responsible for managing the fiscal and human resources of the department to best assist the college in honoring its mission and commitment to access, opportunity, and equitable student success.

Ashley Holben is a Project Specialist with the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange at Mobility International USA. She works with MIUSA’s CEO to carry out special projects and also develops initiatives and resources to increase participation and inclusion of students with disabilities in international exchange. As a Rotary Group Study Exchange participant, Ashley visited disability organizations and alumni in Malaysia to learn about the country’s disability rights issues and movements. Ashley graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Studies and Economics with a focus in International Comparative Development and Africa, which led her to intern with a non-profit organization in Dakar, Senegal.

Anne Frey is the  Education Abroad Manager at Portland Community College, and has been in the field of International Education for over 25 years. Her career has included work in both International Student Services and Education Abroad in both private and public institutions. In these roles she has worked with faculty, students and administrators on issues ranging from emergency protocols to compliance issues to grappling with how to educate and prepare students for the experiences they will have in the U.S. or overseas. Her current position is Manager of Education Abroad at Portland Community College where she is working across four campuses with faculty staff and administrators to educate and promote study abroad for community college students. Whether it has been working with incoming international students or out-going study abroad students Anne has always been particularly interested in the transitional periods in students’ lives where they are exploring with how to integrate or re-integrate into a culture and the impact that creates personally, professionally and academically.

Managing Animals as an Accommodation in Higher Education

Managing Animals as an Accommodation in Oregon Higher Education Presentation Materials


Jann McCaul, Disability Resource Coordinator, Warner Pacific University


  • Examining Recent Policy/Procedure Changes


Educational institutions are reporting a rising number of accommodation requests for service animals, service animal trainees, and emotional support animals. Oregon’s Assistance Animals laws do little to help Oregon colleges nail down the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA) and Fair Housing Act (FHA) rules pertaining to students requesting animal accommodations in their classrooms and housing. Attempting to tip-toe through the Housing and Urban Development regulations, along with the Department of Justice rulings adds to the frustrations of developing a viable campus policy. Attempting to use templates from another state’s institution only manages to confound the situation, since each state has its own assistance animal rules that apply only to that state, in addition to the federal rules. This presentation explores what we know, and what is unfolding in Oregon’s Higher Education as we navigate compliance surrounding the accommodation with animal requests.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding the Service Animal expectations within the Assistance Animal rules in Oregon.
  • Determining the why, when, where, what and who is required to comply.
  • Ways to work with various departments in the college to ensure compliance.
  • Why training is a key component to reducing complaints.

Presenter Bio(s)

Jann McCaul, Disability Resource Coordinator at Warner Pacific University. She was the Assistive Technology Specialist at Mt. Hood Community College for ten years. For fifteen years, she was a Legal Assistant for a Defense Attorney specializing in personal injury and worker’s compensation law.

Navigating the Individual Education Plan

Navigating the IEP Presentation MaterialsIEP Example


Kriss Rita, Transition Network Facilitator for Clackamas, Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam counties.

Josh Barbour, Transition Network Facilitator for Linn, Benton, Lincoln, and Lane counties.


  • Reviewing Disability Documentation


An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a document that ensures that students with disabilities receive specially designed instruction/related services and appropriate accommodations while attending public school.  The IEP team includes special education teachers, regular education teachers, student, parent and any adult service providers (e.g. vocational rehabilitation, county developmental disabilities program, mental health providers, higher education disability professionals) At age 16, students with IEPs set post-secondary goals as part of the IEP process. These post-school goals include an educational goal that often involves attending higher education. Students are most successful when there is collaboration and sharing among team members.

We will present around navigating the public schools’ Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from a college perspective. This knowledge will allow Higher Education professionals to better collaborate with school district professionals to encourage a seamless transition for students heading into post-secondary educational settings. You will learn ways utilize information from the IEP to inform your practice. Participants will also be offered an opportunity to share perspective on best practices for teachers working with college-bound students. The focus is on collaboration and providing information among team-members. The presenters will take the information you share to Oregon’s Transition Technical Assistance Network to bring to school districts across the state of Oregon to further the independence of the students we all serve.

Presenter Bio(s)

Josh Barbour is a Transition Network Facilitator for Linn, Benton, Lincoln and Lane counties.  Josh was a Transition Teacher for the Connections Program in the Eugene 4J School District for 11 years.  Connections served 18-21 year old students who graduated from high school with modified diplomas. Josh supported several Connections students each year at Lane Community College.

Kriss Rita is a Transition Network Facilitator for Clackamas, Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam counties. Previously a Learning Specialist and Transition Coordinator for the Centennial School District. She is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University teaching Interagency Collaboration and Person-Centered-Supports. Kriss also spent two years working at the Green School Bali developing and coordinating their secondary learning support program for international students.

Navigating Flexible Attendance Accommodations

Navigating Flexible Attendance Accommodations Presentation Materials


Tay McEdwards, Operations Manager for Disability Access Services, Oregon State University. Stephanie Staley, Disability Support Services Coordinator, Concordia University.


  • Navigating Flexible Attendance Accommodations
  • Managing and Cooperating with Faculty


This proposal is for a presentation that will explore methods for navigating various aspects of flexible attendance accommodations. As a follow up to the Fall 2017 ORAHEAD Conference presentation on best practices for implementing flexible attendance accommodations with technology, this presentation will focus on navigating various aspects of flexible attendance accommodations. This will include negotiating flexible attendance accommodations for various learning environments (traditional, hybrid, online, off-site internships), examining common faculty concerns, and resolving accommodation issues. The presentation will also include a facilitated discussion on best practices for proactively navigating flexible attendance accommodations. Also, exploring ways to educate faculty and students when rolling out new flexible attendance accommodation procedures. In addition, individuals will be encouraged to share their experiences to highlight ways that institutions have effectively designed and rolled out flexible attendance accommodation procedures.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn new approaches for resolving common concerns about flexible attendance accommodations
  • Gain a better understanding of flexible attendance accommodations for various learning environments
  • How to best support faculty and students with flexible attendance accommodation issues

Presenter Bio(s)

Tay McEdwards is the Operations Manager for Disability Access Services (DAS) at Oregon State University (OSU). He earned his M.S. in Education, Information Technology from Western Oregon University. Tay has worked in disability services at OSU since 2012. During this time, he revamped multiple service programs with streamlined procedures that increased student access. Prior to working in higher education, Tay spent twelve years in operations management. He currently serves as the Mentorship Coordinator on the Oregon Association on Higher Education and Disability (ORAHEAD) Board of Directors.

Stephanie Staley has been involved in education for more than 20 years. She studied Secondary Education at Corban University, and received her M.S. in English Education from Western Oregon University. Prior to becoming the Disability Support Services Coordinator at Concordia University in 2014, she was an adjunct instructor trying to convince college students that theatre and public speaking was fun. Stephanie currently spends her free time cheering on her 3 daughters, directing middle school theatre, and serving as the Secretary on the ORAHEAD Board.