Upcoming Conferences

Spring 2019 ORAHEAD Conference

April 19 in Salem, Oregon, at Chemeketa Community College (CCC)


Chemeketa Community College

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Directions to CCC

Chemeketa Community College
Building 48, Room 210
4001 Winema Pl NE #100
Salem, OR 97305


Conference sessions will be held in Building 48 in Room 210; please refer to Chemeketa’s campus map for walking directions. Conference attendees are encouraged to park in the lot adjacent to building 48, directly off of Winema Place.

Lodging in Salem

The following are several hotels near Chemeketa Community College:

Conference Schedule

Conference sessions will be held all day on Friday, April 19. Please refer to the following schedule for details:

Time and Duration Session Type/Description
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Check-in, Continental Breakfast, and Networking
9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Keynote Presentation: “Universal Design and Technology: A Nexus for Accessibility” (Gaeir Dietrich)

Based on three simple principles, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is not only a great way to enhance success for all students but is also a wonderful roadmap for creating courses that are easy to accommodate and ready to work with assistive technology. Through stories, activities, and group interaction we will explore the principles of UDL, learning styles, and teaching styles, as well as the intersection of accessibility and basic skills. We will also consider technology that can be used by everyone to enhance learning.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch and Networking
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion: “Matching Technology to Student Needs” (Gaeir Dietrich)

Campus access to technology combined with alternate media and assistive technology accommodations by disability services work together to meet students’ educational needs. We will discuss technology used by different disability groups, student readiness for applying technology to education, and matching the student to the appropriate technology.

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Listserv in Real Time by Role
3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Listserv in Real Time as a Group
4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thank You and Closing Remarks

Keynote Presenter

Gaeir Dietrich is a consultant and trainer on access, assistive technology, alternate media, universal design, and Section 508 compliance. She is the former director of the High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) of the California community colleges. While at the HTCTU, Gaeir provided trainings on alternate media, assistive technology, web accessibility, legal issues, and Section 508 compliance. Gaeir has served on the advisory boards for AHEAD, Bookshare, the DIAGRAM Center, the Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC), the Access Text Network (ATN), and the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC). In 2010-2011, she served as the chair for the Federal Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) in Postsecondary Education, which delivered a consensus congressional report. She is a contributing author to Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act, published by NASPA.

Raffle and Food Drive

Spring 2019 Raffle

For those who are new to ORAHEAD, you may not be aware that we host an ongoing raffle throughout the conference. Please consider bringing something to contribute to the conference raffle prize pool. Past contributions have included:

  • beer or wine
  • books or stationary
  • chocolate
  • coffee or tea
  • handmade items
  • institution swag

Spring 2019 Food Drive

Food insecurity is a serious issue plaguing many students and has a dramatic impact on student success. Often, students rely on food banks or pantries at their colleges and universities. These extremely valuable resources are driving by donations which consistently fall short of the growing need. This year, ORAHEAD is encouraging attendees to bring two nonperishable food items to donate to the hosting school’s food bank. Please refer to Chemeketa Community College’s Food Pantry website for more information. Thank you!

Conference Registration and Payment

Registration for the Spring 2019 conference is now closed. Please visit this page again in a few months for information regarding the Fall 2019 conference in Newport, Oregon!