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TNAHEAD 2020: Clear Vision for a New Decade

TNAHEAD 2020: Clear Vision for a New Decade

Monday, October 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM (CST)
to Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM (CST)
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TNAHEAD 2020: Clear Vision for a New Decade

This Year TNAHEAD has partnered with ALA-AHEAD to bring you a top-notch virtual conference experience by bringing in some of the most sough-after speakers in higher education and disability.

Help us celebrate 30 years of the ADA!
Celebrating 30 years of the ADA!

Accessible Information Management is a proud sponsor of the 2020 TNAHEAD conference. AIM provides high-quality database solutions for managing students and caseloads.
This year's featured speakers are as follows:

Salome Heyward

Salome Heyward - Dr. Heyward is a civil rights attorney with over 40 years’ experience in the field of disability discrimination law and disability management. Dr. Heyward is also the president of Salome Heyward & Associates. Her accomplishments include the following:
  • Author of Higher Education and Disability (LRP Publication, updated 2009); The FMLA Handbook (2002), Graduate Schools and the ADA (2001) and Access to Education for the Disabled, along with numerous other articles/publications related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
  • Contributor author for the Disability Compliance for Higher Education newsletter (Wiley Publications 2013-2014).
  • Legal advisor for the Educational Testing Service (ETS);
  • Senior staff attorney (12 years) for the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights;
Dr. Heyward is frequently sought out by media personnel to provide legal background for their productions concerning disability issues, e.g., NBC, CNN, ESPN, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Heyward’s firm, Salome Heyward & Associates helps postsecondary institutions, agencies and employers develop and maintain effective and compliant ADA/Section 504 programs and services.
Jane Jarrow
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Jane E. Jarrow, Ph.D. has established a reputation for being knowledgeable and articulate in understanding and presenting the issues of importance related to disability in the higher education arena. Jane received her academic training in Speech Pathology at Purdue University (BS, MS) and Wichita State University (Ph.D.), and taught at Ohio State University before beginning her 14-year tenure as the Executive Director of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). In 1996 she became a private consultant, providing technical assistance and professional development activities to various segments of the higher education community surrounding issues of accommodation and support for students with disabilities. The parent of a daughter with a significant disability, Jane knows these issues from both personal and professional perspectives.
Jane is a prolific author and an acknowledged leader in the field. Those who have turned to her for technical assistance or who have heard her speak have remarked on Jane's comfortable presentation style, her down-to-earth approach to the subject, her ready availability and willingness to assist, and her ability to relate general legal principles to the specific situations encountered in the postsecondary setting.
In Dr. Jarrow's own words:
"I am not an attorney, and I think that is an advantage in the work that I do. I provide technical assistance, never legal advice, and thus I don't have to couch my statements too carefully. I can -- and do -- 'call 'em as I see 'em' based on my understanding of the law and my extensive experience in the field.

Office for Civil Rights

Vicki Lewis, Esq.
Vicki Lewis currently serves as a Senior Attorney at the Atlanta regional office of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  OCR is responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, sex, and age by recipients of Federal financial assistance from the Department.  Vicki began at the Atlanta OCR office in 2001 and has held several positions including general attorney, attorney advisor to the Regional Director, and attorney advisor to the Enforcement Director.  As an attorney advisor, she provided legal guidance on a host of civil rights and policy issues as well as assisted with drafting policy.  In her current position, her duties include serving as mentor, training staff, and providing technical assistance to complainants and recipients in addition to investigating complex complaints and negotiating resolution agreements.  She regularly presents on a variety of civil rights in education topics including Accommodations in the Postsecondary Setting and Sexual Harassment.  Prior to OCR, she worked as a trial attorney for an Atlanta law firm.   She is also a Registered Mediator in the State of Georgia since 2008. Vicki obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia.

Conference Schedule
Monday October 19
Service Animals and ESA's - 10:00-11:30 AM (EST)
  • Jane Jarrow will host a session related to best practices of accommodating students who require service animals and ESA's. Dr. Jarrow will also include discussions about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected accommodations in higher education.
Vendor Highlights - 12:50-1:50 PM (EST)
  • This session will highlight this year's vendors, sponsors, and exhibitors. Please visit the vendor hub to get more inforamtion from each vendor about how their products can be used to make your campus more accessible.
Office for Civil Rights Year-In-Review 2:00-3:30 PM (EST)
  • This session will feature a speaker from the Office for Civil Rights who will provide a year-in-review. The focus will be on OCR cases that touch on higher education. The speaker will also update attendees on what OCR is seeing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New and Emerging Professionals Networking and Information Session - 3:30-5:00 PM (EST)
  • This session will focus on new and emerging professionals in the field of disability and higher education. The goal is to provide a session where folks who are new to the field can start networking, ask questions, and obtain information from those who have substantial service in the field.

Tuesday October 20
  • Administrative and Financial Undue Burden - 9:30-11:45 AM (EST)
    • Salome Heyward will present tthis session and will focus on general academic accommodations with a particular focus on financial and administrative undue burden. Dr. Heyward will also highlight some of the issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic as related to higher education.
  • AIM Help Session - 12:50-1:50 PM (EST)
  • This session is provided by this year's featured conference sponsor. AIM is a database solution for disability services providers. Join in for techical guidance on the product and to learn more about how AIM can help solve common issues for disability services providers.
  • Accommodating Students in Technical Schools - 2:00-3:30 PM (EST)
    • Salome Heyward will present this session and focus on how the ADA applies to technical schools. 
  • Breakout Sessions 3:30-5:00 PM (EST)
    • The breakout sessions will focus on issuses specific to either 2-year community colleges, 4-year universities, or TCAT and other technical schools. Some of the topics may include how academic adjustments are implemented in those specific settings, housing, dining, and other issues in each setting. You will have the option to select your type of institution the day of the conference.

Wednesday March 18
  • TNAHEAD Business Meeting - 10:00-11:00 AM (EST)

Thank you to the 2020 TNAHEAD conference sponsors:


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