A Valued Partnership: AHEAD and its Affiliates

10:15 am – 11:45 am

Carol Funckes, Chief Operating Officer, AHEAD

Our shared commitment to equity for disabled students in higher education forms a strong network of support and community. Whether we work toward that goal at the institutional level, the state level, or the national level, we depend on each other for collaboration, motivation, and best practices. We’ll take some time to step back from the daily work, learn about the principles and priorities that guide our national association, and share ways AHEAD and MO AHEAD can strengthen our partnership.

Carol Funckes is the Chief Operating Officer for the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD). In this position, she designs and oversees AHEAD’s national professional development agenda, develops website and print materials on higher education and disability, and consults individually with members. Prior to assuming this role, Carol worked at the University of Arizona’s Disability Resource Center for over 30 years, leading a staff of access consultants and service coordinators and managing initiatives in faculty development and digital accessibility. Carol is a Past President of AHEAD, has served as a trainer for several disability service initiatives, and has presented extensively both nationally and internationally.