Professional Development

2018 Missouri AHEAD Spring Conference –

MO AHEAD-Disability Moving Forward

May 31, 2018- June 1, 2018

Moberly Area Community College-Columbia Campus-

601 Business Loop 70 W. Suite 216 Columbia, Mo. 65203

Missouri AHEAD (MO AHEAD) invites you to attend our 2018 Annual Spring Conference.  This two-day conference will focus on sharing ideas and expertise with other professionals in Missouri and across the Midwest.  Join us May 31st – June 1st at Moberly Area Community College campus in Columbia, MO to learn more about best practices in our field and to meet fellow disability service professionals in the state of Missouri and beyond.


WEB ACCESSIBILITY CONFERENCE: Join us for the first Web Accessibility Summit, a one-day conference about all things website accessibility for professionals in higher education and beyond. Workshops and track sessions will focus on how to make your web presence more accessible with technical and non-technical solutions. Networking opportunities will encourage sharing of information and resources with colleagues from around the state. The Web Accessibility Summit will be held May 30 at the University of Missouri in Columbia — the perfect precursor to the MO AHEAD 2018 Spring Conference.

NATIONAL ADA SYMPOSIUM: June 17-20, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA.  for more information please visit the website:



Day 1: Thursday May 31

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.     

Conference Check–in

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.      

Plenary Session Dr. Jeff Lashley, President Moberly Area Community College: Welcome and Higher Education Legislative Update.

11:15p.m. – 12:00 p.m.      

Break Out Sessions

  • Emotional Support Animals
  • Autism
  • Self-Care

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.     

Lunch- Discussion Groups

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.         

Claire Fitzgerald, Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights

2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.         


2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Questions and Answer Session, Claire Fitzgerald, Attorney,   U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       

MO AHEAD Annual Members Meeting

5:00 p.m.         

Break for the day

Day 2: Friday, June 1

9:00 a.m. – 10:00a.m.    

Conference Check-in

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  

Key Note: Self-Care in Challenging Times- Dr. Christy Hutton Ph.D., University of Missouri Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Director for Outreach and Prevention & Nadia Bethley, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist, Diversity Coordinator

11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.      


11:15a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        

Breakout Sessions

  • Transition from High School to College
  • College Programs for Students with Developmental Disabilities.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    

Open Discussions and Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.        

Chuck Graham, Great Plains ADA Center-ADA Law, Changes, and Response to Change

2:00 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.       


2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Student and Instructor Panel

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             

Conference Wrap Up