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.

Conference Registration Link:

**please see the schedule of events and possible lodging options below.***


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

*****Lodging Possibilities: Columbia, MO.

We have been given a conference rate at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. MO AHEAD conference attendees can reserve a room at the Holiday Inn Executive Center for $93.00 for the night Plus tax (single or double room). Reservations must be made by May 21st to receive this rate, and registration must be held by a credit card.  This hotel is in a great area of town, and easy Access to Moberly Area Community College Columbia Campus. To reserve a room please call 573-203-8178, and don’t forget to mention that you are with MO AHEAD and would like the special rate.

557373-203-8178.   Be sure to request the MO AHEAD rate. 

For details on the hotel please visit their web site:

Holiday Inn Executive Center-Columbia Mall 2200 Interstate 70 Dr SW, Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 203-8178 $93.00 + taxes for Mo AHEAD Attendees if Booked by May 21st.

Regular Rate if booked after May 21st.

Two bed – $114.42 + Taxes, One bed – $131.88 + tax

Right off I-70 easy access
Drury Inn Columbia Stadium Boulevard 1000 Knipp St, Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 445-1800 Double bed – $190.00 + tax, Single Bed – $200.00 + tax Right off I-70 easy access
Hampton Inn Columbia 3410 Clark Ln, Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 886-9392 Between $184.00 – $195.00 + tax Right off I-70 easy access
The Broadway Columbia – DoubleTree 1111 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 875-7000 Between $178.00 – $204.00 + tax Not as close to MACC; Must go through town to get to MACC
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center 2601 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 442-6400 Range – $90.00 – $256.00 Not as close to MACC; Must go through town to get to MACC
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson 817 N Keene St., Columbia MO 65201 $76.00 + Tax Right off I-70 easy access
Wingate by Wyndham – Columbia 1301 Wingate Ct., Columbia MO 65201 $89.00 + tax Right off I-70 easy access
Holiday Inn East 915 Port Way, Columbia Mo. 65201 573-474-4444 $95.00-$117.00 Right off I-70 easy access
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Univ Area 1402 Cinnamon Hill Ln. Columbia Mo. 65201 573-442-8034 Starting at $ 108.00 Not as close to MACC; Must go through town to get to MACC


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