2016 Spring Conference

WAPED Spring Conference

April 20-22, 2016

Location: Enzian Inn, Leavenworth, WA

Hotel Information

Book your hotel for WAPED now. Rooms are blocked until March 20. After this date the Enzian will honor the conference rate if they still have space available. The group code is 9619. When you call, tell them you are booking for the WAPED Conference. The Enzian reservation number is 1-800-223-8511. The single room rate with tax is $111.40; double room rate is $122.54.

Registration – Early member rate: $125 before April 8. Non-members and late registration: $160


Conference Files

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, April 20

8:30 – 9:00 AM           Registration & Check in

9:00 – 10:30 AM        Break-Out Sessions

Break-out #1 Disability 101; Trends/Etiquette and NW ADA Center:  Bavarian Room

Break-out #2 DSS 102: Connecting with Faculty: Alpine Room

10:30 – 10:45 AM       Break

10:45 – 12:00 PM      Break-Out Sessions cont’d

Break-out #1 Disability 101-Ask the Experts Panel: Bavarian Room

Break-out #2 DSS 102: Connecting with Faculty Panel: Alpine Room

12:00 – 1:30 PM       Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 2:30 PM         Committee Breakouts

Membership & Public Relations Committee, Angela Merritt & 2yr/4yr Representatives, Alpine Room Committee meets to discuss membership concerns, marketing, website and the development of resources for members.

Conference Committee, Hope Stout (Chair), Alpine Room Committee meets to discuss future conference ideas, topics, locations and adjustments needed to best serve the membership.

Technology Ad hoc Committee, Dan Comden (Chair), Bavarian Room Committee meets to discuss membership best practices in assistive technology and accessible media used on college campuses.

Interpreter Ad hoc Committee, (Rotating Chair), Alpine Room Committee meets to discuss membership best practices in service provision for deaf & hard of hearing students on college campuses.

Board Candidates and Structure Ad Hoc, Lyla Crawford (Chair), Alpine Room – this ad-hoc will explore the issues surrounding the reticence of members to run for the WAPED Board and if/how the Board might be restructured to better fit current needs.

2:30 – 2:45 PM         Break

2:45 – 4:00 PM          Facilitated Discussion on creation of WAPED Documentation Guidelines

Out of the work of the WA State Transition Task Force a subcommittee of WAPED members have been meeting with the Washington State Achievement Council (WSAC) around the creation of WAPED documentation guidelines. WSAC and members of the sub group will present the work this far and engage membership in discussion and feedback.

4:00 PM                          Wrap-Up and Door Prizes

4:30 –5:30 PM            New WAPED Member Welcome, President’s Room at the Enzian room TBD

The WAPED Board invites all new WAPED members to a welcome reception. Meet current WAPED Board members and seasoned WAPED members, learn about the organization and how it can support you in your work.  Facilitated by Members of the WAPED Board, President’s Room at the Enzian room TBD

Thursday, April 21

8:30 – 9:00 AM           Registration & Check in

9:00 – 10: 30 AM      Keynote: Jane Jarrow

Jane E. Jarrow, Ph.D., is the President of Disability Access Information and Support (DAIS).  Dr. Jarrow is a skilled presenter and speaks comfortably about the legal and educational mandates surrounding the participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary settings.  She 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. She is a prolific author and an acknowledged leader in the field. Dr. Jarrow’s professional involvement in this field spans almost 30 years and includes her long tenure as the Executive Director of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). 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.”

Jane Jarrow Topic #1

The Fallacy of One Size Fits All

We are all anxious to establish policies that are both practical/workable AND that will keep our institutions in legal compliance.  It would certainly be nice if they were also philosophically in keeping with how we view our mission.  But so long as our institutions vary so dramatically (in size, resources, focus, location – and staffing!), the idea of establishing a single policy that everyone can/should/must follow seems ill-advised (at best!).  Dr. Jarrow is going to talk about why policies do not always translate well from one institution to the next, and suggest ways to develop policy templates that everyone can adopt, to allow for individual differences as needed.

10:30 – 10:45 AM       Break

10:45 – 12:00 PM        Jane Jarrow Topic #2

Urban Renewal, DSS Style

“Urban Renewal” is the term used to describe the remodeling, refurbishing – or demolition, if necessary! – of existing structures that have outlived their usefulness in their current form.  Dr. Jarrow is going to help us sort through the structural elements of our disability services programs that may be in line for update!

12:00 – 2:00 PM         WAPED Spring Business Meeting & 2016-2017 Board Member Elections

Business Meeting Agenda

2:00 – 2:15 PM           Break

2:15 – 4:00 PM           Jane Jarrow Topic #3

I Know What They Said — What Should I DO???

One of the most frustrating parts of listening to attorneys speak about recent case law in our field is that the good ones can tell us exactly what happened, what the institution did wrong/right, and why the decision reads as it does.  But that doesn’t necessarily translate to what WE should do differently (if anything) on our own campuses.  Dr. Jarrow will provide some practical action steps for service providers in response to a number of recent legal decisions and newly released agency guidelines.

4:00 PM                         Wrap-Up and Door Prizes

5:00-7:00 PM             Awards,  Election Results & Hospitality

Friday, April 22

9:00 – 10:15 AM         Breakout Sessions

Break out #1: Service Animals, Alpine Room

Break out #2: Captioning Best Practices, Bavarian Room

10:15 – 10:30 AM       Break

10:30 – 11:45 AM        Breakout Sessions cont’d

Break out #1: Service Animals: Alpine Room

Break out #2: Captioning Best Practices: Bavarian Room

11:45 – 12:00 PM      Wrap-up and Door Prizes

12:15 – 1:00 PM        College Breakouts by Institutional Type, Alpine & Bavarian Rooms