Dates and times:
Thursday, October 20th and Friday, October 21st, 2022


Conference Theme:  Student Transitions, Assistive Technology, The ADA, Oh My! What is Working and What is Not Working in DS Offices Across the Country


Conference Resource Page

The Conference Committee has worked hard to prepare a Conference Resource Page for you to help plan for the Fall 2022 Conference. Many thanks to the members of the Conference Committee: Karla Ealy-Marroquin, Susanne Weatherly, Davi Kallman, Jason Varnado, Justin Smock, and Katie Guernsey for their hard work on the Fall 2022 Conference.


$125 per WAPED member before October 1, 2022
$150 per WAPED member on or after October 2, 2022 and for non-members

*Please note that the conference registration cost is the same for in-person and remote participants*

Registration Page

Please make sure to register for the conference. In the registration page please make sure to indicate what accommodations you will be needing. In-person participants will also have an opportunity to indicate food allergies and restrictions for the continental breakfasts and lunches.

Fall 2022 WAPED Conference Registration Page


If you need accommodations to fully participate at the conference, please select the accommodations you will be needing in the registration page. If you register to the conference past October 1, 2022, please email Davi Kallman at directly to request accommodations.

COVID-19 Statement

The WAPED Board strongly encourages and recommends wearing a mask at any in-person WAPED event/conference. The WAPED Board thanks you for masking up!

If you feel sick, have any of the following symptoms, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19, we request that you do not attend the conference in-person:

  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • trouble breathing
  • fever or chills
  • and loss of smell or taste

Masks, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer will be available at the conference in person

Conference Location

This is a hybrid conference. The conference will be held at Everett Community College (ECC) in the Jackson Conference Center.

Directions to Everett Community College

Everett Community College Parking Map

The Zoom link will be emailed out to remote participants after they register for the conference. If you do not receive the Zoom link by October 17, 2022, please make sure to email Davi Kallman at

Hotel Information

Conference Schedule


Day 1 (October 20th): 10 minute breaks every hour

  • Welcome and Continental Breakfast: 9:00-10:00 am (Coffee and Pastries) and Introductions
  • Session 1: 10:00-1:00 pm (with a 10 minute break between each hour block). Michelle Mitchell and Teressa Eastman
    • Title: Students, Parents, and Accommodations, Oh My!
    • Presentation Description: Whether you work at a traditional community college, two-year regional or state university or some other configuration, we welcome you to join us as we cover various unique issues faced by two-year campuses.  Topics will include; Dual/Concurrent Students, Building Relationships through training with  Faculty and Staff  in regards to DS issues/accommodations, Open Enrollment, Transitioning to College, and ending with a roundtable discussion, “I have a situation that…
    • Learning Outcomes: 1)Through the use of experiential activities, identify three specific challenges unique to the participant’s institution population and solutions for these issues. 2) Through collaborative activities, learn how to develop a team of individuals at your institution and beyond who share similar experiences to tackle every day concerns that may arise. 3) Utilize knowledge gained on the job and through the training to discuss and problem solve unique scenarios currently impacting participants at their institution by harnessing the power of collective capital.
Michelle is smiling at the camera. Michelle is a white woman with short brown hair and wearing a blue and black striped shirt. She is sitting in a powerchair.
Michelle Mitchell
Teresa is a white woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera. she has short brown hair and is wearing a purple top.
Teressa Eastman
  • Lunch and Networking from 1:00-2:00 pm (Lunch will be catered by Panera Bread for in-person participants)
  • Session 2: 2:00-3:00 pm with Susanne Weatherly
    • Title: Accessible Design Core Concepts
    • Presentation Description: Join this session to learn about the little things you can start to implement in your daily work (and life) that encourages a community of inclusion. When COVID turned our world upside down and we were forced into fully online courses, the ability to train our colleges (faculty and staff) on creating accessible content became imperative. Susanne will be giving the presentation she has used with faculty and staff at her own college and that was modified with Monica and SBCTC for presenting to state-wide employees about core accessible design concepts. The presentation materials themselves will be made available to attendees so individuals can make any edits as they like, and then use the information at their own schools. Creating accessible content begins with each of us, so review some of the concepts for yourself and get presentation materials that can then be used at your school.
Susanne Weatherly is a white woman smiling at the camera. She has long brown hair that is curly at the bottom.
Susanne Weatherly
  • Session 3: 3:00-5:00 pm with Sheila Northdrop, PhD
    • Title: Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the Digital Era to Help the Campus Community Thrive
    • Presentation Description: This session is a workshop-style session split into two parts. In part I participants will develop an understanding of the principle of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the college setting. They will be introduced to tools and techniques to help students engage with materials in multiple ways. In part II participants will have the opportunity to participate in a group help session to brainstorm and plan ways to implement UDL on their campuses.
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Sheila Northrop, PhD

Day 2 (October 21st): 10 minute breaks every hour

  • Welcome and Continental Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 am (Coffee and Pastries) and Introductions
  • Session 1: 9:00-11:00 am Keynote Presentation with Jamie Axelrod
    • Title: Who Enforces the ADA, Sec 504 and Why?
    • Presentation Description: This presentation will address what federal agencies are responsible for enforcing the A.D.A and Sec. 504 compliance at postsecondary institutions. It will look at the relevant legal authorities and how the Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights (OCR) provides enforcement. Through review of OCR findings letters, we will analyze what appears to be best practices in the field.
    • Learning Objectives: 1) Who is OCR and what is their role? 2) How does OCR go about enforcing Sec. 504 and the ADA? 3) What appear to be best practices in implementing Sec. 504 and the ADA?  4)What are some important pitfalls that schools should know about to avoid findings of discrimination?
Jamie Axelrod is a white man who is smiling at the camera. Jamie has his brown hair pulled back in a bun and he is wearing a blue button down shirt.
Jamie Axelrod
  • Session 2: 11:00-1:00 pm WAPED Business Meeting (Working Lunch) (Lunch will be catered by Panera Bread for in-person participants)