Noteworthy unit activities

Planned and hosted a musical concert following the ArCPA Spring conference.  David LaMotte from North Carolina was the keynote speaker at the conference, and gave a concert that evening to benefit the UALR Stacy Willis Memorial Scholarship for students with disabilities.

Director is Chair of the national AHEAD Standing Committee on Professional Development; developed two conference strands for the 2014 national conference that included 2 pre-conference sessions and 16 concurrent sessions entitled Out Of The Box! III and AHEAD Start – which focused on progressive approaches for disability service providers.

At the AHEAD national conference in Sacramento, the Director co-presented two-day pre-conference on power and privilege, bias and microaggressions, with a colleague from University of Arizona, as well as a concurrent session on bias and microaggressions (314 contact hours).

The Director presented The Student Interview and Documentation Practices: Utilizing New Guidance from AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) at the Eighth International Conference on Higher Education and Disability in Innsbruck, Austria.

DRC staff held a two-day retreat to update strategic plan for the department, and discuss improving workplace satisfaction, and balancing the urgent work with the important work that requires planning.

Assisted World Services for the Blind with their summer transition program. Students who are blind or low vision from all over the United States attend a summer session at UALR and work with DRC, which gives them useful experience for their future college pursuits.

Presented at UCA college-bound conference, Arkansas Interagency Transition Partnership, ArCPA and NASPA

Collaborated with Campus life to bring Geri Jewell to campus to speak on being gay and disabled.

Director continues to serve on the Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities, term ends June 1, 2015; staff members serve on LRSD Anti-Bullying Committee, and on board of Ark-AHEAD.

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