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2018 KY AHEAD Conference: May 23-25, 2018 Lake Barkley State Park, Cadiz KY (Central Time Zone)

The Kentucky Association on Higher Education and Disability is pleased to host the 2018 KY AHEAD Conference: “From Referee to Coach- the Evolving Roles of Disability Service Providers” from Wednesday, May 23 to Friday, May 25, 2018 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park

When booking your room, please be sure to let the park know that you are with KY AHEAD in order to receive the conference room rate of $67.00 per night plus applicable taxes and fees. Book by May 5 in order to receive the conference rate.

2018 Conference Title: “From Referee to Coach- the Evolving Roles of Disability Service Providers”

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, May 23

Thursday, May 24

Friday, May 25

Session 1: Panel: This session will discuss how our roles and how they have evolved as Disability Service Providers over the years, particularly “from Referee to Coach- the Evolving Roles of Disability Service Providers”. 

Session 2: Noel Helm, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Director of Student Services "The imporantce of collaboration between community colleges and 4 year universities, to promote retention and student success" This workshop will explore and discuss the differences students encounter when they transfer from a community college to a 4-year university for disability services. Transferring can be very difficult for students with disabilities, and the ability to provide students with disability services information, points of contact for their new college is an important aspect for their success. 

Session 3: "Let's talk". Open-mic discussion regarding building resources and connections related to successful transition, as well as follow-up on important topics, and further discussion

Session 4: Amy Osborn, Director of the Institute for Learning Differences, Thomas More College, "Redefining Resources; Leveraging Helicopter Parents to Support Students with Learning Disabilities." While the concept of helicopter parents is not new, the definition of a helicopter parent is quite different for those students with a disability.  Having been the student’s strongest advocate for their entire education career, they too are facing a dramatic change. How can we as support program staff and disability service coordinators use this level of advocacy to assist students in transitioning to college. Using the parent’s expertise while allowing them to continue their emotional and logistical support, we can have students fully scaffolded as they embark on the next phase of their educational journey.  The goal of this session is to discuss the possibility of leveraging the resources of parents with respect to the changing student demographic. Additionally, ideas on creating a plan to include them in the student transition to postsecondary setting will be noted.

Session 5: Ollie Dennis and Brandon Dennis, "TBI, Epilepsy, and other Acquired Neurologic Conditions" TBI and Epilepsy are two of the most commonly encountered neurologic conditions. This talk will review basics of those conditions, outline cognitive, behavioral, and functional changes, and discuss appropriate intervention and accommodation strategies.

Session 6: Key Note: Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, "Academic Coaching for College Students with ADHD and Executive Functioning Challenges" Coaching college students can be both rewarding and challenging.  Students with ADHD and EF challenges need structure, strategies and support to move forward in the post-secondary environment and academic coaching provides the necessary framework for student success. In this session, participants will observe a live coaching demonstration and learn how to shift the life coaching process to work effectively with students dealing with ADHD and EF related issues. By the end of this session, participants will have new skills to enhance interactions with students and create a more student-directed partnership. 

Session 7: Lisa Caringer Southern Illinois University (SIU), Director. "Ensuring effective communication for deaf students" Ensuring effective communication for deaf students can be challenging for disability service professionals. It is important to match the student’s communication preferences with the technical knowledge and skillset of classroom service providers, but it is equally important to consider access to all that your campus has to offer. This session is geared toward professionals who may not have a background in deaf services but want to be ready to provide a positive experience for future students. Relevant case law will be used to illustrate recommended practice and policy development.

Session 8: Key Note: Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, "A Deep Dive into Academic Coaching – What, Why and How" Session Description: Academic coaching is a partnership designed to focus on academic goals and challenges and provides the skills necessary for students to strive towards equity and excellence. In this workshop, Jodi Sleeper-Triplett will provide an overview of academic coaching skills, demonstrate best practices for incorporating coaching skills into student interactions, and facilitate a group discussion to provide participants with an in-depth look at how coaching can help your students.

Key Note Speaker:

KY AHEAD is so excited and pleased that Jodi Sleeper-Triplett has agreed to be our Key Note speaker.

"Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, B.A., MCC, BCC, is a coach trainer, master coach, mentor, speaker and author. Her company, JST Coaching & Training, provides training programs to coaches, educators and mental health professionals worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Founders Award from the ADHD Coaches Association (ACO) and a 2016 CHADD Hall of Fame Inductee for 20 years of service to individuals and families with ADHD.

Ms. Sleeper-Triplett developed the first training course focused on coaching students with ADHD, which is now offered in English, Spanish, Turkish and Italian. She is seen by many of her peers as the foremost authority in the field of student coaching. The JST Coaching Model is cited by researchers and academics as the de facto model for coaching ADHD students. Her coaching model for success in student coaching was used in the Edge Foundation landmark 2-year ADHD coaching research study proving that skill, will and self-regulation improved in all college students who received coaching services; and she is the co-author of the 2014 study on the effectiveness of the ADHD Benefits of Coaching Scale (ABCS).

Her first book, Empowering Youth with ADHD: Your Guide to Coaching Adolescents and Young Adults for Coaches, Parents, and Professionals (2010) provides coaches, parents and professionals with a powerful new guide to improving the lives of student with ADHD through coaching. She is a contributing author of Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture (2016).

Ms. Sleeper-Triplett is a sought-after speaker on student coaching and ADHD, a board member of the Association for Coach Training Organizations (ACTO), Advisory Board Member of Proyectodah, a member the Calling In Power & Culture Summit Planning and Design Group, ADDA, AHEAD, CHADD, and the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is a frequent presenter at conferences and private workshops worldwide. Her articles on student coaching and ADHD can be found in print and online media outlets. She has been featured on CNN HLN, CBS News and on radio programs and in print media worldwide."

Registration and Payment- REGISTER TODAY!!!

Registration forms must be received by Monday, May 7th. The registration fee for the entire conference is $210. Daily registration rates are Wednesday $55, Thursday $100, and Friday $55. The registration fee includes refreshment breaks on Wednesday, president's reception Wednesday, lunch on Thursday, and breakfast on Friday.

Participants and their guests are invited to an optional social activity on Thursday evening. Come join us for an amazing sunset cruise on Lake Barkley and entertainment! Good times, music, and fun at beautiful Lake Barkely! Sign up for the social event through the registration page, $25 per person. Guests of the conference attendees are welcome to purchase tickets to this event as well.

To register, please:

  1. Complete the Registration Form.
  2. Pay your registration fee.
    • Payment by credit card may be submitted on Eventbrite by May 22 at 11:55pm. 
    • Payment by check should be made payable to Kentucky AHEAD and should be brought to the conference or mailed to:
      David Beach
      University of Kentucky Division of Student and Academic Life
      407 Multidisciplinary Science Building
      Lexington, KY 40536-0082
    • Payment by purchase order should be mailed to:
      David Beach
      University of Kentucky Division of Student and Academic Life
      407 Multidisciplinary Science Building
      Lexington, KY 40536-0082

Silent Auction

Let the bidding wars begin! An exciting part of the conference is our silent auction to benefit the KY AHEAD Student Scholarship. We have been fortunate to be able to award two $500 scholarships to Kentucky college students with disabilities, but this is only possible because of your willingness to donate, find donations, and bid high and often! Popular past donations have included:

Bring your donation with you to the conference, where you will be able to complete a Silent Auction Donation Form. Donation receipts for tax purposes can be provided after the conference. If you would like to donate to the auction but are unable to attend the conference, please contact Veronica Hazard, veronica.hazard@wku.edu, to make other arrangements for your donations.