Scenery, attendees, and presenter from conference at Kentucky Dam Village


2023 KY AHEAD Conference

KY AHEAD is proud to host the 2023 KY AHEAD Conference: Let's Regroup at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville, KY on May 17-18, 2023. Additional conference details will be posted when available, so please continue to check back for updates.

Conference at a Glance

This year's conference will include a keynote by Dr. Ann Knettler, a presentation by Ronda Purdy and Robert Plienis from Educational Testing Service (ETS), and a variety of other topics relevant to both new and seasoned disability services professionals. Please note that this is a tentative schedule which is subject to change, and that all times listed are in Central Time.

Tuesday, May 16

5:00-7:00pm KY AHEAD Board Welcome - Check in, pick up conference folders, meet and greet with light snacks

Wednesday, May 17

8:00-9:00: Registration
9:00-9:15: Welcome & Introductions
9:15-11:00: Keynote - Making Your Data Talk: Developing, Measuring, and Assessing with Purpose by Dr. Ann Knettler
11:15-12:15: Case Study: Utilizing the Interactive Process Accommodating Student with Significant Physical Barriers by Dr. David Beach and Duke Pettit
12:30-2:00: Business Lunch
2:00-3:00pm: ETS Presentation by Robert Plienis and Ronda Purdy
3:15-4:30: Question & Answer Session
Dinner on your own
7:00-11:00pm Hospitality Night at UK Cabin - Bring snacks to share and your own beverage of choice. Opportunity to relax and regroup.

Thursday, May 18

8:00-9:00: Registration
9:15-10:15: Creating an Environment for Empowerment for You and Your Students by Dr. Ann Knettler
10:30-11:30: Small Group Discussion Topics
11:30-11:45: Closing Remarks & Evaluations

Keynote Speaker Biography

Dr. Ann Knettler currently Directs the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) and is the ADA & 504 Compliance Officer at Delaware State University, she also teaches in their Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Masters of Public Administration Programs. As a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Ann has served on the Standing Committee for Professional Development and currently represents the Association as a member of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) where she has co-authored and updated policy and standards for the entire field of higher education and currently sits on their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is a published researcher and experienced educator. Ann regularly presents and consults at the national level on topics such as ableism, able-body privilege, assessment and the use of data as an advocacy tool, the high school to college and college to career transition for students with disabilities, disability policy reform, strategic planning, creating and using policy and standards as guidance in the non-profit field, program review, community needs assessment, and the social justice model of disability.

Her research interests include Independent Living Theory, EEO policy and policy reform, crisis management, the legal relationship between equity and access, the social justice model of disability, use of technology to increase access, the breadth and depth of diversity and inclusion, and fostering inclusion and collaboration in communities. Ann received a Masters of Arts in Counseling in Higher Education with an emphasis in Mental Health from the University of Delaware and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Delaware State University. Her dissertation focuses on the lived experiences of ableism and able-body privilege by students with disabilities in higher education and the impact that experience has on their receipt of an accessible and equitable education.


The registration fee for this conference will be $155. To register, please:

  1. Complete the registration form by Monday, May 8. Registration is now closed.
  2. Pay the registration fee.
    • Payment by credit card may be submitted on Eventbrite before the conference.
    • 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


Reserve a room by April 16th. Rooms will be $89.95/night for single or double rooms, plus applicable taxes and fees. Rooms have been held for the nights of Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17. When making reservations, inform the resort that you will be attending the KY AHEAD Conference. To contact Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, call 270-362-4271 or visit the Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park website.