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2021 KY AHEAD Conference

KY AHEAD is proud to host the 2021 KY AHEAD Virtual Conference on Thursday, May 20, 2021. This year's conference theme is "Set Sail - You Don't Control the Wind, But You Set the Sails".

Keynote Presentation

Our keynote speaker is Dr. David R. Parker, who will be presenting on the topic "Navigating the Storm: Using Self-Determination to Chart Greater Wellbeing and Academic Success".

Prior to the pandemic, campuses witnessed a decade-long rise in students' mental health concerns and needs. We grappled to understand why such an academically credentialed generation struggled with so much anxiety and depression as they transitioned through college. Higher education professionals worked hard to respond and, over time, transform campus culture by embracing proactive approaches to wellness for the entire community. And then came COVID. Dr. Parker will describe factors that have contributed to a "perfect storm" of affective challenges for undergraduates and how these impact students' academic persistence. He will then identify COVID-responsive services and resources we can use to help students with and without disabilities build greater self-determination as self-directed, motivated learners who more deeply engage with others.

Speaker's Biography

Dr. David R. Parker is a Postsecondary Disability Specialist and ADD/life coach at CRG (Children's Resource Group) in Indianapolis, IN. He earned a Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Connecticut. He served as administrator of LD/ADHD programs at UNC-Chapel Hill and UCONN and program manager of a National Science Foundation STEM/UDI grant at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Parker has conducted training on best practices for college students with ADHD, LD and ASD in Italy, Japan, Austria, and Kuwait. He is also the Research Coordinator for the Gregory S. Fehribach Center in Indianapolis and serves on the editorial board of four peer reviewed journals. He is the co-editor of Becoming Self-Determined: Practical Strategies for a Changing World (AHEAD, in press).

Conference Schedule

Please note that all times are listed in Eastern Time. Schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, May 19

Thursday, May 20

Registration and Payment

The registration fee for this virtual conference is $35. To register, please:

  1. Complete the registration form external link.
  2. Pay the registration fee.
    • Payment by credit card may be submitted on Eventbrite external link before the conference.
    • Payment by check should be made payable to Kentucky AHEAD and should be 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

Scholarship Fundraising

Since we will not be able to host our Silent Auction to raise funds for the KY AHEAD student scholarships, please consider a donation to KY AHEAD to help support our scholarships. Donations can be made by credit card on Eventbrite external link or by check.