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AHEAD Conference, PEPNet 2.0 Training Institute to Join Forces in New Orleans


December 1, 2011

AHEAD Conference, PEPNet 2.0 Training Institute to Join Forces in New Orleans

AHEAD and PEPNet 2.0—two premier professional organizations—will combine their national conferences to provide attendees from the disability and education communities a broader array of training that can build institutional capacity to work with post-secondary students with disabilities. The two concurrent events will be held at the Sheraton Hotel Canal Street in New Orleans on July 9 – 14, 2012.

The Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) 35th annual conference offers attendees a diverse array of professional development opportunities covering issues relating to the full spectrum of disabilities.  AHEAD is the premiere professional membership organization for individuals developing policy and providing effective services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities in all areas of higher education. AHEAD has formal partnerships with 34 Regional Affiliates and many other professional organizations to advance equity in higher education for people with disabilities.  AHEAD promotes full and equal participation by individuals with disabilities in higher education, and supports the systems, institutions, professions, and professionals who participate in fulfilling this important mission.

The new Postsecondary Education Programs Network 2.0 (PEPNet 2.0) Training Institute will run concurrently with the AHEAD conference and will focus on issues, service provision, and best practices for working with postsecondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing and those with co-occurring disabilities.  PEPNet has 15 years of experience in the issues of working with these low-incidence disabilities and has recently consolidated four regional centers into one national center. PEPNet 2.0 will continue to provide technical assistance and personnel development to improve educational and employment outcomes for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Baseline data and information collected during the new five-year grant cycle will drive development of evidence-based resources to increase institutional capacity, enrollment, retention, and graduation rates for these students.

To leverage the resources offered by both organizations, to help stakeholders stretch tight budgets, and to deliver their respective information and training to the largest possible audience, AHEAD and PEPNet 2.0 have combined their conferences. Attendees at either event will have access to presentations at both conferences, meet and network with other postsecondary education and disability professionals from many disciplines, and view displays and vendor booths in a 30,000 square foot exhibition hall.

PEPNet 2.0, based at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is supported by a grant from the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs and the U.S. Department of Education via grant award #H326D110003. The grant cycle began October 1, 2011 and runs through September 30, 2016.

Registration and other information about these events are available at <>  and <>

AHEAD and PEPNet 2.0 look forward to welcoming hundreds of interested professionals from across the country and around the world to New Orleans in 2012 to learn and share information that can enhance educational opportunities for professionals and consumers.


Stephan J. Hamlin-Smith

Executive Director


107 Commerce Centre Drive, Suite 204

Huntersville, NC  28078


Catherine McLeod

Director – PEPNet 2.0

California State University Northridge

National Center on Deafness

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8267


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