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CAPED 2021 Conferences

Spring Zoom-In – April 29 – 30, 2021 (via Zoom): Click here to register:

CAPED 2021 Spring Zoom-In:

Focusing on Student Success as we Pivot Back to Campus

Thursday, April 29th , 2021
10:00 am – 11:00 am: Assistive Technology (AT) CIG meeting
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Autism/Intellectual Disability (ASD/ID) CIG meeting
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Panda Express Lunch ($)
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Best Practices for Online Learning
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Break
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm: DHH and Assistive Technology
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Break
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Return to Campus/Work panel
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Break
5:30 pm – ?: CAPED Social Hour

Friday, April 30th, 2021
9:00 am – 10:30 am: Common Barriers to Digital Access
10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Institutional Digital Accessibility – Moving from Why to How
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Program Management (PM) CIG meeting
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Learning Disability (LD) CIG meeting
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) CIG meeting
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Counseling, Career, and Veterans (CCV) CIG meeting

$ – We are working with Panda Express to help raise funds for
CAPED.  When you purchase your lunch/dinner at any Panda
Express location on Thursday, April 29th , 2021, CAPED will
receive a percentage of your total sale.  Order Panda Express here.

Best Practices for Online Learning
Della Newlow, Sile Bassi, Leah Silverman, Leigh Ann Van Dyke
This presentation will be a collaborative and interactive effort to identify best practices
for online teaching and learning. Some of the topics addressed will include how to
create a community, accessibility, how to effectively use break out rooms,
accommodations for the online environment, and what practices will we continue to use
when we are back on campus. 
 Della Newlow is a Learning Disability Specialist at Oxnard College.  In her
classes at Oxnard College she encourages her students to reach out and try, and
then try again.  She believes in every person’s ability to push through their
discomfort and anxiety related to learning to find joy, fun and meaning as they
pursue their education.  On campus she is an active member of the Academic
Senate fiercely advocating for students with disabilities.  She also serves as a
member of the Anti-Racist Committee and is the Sabbatical Chair.
 Sile has worked as a Learning Disability Specialist and Learning Skills professor
in ACCESS at Moorpark College since Fall 1999.  Her specialty is teaching
Learning Skills math courses where she uses Mnemonics and study strategies to
get students to fall in love with math and lose their previous fears.
 Leah joined the Ventura College team at the EAC as a Learning Disabilities
Specialist in February, 2016.  Leah was a Learning Disabilities Specialist at
UCLA’s Office for Students with Disabilities for 5 years. She has her Doctorate in
Clinical Psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Leah has experience
working with various disability groups including students with Learning
Disabilities, ADHD, psychological disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and
students on the Autism spectrum. Through learning disability assessments and
Learning Skills Classes Leah helps students identify their strengths and
challenges in the academic environment and she develops strategies to help her
students be successful.
 Leigh Ann Van Dyke joined the DRC at Palomar College and has worked there
since 2011. She is a Learning Disability Specialist and Assistant Professor
teaching counseling classes. She is also a Licensed Professional Clinical
Counselor and specializes in learning strategies.

DHH and Assistive Technology 
April Shin
A presentation and an open discussion about the field of assistive technology and what
resources, if any, are there for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. Audience
participation is highly encouraged.
 April Shin, SAS Program Assistant, Cerritos College

Return to Campus/Work panel
Ann Marie Breslin, Daniel Avegalio, Dawn Decker
A panel of various disability professionals will discuss campus planning and unique
challenges faced while planning to return to campus and work after the COVID-19
 Ann Marie Breslin, DSS Counselor/LD Specialist, Saddleback College
 Daniel Avegalio, Director of Student Services, Sierra College                                          Dawn Decker, LD Specialist, Cypress College

Common Barriers to Digital Access
David Kutch
This presentation will give the audience an understanding of the most common barriers
to access OCR’s National Digital Access Team (NDAT) sees in its casework. OCR will
walk the audience through common digital access issues that appear on websites and
in documents. To demonstrate issues that appear on websites, OCR will walk the
audience through two versions of a hypothetical university website homepage; one with
barriers to access, and another where those barriers have been remediated. To
demonstrate issues that appear in documents, OCR will walk the audience through
different versions of a sample document created with a popular word processing
program and converted into PDF format.
 David Kutch is an attorney with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the United
States Department of Education, which enforces federal statutes prohibiting
discrimination based on disability, race, national origin, sex, and age. Before
joining OCR in 2016, David worked in the Educational Opportunities Section in
the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.
Beginning in 2019, David joined OCR’s National Digital Access Team (NDAT). In
this position, he manages investigations of educational institutions, public
libraries, state boards of education and parent training and education centers, in
order to assess their compliance with federal civil rights laws with respect to the
accessibility of their websites and on-line programs. 
David received his B.S. from the University of Florida; his J.D. from Florida
Coastal School of Law; and his LL.M. in Administrative Law and Regulatory
Process from American University, Washington College of Law.

Institutional Digital Accessibility – Moving from Why to How
Sean Keegan
Traditionally, student access to electronic and information technologies has been
provided through an accommodation-based model via an interactive process with
disability services departments. And while many higher education institutions are
working towards improving accessibility to electronic content, the past year has
revealed where barriers continue to exist that limit the opportunities for students with
disabilities. Developing an institutional-based perspective for addressing digital
accessibility issues can help expand access for all members of the campus community
with disabilities and establish internal processes when choosing information technology
 Sean Keegan is the Director for the Office of Digital Accessibility at Stanford
University. The Office of Digital Accessibility provides technical assistance,
training, and resources in support of website and electronic content accessibility
for individuals with disabilities participating in programs and activities throughout
the Stanford community. Sean's prior experience was leading the CCC
Accessibility Center for California Community Colleges as well as directing an
alternate format and assistive technology program for students with disabilities.

Annual Conference – October 4 – 8, 2021 (Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel) Registration coming soon

CAPED members, we hope this finds you safe and well. As we gather for the 47th Annual CAPED 2021 Convention in Lake Tahoe from October 4th-8th, 2021, the CAPED Convention Planning team asks that you take a moment to think about the connections that you have made with professionals in the disability community, to consider your individual impact on student success, and your part in bringing forth systemic change within your campus community. CAPED members are creating new pathways in the disability field that allow students with disabilities to continue to achieve their goals.

CAPED 2021: A Clearer (Re)Vision for Our Future promotes a great opportunity to encourage members to think outside the box to the future of our students and our organization.”

With the annual convention approaching, it is important to recognize the value that this event brings forth. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of uncertainty in the past year regarding convention and with the latest vaccine roll-out, we are intending to have an in-person convention. The annual convention is the Association’s hallmark event, drawing participants from around California  from both public and private two and four year educational institutions and representing many fields including education, government, law, research, and technology. Attendees converge for an exciting mix of learning, policy development and face-to-face networking.

While all relevant proposals are encouraged, CAPED seeks submissions in the following content areas:

  • COVID-19 related challenges
  • Universal Design
  • Accessible Technology
  • Mental Health: Behavioral health and campus programs 
  • Social Justice/Intersectionality
  • Veteran Services collaborating with DSPS 
  • Legal Aspects 
  • Enhancing Learning and Engagement Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
  • Transition and Career Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
  • Transition from 2 year to 4 year institutions 
  • State Initiatives: Guided Pathways, AB 705, College Promise (AB 2) and Strong Workforce
  • Emotional Support/Service Animals 
  • Institutional Responsibility vs DSPS responsibility 
  • DSPS participation in shared governance
  • Best Practices with working with disability specific populations

Please consider presenting at this year’s convention in Lake Tahoe. The Program Committee asks to please submit your CAPED 2021 Proposal no later than April 16th, 2021. Please forward to anyone you think may be interested in submitting a proposal. 

 Click here to submit the CAPED 2021 Proposal  

Looking forward to another great convention! 

California Association of Post-Secondary Education and Disability (CAPED) is a non-profit association and our mission is advocacy and professional development in support of students with disabilities.

As an organization advocating for inclusion, access, equity and social justice for all, we are committed to addressing the needs of our students. We encourage our members to be active agents of change in our efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable society. 

If you are not currently a member of CAPED, please consider joining via the link below: