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MI-AHEAD Spring Conference 
May 16, 2014

The 2014 MI-AHEAD Spring Conference will host the Robin Jones Director of the Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center as our guest speaker. We invite you to register for our conference held at the beautiful grounds of The Kellogg Center on May 16, 2014. 

Come join us the night before the Spring Conference on Thursday, May 15 starting at 7:00 PM at State Room for dinner and an opportunity to hang out. This is a great opportunity to meet the MI-AHEAD Executive Board Members and those speaking at this years conference. 

Who Should Attend?

MI-AHEAD was founded in 1987 as a state organization for professionals working with students with disabilities in higher education. The purpose of MI-AHEAD is to strengthen the professionalism, expertise, competency, and effectiveness of personnel working with students with disabilities and promoting equity and opportunities for students with disabilities in higher education. MI-AHEAD holds an annual conference and conducts monthly membership meetings to discuss best practices, concerns, networking and more.You can connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/michiganahead.

MI-AHEAD is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional development for service providers in order to enhance opportunities and assure full inclusion in all areas of higher education. MI-AHEAD is an affiliate member of the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD).

Any individual who is working, has worked, or has an interest in working with persons with disabilities within higher education to enhance their knowledge of disabilities and higher education (ADA coordinators, high school special education teachers, advisors, counselors, administrators, psychologists, social workers, transition coordinators, orientation and mobility specialists, attorneys, disability support services providers).

Conference Materials

Conference materials will be made available here prior to the conference. 

MI-AHEAD Executive Board Elections

This year marks an election year for the MI-AHEAD Executive Board. Election candidacy is open to any MI-AHEAD member who is interested in getting involved. Each position comes with a two-year term with the exception of President-Elect. The election will take place during the conference and the results will be read during lunch. If you are interested in running for a position, or have questions on any of the positions, e-mail Chip Evans at chip.evans@baker.edu by April 1st. The positions voted on are as follows:

  • President-Elect (2 years President-Elect, 2 years President, 2 years Past-President)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Four-Year Institution Representative
  • Two-Year Institution Representative
  • Private School Representative
  • Webmaster



Paper registration, please download the 2014 Spring Conference Brochure (PDF)

Completed paper registrations may be mailed along with checks made out to MI-AHEAD to:

Carletta Witzel
Andrews University
4141 Administration Drive, Nethery Hall 100
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0080
Please make checks payable to MI-AHEAD. 

All registrations include a 1-year membership to MI-AHEAD

  • Registration fee is $130 before May 9th. Registration must be received by this date to receive the discounted rate of $130.
  • Registrations received after this Friday, May 9th will be $145. 
  • On-site registration is $145 but we cannot guarantee meals for members who register after May 9th, 2014.
All conference attendees are asked to bring a give-away item (t-shirt, mug, banner, bag, etc.) from your institution which will be used for the Conference Raffle.

May 15 Schedule

7:00 PM - State Room dinner and meet and greet with MI-AHEAD Board Members and Conference Presenters

May 16 Schedule

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM - Newcomers session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Conference Registration Tables Open & Breakfast treats are served 

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Welcome

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM - Robin Jones

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Breakout Session 1

12:00 PM - Lunch, Elections, and Marge Award

1: 30 PM - 2:15 PM - Breakout Session 2

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM - Breakout Session 3 

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM - Ice Cream Social and Raffle 

Featured Speaker, Robin Jones

Robin Jones is the Director of the Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center and an Instructor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has served as director since the Center's inception over 14 years ago. Formerly, she served as director of an independent living center in the Chicago area and as an occupational therapy practitioner at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She has extensive experiences as a trainer regarding ADA for business, government and disability organizations. Robin has been actively involved in assisting business and government to meet their obligations under the ADA and is recognized as a key resource regarding ADA compliance and how it interfaces with other federal legislation. She has extensive experience addressing how the environment creates both barriers and opportunities for people with disabilities.
Information on the specific breakout sessions to come!

Margaret A. Chmielewski, PHD Memorial Award Nominations 

For Outstanding Life Long Leadership, Warm Sense of Humor, Commitment, Support Of the Disability Community, and the
Pursuit of Personal Development in Post-Secondary Education.

The "Marge Award" is given each year to a disability service provider who is a member of the MI AHEAD organization.  The award is in memory of Marge Chmielewski, who at the time of her death, was the Director of the Resource Center for Person with Disabilities at Michigan State University.  If you know someone with strong leadership skills and a warm sense of humor that supports and is committed to the disability community, please nominate them for this award. The recipient will receive their award during the ice cream social at the conference. 

Please submit nominees using this online form by clicking here

Hotel Accommodations

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center - $94/night
Cut-off date is 4/15/2014 however they will honor the early bird rate. Reservations can be made at 800-875-5090.
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-4000


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MI-Ahead, c/o Carletta Witzel, Treasurer
Andrews University
4141 Administration Drive, Nethery Hall 100
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0080
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