Here is a list of accessibility related conferences I have attended or would recommend.
|Name of Organization||Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN)||Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)||California State University-Northridge (CSUN) Assistive Technology Conference||EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group (ITACCESS)|
|Organization Info||ATHEN is a network of higher education professionals committed to improving accessibility for students, faculty, staff, and administrators||AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.||n/a||EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.|
|Great for Help With||accessible books, accessible technology, captioning, Section 508 standards||accommodations, legal, general technology, job postings, surveys.||n/a||admin or IT level accessible books, accessible technology, captioning, Section 508 standards|
|Homepage||Access Technology Higher Education Network||Association on Higher Education and Disability||n/a||IT Accessibility Constituent Group|
|Conference Value||High for those new to disability / technology within higher education||High for those new to disability||High for those new to disability / technology and have a role that is pretty techy||Unsure, Krista has not attended|
|Conference Webpage||Accessing Higher Ground Conference||AHEAD Conference||CSUN Conference||EDUCAUSE Conference|
|Month, Location of Conference||November, Colorado||July, varies year-to-year||March, California||Oct-Nov, varies year-to-year|
|Length of Conference||Mon-Fri, 2 day pre-conference, 3 day conference||Mon-Fri; 2 day pre-conference, 3 day conference||Mon-Fri, 2 day pre-conference, 3 day conference||Tue-Fri, 1 day pre-conference, 3 day conference|
|Listserv||ATHEN listserv||AHEAD listserv||n/a||ITACCESS Listserv|
|Notes||Largest disability, technology, higher ed||Largest disability in higher ed conference||Largest assistive tech conference||Largest IT Professional and higher ed conference|
Here are some other professional development opportunities.
|Name of Conference||Michigan State University Accessible Learning Conference||Online Learning Consortium Accelerate||ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium and Bootcamps||M-Enabling Summit Conference||The Digital Accessibility Legal Summit|
|Conference Webpage||Accessible Learning Conference||OLC Accelerate||ICT Accessibility Testing||M-Enabling Summit Conference||The Digital Accessibility Legal Summit|
|Month, Location of Conference||December, Michigan||November, Florida||March & November, Virginia||June, Washington DC||March, California|
|Length of Conference||Thurs-Fri, 2 day conference||Wed-Fri, 3 day conference||Varies||Mon-Wed, 3 day conference||Tues, 1 day conference|