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Parent Whisperers: Tips for Fostering Positive Partnerships

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Parents of current students are often staunch advocates, and most are not well versed in higher education disability laws and reasonable accommodations. How do we educate parents to better serve students and prepare them for adult life? Our administrations are often quick to look for resolutions for parents who complain, often to the detriment of our policies. What can we do to increase administration's support and simultaneously work with students and educate parents? This panel, which includes participants from two-year, four-year and professional schools, will discuss creative strategies to address the issues, including de-escalation techniques.


  • Jane Thierfeld Brown

    Jane Thierfeld Brown is Director of College Autism Spectrum, former Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School and retired Director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 42 years. She holds an Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Muhlenberg College in 2020. Dr. Brown consults with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News and NPR. She has co- authored “Students with Asperger’s: A Guide for College Professionals,” (2009) Published in Japanese 2017, “The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum,” (2012) and “Behavior Management and Self-Regulation,” (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles. She received the Ron Blosser Dedicated Service Award from AHEAD in 2019. Dr. Brown is married and has three children; the youngest is a 30 year old son with Autism.

  • Margaret Camp

    Margaret Camp is the Director of Student Accessibility Services at Clemson University. A former School Psychologist, she has spent the past 20+ years working towards social justice for students with disabilities as an ADA Coordinator and disabled student advocate and representative on several campuses. She has served multiple positions with the national Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and has mentored many new professionals. Margaret has presented at several national and state conferences and enjoys her personal research in disability in media, inclusion for neurodivergent students, and professional burnout and resilience.

  • Jamie Butler

    Jaime Butler (she/her) has 7+ years of experience in higher education disability services and currently serves as a counselor for the Center for Access & Disability Services at Chattanooga State Community College. Jaime has presented at the local, national, and international levels on strategies for supporting autistic folks and general neurodiversity education. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in both College Student Development and Clinical Mental Health. Jaime also provides mental health counseling for autistic individuals in the Chattanooga community.

  • Katherine (Katie) Krieger

    Katherine (Katie) Krieger, M.A., C.A.G.S., is the Director of the Disability Resource Center at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). She has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Post-Secondary Disability Services, and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology. Katie started her career as an elementary special education teacher, but quickly made her way to higher education disability services. She started out at Western Connecticut State, and then established the inaugural Accessibility and Accommodations office at St. Francis College, before making the move to North Carolina, first at East Carolina University, and now at UNCW. In her spare time, Katie can be found crocheting.

February 21, 2024
Wed 1:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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