Disability Services here at Montana State University - Bozeman and the Association of Higher Education and Disability of the Northern Rockies is so proud to welcome higher education and disability professionals from throughout the nation to a meeting of the minds here in the basecamp to Yellowstone National Park. The conference will take place May 30th and 31st, 2024. We will be covering topics such as disability law, assistive animals, dietary accommodations, and so much more!


There is a registration fee of $100 for this conference. The registration fee is waived for AHEAD of the Northern Rockies members as well as MSU - Bozeman students, faculty, and staff. Payment of the registration fee can be submitted at this link.


Event Speaker: Paul Grossman

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Paul Grossman, JD, a college drop-out due to his disabilities, graduated near the top of his law school class at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and had similar academic success studying Philosophy of Law at Oxford University, England. 

Paul is an active member of the California Bar and the Disability Rights Bar Association.  Currently, Paul is Executive Counsel for the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and a teaching-member of AHEAD’s California affiliate (CAPED).  

Paul has been a civil rights lawyer in the field of education for nearly 50 years, participating in the development and growth of civil rights protections from race to national origin, to disability, to sex and sexual orientation.   For the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), while its Chief Civil Rights Attorney in Washington DC and San Francisco, Paul has addressed: 

  • school segregation in the South 
  • discrimination against “language minority” students including those attending the Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles public schools 
  • discrimination against female athletes in higher education 
  • discrimination against students with disabilities at every level of education 

Paul was present at the historic 504 Sit-In at 50 United Nations Plaza in San Francisco as featured in the Netflix movie Crip Camp and the autobiography of the most recognized disability rights leader, Judy Heumann. 

Paul taught disability law at the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (Hastings) for over 20 years and remains a guest lecturer on this topic across the country.  Paul provides legal guidance to many colleges and universities including the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community College System, the CSU DSS Directors, the UC Office of the President, and Stanford University. 

Paul has a law school textbook to his name and has just published through AHEAD, Laws, Policies, and Processes: Tools for Postsecondary Student Accommodation.  Paul is featured in a new NASPA publication: Crucial Collaborations, A Practical Framework to Ensure Access, Equity, and Inclusion for Students with Disabilities.  

Paul is in great demand for DSS professional, faculty, and administrator training on the intersection of race, national origin, sex, and disability as well as his extensive annual update on judicial and administrative developments in postsecondary student disability law. 

At this time, Paul’s number one project is to get OCR to issue an update to the 45-year-old regulations implementing Section 504.