Disability Compliance for Higher Education

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Edited By: Joan Hope

Online ISSN: 1943-8001

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Disability Compliance for Higher Education Receives APEX Award

Award Winning Article Online

APEX Award 2016
Disability Compliance for Higher Education has been honored by industry peers with an Award for Publication Excellence at the 2016 APEX Awards.

The winning article “Review lessons learned from OCR complaint, resolution” appeared in the August 2015 edition of the newsletter. As the lead story, it provided practical advice for addressing the most alarming problem the newsletter readers can face -- an investigation by the Office for Civil Rights. Reviewing a specific complaint raised in 2012 by the Alliance for Disability and Students at the University of Montana, the article demonstrated how the incident became the catalyst that changed the way officials across campus think about accessibility.

The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence is an annual competition for publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, Web, electronic and social media. Communications Concepts, Inc. sponsors the APEX Awards, and advises professionals who write, edit and manage business communications, on best strategies and practices. Concepts publishes business communication reports, including Writer's Web Watch, an e-report for professional communicators, and special reports on topics such as corporate writing and Web publishing.

In the Twenty-eighth Annual APEX Awards, over 1,600 entries were evaluated and awards were given in 100 individual areas of excellence, within 11 main categories including: newsletters; magazines, journals and tabloids; annual reports; print media; electronic media; social media; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications.

According to the APEX 2016 judges, “The awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence.”

Congratulations to our editor Joan Hope for this recognition of Publishing Excellence in the category of How-to Writing.

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Joan Hope

Joan Hope
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Joan Hope became editor of Disability Compliance for Higher Education in 2014. She brings years of experience in higher education and journalism to her work.

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