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From inclusion and advocacy to physical and digital accessibility, learn what you can do to make Clemson more accessible



The Clemson University Accessibility Commission and the Division of Inclusion and Equity will launch a series of events to recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which aims to increase disability awareness and celebrates the many and varied contributions of individuals with disabilities.

There will be four keynote speeches and five lunch-and-learns in October, November and December.


“From Activism to the Academy: A History of Disability Studies”

  • October 20, 5:30 p.m.: Clare Mullaney, Clemson Disability Rhetorics professor, will introduce the field of disability studies, which has gained a growing presence in college and university classrooms as well as disability cultural centers on a number of campuses.

“Making Space: A Justice-Oriented Approach to Accessibility in Creative Technology Spaces”

  • November 2, 10 a.m.: Oscar Keyes, multimedia teaching and learning librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss the steps undertaken by the staff at VCU Libraries to make their creative technology space more accessible for users with disabilities.

“Disrupting Ableism with Artful Activism”

  • November 9, 4:30 p.m.: Liz Bowen, a fellow in bioethics and humanities at The Hastings Center bioethics think tank, will make the presentation.

“Inclusion, Dignity and Justice For All”

  • November 16, 5:30 p.m.: Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins, disability rights activist, discusses her involvement in disability rights as a child activist, her mentors and how they influenced her.

Lunch and Learns (12-1 p.m.)

“Autism at Work: Taking an Organizational Perspective”

  • will offer insights from research and practice to make organizations more inclusive of neurodiversity.

“Facilities Improving Access for All in the Clemson Built Environment”

  • November 3: Channon Chambers, University Facilities’ code compliance officers, will talk about improving access for everyone.

“Adaptive Sports in Higher Education: What Are We Missing?”

  • November 10: Jeff Townsend, a lecturer in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, will discuss how Clemson’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Lab is quickly emerging as a national leader in adopting and promoting adaptive sports in higher education.

“5 Basic Digital Accessibility Principles”

  • November 17: Michelle Tuten, Clemson Online’s accessibility coordinator, will discuss the basics of making digital content accessible so that members of your audience who have disabilities can spend less time trying to access the content and more time engaging with it.

“Accessible Event Flyers and Communications”

  • December 1: Michelle Tuten will discuss how many event flyers and commonly used advertising methods are inaccessible to persons with disabilities.

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Registration is required to attend these virtual events. Captioning will be provided, but please contact Priscilla Harrison if you require additional accommodations (