What is Accessibility?
Accessibility is ensuring that people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, cognitive, and linguistic abilities can access, use, understand, (in some cases) contribute to, and benefit from our creations just as easily or almost as easily as the average user can.
Why is it important?
As much as 20% of the population (1 in 5 people) have a disability. In 2016, that would equate to approximately 4,500 Clemson students and 1,000 Clemson employees.
At least some of these disabilities will come without warning. Broken bones, emergency surgeries, and life-altering diagnoses can occur in the middle of the semester just as easily as they can occur before classes begin. When disabilities occur suddenly and the learning or work environment is not already accessible, a sprint to put into place the necessary accommodations ensues that can often generate unnecessary stress for the individuals with disabilities as well as the faculty and staff who provide the accommodations.
Finally, Clemson has a legal obligation under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure that its facilities, tools, and resources are accessible. For more information, please visit Clemson’s legal obligations page.
What can I do?
First, you can do your part to advocate accessibility by encouraging students, faculty, and staff to make Clemson a more accessible campus.
Second, you can use the guides, support services, communities, and tools linked in this portal to make your content and events as accessible as possible.
See what students are saying about Clemson's accessibility support and services.
This website is produced by Clemson University's Commission on Accessibility and was last updated by commission member Michelle Tuten.