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National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Events

Join Clemson's Accessibility Commision in our celebration of NDEAM, National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

"Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. [...]

"NDEAM's roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month." Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since." - Office of Disability Employment Policy

Every year Clemson University celebrates NDEAM by providing opportunities for the community to engage with and learn from professionals with disabilities as well as other accessibility advocates.

Event Hashtags

  • #NDEAMCU2021
  • #IncreasingAccessandOpportunity

Key Links

[Registration links are in the event descriptions.]

NDEAM 2021 Events

Our list of events is growing every year to the point that we can't keep them all in October anymore! We have four Keynotes and five Lunch and Learns scheduled. Be sure to use the links on the event titles to register for each event you wish to attend. If you are interested in a topic, but can't attend, recordings will be made available in our NDEAM Recordings Library.

Practice Sign Language!
October 5th-8th, Cooper Library Bridge

Stop by the Gamma Sigma Sigma and ASL club's table to learn a bit of American Sign Language and collect free swag.

Keynote - From Activism to the Academy: A History of Disability Studies
October 20th (Click to View Recording)

Dr. Mullaney, Disability Rhetorics Professor for Clemson University, will present an introduction to 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. Through conversation, we will consider the emergence of disability studies in the past to chart its future.

Lunch and Learn - Autism at Work: Taking a Organizational Perspective
October 27th (Click to View Recording)

Dr. Tim Vogus, Professor of Management & Director of the Frist Center for Autism at Vanderbilt University, will offer insights from organizational research and practice in leading organizations regarding how to make organizations more inclusive of neurodiversity. There will be a specific focus on understanding and transforming organizational culture. He will also describe technologies being developed by the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University that help build skills and overcome some of the barriers to identifying, hiring, and retaining a neurodiverse workforce.

Paint the Day: An Art Exhibit (Click to View Recording)
November 1st-12th in Cooper Library's Main Lobby

As part of CU's NDEAM 2021 celebration, Elisa Golden will present her digital illustrations and pencil drawings. Although her style is generally considered to be realistic, she has tried to incorporate a whimsical quality throughout my work. She has been creating these digital illustrations on her smart phone for the last three years and has over a thousand ''daily doodles'' in her collection. Oftentimes they are inspired by the event of the day or a timely occasion. She hopes that you enjoy viewing some of her many daily creations displayed in this exhibit. Pingo diem (paint the day)!

Operating the Recording

This recording was made with a 360 degree camera. As such, you can click and drag the video image or use the A, S, D, and W keys on your keyboard to change your view. Also, this video may requie additional buffering time. 

Book Display
November 1st-30th in Cooper Library's Website

As part of CU's NDEAM 2021 celebration, Clemson University's Cooper Library put together a virtual book display that is available from their website. This display highlights books and other online resources the honor the work of people with disabilities and the disability rights movement.

Keynote - Making Space: A Justice-Oriented Approach to Accessibility in Creative Technology Spaces
November 2nd (Click to View Recording) - captions coming soon

Oscar Keyes, Multimedia Teaching & Learning Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, will discuss the steps undertaken by The Workshop staff at VCU Libraries to make their creative technology space more accessible for users with disabilities. Their approach was informed by the lived experiences of disabled advocates/activists and was supplemented by literature from disability studies. The goal is for participants to come to understand that designing a space to be accessible is the starting point rather than the final goal.

Lunch and Learn - Facilities Improved Access for All in the Clemson Built Environment
November 3rd (Click to View Recording)

Channon Chambers, Clemson University's Building Official, talks about improving access for everyone at Clemson University from a facilities perspective.

Keynote - Disrupting Ableism with Artful Activism
November 9th (Click to View Recording)

Liz Bowen, Fellow in Bioethics and Humanities at the Hastings Center, presents “Disrupting Ableism with Artful Activism”. She will address questions including: “What will it take to bring about lasting justice for disabled people in the United States?” and “When will every body—and every voice—be indispensable?” Poets and activists Lateef McLeod and D.J. Savarese share how they imagine a society led by people with disabilities and show how disabled communities are already building this world through creative forms of resistance.

Lunch and Learn - Adaptive Sports in Higher Education: What are we missing?
November 10th (Click to View Recording)

Jeff Townsend, a Clemson University Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management Lecturer and Adaptive Sports Player, presents how CU’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Lab is quickly emerging as a national leader in adopting and promoting adaptive sports in higher education. As a disability advocate and adaptive sport athlete/coach, he will focus on some of the many disability sports and recreation initiatives that CU offers as well as the vision for the future of CU’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation as part of a holistic approach to higher education for students who may have a disability.

This presentation will be held in the Academic Success Center, Room 118 as well as Zoom. Free NDEAM T-shirts will be given to first 30 in-person attendees.

Photo of Townsend speaking to audience with slides projected behind him Bookmarks, T-shirts, Stickers, and Wristbands given away at the event

Keynote - Inclusion, Dignity and Justice For All: Growing up in the Disability Rights Movement and the Passage of the ADA
November 16th (Click to View Recording)

Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins, disability rights activist, discusses her involvement in disability rights as a child activist, her mentors and how they influenced her. She outlines the importance of teaching disability rights and inclusion in school curriculum. This presentation opens a discussion about personal empowerment, the importance of disability activism and civic engagement and important aspects of the book and ends with a Q & A.

Lunch and Learn - 5 Basic Digital Accessibility Principles
November 17th (Click to View Recording)

Michelle Tuten, Accessibility Coordinator for Clemson Online of Clemson University, will present the basics of making your Canvas, Microsoft, web, and other 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!

Lunch and Learn - Accessible Event Flyers and Communications
December 1st (Click View Recording)

Michelle Tuten, Accessibility Coordinator for Clemson Online of Clemson University, will present on impact of inaccessible event flyers and commonly used advertising methods and about the basics of how to fix them.

Request Accommodations

All speaker sessions will be captioned. If you have additional accommodation needs, please contact Priscilla Harrison ( prior to the start of events you wish to attend. To ensure that we have enough time to implement accommodations, we ask that you reach out at least a week before the event is scheduled to begin.