National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

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"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 experts.

This year, which marks the 75th year of NDEAM and the 30th year since the ADA was signed, is certainly no exception. Below you will find registration links and details for all of our NDEAM 2020 events. Upon registering, you should receive an email with information on how to join the event. After the event, recordings of the sessions will be linked or otherwise added to this page.

Event Accommodations

If you have 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.

NDEAM 2020 Keynote Session - October 14th, 1:30 - 3:30pm

Nadine VogelOur key note speaker/presentation will be the presentation by Nadine Vogel. Nadine is nationally recognized as a powerful informational, motivational and inspirational speaker! To get a taste of what she will bring, check out Watch Springboard Consulting Nadine Vogel, CEO Speak at GPTW4ALL Summit

Nadine will be presenting on two topics: Disability Disclosure, Self-Identification & The Impact of Culture

The keynote session will be on October 14th from 1:30pm - 3:30pm EST.

Please register through Springboard Consulting.

NDEAM 2020 Lunch and Learn Schedule 

When registration is open, click on the event title to register to attend. Upon registering, you should receive an email with information on how to join the event.

Oct. 7 

"Accessible Paths: Using Data to Make Decisions" (click to view recording)

Oct 7 Accessible Paths PowerPoint Slides

Dr. Jennifer Ogle & Ms. Sababa Islam
Civil Engineering

This presentation will cover a very brief history of accessibility requirements for sidewalks and other outdoor spaces. A snapshot of the methods and processes used in the Clemson University Accessibility Survey will be followed by some findings from the study and plans for future work.

Oct. 14 

"For CU Hiring Managers: Recruitment Tools with a Focus on Accessibility" (click to view recording)

Oct 14 CU Hiring PowerPoint Slides

Mary Collins Boyles
Office of Human Resources

Join us for an interactive training, led by recruiters from Clemson’s Office of Human Resources, on how hiring managers can best make use of the faculty and staff application systems, as well as the additional screening tools provided by the recruitment team to make the process of bringing in new employees more efficient and manageable. With a focus on the accessibility and function of these systems and tools, this training will cover how hiring managers and committees, for both faculty and staff positions, can organize and collect applicant materials, screen and take notes on applicants, and how to best use these resources to accomplish their hiring goals.

Oct. 21 

"Tiger Assist" (click to view recording)

Oct. 21 Tiger Assist Slides

Dan Hofmann & Kat Moreland
Parking & Transportation Services

Learn about accessible transportation at CU with Tiger Assist for students and employees with temporary or permanent mobility impairments

October 28, 12:00 - 1:00pm 

"PDF Accessibility Overview" (click to register)

Michelle Tuten
Clemson Online Accessibility Coordinator

Many times, when asked to share the final draft of a document or flyer on the web, it is required to be in PDF format. Learn the basics of how you can use Adobe Acrobat to make your PDFs accessible so that all of your audience (including those who are completely blind) can have the same opportunity to benefit from your file. Please note that this session will not be covering PDF forms. 

November 4, 12:00 - 1:00pm

"Neurodiversity in Students" (click to register)

Tom Beeson
Spectrum Program Coordinator

An increasing number of college students are identifying as neurodiverse. This presentation will provide an overview of neurodiversity, consider the challenges and opportunities that this can create in post-secondary educational settings, and will ask participants to reflect on neurodiversity when considered as a disorder, disability, and/or a neurological difference.

November 5, 12:00 - 1:00pm

"ClemsonLIFE" (click to register)

Erica Walters
Clemson Life Program Director

Learn about the ClemsonLIFE program and how serving young adults with intellectual disabilities is making an impact for a lifetime. Erica will share the ins and outs of ClemsonLIFE and what is implemented to assist students to reach the goals of independent living and competitive employment after graduation.

November 11, 12:00 - 1:00pm

"Understanding Service and Emotional Support Animals " (click to register)

Margaret Camp and Priscilla Harrison
Student Accessibility Services Director and Director ADA Services and Compliance

Understanding Service and Emotional Support Animals: Understanding and defining the roles, responsibilities and rights of service and emotional support animals.

November 12, 12:00 - 1:00pm

"Faculty Teaching Online" (click to register)

April Pelt
College of Education’s Director for Online Education

A discussion of best practices for teaching online and an overview of resources available to faculty teaching online and hybrid courses, specifically focusing on ways of building community in online courses.

November 18, 12:00 - 1:00pm

"Microsoft Accessibility Basics" (click to register)

Michelle Tuten
Clemson Online Accessibility Coordinator

The recent need for working remotely has made more employers aware of the importance of and need for accessibility. Whether you are in your career or about to start your career, learning how to make your documents, slides, and spreadsheets accessible today can make you a more valuable asset to your employer tomorrow.

November 19, 12:00 - 1:00pm

"Silent Tiger Paws on Campus: In the Eyes of a Deaf Clemson Professor" (click to register)

Jason Hurdich
Lecturer of ASL: M.Ed, CDI (RID Certified Deaf Interpreter)

A frank conversation about what it’s like being Deaf and a professor on the Clemson campus and living and working in the South Carolina Upstate.

NDEAM 2020 Events powered by: Clemson University's Accessibility Commission