Dede Norungolo

Dede Norungolo

CLEMSON — Dede Norungolo, a disability specialist in Clemson University’s Student Disability Services was named chairwoman of South Carolina University & College Council of Educators Empowering Disabled Students (SUCCEEDS), which serves as the state’s affiliate chapter of the Association on Higher Education and Disability. Her term will last until the fall of 2015.

“We are pleased Dede will be representing Clemson as she works with our counterparts across the state to engage everyone in professional development activities and improving access for students with disabilities,” said Arlene Stewart, director of Student Disability Services.

SUCCEEDS was formed as an outgrowth of discussions among disability professionals during meeting at Clemson University in 2003. SUCCEEDS is an organization of professionals who provide services to students with disabilities at the post-secondary level. The membership organization offers a forum for networking and information dissemination locally and statewide for service providers, licensed professionals, faculty, administrators, secondary educators, students and the community. The organization is proactive in facilitating initiatives that positively impact students with disabilities.

Norungolo will work with SUCCEEDS members to plan and implement four daylong workshops, increase membership and nurture collaborative relationships with other disability service providers in communities where colleges and universities are located.

Prior to serving as a disability specialist with Clemson, Norungolo worked as a counselor with South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department from 2006 to 2010. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor and recently achieved the status of nationally certified counselor. She earned her master’s in rehabilitation counseling from the University of South Carolina in 2008.