Using the hashtags #NDEAMCU2020 and #IncreasingAccessandOpportunity, the Office of Access and Equity and the Accessibility Commission are hosting a series of virtual lunch meetings in October in support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

The Lunch ‘n’ Learn series brings speakers from various University offices to discuss everything from the processes used to create accessible paths at Clemson to the use of recruitment tools with a focus on accessibility.

The keynote presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. October 14 with Nadine Vogel, founder and CEO of Springboard Consulting, a consulting firm that focuses on mainstreaming disability in the global workforce. She will speak on disability disclosure and self-identification for employees and candidates.

“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, during which Clemson celebrates the contributions of employees with diverse abilities and the value they bring to workplaces,” said Priscilla Harrison, director of ADA Services and Compliance/ADA coordinator in the Office of Access and Equity.

“Our goal is to promote accessibility, equivalent opportunity and quality of life for individuals with disabilities while strengthening our community through diversity,” Harrison said. “We’ve had many successes, but there is still much work to do. Let’s keep the momentum and excitement going as we celebrate NDEAM 2020.”

Below is the October meeting schedule and registration information. More lunch meetings are being planned for November and will be announced soon.

Accessible Paths: Using Data to Make Decisions
October 7 – Noon-1 p.m.
Civil engineering professor Jennifer Ogle and graduate research assistant Sababa Islam will cover accessibility requirements for sidewalks and outdoor spaces, findings of the Clemson University Accessibility Survey and plans for future work. Register here.

For CU Hiring Managers: Recruitment Tools with a Focus on Accessibility
October 14 – Noon-1 p.m.
This interactive training led by Human Resources’ Mary Collins Boyles aims to teach hiring managers how to make the best 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. Register here.

Nadine Vogel presents Disability Disclosure, Self-Identification & The Impact of Culture
October 14 – 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Register here. 

Tiger Assist
October 21 – Noon-1 p.m.
Learn about accessible transportation from Tiger Assist for students and employees with temporary or permanent mobility impairments. Dan Hofmann and Kat Moreland of Parking and Transportation Services will make the presentation. Register here.

PDF Accessibility Overview
October 28 – Noon-1 p.m.
Michelle Tuten, Clemson Online’s accessibility coordinator, will teach the basics of using Adobe Acrobat to make PDFs accessible so everyone – including those who are completely blind – can have the same opportunity to benefit from the information. Register here.