Student Disability Services

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Walk and Roll at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Disability is a condition that results from limitations imposed on an individual
– with or even without diagnosed medical conditions – from external factors.

— Gilson and DePoy (2006) at a presentation at the University of Michigan

Do you move through doors that automatically open?
Use an elevator? Rely on touch-less or motion-detector lighting?
Listen to books? Take a ramp? Watch videos with closed captioning?

As you think of these questions, you might be considering how user-friendly the environments in which you move are to you and other individuals. In essence, this may be your first interaction with exploring usability or accessibility. For persons with disabilities, however, understanding usability and accessibility issues may already have led them to exploring and understanding Universal Design (UD) principles.

Student Disability Services and the Office of Access and Equity present:

The Clemson Symposium
on Universal Design
Walk & Roll: The Next Step

Keynote Speaker
Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Director, DO-IT with University of Washington and Co-Author of
Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Clemson Symposium on Universal Design is intended to stimulate discussion on Clemson’s campus about how to implement UD principles in all aspects of the Clemson community.

Faculty, policy makers and students are invited to take part in sessions aimed at making the Clemson University campus more accessible by identifying and potentially eliminating in-class and out-of-class barriers through the promotion, understanding and adoption of UD principles.

The Next Step is an offshoot of previous Walk & Roll activities which:

  • promoted an understanding of Universal Design principles,
  • increased participants’ awareness of disabilities,
  • encouraged participants to reject disability assumptions and stereotypes,
  • encouraged participants to seek input from individuals with disabilities when addressing the needs of those individual, and,
  • promoted an attitude of inclusion for all members of the Clemson Family.

Disability Resources

Office of Access and Equity   S.C. Commission for the Blind
S.C. Assistive Technology Program

For more information about how you can participate in Walk & Roll in My Shoes, please email: sds-l@clemson.edu.

Imagine losing your voice.
Imagine losing the ability to see.
Imagine losing personal mobility.
Immerse yourself in an awareness event to explore life with a disability — invisible or visible.

Find your new normal.


In partnership with the “Walk & Roll” program, here are some online resources that are both helpful and relevant:

Characteristics of students with learning disabilities

Information about Universal Design in learning.

The F.A.T. City Workshop
For kids with learning disabilities, the classroom can be an intimidating place. In this video workshop, Richard Lavoie shows why. He leads a group of parents, educators, psychologists, and children through a series of exercises that cause frustration, anxiety and tension ... feelings all too familiar to children with learning disabilities. By dramatizing the classroom experience so vividly, Lavoie lets us see the world through the eyes of a child. At the end of the workshop, participants discuss strategies for working effectively with learning disabled children.

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