Are you uncomfortable with discussions about disabilities or unclear how a student with a disability might perform in your classroom? Do you think you might have to change the way you teach because a student with a disability is taking your class? What is your real responsibility to students with disabilities?
Student Disability Services, along with Access and Equity and the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI), is sponsoring an event on March 4 to help you find the answers to these questions.
Please join us for this unique event that includes a overview of disability in postsecondary education and the implications in the classroom, a faculty forum, and a student forum. Please register for any part of the event that you can attend at: clemson.edu/OTEI/eventreg
9:00-10:30 a.m. — Welcome - Clemson University
Presentation: Stephan J. Smith, Executive Director, AHEAD (bio below)
Since 2002, Stephan Smith has been the executive director of the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD, www.ahead.org). In his position with AHEAD, Stephan directs the overall operations, public engagement, member services, funding, and external relations of the organization that currently serves over 2,800 institutional and individual members in 17 countries. AHEAD has 36 U.S. state and multi-state affiliate organizations. In 2010, Stephan became the executive officer of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS, www.disstudies.org); the largest academic society in the world dedicated to the advancement of disability studies as an academic discipline with over 400 members in 13 countries.
Recognizing that collaboration and contribution are keys to advancement for any good cause, Stephan invests heavily in serving on numerous boards of directors, advisory and executive committees, and steering councils for national and international organizations and programs that work to eliminate barriers to equity for disabled people in education and society. In 2010, Stephan was appointed as a commissioner for the US Department of Education to address barriers related to accessibility of instructional materials in postsecondary education. Other specific ‘hot topic’ areas of his involvement currently include: postsecondary opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities; increasingly effective transition practices from secondary to postsecondary education and employment; and advancing postsecondary educations’ corporate understanding of disability and social responsibility.
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