When death came knocking, all Makayla Claussen could think about was living long enough to earn her college degree. On Saturday, Claussen will achieve her goal. She will receive a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Claussen’s steep climb to graduation and the drive she has demonstrated to get there will make Saturday’s ceremony cause for a Big Orange celebration.
Office of Disability Services News
As executive director of Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities, Alan Muir has brought together universities, employers, and US government agencies to focus on the careers of college graduates with disabilities. Last month, Muir was recognized for his outstanding work when he was selected as one of the members of the inaugural class of the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.
Students who request testing accommodations and faculty who approve them will now find the process available online, thanks to a new system being implemented by the Office of Disability Services. This comprehensive data management system is designed to meet the specialized needs of the office. It simplifies the scheduling of appointments, exams, rooms, and resources with a focus on ease of use and flexibility.
Students, faculty, and staff with disabilities are invited to complete an anonymous online survey that will help to assess disability accommodations provided by the university, the accessibility of the campus, as well as the inclusiveness of the university community for people with disabilities. The survey was developed by the Disability Task Force, which was created by the vice chancellor for diversity, to provide recommendations and strategies to make UT Knoxville more accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities.
Leah Wilkerson has a passion for military life and interacting with individuals with disabilities. A junior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her goal is to combine these two interests to make a fruitful career.
Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to participate in the Office of Disability Services’ annual Recordathon from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13.