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UT Establishes Commission for Disability

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has expanded support and representation for those with disabilities through the newly-formed Commission for Disability. The new commission brings together a group of experts representing many diverse groups dedicated to representing and extending the disability work being done on campus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 26 percent of adults in the US have some type of disability, and the percentage of people living with disabilities is highest in the South.

“The mission is to provide support for individuals with disabilities—that includes students, staff, faculty, and anybody that comes to our campus,” said Janelle Coleman, executive director for diversity and engagement, who has played a key role in the formation of the commission. “We’re supporting and meeting the needs of these different groups while educating individuals about disabilities in general.”

In addition to advocating for support beyond traditional ADA accommodations, the commission aims to create opportunities for individuals to share their experiences with disability.

Read the full article from UT News