Disabilities Employment Awareness Month

Panel Will Discuss Challenges of Disabilities in the Work Place

Disabilities Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. To understand the problems encountered by people with disabilities, the Gardner-Webb Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a panel discussion featuring GWU alumni and advocates for people with disabilities.

Co-sponsored by the GWU Noel Center for Disability Resources and the Center for Personal and Professional Development, “Without Limits: The Challenges of Disabilities in the Work Place Panel Discussion” will be held on Oct. 16, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Stewart Hall of Tucker Student Center. The program is open to the public, and Dimensions credit will be offered to students.

Panel members include:

• Hannah Setzer, a GWU alumna, who was born with a rare medical condition called Cystic Hygroma of the head and neck. She has lived with a feeding tube and tracheostomy tube since she was a few days old. She writes a blog called, Feeding Tube Fitness. She is also employed as a disability rights advocate in Virginia.

• LaQuanda Clark, a 2006 GWU alumna, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature. Clark works as the lead independent living specialist at Able South Carolina (Able SC). The nonprofit provides an array of independent living services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities.

• Donna Filer, a 1981 GWU alumna, who works as database administrator at Gardner-Webb. She has two birth defects and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 35. In 2019, she received the Staff Member of the Award for her dedication to customer service.

A representative from Gaston County (N.C.) Vocational Rehabilitation will also attend, and the moderator will be GWU student, Adam Brown. Jackie Leach, director of Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, has prepared questions on such topics as faith and living with a disability, barriers to employment, and ways to advocate for people with disabilities. The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Learn more about the Office of Multicultural Affairs