October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Tameeka Hunter, director of Clayton State University’s Disability Resource Center (DRC), has been invited to speak at the CDC in conjunction with this program. National Disability Employment Awareness Month is designed to raise awareness about disability employment issues and honor the many diverse contributions of individuals with disabilities.
Hunter’s presentation will be on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and will be targeted towards the National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2014 theme, “Expect/Employ/Empower.”
During her presentation, Hunter will speak on the following subjects:
•information regarding her "road to employment" as a person who has a lifelong physical disability; her experiences and challenges
•general information regarding Clayton State University and her current professional role
•the importance of diversity and inclusion
•tips on empowering people with disabilities in the workplace
•barriers that impact the successful assimilation of people with disabilities in the workplace
Clayton State is about empowering, and one individual in particular who defines empowerment is Hunter, who has been director of the DRC for less than two months, but has long been known for her work in providing accommodations to students with disabilities.
An Athens, Ga., native, Hunter has lived and worked around the Atlanta area for more than 10 years. In addition to her being a nationally-certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Hunter holds a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling which provides her with medical knowledge of various disabilities as well as additional knowledge on counseling interventions. Prior to her employment with Clayton State – she was the assistant director of the DRC starting in 2008 -- she served for six-and-a-half years at Georgia Tech as the Disability Services Specialist. Before she received her job at Tech, Hunter was appointed as the Disability Affairs Coordinator for the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office.
“Working with people who have disabilities is not merely a profession for me, but rather a passion,” says Hunter. “Early on, I realized I wanted to work with students who have disabilities.”
As an individual with her own disability, cerebral palsy, Hunter believes that empowerment comes as a result of being an example.
“As a child growing up, I did not see many career professionals who had obvious disabilities, like mine. I decided that if I did not see an example, I wanted to be an example for other people with disabilities, and my desire to work with the disability community was born,” she states.
Not surprisingly, she is excited about the opportunity to be a keynote speaker for the CDC ‘s National Disability Employment Awareness Month program.
“This is really exciting because the talk is open to the public, and it really gives me the opportunity to show that Clayton State practices what it preaches -- by hiring qualified people who have disabilities,” she says.