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Panel to discuss disability studies career options March 15

The UT Disability Studies Program is hosting a career discussion panel Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

The panel will provide information on what students can do with a degree in disability studies and how it can enhance their career field. It will include professionals who utilize disability theory in their work.

“If students are considering disability studies as a major or minor, this panel will give them a better sense of what they can do with that degree,” said Kathryn Shelley, graduate assistant in the UT Disability Studies Program. “It will also raise awareness on the program and what we have to offer.”

Panel members will be Tim Harrington, executive director of the Ability Center of Greater Toledo; Valerie Novack, disability rights advocate with the Ability Center of Greater Toledo; Kate Wade, UT graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in education; and Sarah Millimen, member of Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

They will discuss a variety of career opportunities students can pursue with a degree in disability studies; these range from higher education to performing arts.

“Having a degree in disability studies is beneficial in all career paths. I also think that as the field grows, people are becoming more aware of justice, rights and advocacy,” Shelley said.

Dr. Kim Nielsen, UT professor of disability studies, also feels the panel will provide significant impact on career awareness.

“It will help to prepare students for employment and civic life experiences,” Nielsen said. “It will have impact on the community as a whole.”

For more information on the free, public lecture, contact the Disability Studies Program at 419.530.7244.

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