Enjie Hall, UT director of campus accessibility and student disability services, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Association of Higher Education and Disability Board of Directors.
The Association of Higher Education and Disability is the leading professional membership organization for individuals committed to equity for persons with disabilities in higher education.Hall, who joined the University in 2015, also serves as the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer. She works to ensure the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities, as well as coordinating physical/environmental, technological and programmatic access for individuals with disabilities in the campus community.
“It is an honor to be appointed to serve on the Association of Higher Education and Disability Board of Directors,” Hall said. “The work of a disability services office plays a critical role in providing access, leading to the opportunity for full participation in the higher education experience.
“I am excited for the opportunity to contribute to the execution of the association’s strategic plan by supporting objectives such as informing, defining and leading the conversation around disability in higher education; engaging in outreach initiatives; and promoting the value of the disability experience. Serving on the board will allow me to highlight the excellent work we are doing at UT to advance accessibility for disabled individuals.”
She has always aspired to a career serving in the helping profession. As a blind professional, she is passionate about showcasing the strength and talents that people contribute as there are so many misconceptions surrounding persons with disabilities.
“For me, it is all about serving the students,” Hall said. “I have had the privilege of working with more than 1,500 students, and there is no greater reward than witnessing the transformation of students when they first affiliate with Student Disability Services, then launch into using resources, break through barriers, and finally emerge as graduates. Access and accommodations enable students to reach their full potential.”
She has worked in the field of disability services for more than a decade and has been involved with advocacy work on behalf of people with disabilities in the community for almost 20 years.
Hall has been involved with the Association of Higher Education and Disability in a variety of initiatives related to social justice and leadership. She has presented on issues relating to disability services locally and nationally, and is one of four instructors for the association’s Start Academy for New/er Professionals. She also is a member of the University Committee on Diversity and inclusion.