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disAbilities at work: Thriving in an abled world

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October 11, 2022
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
M203 Auditorium

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In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), this Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging event aims to provide an inside view into the lives of a few of VTCSOM's valued staff and faculty members. They will share with you how they live their lives and how technology and tools help them do that. 

David Hartman's philosophy: "Everyone has a disability. Those who are most disabled don't know what their disabilities are; those who are least disabled are those who can turn their disabilities into advantages. Imagine what you CAN do!"


Mark Nichols

Mark Nichols, CPACC

Mark Nichols is the Senior Director of Universal Design and Accessible Technologies. He will share tools,  resources, and communities of practices at Virginia Tech that foster inclusive and accessible teaching and learning.

Mark is an active member of the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center Advisory Committee, Chair of the Virginia Higher Education Accessibility Partners (VHEAP), and Secretary/Treasurer of the UDL Higher Education Leadership Team. Mark has a special interest in the maker movement and connections to the field of Assistive Technology.

David Hartman

David Hartman, MD

David Hartman is a psychiatrist with Carilion Clinic and associate professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.  He will share his story of how, as a blind person, he lives and thrives both personally and professionally. 

Dr. Hartman is consistently named by his peers to be among the top three psychiatrists in the Roanoke Valley. His work in the treatment of opioid addiction is well known. In 2019, he received the National Addiction Champion Award from the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD). Closer to home he has been instrumental in establishing Carilion Clinic's Office Based Opioid Treatment clinics.

Carrie Knopf

Carrie Knopf, CPACC

Carrie Knopf is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team, and serves as our Services for Students with Disabilities Liaison. She will share her experiences of what it's like being deaf in the professional setting. 

Carrie is a disability rights advocate both at work and in the community. Earlier this year, she became a Certified Professional for Accessibility Core Concepts (CPACC) through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

She is active in the Disability Alliance and Caucus at Virginia Tech and the Accessibility Advocates ERG at Carilion Clinic. She also serves as president of the board of directors for The disAbility Law Center of Virginia.

Statement about accessibility and accommodation

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible event. All virtual events will have automated captions. Recorded events will have edited captions available soon after the event. If you desire live captioning or a sign language interpreter, please contact the organizer two weeks before the event. 

For in-person events, the main VTCSOM building at Riverside 2 is wheelchair accessible from the elevators inside the parking garage. Blind or visually impaired users may need assistance finding the elevators under the building, or using the stairs in front of the building.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend an in-person event, please contact the organizer of the event. All reasonable accommodation requests should be made no less than 2 weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.