SC State Hosts “Lunch and Learn” Disability Enhancement Training Session

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Disability Enhancement Project at SC State will conduct a “Lunch and Learn” disability enhancement training session on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at noon in Staley Auditorium on the campus of SC State.

The “Lunch and Learn” training session is an initiative of the Disability Enhancement Project at SC State, which is designed to increase the awareness of faculty, staff, and administrators to support the academic needs of students with disabilities. The project assists with the development, training and technical assistance along with providing valuable and resourceful teaching methods to enhance student achievement.

The speaker of the “Lunch and Learn” training session is Shirley Blanding Madison, assistant professor and director of the blind rehabilitation program at SC State. Madison’s topic will be “Assisting Students with Visual Disabilities.”

Madison is responsible for teaching all blind rehabilitation courses within the curriculum in addition to administering a rehabilitation specialist grant entitled “Specialized Training for Rehabilitation of Individuals Who Are Blind or Have Visual Impairments.”

Through Madison’s efforts, SC State’s Department of Human Services has gained recognition as a vision education partner in the state of South Carolina along with five other agencies participating in a collaborative effort to provide services to individuals who are blind and/or visually impaired.

Madison is a member of the Deaf-Blind Interagency project, CAG (Cancer Advisory Group) affiliated with the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, S.C. She is actively involved in the community, providing services to individuals with disabilities, particularly those who are blind or have visual impairments. Madison is co-chair and co-founder of the Orangeburg Mayor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities and a committee member of the Governor’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities in the state of South Carolina.

Prior to working at SC State, Madison served as a vision consultant with Regional Education Services Administration (RESA) in Joliet, Ill. In 1980, she began her career in the state of South Carolina as an orientation & mobility specialist/low vision specialist, quality assurance director and program director with the South Carolina Commission for the Blind. She has also worked with the South Carolina School for the Deaf /Blind as a blind rehabilitation specialist and a social worker with the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Madison earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration and a master of arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from SC State University. She earned a terminal degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Madison is currently pursuing her doctor of philosophy degree in the School of Allied Health at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. and has made several presentations in the area of rehabilitation counseling and blindness and visual impairment.

For more information on the “Lunch and Learn” disability enhancement training session contact Simeon Moultrie, Program Coordinator at (803) 516-4553 or