SC State's Disability Enhancement Program Launches Fall Series of Lunch and Learn Training Sessions

Monday, August 30, 2010

Clay JeffcoatThe Disability Enhancement Program at SC State University will conduct its first “Lunch and Learn” training session for the fall semester on Monday, Aug.30, 2010. The session will be held at noon in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall, located on the campus of SC State University.

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

Clay Jeffcoat, access technology specialist with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind Vision Outreach Program, will serve as guest facilitator of the training session. Jeffcoat’s topic will be: “Assisting Students with Visual Impairments.”

Jeffcoat is responsible for providing consultation and direct instruction to students and teachers in public schools and agencies statewide.  He currently consults with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind’s Braille Production Center in Greenville, S.C.   There, he provides training and technical assistance with the sophisticated equipment used to produce Braille, a method used by visually impaired individuals to read and write.  Jeffcoat has taught access technology for teachers of the visually impaired at the University of South Carolina (USC) Upstate and has participated in the Web Tester Pilot program through the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP). 

Jeffcoat is a graduate of USC with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and a Master of Business Administration degree. He is a member of the Computer Science and Technology Committee of the National Federation of the Blind of S.C. He is also a member of the Talking Book Services Advisory Council for the South Carolina State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  In his spare time, Jeffcoat enjoys antique radio restoration, amateur radio, and spending time with his family.

For more information and to register for the “Lunch and Learn” training session, log onto or contact the Office of Professional Development at (803) 536-7104.