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Disability Accessibility, Inclusion, and Representation

Time: August 3, 11:30 a.m.

Session Description

Accessibility isn’t just about disability, and disability isn’t just about accessibility. Join DesignSensory’s Josh Loebner and UT’s David Ndiaye for a wide-ranging discussion of accessibility and disability issues in communications.

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David Ndiaye
Student Disability Services

David Ndiaye serves as the director of Student Disability Services at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In this role, David oversees the overall function of the department and collaborates with other departments to ensure equitable access to the university’s experience for students with disabilities. He began his career in the disability field as a graduate assistant, coordinating testing accommodations for registered students with disabilities at his alma mater. After spending some time in the private sector, he joined Student Disability Services at UT in 2008. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Business and a master’s in Business Administration from Winthrop University.


Josh Loebner
Disability Advocate

Josh Loebner is a disability advocate who has been in the advertising industry for 20+ years. He is completing a PhD from Clemson University, focusing on advertising and disability. He is the director of strategy for Designsensory, where he leads disability-inclusive and accessible creative strategies. He serves on boards such as the Adweek DEI Council and American Advertising Federation Mosaic Council, as well as mentoring disabled students via the Advertising Education Foundation. He was awarded the AAF silver medal, writes for Adweek, and is among the judges for the Association of National Advertisers multicultural advertising awards. He is fully blind in one eye and legally blind in the other, but clearly sees the best in everyone.