Chris is the Employment Services Coordinator for the Upstate office of Able South Carolina. He has been working at Able SC for the past four years.  In addition to working with individuals directly to build employment skills, Chris ensures employers understand their obligations under the ADA and how to make their workplace more inviting for job seekers with disabilities. He has provided trainings to a variety of businesses and services providers throughout the state, including the Greenville Society of Human Resources Managers (GSHRM), the SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and MAU Workforce Solutions.  He is a Certified ADA Coordinator and has done ADA Assessments for SC DHHS, the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Columbia Parks and Recreation, City of Greenville, and other businesses and municipalities in the region.  Chris is a Leadership Greenville Alumnus and is active in the disability rights movement in Greenville. Through his involvement with Greenville CAN, Chris also co-chairs GVL Ability, a group of self-advocates who promote inclusion through community engagement and activism. Chris is a native of Greenville, SC.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in communication from USC-Upstate and has also earned certificates of Graphic and Web Design from Greenville Tech. In 2012, Chris experienced a rare neurological event that left him paralyzed below the waist.  Because of what he learned about the world of disability and about himself, he decided to dedicate his life to helping his community and state be more inclusive and accessible for all of our residents and visitors.

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Disability Rights Groups Challenge South Carolina Ban on School Mask Mandates

Disability rights groups and parents of children with disabilities filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a South Carolina law that bans school districts from imposing mask mandates in schools. The parents and disability rights groups represent students whose disability, including underlying health conditions, makes them particularly susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19, and argue that the ban on mask mandates effectively excludes these students from public schools, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

Celebrating 31 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

In honor of the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act today (July 26), join us in urging our legislators to protect the rights of South Carolinians with disabilities.