Clemson Alums Richie Parker and Javis Austin Share Their Amazing Life Stories


Two Clemson University alumni whose determination has helped them become successful were featured in a discussion as part of Disability Diversity Awareness Day at Clemson. Richie Parker and Javis Austin participated in the “Outside the Box: Redefining the Diversity Label” panel. The event was shown live on ClemsonTV.

Parker uses his feet to design high-performance automotive parts as an engineer for NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports.

Austin, a former Clemson football player, is nearly blind, and his story of resilience and innovative thinking inspires children with disabilities and young athlete. The discussion was presented by Student Disability Services, the Office of Access and Equity, Clemson Athletics, Clemson Libraries, the Diversity Office and the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center and is part of the university’s observance of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Disability Diversity Awareness Day gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to pledge their commitment to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.

September 22, 2015 58:23