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Students with Disabilities Need More Infrastructure Support

Student with disability travels down the ramp that leads to Blegen Hall on Thursday, April 18. He said the ramp is often filled with people walking, so he has to wait for his route to clear.

Understanding the needs of students is a challenge. Understanding the needs of students with disabilities is even more challenging, especially when trying to understand what they need getting to school, moving around campus, and to be active participants in the classroom. Recently, the Minnesota Daily spotlighted uncommon barriers students with disabilities face each day. Things like four-foot wide ramps and four-person elevators meet ADA standards but are not adequate when students with disabilities are competing with able-body students for their use. The lesson we all need to remember is that ADA coordinators and stakeholders with disabilities need to be at the table when planning infrastructure and facility projects.

Day-to-day life differs for those with disabilities at the University
Audrey Kennedy, Minnesota Daily
April 29, 2019