The front exterior of the Gooch-Dillard suite-style dorms on UVA's campus. Photo by Adaire Burnsed | The Cavalier Daily
The front exterior of the Gooch-Dillard suite-style dorms on UVA's campus. Photo by Adaire Burnsed | The Cavalier Daily

Ramp up physical accessibility on Grounds

Our University continues to overlook infrastructural inaccessibility, estranging students with disabilities.


Did you know that, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, public universities are not required to make existing facilities accessible for individuals with disabilities? It is unsurprising, then, but also exceptionally disappointing that the University is concerningly inaccessible — the lay-out of certain dorms and paths to class engender a culture of ableism. Most able-bodied students are not affected by these challenges because these inaccessible structures do not actively impede their daily lives. However, disabled students are deeply and continually affected by this caveat in the ADA. By limiting students with disabilities’ access to the entirety of Grounds, the University limits access to the student experience on Grounds. In the absence of comprehensive legislation, the University must take responsibility for the inaccessibility of Grounds and work to promote accessibility for all students despite misguided laws. Read more…


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