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Mobilility impaired lack housing options

Posted October 26th, 2011 by UHDS News

[Daily Barometer, Oct. 27, 2011] — To some, Oregon State University is recognized as a school that is up-to-date in many important ways, particularly in terms of science and technology. It may come as a surprise, then, to find when it comes to accommodating students with disabilities, OSU may be, in some critical ways, behind the times.

According to Jeffrey Evans, head of the OSU Able Student Alliance, lack of accessible student housing options is one of the primary concerns for students with disabilities.

“We [the ASA] have yet to be told how many rooms in the residence halls are accessible,” Evans said. He continued by stating the three components ASA considers most important when determining if a residence hall may be deemed “accessible”: the dorm rooms themselves, the shared spaces in the building and the paths of travel from the residence hall to classes and other buildings on campus.

When asked how many of the residence halls on campus are accessible, Associate Director of University Housing and Dining Services Dan Larson replied that the question could not be answered based on the provided criteria. … Read more of “Mobility impaired lack housing options” by Kristin Pugmire.

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