Today (Sunday February 20th) in the first day of the semester, I noticed something quite disturbing, there is so little things done to help the handicapped.
I live a year without being able to walk, I broke my femur and had a concussion and internal bleeding from a car accident from a few months before that.
Today my leg was acting up and I actually had difficulty breathing, from an ailment.
so I wanted to use the elevator (I actually have a card showing that I need these facilities) whenever I had to use the elevator, it was a minimum wait of 5-10 minutes, and that is mostly because a lot of students (girls) just don’t want to tire themselves by using the stairs.
The facilities that I could find in the college of arts are as follow:
A few ramps here and there
and some sort of machine that lifts students in wheel chairs to “Al Otaibi” building
Now let me ask you, is that enough?
my answer is NO
how can a huge college which every student gets lost in have just two elevators?
And why aren’t there braille writings written on the classes e.g.. the room number.
I took a few courses with a few blind students it’s really hard for them!
I never saw one braille book with them, the solution they were given is books on tape.
But because of that most of them had to drop certain courses that had a lot of reading in it.
You might say that I took this matter too seriously, but that’s because it is!
I had a lot of difficulties in my first semester when I had to come with crutches because I actually just had surgery then on my femur, I had to put a rod and a few screws so I can walk.
Think of this, if a guy with a broken leg had this much trouble, what do you say about handicapped students in the college?
I’m not writing this to nag or just to show the the wrong this in KU,
I love KU but when it comes to accessibility, it hits a nerve in me.
I’m writing this to prod, KU can be better than this, much better in my opinion
We just need a push to get us started.