This Social Experiment Raises Awareness About Inaccessibility On Campus And Beyond
This social experiment done as a final class project from students at The University of Michigan highlights the social construction of disability and puts out a call for institutional change.
“Too often, people assume the biggest problem people with disabilities face is themselves and their disability. But to do so, utilizes a strict medical model of disability and ignores the voices of the disabled.
Instead, the challenges disabled people may face often comes from societal barriers placed around them, such as lack of physical access to different spaces around campus.”
Students Abhi Appukutty, Sawan Dutta, Trey Lundmark, and Philip Yang offer these suggestions from their assignment:
- Be aware and actively think about inclusion.
- Design spaces with disability in mind.
- Look out for accessibility accommodations.
- Plan courses and class content with disability in mind.
- Factor accessibility and universal design into the planning of events and physical spaces.
- Advocate for accessible spaces
Profs should ask how do my privileged identities limit my perspective, how can my marginalized ones enhance it? #MacroSW
— Relando Thompkins-Jones (@Relando_TJ) June 17, 2016
“Have you ever thought about accessibility?”
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW