Volume 95, Issue 64

Friday, January 25, 2002
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Disabilities Awareness Week: A look at Western's accessibility score card

El Recombobulatoro

Disabilities Awareness Week: A look at Western's accessibility score card

To the Editor:

As an active advocate for disabled persons, I would like to see Disabilities Awareness Week highlight an individual building each year.

Please begin with Talbot College. To its credit, Talbot College already has an elevator, a ramped entrance with button door opener and accessible washrooms.

A DAW focus would have to be the three sets of heavy doors to clear just to travel from the ramped entrance to the elevator (two sets of doors to access a washroom without a button opener).

Another barrier exists in Talbot College Theatre. Seating for disabled persons and their companions is in the back row. Chairs must be removed, leaving inadequate space to manoeuvre a wheelchair into viewing position for its occupant.

The Avon Theatre in Stratford found an easy solution to this situation: They removed the back wall so wheelchair patrons could roll directly into their row.

These problems not only could be addressed, but should be. If the levy on student fees for accessibility is insufficient, an application could be made to the New Trillium Foundation for a grant.

Disabled persons can now get into Talbot College, but let's not leave them stranded inside the door.

Richard Yake

Arts '66

Faculty of Education '67

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