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Kansas student with disabilities fighting for better accessibility on Washburn’s campus – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2021-10-08 12:42:24 –

Topeka, Kansas (KSNT) —Students in Kansas with disabilities want greater accessibility on campus.

Daija Coleman is a senior education major at Washburn University. She spends a lot of time in Washburn’s oldest existing building, the Carnegie Education Building. However, she travels in a wheelchair, which can be a difficult process.

So she created a petition and asked for a new home for education in a building accessible to all students.

“I believe everyone should have access to education. As a teacher, I will do my best to ensure that everyone has an equal and accessible education,” said Coleman. ..

Since Carnegie Hall has access to ADA only on the first floor, simple tasks such as going to the library can be a major challenge. According to Washburn Communications Director Patrick Early, classes will be moved to another room accessible to the ADA whenever a student with mobility problems is scheduled in a building like Carnegie.

“We want to make sure we have access to all the programs on campus and give every student the best possible experience,” says Early.

From time to time, the class may be moved to another building, which Coleman said could be uncomfortable.

“It’s very obvious to my peers that we move places for me,” she said.

For years, Washburn has considered installing an elevator to give students access to the upper floors, but it hasn’t been within budget.

However, Coleman’s petition does not require changes to Carnegie. Instead, she proposes to completely transform the education major building into a building that can accommodate all students.

“I’m doing this so I can have a better impact on the rest of the community that will continue after graduation,” she said.

Since then, the group “Washburn Student Life” has been meeting to contact Coleman to see how they can do better to move forward.Click to read the petition here..

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