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1 A Welcoming Campus is Accessible to All Marla Herron, Kathy Rose-Mockry, & Dot Nary

2 Presentation Objectives  Understand the prevalence of those with disabilities at KU and in American society  Identify 3 common types of barriers that face people with disabilities – architectural, attitudinal and communication - and recognize examples of each  Recognize the role of Student Success Staff in addressing these barriers

3 Why Does This Matter to Student Success Professionals?  To ensure equal opportunity in fulfilling KU’s mission of education, research and service to Kansans  To benefit from the talent and potential of people with disabilities  To promote diversity on campus  To comply with state and federal regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

4 A New Resource: KU Disability Network  Goals: to facilitate communication about disability issues in the KU community, raise awareness, and provide support  network 

5 Students with Disabilities at KU--2006

6 Disability Prevalence--National  Typically estimated that one person in five over the age of 5 has a disability (20%)  Numbers are increasing due to several phenomena: advances in medical technology, longer life spans, veterans surviving combat

7 Disability Prevalence--Kansas  14% uninstitutionalized people of age 5 and over have at least one disability (352,606 Kansans)  12.1% of working-age adults have a disability Census Bureau Website

8 What Hinders Us from Achieving a Welcoming Climate?  3 common types of barriers  Architectural  Attitudinal  Communication

9 Barrier Removal  What is the problem?  What is the solution(s)?  Whose responsibility is it to implement the solution(s)?

10 Being a good ally – What are some options?  Create a welcoming workplace climate by  Including people with disabilities in recruitment efforts and hiring practices  Creating a barrier-free, inclusive workplace  Facilitating discussion about diversity awareness/promotion efforts

11 Being a good ally – What are some options? (cont.)  Be aware of campus policies related to disability, inclusion  Make programs and meetings accessible (e.g., meeting space, program materials, ability to participate)

12 Being a good ally – What are some options? (cont.)  Be aware of disability issues across the lifespan– empower and support  Understand the power of language  Help others to make connections and locate resources—serve as a “bridge”

13 KU Campus Resources  Academic Achievement and Access Center  Human Resources/Equal Opportunity  AbleHawks  Special Education Department  KU Professionals for Disability  Architectural Barriers Committee  Research and Training Center on Independent Living, Lifespan Institute

14  “Congress [has] acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.”  Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. 480 U.S. 284

15  “Disability used to signal the end of active life. Now it is a common characteristic of a normal lifespan. Sooner or later it will occur in the lives of most people, surely in the life of every family.” Justin Dart, 1995

16  “We can go nowhere until you can go everywhere.”  Gloria Steinem, addressing a group of disability activists


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