Accommodating the Disabled
Although UH was already more than 95
the Physical Plant, Office
of Human Resources and
the Center for Students
with Disabilities (CSD)
were implementing the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The ADA, which
"gives comprehensive civil
rights protection to individuals with disabilities in
the areas of employment,
transportation, telecommunications and state and
local government services."
were mandated services in
the Rehab Act of 1973," said
Karen Waldman, coordina
tor for CSD, about the impact of ADA at UH.
Don Green, assistant director of Architecture, Engineering and Construction Services (part of
the Physical Plant), was
involved in a preliminary
survey of UH's campus barriers.
The survey concentrated on immediate step
to implement ADA: parking spaces and accessibility to building, entrances
and exits, signs, elevators
"This is not a complete survey-corridors,
aisles, work spaces and individual spaces, access to
rooms and hardware-also
need to be considered,"
door operators, which can
cost from under $2,000 for
a push-button one to as
much as $10,000 for a fully
automatic one, as an example of some costs that
may be incurred.
"One needs to be
innovative and thoughtful
in approaching ADA
compliance...it is not
throwing money at the
problem," Green stressed.
Law Center associate dean,
teaches a course on disabilities and the law and
was proud of UH's record
as one of the top universities in the nation for facilitating people with disabilities. "Not that there are not
things that need to be im
proved," Rothstein added.
Dina Abramson, a
senior elementary education major and Handicapped Students' Advisory
Board (HSAB) chair, said
that in terms of accessibility, "there's a world of difference between UH and
the other institutions."
"I hope that we continue to be one of the leading institutions for students, faculty and staff with
disabilities," Dr. Dorothy
Caram, chair of the ADA
Implementation Committee, said. -Veronica
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