Collecting constituent concerns: In 2016-2017, Alliance and Caucus leadership has been working to collect concerns. Liz Spingola, Disability Caucus co-chair and our representative on the Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity, presented our concerns at a CEOD meeting in April 2017.
Campus planning: We are interested in making sure our campus becomes more inclusive, not less so, as new construction and transportation projects take place.
“Access Fail” Reporting: Disability Alliance members realized there were no easily ways to report when access features on campus were blocked, broken, or otherwise inaccessible. Now there’s a link for “Accessibility” at the bottom of the VT homepage that takes you to a list of resources, including a handy online form where you can, either anonymously or as yourself, report any “access fails” you encounter at any place on any VT campus or any VT extension site. The information goes to Facilities right away.
Handrails for Burruss: The Disability Alliance successfully lobbied for handrails on the front of Burruss Hall. They were installed during 2016.
Campus Map: The Disability Alliance pushed for a more accessible, updated online campus map during 2015-2016, and the university administration listened. It’s not perfect, but the current map is a huge improvement over the last iteration. Please make sure to choose the “Accessibility” Layer: http://www.maps.vt.edu/interactive/