Fresh Ideas on Accessibility

Our accessibility platform contains two categories: improving access on campus and developing social identity for people with disabilities. We believe that both are essential for developing an inclusive student body. The university has supported accessibility in recent initiatives, including the construction of more accessible facilities, such as Arrupe Hall, and by launching more classes with a disability focus. If elected, we will build on these initiatives to ensure that Georgetown becomes the accessible campus it can be.

Initiatives

  • ADA Reporting Guide: We will work with the DC Protection & Advocacy to create a guide informing students what barriers are violations of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (and related legislation). This document will supplement the facilities overhaul implemented by the GUSA 2016-2017 team.
  • ADA Information Session for Administrators: We want to ensure that all faculty, staff, and administrators are aware of their responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. To do so, we want to work with the ARC to ensure that each administrator engages in an ADA-centered training.
  • Create an “Accessibility 101” Handbook: We will create a handbook for students in collaboration with the ARC, the Engelhard Project, and related organizations, to support students with accessibility needs on Georgetown’s campus.
  • Accessible Push Buttons for Restrooms: We will engage with Planning and Facilities Management to assess that every bathroom meets basic standards of accessibility, including handicap buttons for the doors.
  • Overhaul the swipe system: the current housing access system creates an unnecessary challenge for students with disabilities. We want to evaluate alternatives that support all students.
  • Support a paperless Georgetown: We will advocate for a paperless Georgetown in two ways. One: work with faculty to encourage paper-free materials. Two: work with the ARC to modernize the ability-based note-sharing system. This initiative will support students with dyslexia.
  • Evaluate the use of golf carts for student transportation: With our campus being called the “Hilltop”, there are many inclines that can make certain academic buildings inaccessible. We want to utilize the golf carts to support students with disabilities.
  • Disabilities Studies Minor: We will engage with existing advocacy efforts to designate the disabilities studies cluster a full disabilities studies minor.
  • Improve Visibility of Disability as Identity: We will encourage student-led initiatives advocating for disability as identity. These initiatives will include guest speakers and campus events.
  • Intersectional Disability Community: We will support the launch of the CID and its efforts to build a community at the intersection of ability and other D7+ identities.