Op-Ed: UC Berkeley should create a disability cultural space

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Op-Ed: UC Berkeley should create a disability cultural space

Source: The Daily Californian / April 16, 2019
BY ALENA MORALES | SPECIAL TO THE DAILY CAL

Wheeling to my very first meeting of the Student Coalition for Disability Rights, I was ecstatic to meet other disabled students and gather in a place I could eventually call home. UC Berkeley’s reputation of being the birthplace of the Disability Rights Movement was not lost on me, and I had anticipated an environment that was universally accessible to my community.

I did not expect our meeting to be held in the basement of Evans Hall, in a room that did not have an accessible door with seating that was inaccessible to a fellow coalition member. I didn’t know where our next meeting would be, and I had no idea where other disability-related student groups met.

This is why UC Berkeley needs a disability cultural space.

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