ADA Series: Wheelchair Access Limited in Weaver

Many of the buildings on campus have a long and storied history, a result of the fact that they were built in the early in the last century.

One of such buildings is Weaver Hall in the Village. This history is part of the distinct appeal of some of these buildings, Weaver itself included.

However, a problem arises from these historical buildings. Most of them are not up to current standards for accessibility, specifically ADA accessibility. If you are unaware, ADA refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which insures that buildings are accessible to those with different abilities.

Weaver Hall, according to it’s Head Resident Advisor Ali Hillman, could use some work.
“In theory, has level ground access through the back door, but it is such a narrow space in the kitchen it is not wheelchair compliant. Also you cannot readily access anywhere else in the building from there, because there are stairs to everywhere else and the wheelchair lift in the lobby is out of service,” explained Hillman.

This makes it incredibly challenging for individuals who are in wheelchairs to access the building, which has caused problems for students whose parents are in wheelchairs in the past, according to Hillman. It has also forced students who have suffered immobilizing injuries in the past to move dorms due to an inability to adequately function in their dorm.Weaver was constructed over 100 years ago, which is the reason it does not have to be updated to fit the current standards. The ADA

Weaver was constructed over 100 years ago, which is the reason it does not have to be updated to fit the current standards. The ADA standards released in 2010, make it so that any building constructed “as of 2010” must be complaint to ADA standards, but buildings built before this are not necessarily held to the same standard.

In addition, Hillman discussed how the structure of Weaver is not made for “a correct gradient of ramp or an elevator” which would drastically help with it’s accessibility issues.

– Ethan King

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