ADA Series: Matthews Lacks Wheelchair Access

A number of buildings on Emory & Henry’s campus have become outdated in regards to ADA standards.

ADA refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As stated on the ADA government website, ADA ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities and transportation.

Matthews, according to one of the buildings RA’s, Austin Falin, should be worked on in order to make it accessible. Falin explained the layout of the building and its complications.
“Matthews is not a handicap accessible building. The door nearest to the parking lot has a small set of stairs leading up to it to get to the first floor and the back door is down in the ground but surrounded by a wall with steps leading down to it,” said Falin.

Matthews, a dorm built in 1953, only has two main stairwells leading up each side with dim lighting. For students who may be in wheelchairs or have other disabilities, this makes it complicated or impossible to access the building.

– Hailey Ellis

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