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31 Years After the ADA, My University Is Still Not Accessible

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“Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.” These words, uttered by President George H.W. Bush nearly 31 years ago when he signed the Americans With Disabilities Act, ushered in what promised to be a new era of opportunity and inclusion for those with disabilities.

Yet, as most of us are aware, the work is far from over and the shameful walls of exclusion still exist. This could not be any more apparent than on my campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The nation’s oldest public university, UNC was founded on a simple premise: to provide affordable public education to all. Yet, for students with disabilities, the university still lags on that promise.

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