Snow On Access Ramps Poses A Problem For Student In Wheelchair

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The winter storm has affected nearly everyone in one way or another. Many are still cleaning up, including college campuses.

The slow progress has left one student stranded at home. And even in the best conditions, for Megan Webb, getting around isn’t always easy.

She has definitely been impacted by the weather, particularly the snow. “I’m affected from basically the waist down,” she said.

Megan is a senior at Georgetown College. She was born with cerebral palsy. But that’s never stopped her from going after her dreams.

She is limited though, needing a wheelchair to get around. And after several inches of snow was dumped on her campus, her disability really slowed her down, even denied her access in some places.

The snow has all been plowed out of the streets and right onto the wheelchair access ramps.

During the storm, she’s had a hard time getting around campus, and has even had to miss a few classes.

“If I get stuck I have to sit in the cold and wait for someone to come get me,” She said. “And when it is too slick I cant even get traction to go over.”

A spokesperson for Georgetown College says they take the needs of their students very serious and and like everyone else, they are still cleaning up after the storm.

“You wouldn’t risk your car to get over a snow mound,” she said. “And I’m not going to risk my wheelchair.”

Her message was heard loud and clear.

The School said that no student would be penalized if they could not get to class because of weather related issues.

Mia’s thoughts- To people who think the story above is unusual, think again I have been housebound almost 6 weeks because of the ramp in my building and the uncleared local sidewalks.

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Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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