As our campus continues to grow and evolve, it is imperative that our culture for inclusion continues to grow as well. Our campus culture has improved tremendously over the past five years in regards to people with disabilities. More buildings are fully accessible, more faculty have a strong understanding of disability access issues, more staff think about the impact of disabilities when planning programming. The legal landscape according to the ADA-AA has changed to return to the original intent and spirit of the ADA. This means that we will potentially see a drastic increase in faculty, staff and students that qualify as people with disabilities. By creating a streamlined, consistent approach to managing access for people with disabilities, we will be better positioned as a campus to further the positive growth in our culture. The Disability Resource Center model can give us that option.
We would like to invite you into this partnership with us. As a student with a disability, a professor, a counselor, a parent, or an employee with a disability, every role has a part in the path to our goal. You can help us build a positive and understanding culture for our campus community. There is a lot more work to be done and we look forward to working with you in the future. Please take a minute to browse our new website and give us any feedback that will help us improve.
We hope to use this growth as a catapult to continued growth on our campus and throughout our region.
The Disability Resource Center of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the American's With Disabilities Act (ADA). Please join us in celebrating events throughout October, which recognized as Disability Awareness Month. Please check our calendar of events at the link above.