The Office of Accessibility has put forth several initiatives designed to change the collective campus culture and attitudes towards disability and the concept of accessibility for all campus community members. These initiatives include the Accessibility Indicators, which serve as a transparent report card detailing how the campus feels we are doing in addressing issues of accessibility as well as academically which is addressed through the Essential Abilities and Technical Standards for each program and Department on campus.
#RUSerious Poster Campaign
The #RUSerious Awareness Poster campaign was designed in collaboration with Staff Development to begin a dialogue on ability, civility and how we create a better campus community for all GRCC students, faculty and staff. Each month a new poster featuring the hashtag "R U Serious" will accompany a new phrase or often seen phenomenon impacting individuals with various ability challenges or the amenities designed to create accessibility that many of us take for granted. Members of the GRCC community are urged to share their own #RUSerious moment through Twitter to the Office of Accessibility account @AatGRCC. The best examples have an opportunity to be featured on an upcoming poster.
"I'm beautiful, not broken. Different, not defective. I may not make eye contact, but at least I don't stare. I have autism. I'm not ignoring you, I'm just waiting on you to enter my world." This message, accompanied by a puzzle piece symbolizes the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since every puzzle piece is different in some way, a puzzle piece accurately represents the diversity of the individuals affected.
Autism is not a mental or emotional disorder, it is actually a diagnosis which impacts social behavior, communication that also informs restricted and repetitive rituals and routines as the ways that an individual with autism interacts with their environment. It is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a complex range of diverse symptoms. Individuals with Autism range from high functioning with several personal relationships to those on the opposite end of the spectrum who find more difficulty in that area. There are many myths and misconceptions about those on the Autism spectrum. For more information on Autism, Asperger's and the diversity the ASD, visit www.autismspeaks.org
"This button was not installed so you can open the door without spilling your coffee..." This message is in relationship to the small blue handicap accessibility buttons that open doors automatically throughout campus. These buttons were designed to give ease of access to individuals with mobility challenges (i.e. wheelchair use, cane, crutches, walker, etc.) or individuals who do not possess the manual dexterity to either grab and or push a door open for entry or exit.
Able bodied individuals don't experience the frustration of when a door doesn't open when you truly need it. If you can set your items down or even struggle with a few fingers to open a door, you also must remember that others may not have that luxury. These buttons see a great deal of wear and tear and need to be repaired often as they simply break down due to frequent use for less than necessary reasons. The average accessibility button costs roughly $3000 to install and is even more costly to maintain.
If you see this button and do not truly need it to provide access you could not otherwise achieve on your own; pull the handle so the automatic button can serve its intended purpose when needed.