Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t all colleges have accessibility problems?
Yes! You could probably find issues with every college and university because the concept of a disabled individual being less then is ingrained into our society as a whole. Many people still believe disabled individuals cannot get a degree or contribute in society, whether they think this blatantly or inadvertently. But if we never spoke up because the problem was too big, then this stigma would continue. We decided that while we can’t change every university at once, we can start in our own community, making a small change for BYU. Contact us if you would like to add research from another college.
Will you check off recommendations once they are completed?
Yes! We will strive to update this website when we see a recommendations has been completed. If we do not catch what has been recently done, BYU or students can inform us. Our Final Report and recommendations will not be deleted one by one, as this would be time consuming and unnecessary. You can find a list of recommendations completed here.
I haven’t had negative experiences, can I still give a statement?
Yes please! We want all perspectives. We honor all voices and want to uplift disabled voices as our number one priority. We are happy to receive statements from students that have had positive experiences because this helps us refine our recommendations and makes sure that we can find out what process you took, so future students can have that same positive experience. Many statements show both positive and negative things they have encountered. If you had a good experience with accessibility, that doesn’t negate the bad experience someone else had with a accessibility or vice versa. We do not want any to feel that their personal experience is invalid or “wrong.”
We reserve statements for those who are disabled and family members. If you have a friend with a disability we would ask that you ask them to tell their own story. Anyone who is not disabled may give a statement of support describing their experience with the disability community and what they believe about diversity and inclusion. We are so thankful for these statements, and they will be housed here.
I am not disabled but know someone who is. Can I give a statement?
I don’t consider myself disabled. I temporarily experienced an (ACL tear, broken foot, surgery etc.) Does my experience count?
Yes! Disability is made up of diverse characteristics. What you described could be called a temporary disability. At any time, any member of the population could become disabled. This project is all about helping future students have positive experiences. Many future students will experience a similar temporary disability to yours. We want to provide them with the information you gave so they can succeed with the same injury. And yes, all experiences count equally.